Batman Beyond: Seasons 1-3
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Terry McGinnis was just an ordinary teenager...until his father was mysteriously murdered. Suspecting foul play at his father's company Wayne/Powers Corporation, Terry meets Bruce Wayne and learns a secret identity hidden for decades. Now too old to battle injustice, Wayne refuses to help. So Terry does what any brash young kid would do: steal the Batsuit and take matters into his own hands! Vowing to avenge his father's death, Terry dons the high-tech suit tricked out with jetpacks, a supersensitive microphone and even camouflage capabilities in search of his father's assassin. Get in on the action from the beginning of a new partnership between an ex-crimefighter and his apprentice.]]>
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Will Friedle is a great boice actor and frequently has played a great protagonist (Advent Rising anyone?), but this is undoubtedly his greatest role. The way the aging Bruce Wayne and he play off of each other is absolutely fantastic and frequently hilarious.
If the series has one flaw, it's that a fair number of the episodes fall into gross-out-weird monster-of-the-week territory. No problem, just skip them. The episodes that actually further the story and characters are downright amazing and frequently feature fantastic fight choreography, cinematography, and (again) wonderful writing.
This was was a great show when I watched it on television, but it holds up even better today. On a big screen like my projector with a decent sound system it's absolutely amazing. As others have said, it's like Blade Runner meets Batman, and you'll feel like playing a round of Netrunner when you finish watching.
Highly recommended. It's also required viewing if you want to go on to Justice League and Justice League Unlimited.
This story takes place approximately 50 years in the future (from the current year of the Batman cartoons). In this series, Bruce Wayne is an old man (in his 80s) and has obviously stopped being Batman. He still lives at Wayne Manor, with his guard dog Ace (a black Great Dane). Through a series of events, he ends up meeting a teenager named Terry who eventually assumes the identify of Batman.
But, the technology has improved - the Batman costume is now super powered and allows for Batman to fly and have extraordinary strength (and a bunch of other handy things).
But, what I like most about this story is that it has a touch of the old and the new - you still have Bruce Wayne and his personality, morals, and you also see things through someone else's eyes (Terry). They also find a way to introduce some of the old villans like The Joker, Mr. Freeze, Ra's al Ghul, etc. but also introduce new ones like Ink (due to a chemical accident, is in the form of a large blob of ink and can change shapes as needed), Shriek (can manipulate or eliminate sound) and Spellbinder (controls people using virtual reality dreams).
This cartoon is easily enjoyed by kids and adults alike. I can't wait for them to make this into a movie (nothing official yet but would be a great follow up to the current movies). Love this cartoon.
Don't get me wrong, I really like Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and Young Justice has some potential. But the majority of today's shows are mindless and way too little kid-oriented.
Now, that being said, when I bought Batman Beyond Seasons 1-3, it was a breath of fresh air. I hadn't seen the show since I was a kid, and I was amazed by how dark and gritty it was (very much like the old Batman: TAS).
Terry McGinnis is a high-schooler (spoiler alert) who, after his father is murdered, takes on the mantle of the bat. What begins as revenge eventually turns into redemption (Terry was once in Juvenile Hall), and finally, Terry realizes that it's his destiny to be the dark knight.
It's like he says during the series pilot, "I... AM... Batman!"
I'm a huge fan of Kevin Conroy, and he does an excellent job as an aging and very cranky Bruce Wayne. And Will Friedle does a fantastic job as Terry, perfectly capturing the sound of an angsty teenager with the weight of the world on his shoulders.
Here's what you need to do: Buy Batman Beyond, Seasons 1-3 (DC Comics Classic Collection), and when you absolutely love it, check out Batman: The Animated Series, Vol. 1. You will not regret it.