Paul Dini Discusses His Defunct BATMAN BEYOND & Ra's Al Ghul Live-Action Films

Writer, Paul Dini ("Maleficent"), chats with Kevin Smith ("Clerks") about his failed attempt at a Batman Beyond live-action film and his own pitch for a Ra's al Ghul-oriented Batman film.

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By nailbiter111 - 12/7/2013

A little over a decade ago, writers Paul Dini ("Batman: The Brave and the Bold") and Alan Burnett ("Green Lantern: First Flight") were hired by Warner Bros. to write a screenplay for a live-action film adaptation of the popular animated series, Batman Beyond. Warner Bros. even hired the Remember the Titans director, Boaz Yakin, to co-write and direct. A year later, WB would put the project on hold, going in a different direction. Dini discusses that project with Kevin Smith, and his pitch for a Ra's al Ghul-oriented Batman film that was never made.

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SuperCat - 12/7/2013, 7:22 PM
Damn, would have been nice!
typicalfanboy - 12/7/2013, 7:25 PM
rog al ghul
Dmon - 12/7/2013, 7:28 PM
I liked the cartoon just not a fan of it being in any other medium. It's a Elseworld story to me it's not cannon. And would rather see money spent on a regular Batman movie or one of DCs other superheros then this.
SuperCat - 12/7/2013, 7:28 PM

TheOneAboveAll - 12/7/2013, 7:28 PM
Would have been cool to see
TheOneAboveAll - 12/7/2013, 7:29 PM
He is more like Spider man than Batman though
SuperCat - 12/7/2013, 7:31 PM
TheOneAboveAll - 12/7/2013, 7:35 PM
Why weren't their ideas for a Live action Bruce Wayne batman incorporated into the films?
Dmon - 12/7/2013, 7:38 PM
Actually Batman Beyond reminded me a lot of Phantom 2040 which came out a few years before Batman Beyond. BB kind of felt like a rip off of that series.
Dmon - 12/7/2013, 7:43 PM