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.
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 clothing and fashion sense of the era that the series is set in, is a a very eclectic one. The creators have stated that one of themes they wanted to explore in the series was the class battle. With the primary villains ranging from the over-class corrupt businessmen (Derek Powers for instance) to the lowest of the dregs (the JOKERZ and other gangs), the clothing would always feel different. The new style of clothing would have a very Victorian/Old English feel to them, to further illustrate the Dickensian themes (most notably those from "A Tale of Two Cities"). In addition to the clothing, the structure of the city would play on the themes as well. For example, the lower you are on the class levels, the higher you would have to rise to get to the industrial and business districts (via future tech elevators and monorails among other things). See more »
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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