“Batman” Rumors: Casting, Game & “Beyond”

In the wake of news about Matt Reeves’ “The Batman” earlier this week, more rumors and reports have cropped up regarding the franchise’s future on various platforms.

First up, Variety reports that Matt Reeves is looking for a big name actor to play Bruce Wayne/Batman in his film and is said to be looking at a very specific age range for what will be a younger version of the billionaire vigilante.

Who that might be isn’t clear, but bookies (via CBM) have Armie Hammer and Jake Gyllenhaal as the favorites to take over with odds at 7/2 and 11/2 respectively. Both actors have been linked to the role in the past with Hammer actually cast at one point.

Next up, SuperBroMovies writer Daniel Richtman says Warners is looking to develop an animated feature-length adaptation of the future-set “Batman Beyond” cartoon series which will hit cinemas in 2022, one with an Asian-American voice actor for main role of Terry McGinnis.

The success of “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” and the prohibitive expense of doing a “Batman Beyond” film in live-action makes this plausible, but there’s no indication this is anything more than rumor at this point.

Finally, “Batman: Arkham” game trilogy developer Rocksteady Studios is rumored (via PlayStationLifestyle) to have been secretly working on “Batman Arkham Crisis” – a new title in the series and one with deeper side quests, the inclusion of a day/night cycle along with the Batwing, and a massive GTAV-scale map.

They also claim the game will be announced in March, so we’ll find out if it’s true soon enough. Rocksteady Studios certainly has been working on a secret project but so far haven’t offered any details.