Batman Beyond (1999–2001)
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I didn't really think much of it then.
It was when I found out that it was part of a TV series I have to say that my curiosity got the better of me. After seeing several episodes I began to understand it more. It was more of a teenagey show when compared to the original cartoons yet good.
I don't know why but the show just grew on me. Just something about it made me want to watch it. I also like the references to the past series and seeing the old characters no longer young and answering the question I'm sure many have been asking: he can't stay batman forever so how will it all end? Well if you're a fan of the older cartoon series or the comics (which I've never read) I think you may not enjoy this show.
To the people who hate this show I just say "well I liked it, maybe you should give it a chance mainly because the different style takes a little getting used to."
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.
But you've got to love the bit in the first episode where a punk dressed up as a joker tries to scare Bruce Wayne.
I said this in my review of "SubZero," and I'll say it again here. After the disappointing "Batman and Robin," WB needs to study these animated products and see just how Batman should be done. I would very much like to see "Batman Beyond" make it to the big screen in ANIMATED format. Until then, keep producing great episodes.
Oh man! I can't believe it has been canceled a long time ago! Why did it has been canceled?!! I looooooved it. Best Batman series ever along with 4 previous Batman The Animated Series and Gotham Knight.
I actually liked the idea of the Future of Batman. The helmet and suit with red bat logo, those were amazing. I loved them. It was completely different and excellent unique.
Even though, I'm so excited to get Batman Beyond The First complete Season which it will be releases on March, 2006 along with Justice League. It's about time, huh? :) I'm so excited.
This series deserves to have 10/10. Best series ever.
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.
That said, the following seasons, 2 and 3, did not live up to the events that were set up in the first season. The episodes focused more on Terry's life in high school, and the villains were also more teen based. That didn't make the series bad, but it did make way for some extremely terrible episodes and a side kick who was more grating than helpful.
I still wish the show hadn't ended so soon, there were a few villains who I don't feel got appropriate closure. Overall, it is a very memorable series that I highly recommend.
In summary, Batman Beyond is a definite must watch in my opinion; It makes no difference if you have been following the series from the start or if you are just getting into the universe of the Dark Knight, Batman Beyond is truly a worthy continuation to a legendary series.
My favorite character was Terry. He was hot for a cartoon character and he was brave. I also liked Terry's younger brother Matt., he was cute. My favorite episode was "Bloodsport". I liked this episode because it had a lot of action and the enemy he was against was cool.
Overall I really enjoyed this series and I was sad to see it go. "Batman Beyond" deserves 10/10 stars.
Set in a futuristic Gotham City, the show is about a a 16-year old trouble maker named, Terry McGinnis. When his father get's killed, he get's help from Bruce Wayne, who use to be Batman, to get revenge. After when Terry get's his revenge, Bruce want's Terry to protect Gotham City from evil criminal's including familiar face's like Mr. Freeze.
I use to watch this show on Cartoon Network when I was little and it did impress me.
Pro's: The character's were interesting. Terry is a rebellious teenager who end's up being a good person in the end. Bruce is old and still has that tough attitude of his. Also, the villain's were pretty interesting including the teenager who has telekinetic power's (Forgot what his name is). The animation was amazing because it has a nice, "Blade Runner", feel to it and it stay's true to how dark the setting is.
Overall, "Batman Beyond", is a great animated show for any Batman fan or anyone looking for a good animated show to watch.
At the time when this show first arrived, I was Twelve, and I was totally blown away. The story lines were complex and, the action was just as brilliant; the characters were all interesting and intriguing. It was a brilliant show.
Today, I caught a couple of episodes on syndication and I found myself picking up on innuendo's that I missed as a twelve year old, and how 'saucy' certain scenes were in the show. Something, I think you would definitely not see in today's terrible animation.
Honestly, this show has not aged in my opinion; the animation is, dare; I say it...better than the stuff today, its realistic and gritty. Amazing cartoon.
Many times with sequels like this, it is basically is either just the same character wearing the costume, just with a different name, or the new person is lame in comparison to the old hero. However neither of those things are the case with Batman Beyond. Terry is nothing like Bruce. He is his own man and, as Batman, is nothing like Bruce's Batman. Terry gives a fresh new take on Batman. The style of the series itself is nothing like Batman the animated series. The setting of the show is more cyber-punk. The villains and Batman himself have very futuristic designs and abilities, to compliment the futuristic setting.
Terry himself is a very likable and relatable character. If the audience does not initially like him at first they can at least relate to him. He has a similar past as Bruce where his parents are killed, though in Terry's case it is only one parent. Bruce is also a very relatable character. I really like what is done with Bruce in this. Instead of him only being in a couple episodes or merely referenced, they made him a secondary main character. Bruce is more of a mentor to Terry and helps him out a lot. The other characters are not really worth discussing.
The villains are pretty decent. They are not as memorable as Batman the animated series' villains, but good nonetheless. I like how most of the villains are new and not rehashes from the animated series. The ones that are carried over from that series are updated with futuristic technology. This cements this series as a different Batman from the animated series.
The animation is top-notch. It is even better than Batman the animated series. The action scenes are also very well done.
Overall, if you are a fan of batman the animated series, I seriously recommend this series.
While, at times, overly intense for the probable audience, the show was different, and great, because of this.
The story begins in a way that hooks everyone in. Terry McGinnis is a 17 year old high-schooler. With divorced parents and an overly-aggressive attitude, Terry seems to be struggling, like many teenagers, to find his place in the world. Little does he know that that place will be as the next Dark Knight.
Advice to people who are interested in beginning to view this series:
The best episodes:
"Dead Man's Hand" Season 1, Episode 8 "Spellbound" Season 1, Episode 10 "Earth Mover" Season 2, Episode 2 "Bloodsport" Season 2, Episode 6 "Once Burned" Season 2, Episode 7 "Eyewitness" Season 2, Episode 14 "Plague" Season 2, Episode 21 "King's Ransom" Season 3, Episode 1 "The Call: Part 1" Season 3, Episode 7 "The Call: Part 2" Season 3, Episode 8
The episodes that COULD be disturbing/frightening to younger children (10 and under):
"Shriek" Season 1, Episode 7 (Simply for a few scenes with creepy voices) "Earth Mover" Season 2, Episode 2 (For frightening images and a frightening/intense storyline) "Eyewitness" Season 2, Episode 14 (Purely for the intensity of the episode) "Plague" Season 2, Episode 21 (For frightening images)
I remember watching the Rebirth episode on prime time when it was originally previewed. If there could be a Batman to succeed Bruce Wayne, they came up with a great character in the form of Terry McGinnis. I like how this teen came from a broken home (divorced parents) and was so bad at one point, he had to spend some time in juvenile hall. He is a youth with a chip on his shoulder and his chance meeting with Bruce Wayne, his accidental discovery of who Bruce once was, and Terry's ultimate destiny of suiting up and taking flight as the new Batman was priceless.
The only episodes of this series that I don't like are the ones without Bruce Wayne in it. Sorry, but without Bruce, it just doesn't seem like Batman at all. Bruce Wayne is the actual reason I watched this show. I liked the he has a dog named Ace since Batman had a BatHound named Ace in the comics at one time.
Other than Bruce, the only other original character is Commissioner Barbara Gordon, the former Batgirl, whose relationship with Bruce ended bitterly (as did Dick Grayson and Tim Drake's associations with him) and now she is against any costumed vigilantes in Gotham.
Other than Rebirth, my favorite episodes were the ones that had tie ins to the original series, like the ones that returned Mr. Freeze and Bane as well as Talia and Ras Al Ghul in Out of the Past and the two part episode, the Call, which returned a slightly older Superman and the introduction of the future Justice League. I am thankful for that episode for paving the way to animating the Justice League.
I haven't seen all the third season yet, but I await its DVD release, so I can see the final episode, Unmasked.
As for villains, give me the Joker, Penguin, Two Face, the Riddler, and Catwoman any day over the likes of Spellbinder, Shriek, Stalker,Curare, and Inque. I also hated that Derek Powers/Blight did not return beyond season one. I do get a kick out of the Jokerz street gang trying to keep the Joker's legacy alive.
All in all, this was a fun show, but I prefer the original Batman: The Animated Series any day. But I will say that I consider Batman Beyond far more superior to the new cartoon "The Batman" any day.