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Robbie Amell Wants To Play Batman Beyond (Video)

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It’s been a while, but last we heard in regards to a Batman Beyond movie was about two years ago when producer Michael Uslan mentioned it.

Now while attending the Salt Lake Comic-Con, Robbie Amell says he thinks it would be a good idea and would want to play Terry McGinnis.

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“I am a huge fan of that idea. I think the problem is because they have Batman going on right now, they won’t make the Batman Beyond movie until I’m too old to be Terry McGinnis. By then I’ll probably be the old crusty Batman. But I’m a huge fan of that idea. I think it would be a great property. I think the smartest idea for them would be to make it like a $30 million movie. Don’t do the big $200 million blockbuster, do a dark, gritty version of Batman Beyond. The visual effects have come so far that you don’t need $200 million to show the technology that they have. Make it a nice, grounded character piece. But I don’t run a studio, so that means nothing.”

Robbie Amell plays Firestorm on The Flash and will also be featured in X-Files. There is speculation Amell may be leaving The Flash as Robbie Amell is not a part of the Firestorm character in the Arrow/Flash spinoff DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow. Maybe there’s room for Amell to play McGinnis?

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Batman: Arkham Knight Gotham’s Future Skin Pack Revealed

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A new pre-order bonus for Batman: Arkham Knight has been revealed with the Gotham’s Future Skin Pack which features the Batman Beyond suit as well as The Dark Knight Returns suit, which also inspired the new Ben Affleck Batman costume for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

The Gotham’s Future Skin Pack comes free with the pre-order.

Batman: Arkham Knight is based on DC Comics’ core Batman license and will be available June 23rd exclusively for the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Windows PC.

In the explosive finale to the Arkham series, Batman faces the ultimate threat against the city he is sworn to protect. The Scarecrow returns to unite an impressive roster of super villains, including Penguin, Two-Face and Harley Quinn, to destroy The Dark Knight forever. Batman: Arkham Knight introduces Rocksteady’s uniquely designed version of the Batmobile, which is drivable for the first time in the franchise. The addition of this legendary vehicle, combined with the acclaimed gameplay of the Batman Arkham series, offers gamers the ultimate and complete Batman experience as they tear through the streets and soar across the skyline of the entirety of Gotham City.

Batman: Arkham Knight “Be The Batman” trailer:

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Spoiler: Death in DC’s Future’s End #46

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This week has seen plenty of “death” in the world of comics, some in print and others on screen.

Both Aiden and Noah were literally torn apart on AMC’s, The Walking Dead. Cisko payed the ultimate price for being too curious on the CW’s, The Flash. Marvel bumped off Falcon’s longtime friend and partner, Redwing, in the pages of All-New Captain America #5; and TMNT fans shed a tear as their favorite “techy,” Donatello, got smashed into oblivion in this week’s, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #44!

Not to be left behind, DC, let the Joker – albeit a Brother Eye inhanced Joker/Batman amalgam from the future – gun down one of the most popular characters in the Batman mythos, Terry McGinnis! That’s right, Batman Beyond has gone to the “great beyond’ in a hail of gunfire and heroics all in order to save the present from becoming the future he came from. Take a look at how it all went down below:

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We will miss you Terry, maybe they will bring you back with super powers!

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First look at the Green Arrow animated short, Robin Rises & Batman Beyond

In the latest episode of DC All Access, they give a sneak peek at the upcoming DC Nation Green Arrow short, which is a futuristic take on the character.

We also learn details about the new Robin Rises: Omega #1 DC Comics comic book and the new Batman Beyond digital comic.

DC All Access! Now with 100% more archery!

Yes, in today’s all new episode of DC All Access, we go behind the scenes of the DC Nation Green Arrow animated shorts with director Jeff Mednikow. After that, we talk to Peter J. Tomasi about this week’s eagerly awaited Robin Rises: Omega #1 one-shot, before getting an exclusive look at the upcoming chapter of the Batman Beyond digital first comic with writers Alec Siegel and Kyle Higgins. Finally, we wrap things up with Yuko Shimizu, the extraordinary cover artist for The Unwritten: Apocalypse, who gives us a look at her unique illustration process.

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Batman Beyond Joins The New 52; New Weekly Series “The New 52: Futures End” Announced

DC Comics adds its second weekly series with The New 52: Futures End which kicks off this coming May as part of FCBD.

Jeff Lemire, Keith Giffen, Brian Azzarello and Dan Jurgens will be writing the New 52 five years into the future with the FCBD zero issue followed by the first issue later in May.

“Really, what we’re trying to do with this book is to explore the nature of what a hero is and we’re doing that, obviously by playing with the future of the New 52 timeline,” Lemire told the AP. “Past present and future all colliding in this story line.”

Characters featured include Frankenstein, Firestorm, and joining the New 52 continuity – Batman Beyond.

“That’s definitely one of our mandates, too,” stated Lemire. “To create new characters and new concepts that will hopefully have a life beyond the series.”

Ethan Van Sciver will be drawing the FCBD zero issue, with Jesus Merino, Aaron Lopresti, Jurgens and more artists to be announced on the regular series.

The New 52: Futures End joins Scott Snyder’s Batman Eternal as part of DC’s weekly line-up.

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Your Alternative Comics Beat For August 23rd, 2013: Batman Beyond 2.0

Alt Beat With Kenneth Porter
 

Hey there Alt Beat fans! I know it’s been a while, so I’ll jump right into my column. I haven’t had a lot of time to read this summer due to project commitments, and now that I have time I’ve been playing catch up in the days leading to my next semester of college. What have I been reading you ask? Well, to be honest, it’s something that might stretch the concept of alternative a little too far when it comes to comics.

I want to talk about Batman Beyond 2.0.

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I know, I know, I picked a Batman book again. How could that even be an alternative to the normal things you have piling up in your pull box? I can defend my choice with a simple answer . . . It’s just too good not to talk about.

Kyle Higgins’ work on such bat titles as Gates of Gotham and Nightwing made me an instant fan of his work, and when I heard that he was moving over to Batman Beyond I was excited at the fresh blood being brought on the title. Don’t get me wrong, I love Adam Beechen’s work on the future Dark Knight of Neo-Gotham, but it’s always fun to see a new creative team take over on a beloved character. Yes, I said it; Terry McGinnis is a beloved character.

It’s not an argument I really have to make, because I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t like him or the concept of Batman Beyond. It took one of America’s greatest fictional characters and gave the mantle to a new, younger person in a future setting. Now the concept should have sent people running for the hills, but it didn’t. Audiences welcomed the idea of McGinnis with open arms, just like I’m welcoming this new 2.0 series from Higgins and Thony Silas.

The opening of the series is a time jump from where Beechen’s arc last left off. McGinnis is on his own, not talking to Bruce Wayne, and making a name for himself as Batman. A murder in the new Arkham facility sets off a chain of events that rock McGinnis’ already rocked (unbeknownst to us) world. The stage is set for an incredible detective story, and now is the time to hop on.

DC has been really hitting it hard on the digital first front with this title and others like Batman ’66, Legends of the Dark Knight, Justice League Beyond, and The Adventures of Superman to name a few. All of these titles and more are collected in print at the end of the month, and are eventually moved to trade. What makes the digital versions a wonderful alternative is that they cost around a dollar per installment and arrive at different times during the week.

Are you sick of waiting until Wednesday for new comics? Batman Beyond 2.0 drops on Saturdays to break up that lull. It provides just enough storytelling for a quick read on your phone, tablet, or computer. And I hate to drive this point home, but it’s less than a dollar per installment!

I just want to be clear here and let everyone know that I don’t work for DC. Digital first initiatives have been taking place at every mainstream publisher, but DC seems to be striking the right cord with content. It’s also nice to have out-of-continuity stories to sink your teeth into in your comics reading experience.

Now the new Batman Beyond is kind of a mix between Timm-Verse continuity and actual DC continuity, but it’s enough of a separation that you don’t have to read any other books to know what’s going on. In this day and age, that’s saying a lot. So if that kind of story intrigues you, or if you’re a fan of McGinnis as much as I am, this is a great way to dip into comics when you’re on the go.

Ken Porter also writes comic books with his latest being “Ink Ribbon” from Visionary Comics. Ken was also the winner of this year’s Top Cow Talent Search contest.

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Batman Beyond Movie Being Talked About Again

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Back in late January we first heard mention of a possible live-action Batman Beyond movie.

It was something that producer Michael Uslan had mentioned if he could put his “fanboy” hat on.

Uslan wondered how cool it would be to see a live-action Batman Beyond movie starring Clint Eastwood as an aged Bruce Wayne in his 80s.

Uslan mentioned that it was basically just wishful thinking, but also said “hey, you never know.”

Well, now we may know as a report has surfaced that Warner Bros. may be considering a Batman Beyond film for the reboot.

Batman-On-Film reportedly heard “whispers” of a Batman Beyond film from Warner Bros., but goes on to mention it’s one of many ideas on the table.

Speaking of ideas, our own DC Entertainment source previously provided us with information that the Batman reboot could be based on the popular Batman Arkham video games.

We’ve also previously been told it could feature a Batman in his second year of being a hero and is tentatively titled “The Batman.”

Whether any of this holds true with the new management team on WB movies remains to be seen, but something about the Batman reboot could be announced as soon as this week’s Comic-Con.

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Exclusive: Kyle Higgins revs up to be new writer on digital-first Batman Beyond 2.0

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Beginning in August, writer Kyle Higgins (Deathstroke, Batman, Detective Comics) makes his debut as scribe on the new digital-first Batman Beyond 2.0.

To catch the latest, Cosmic Book News Managing Editor Byron Brewer exclusively met Higgins in a futuristic Batcave and got the lowdown on his new job, how it will be packaged for print, and more.

Cosmic Book News: All new stories, all new creative teams. What does this mean for Batman Beyond, Kyle?

Kyle Higgins: It means really big shoes to fill! The work Adam (Beechen) has done the last few years has been wonderful, and I feel incredibly honored to be able to continue in his stead. I’m a huge fan of the characters and everyone who’s been carrying the torch since the show went off the air. I think that’ll be more than apparent when my first issues come out.

CBN: With Batman Beyond Universe, what changes if any will we be seeing for Terry McGinnis?

Kyle Higgins: A lot, actually. The core of my pitch centered on advancing time by about a year, throwing the characters into new status quos based on unknown events (to readers, anyway). It’s one of my favorite things the show did, and something I’ve been wanting to play around with for quite a while now. So, Terry’s in college at Neo-Gotham University, he and Dana are no longer together, and something big happened in the missing time to change some other things up … but what that event was will remain a mystery for now.

CBN: I see in the print version of the digital-first comic, there seems to be an appearance by the JLA Beyond. Does this mean we will have a different backup story in each issue?

Kyle Higgins: It’s actually two separate digital-first comics that get collected as Batman Beyond Universe in print. The first Saturday in August, Batman Beyond 2.0 (that’s what we’re calling the digital series) #1 hits on the DC App, comiXology, iTunes, etc. Then the following week, Justice League Beyond 2.0 #1 hits. The third week, Batman Beyond 2.0 #2 hits, etc. alternating back and fourth between Batman Beyond 2.0 and Justice League Beyond 2.0. Usually on that fourth week of the month, the PRINT comic called Batman Beyond Universe hits stores … and it includes all four chapters that were released digitally. So, Chris (Gage) is writing Justice League Beyond and I’m writing Batman Beyond

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CBN: How will life as a college student affect Terry’s responsibilities as a crime fighter?

Kyle Higgins: That’s something we get into right away, although I would make the argument it’s not so much how college gets in the way of crime fighting as it is crime fighting getting in the way of college! (laughs)

CBN: What sort of challenges will Terry have to face right away of a more personal nature?

Kyle Higgins: Well, the show — and this book– has always been about the characters and the relationships between them. Terry and Bruce, Terry and his family, Terry and Max, Terry and Dana … all of those are quite personal and will continue to challenge Terry on an emotional level. I’m not going to give specifics, but rest assured this book won’t be just an action comic.

CBN: What is this we hear about a breakout at the new Arkham Institute? What challenge will that be bringing to our hero?

Kyle Higgins: It’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like (laughs). For a hero, what’s better than a breakout? Talk about job security!

CBN: What does Thony Silas bring to the table as artist?

Kyle Higgins: Oh man, Thony is the cat’s pajamas. Totally. He’s super clean, dynamic and his Beyond characters pop with energy. I really can’t wait for people to see his art on this. It’s pretty badass.

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CBN: Will we be seeing any elements or plot threads from the great animated series coming into this new book? Were you a fan of the Batman Beyond animated series?

Kyle Higgins: I was — and still am– a big fan of the animated series. So, yes … it’s safe to say I’ll be drudging up some threads from the show.

CBN: Any current or future projects you would like to discuss?

Kyle Higgins: Nothing else at the moment! I’m working on a few other books, but it’s too early to say much of anything about them.

Cosmic Book News would like to thank Kyle Higgins for answering our questions during this busy convention season. We also thank DC’s own Brandy Phillips and Kelley Popham who helped make this interview possible.

“Batman Beyond 2.0” #1 hits digitally Aug. 3rd; “Batman Beyond Universe” #1 hits in print August 21st

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Injustice: Gods Among Us Gets Batman Beyond Skin

A new skin for Injustice: Gods Among Us has been revealed and it’s Batman Beyond.

The Red Son special edition also includes additional skins.

Injustice: Gods Among Us debuts April 16th for the XBox 360 and PS3.

Injustice: Gods Among Us is an all-new game in development by award-winning NetherRealm Studios, creators of the definitive fighting game franchise Mortal Kombat.  The title debuts a bold new fighting game franchise that introduces a deep, original story featuring a large cast of favorite DC Comics icons such as Batman, Green Arrow, Cyborg, Harley Quinn, Nightwing, Solomon Grundy, Superman, The Flash, Wonder Woman, The Joker and many others.  Set in a world where the lines between good and evil are blurred, players will experience heroes and villains engaging in epic battles on a massive scale. 

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Justice League & Batman Beyond Coming To Netflix

Justice League and Batman are coming to Netflix later this month.

The 2001 Justice League animated TV series in addition to Justice League Unlimited and the 1999 Batman Beyond series and Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008) are listed as coming to Netflix on March 30th by StreamingSoon.com, a site that gives updates on the Netflix streaming schedule.

Listed at the site is seasons 1 and 2 for Justice League and Justice League Unlimited, 1-3 for Batman Beyond, and season 1 for Brave and the Bold.

Netflix is a streaming video service where users can subscribe and instantly watch their favorite shows on their smart phones, tablets, cpus and TV, through a variety of devices including the Nintendo Wii and PS3.

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