this now sadly defunct 1999 animated TV series it is forty or so years in
the future and Bruce Wayne (the original Batman) is simply too old to
continue as the Dark Knight. However, when a high school teenager named
Terry McGinnis discovers Wayne's secret, he takes over as the "new" Batman,
courtesy of a high-tech Batsuit and some fancy futuristic gizmos.
This highly imaginative show drops the whole Batman mythos off into a wildly
futuristic cityscape that seems to owe more to Buck
Rogers than it does to the original gloomy Gotham of the Tim Burton
Batman movies. You'd expect the series to steal
more from Frank Miller's iconic Dark Knight Returns graphic novel
than it ultimately does, but the truth is that Batman Beyond is still
a kiddies show, albeit a rather dark one.
THE DISCS: Not much in the line of extras. Two audio commentaries and
one panel discussion with the show's producers.
WORTH IT? At times the futuristic setting seems just too futuristic -
just how much will things have changed in forty years? But this is a minor
kibble: the animation is good, the storylines original, the episodes kinetic
enough to never lose one's interest and the voice talent well-chosen.
RECOMMENDATION: What easily could have become "the new adventures of
Robin" thankfully underplays any camp and avoids any lame one-liners.
Batman Beyond will be appreciated by adult as well as younger comic book
fans. Buy it today if you enjoyed the original animated
Batman show of the early 1990s.
Here is a list of the episodes featured in Batman Beyond: Season Two.
2. Earth Mover
4. Lost Soul
5. Hidden Agenda
7. Once Burned
8. Hooked Up
10. Mind Games
13. Terry's Friend Dates a Robot
15. Final Cut
16. The Last Resort
18. Sneak Peek
19. The Eggbaby
22. April Moon
23. Sentries of the Last Cosmos
25. Where's Terry?
26. Ace in the Hole