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
Right off the bat with Season 2, the WB network wanted a strong young teenage girl to be in on Terry's secret and hopefully share his adventures with. It was decided to have Max Gibson, a friend and classmate of Terry's, be in on Terry's secret. None of the writers liked the idea of including Max, but the network wanted someone girls could identify with. She always seemed superfluous to writer Stan Berkowitz who said in an interview Terry could talk to Bruce about his dual identity issues, and the show already had a younger gateway character in the form of Terry's little brother. Berkowitz also said you can see what he thought of Max in the way Bruce Wayne treated her in Batman Beyond: Where's Terry? (2000). See more »
Look, if you had any proof they were going to do something, it would be different. But I'm not going to change my plans because of a hunch.
Hey, I put my life on the line all the time. One night isn't going to make any difference.
One night always makes the difference.
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For a cartoon set in the future, 'Batman Beyond' appears slick and glossy. It is fun to watch, and is well-made. Considering his fine voice work as Batman/Bruce Wayne in 'Batman: The Animated Series,' Kevin Conroy was a perfect choice for the elderly version of our hero in 'Batman Beyond.'
Here he is about 40 years into the future. He may walking with a cane now, and unable to continue being Batman, but he can still give someone a good slug or two.
It's been 20 years since Bruce Wayne retired from his life as Batman (due to a mild heart attack). Because of this, Gotham City had spent these two long decades without the Dark Knight. But that changes when a teenager named Terry McGinnis enters the picture and makes the connection that Batman was really Bruce Wayne. McGinnis becomes the new Dark Knight to avenge the murder of his father.
Bruce Wayne may be too old to be Batman anymore, but it's good that the persona has been reborn in Terry McGinnis. Besides, without Batman (any Batman), Gotham City would fall apart.
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