FIRESTORM Actor Has Idea For BATMAN BEYOND Film

"Batman Beyond #1" cover by Bruce Timm
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Art from Batman Beyond
Art from Batman Beyond
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Actor Robbie Amell is already quite busy between his lead role in the upcoming The X-Files relaunch and playing Ronnie Raymond in the CW's DC superhero shows, but that doesn't preclude him from wanting something more. During a panel at the recent Salt Lake Comic Con, the former Tomorrow People actor unveiled an idea for a Batman Beyond movie that apparently has been cooking in his head for some time.

"I am a huge fan of that idea, Amell said, upon being asked if he'd consider playing Terry McGinnis in a Batman Beyond movie. "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."

This isn't the first time there's been talk of a Batman Beyond movie. In 2000, Warner Bros. announced a live-action Batman Beyond with director Boak Yakin and writers Paul Dini and Alan Burnett. The studio, who was testing out various ideas for Batman after the disappointing Batman & Robin, ultimately put their Batman Beyond movie on hold in 2001.

"I think it would be a great property," Amell said. "I think the smartest idea for them would be to make it like a $30 million movie. Don't do like a $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 studios, so that means nothing."

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