It’s been reported that Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Studios have cancelled a Batman Beyond live-action movie which was going to star Michael Keaton. This news comes to us via The Wrap’s Umberto Gonzalez, and I have to say that it’s crushing to hear that DC Studios opted not to move forward with this project.
There have been so many big calls made since James Gunn and Peter Safran took control of the newly-formed DC Studios. They are the new co-CEOs of the company. Since they’ve taken over, the pair have cancelled Wonder Woman 3; they are reportedly recasting the Justice League actors, and have cut Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill’s cameos in upcoming DC Comics films. Now, it’s been revealed that they have also cancelled this Batman Beyond live-action movie.
Batman Beyond live-action movie has been cancelled
This all comes after Jeff Sneider revealed on The Hot Mic podcast that a solo Batman movie that would have starred Michael Keaton had been cancelled by Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Studios. This movie was, reportedly, going to be written – or had been written – by Christina Hodson. She wrote the scripts for other DC movies such as Harley Quinn: Birds Of Prey, the now-cancelled Batgirl movie and The Flash film.
It sounds as though DC Studios’ Gunn and Safran aren’t too keen on the idea of making more movies with Hodson since they have been cancelling all the projects she might be involved with in the future. That said, there are still plans to make a The Flash 2. However, there have also been reports suggesting that DC Studios is looking to recast the Justice League actors. This means the likes of Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher would all be recast.
Is this a good move from DC Studios and Warner Bros?
There are a lot of changes coming over at DC Studios, and it seems as though Gunn and Safran are looking to put their own stamp on the movies that will be coming out in the not-so-distant future. This means that they are going to have to get rid of some of the old plans, which is to be expected. I don’t think that’s a bad thing. However, Gunn and Safran will upset a lot of people in the process.
James Gunn actually said this yesterday in a series of tweets addressing The Hollywood Reporter’s article in which they basically stated that Gunn and Safran were cancelling everything and recasting everybody. Gunn stated that some of the report was true, some of it was half-truths and the rest was untrue. We’re going to have to wait and see which parts of the report were true and which weren’t.
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