Batman Beyond is still known today as one of the best original takes on the expanded DC Universe. But of course, that would be thanks to Bruce Timm and Paul Dini, who were also in charge of the ever popular Batman: The Animated Series. Batman Beyond looked about 40 years into the future, as society started to progress heavily, and Bruce Wayne started getting old as hell! At some point, Batman realized he had to pass the mantle, and reluctantly chose the relentless Terry McGinnis to continue the tradition. As the series approaches it's 20th anniversary, it feels as though WB should consider bringing the property back, and why not on the big screen? Here is a list of actors who could perfectly fit the roles from beyond!
Batman Beyond / Terry McGinnis
For the longest time I felt as though the part was created for Joseph Gordon Levitt, but surprisingly he might be getting too old for the role now. These two up-and-comers have both expressed an interest in the superhero genre, and are pretty capable of holding down a project as the lead. Dylan O'Brien has had a couple of impressive roles to date, and with his wiry physique, experience with action, and a sometimes wiseass attitude he would be the perfect match. Plus he was a big contender for the role of Spier-Man, which has always been surprisingly comparable. Robbie Amell is a little less experienced, but certainly makes up for it with tenacity. He had a starring role on Tomorrow People, and currently is working on and off as Firestorm for DC on the series The Flash. His look also fits the part almost perfectly, and I'm sure he knows how to kick some on screen ass by this point. I would also say Zac Efron looks the part, but nah!
Old Batman / Bruce Wayne
In a perfect world, it would be awesome to see Kevin Conroy get to reprise the role himself on the big screen, but given that he is mainly a voice actor, this probably would not work for the studio. In that case, why not turn to another Bat to cast the part? At this point, Michael Keaton has reached the proper age and acclaim to completely perfect the role of an old grizzled Batman. He also seems limber enough to get into action if need be, but mainly has a bunch a fan appeal for the part. The other possibility is a bigger stretch, but I'm convinced that Clint Eastwood is old Batman. At this point he might be way too old to try to do anything physical in a movie, I mean he hasn't even been in a film for a few years, but you can just imagine the perfection.
The first choice might be getting a little old, and will definitely not please fans, but she looks the part and does a decent job acting. Vanessa Hudgens will be working with DC on the upcoming pilot for Powerless, so she will eventually be apart of the team, plus who really likes Dana that much anyway. Malese Jow is a lesser known actress that could take on the role, but has had experience with Disney and DC as well. Most recently, you might recognize her from the role of Linda Park on The Flash. She is another that could be getting old for the role, but that just needs a little Hollywood magic.
Best known for Akeelah and the Bee and Tru Jackson, VP, Keke Palmer is a talented young actress with a lot of energy. She is quick to smile or tell a joke, which is perfect for Max, who is extremely smart and constantly battles the wit of Bruce Wayne. She would definitely be a fun fit for the role. The next actress you might know from The Hunger Games, but Amandla Stenberg seems like the perfect person for the role of Terry's best friend. She has the look, and great range which would be necessary for Batman Beyond's right hand girl/sidekick. The only problem would be her age compared to the rest of the cast.
To me, Diane Lane has everything you need for the role, and is still very attractive for her age. She can play emotionally heavy, and also seems like she would excel in the role of a commissioner. The other person I could see playing the part proper and subtle is Julianne Moore. She actually had the look of a young Barbara Gordon, and I could see her performing well off of Michael Keaton.
This might seem like an odd choice, but Greg Kennear with the right guidance can be very menacing. I could also see him playing with Terry's loyalty as well as a step in father figure, who then stabs him in the back. Not an extremely serious choice, but definitely has successfully played unlikable. I'm not sure why I am attracted to odd choices for this role, but I could also see Nicolas Cage taking the part. He is already a bit crazy, and if they could tone him back just enough, he could really scare the hell out of the audience.
Back when I imagined Joseph Gordon Levitt taking the role of Batman Beyond, the only director I could picture right for the job was Rian Johnson. This opinion still stands, and has only been strengthened by the movie Looper, and his upcoming [Star Wars: Episode VIII](tag:711868). He is superb with noir, and is showing a new prowess with big budget science fiction films, which is all of Batman Beyond. If the studio ever does get around to making this film, hopefully they will consider him first and last.