Batman Beyond

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Batman Beyond
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"Terry, get out of here!"
Genre: Superhero
Adventure
Science fiction
Action
Mystery
Crime
Suspense
Cyberpunk
Drama
Running Time: 22 Minutes (episodes)
11 Minutes (segments)
Country: United States
Release Date: January 10, 1999 – December 18, 2001
Network(s): Kids' WB
Created by: Bruce Timm
Paul Dini
Alan Burnett
Distributed by: Bruce Timm
Paul Dini
Alan Burnett
Starring: Will Friedle
Kevin Conroy
Cree Summer
Lauren Tom
Stockard Channing
Angie Harmon
Seasons: 3
Episodes: 52


Batman Beyond (also known as Batman of the Future in Europe, Latin America, Australia, and Asia) is the successor to Batman: The Animated Series/The New Batman Adventures. It ran for 52 episodes from January 10th, 1999 to December 18th, 2001 on Kids' WB.

Plot

40 years in the future, and 20 years after Bruce Wayne’s retirement due to his failing health, his secret is uncovered by a troubled teenager named Terry McGinnis. After McGinnis' father is murdered by the man who took over Wayne's company, McGinnis dons a high-tech Batsuit and, with the help of a now-elderly Wayne, becomes the next Batman.

Why It Rocks

  1. The idea of a futuristic Gotham City is top-notch.
  2. Chilling plot twists.
  3. Powerful music score.
  4. Amazing animation that has that kind of "tech-noir" feel to it.
  5. Plus, a Cyberpunk batman sounds pretty cool!
    • Along the Cyberpunk and even few Biopunk aesthetic, themes, and tropes, does end up actually works in the show's universe.
  6. Awesome action sequences.
  7. The premise and setting are more mature and intense than that of Batman: The Animated Series.
  8. Its direct-to-video movie, Return of the Joker, is also entertaining to watch.
  9. Decent comic continuation.

Bad Qualities

  1. It was abruptly cancelled after 3 seasons, despite a fourth season being in the works. Thankfully, one plot element from the cancelled season four, ended up being used in Justice League Unlimited as an apology for the Batman Beyond fans.
  2. The tone of the show could sometimes easily frighten young viewers.
  3. The characters like Terry have had difficulty integrating into main-stream comics.
  4. Nelson Nash is a rip off of Flash Thompson from the Spider-Man comics. Unlike him, he ignores Terry.
  5. The show could feel more like a Spider-Man one than one of Batman, given that the protagonist is a superhero who is still in high school, lives a double life, always need to make up excuses to leave his friends and even has a bully who hates him but loves his super heroic alter-ego yet eventually becomes one of his friends.