There's a mystery afoot in Gotham City, and Batman must go toe-to-toe with a mysterious vigilante, who goes by the name of Red Hood. Subsequently, old wounds reopen and old, once buried memories come into the light.
Batman discovers a mysterious teen-aged girl with super-human powers and a connection to Superman. When the girl comes to the attention of Darkseid, the evil overlord of Apokolips, events take a decidedly dangerous turn.
Batman has not been seen for ten years. A new breed of criminal ravages Gotham City, forcing 55-year-old Bruce Wayne back into the cape and cowl. But, does he still have what it takes to fight crime in a new era?
At least 40 years after the "current" adventures of Batman and 20 years after Bruce Wayne retired from the role, his secret is discovered by troubled teen Terry McGinnis. After McGinnis' father is murdered by the man who took over Bruce Wayne's company, McGinnis dons a high-tech Bat suit that Wayne last used, creating a new hero for a future Gotham. Written by
The creators purposely tried to avoid or minimize appearances of various rogue's gallery characters from Batman's past, as they wanted the series to be able to stand on its own and not rely on such gimmicks like "Two Face Beyond" and so on and so forth. However over the course of the series, not only did certain characters make interesting cameos, but a few of them ended up being the center of many episodes. "The Winning Edge" was about the Venom drug being manufactured again and sold to Terry's classmates, and Bruce leads him to confront Bane, an obvious suspect, only to find him dying from the many years of addiction. "Meltdown" completed Mister Freeze's entire storyline in the DCAU, where he is given life in a new body, as his old one broke down because of his unique cryogenic condition, only to eventually realize he was being used as a lab experiment for Derek Powers. "Out of the Past" dealt with Talia Al Ghul, who offers Bruce Wayne a trip to the Lazarus pit as a birthday gift. Somehow Bruce and Terry figure out that Ras Al Ghul is actually behind this. Finally, the Joker makes his big and possible most famous appearance in the DCAU in the feature film "Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker". where, after presumed dead, he comes back to haunt Bruce, revealing a deep dark secret from his past. Other cameos include android versions of the Riddler, Two Face and Killer Croc, who are used as a part of Terry's training in "Terry's friend dates a robot". A "Armed and Dangerous poster" for the Joker is seen in Crime Alley in what is now know as Old Gotham, in the episode, "Shriek'. Also, Selina Kyle's picture is seen in "Out of the Past". See more »
'Terry, today was beach day, remember? Where were you?' Oh, nowhere, Mom, just out saving the world.
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Cartoons have come a long a way since I was a kid. Back then Batman and Superman were always 2-dimensional cardboard cutouts with interchangeable personalities. Depsite some commercial success, horribly retrograde filth like Pokemon do nothing but propagate this lack of imagination on the part of animators.
Now we have Warner Bros., whose Batman and Superman animated revivals challenge the long-held belief that cartoons are plot-wise inferior to their big screen and big budget brethren. The Batman and Superman cartoons of the early 90s have shown us a deeper, more tortured and angst-ridden side to our comic book heros while at the same time remaining firm to their virtue and nobility. This is the stuff that real dreams are made of.
Batman Beyond is just as ambitious. In the new world of technological revolution there is still need for a protector of justice. Like the original Batman, this one was again forged out of the victimology of social corruption and decadence.
By combining complex plot, intelligent dialogue, great Japanimation, an incredible cast of voices that at times have included Stockard Channing, Paul Winfield, James Sikking, Michael Gross, and Kevin Conroy, Warner Bros. has recapitalized the Batman myth for yet another generation. This new series is so smart and so edgy that I am constantly amazed by the levels of irony and metaphor. This is definitely entertaining for both kids and adults.
But don't take my word for it, check it out for yourself. You won't be disappointed.
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