There are certain fandoms that will exist forever. They aren’t fads, and they don’t fade away. One of those is time-tested: Batman. Another is a little less antique but has a fan base that’s just as rabid: Firefly. Batman is turning 75 years old while Firefly is less than fifteen years old, yet, in a cool and exciting turn, the two franchises are about to cross paths in the most awesome of ways.
It was just announced that a new Batman animated film titled Son of Batman will premiere at WonderCon Anaheim this year. This is huge news in and of itself, but it gets even better. While we won’t see Kevin Conroy return as the iconic voice of the Dark Knight, Whedon fans will get to see some of their favorite actors pick up the mantles of some of Gotham’s most well-known names.
Son of Batman tells the story of Batman’s son (duh), Damian. Damian’s mother is none other than Talia Al Ghul, daughter of the notorious Ra’s Al Ghul. And who is voicing Talia? Why, none other than the beautiful and talented Morena Baccarin, also known as the companion Inara from Firefly. We were a little surprised at first to see her name, but once we actually stopped to think about it, it really seemed like an obvious choice. Morena would be a good fit to play the character in a live-action film, but we’re just as excited to hear her voice the character in this highly anticipated animated feature.
Now, one Firefly actor would be enough to have us chomping at the bit to see this movie as soon as possible, but we’re getting two this time around. Also joining in on the fun is Dick Grayson, the original Robin, now known as Nightwing, and he’ll be voiced by Serenity’s very own medic, Sean Maher. The DC universe isn’t exactly new territory to Maher as he’s already made two appearances on the CW series Arrow, and we hope this becomes a trend. With Joss basically in control of the Marvel cinematic universe, having Whedon alumni invade the DC animated universe just gives us more of what every fanboy and fangirl wants. Check below for the trailer.
Now if they’ll just bring back Nathan Fillion as the Green Lantern…
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Good news. It’d be cool if Adam Baldwin shows up in some of these films, too. He was quite memorable in Superman: Doomsday (not to mention his guest star role as Metamorpho on Beware the Batman). But yes, Nathan Fillion should definitely be Green Lantern again sometime, although I rather miss John Stewart from the old Justice League days. I could see Idris Elba playing him in live action.
Anyway, maybe I need to fire up the old DVD player and watch some Firefly again…