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Batman Beyond
Batman Beyond logo.jpg
Format Animated series, superhero, cyberpunk
Starring Will Friedle
Kevin Conroy
Stockard Channing
Cree Summer
Lauren Tom
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes (52 aired) (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Jean MacCurdy
Shaun McLaughlin
Producer(s) Alan Burnett
Paul Dini
Glen Murakami
Bruce Timm
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel The WB (Kids' WB), Cartoon Network
Original run January 10, 1999 – December 18, 2001
Chronology
Preceded by Justice League: Unlimited
Followed by The Zeta Project (took place within episodes) Last episode given by Justice League: Unlimited episode "Epilogue"

Batman Beyond, also known as Batman of the Future, is an American animated television series created by The WB Television Network in collaboration with DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation as a continuation of the Batman legacy. It began airing on January 10, 1999, and ended its run on December 18, 2001. After 52 episodes spanning three seasons and one direct-to-video film, the series was put on hold for the new Justice League animated series despite the network having announced plans for a fourth season.[1] However, there was a short-lived spin-off, The Zeta Project. In The Zeta Project's first season episode "Shadows", there is a crossover with Batman Beyond; in this continuity, the story takes place between the episode "Countdown" and the series finale "Unmasked."

Batman Beyond is set in the chronological future of the DC animated universe, although it was released before Justice League, Justice League Unlimited, and Static Shock. Some characters from the series appeared two years later in "Future Shock", an episode of Static Shock, and then again in "The Once and Future Thing," episodes of Justice League Unlimited. The character of Terry McGinnis was revisited a final time in the JLU episode "Epilogue", which tells much about the future of Batman.

Batman Beyond is said to exploit the darker side of many Batman projects, playing basically on such key elements as emotions, personal relations, the fear of the unknown, and technological malfunctions. As such, it was considerably darker than most other children's programs at the time, ironic as producer Bruce Timm recalls it was originally conceived as a kid-friendly Batman cartoon.[citation needed] It is also the first Batman series to portray the hero as a teenager. IGN named the show 40th on their list of Top 100 Animated TV Series.

Contents

Story

The pilot episode begins in 2019, where an aging Batman, equipped with a high-tech Batsuit, takes on the kidnappers of Bunny Vreeland (the daughter of Veronica Vreeland, one of Bruce Wayne's many girlfriends). During the battle, Batman suffers a heart attack which leaves him unable to fight, forcing him to betray a life-long principle by threatening a criminal with a gun. Because of this, Bruce Wayne retires the Batman persona, vowing never to revive it. It is implied by virtue of his continuing to fight crime long after he should have, and his retaining of the costumes worn by Robin, Nightwing, and Batgirl, that even before this point something horrible transpired that caused Bruce to sever his ties with the Justice League and forbid his allies to ever again assume their alter-egos. (The events which caused all of this are revealed in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker.)

The story then fast-forwards to 2039 in Neo-Gotham, now a futuristic megalopolis equipped with staggering high rises and hovering/flying vehicles. Bruce Wayne is now a recluse, living in bitter isolation with no companion but his guard dog, Ace. Terry McGinnis is an athletic 16-year-old high school student and reformed troublemaker with a deeply ingrained sense of personal justice. His first act in the series is to defend a fellow passenger on a commuter rail from a member of the Jokerz gang. After trying to defend his girlfriend from an entire gang of Jokerz, Terry is forced to engage in a high-speed chase which ultimately ends on the grounds of Wayne Manor, where a fleeing Terry runs into the elderly Bruce Wayne. Bruce and Terry fend off the Jokerz side-by-side, but the exertion aggravates Bruce's heart condition. Terry helps Bruce back to the manor and, after Bruce nods off for a bit, stumbles upon the entrance to the Batcave. He is chased out by a recovered and angered Bruce.

Terry returns home to discover that his father had been murdered, apparently by the vengeful Jokerz. Soon after, he finds out that the man actually responsible for the murder was Derek Powers, CEO of a merged Wayne-Powers (Bruce had foiled the merger repeatedly during his time as Batman, but evidently gave in soon after retiring the cowl) and his father's employer, because he possessed knowledge of illegal chemical weapons being produced by Powers. Terry "borrows" the Batsuit, intending to bring Powers to justice. Bruce initially opposes his efforts and vehemently demands Terry return the suit (going so far as to paralyse the suit while Terry is still inside it, which almost leads to his death), but Terry is able to convince him otherwise, and subsequently defeats Powers. Realizing that crime and corruption are running rampant in Gotham, Bruce offers Terry the chance to assume the role of Batman.

Terry's first foe is Derek Powers, now mutated into a radioactive monstrosity known as Blight through a combination of deadly chemical gas and radiation. He soon comes to have his own rogues gallery: the seductive shape-shifter Inque; the hypnotist Spellbinder; the bitter, deaf sound expert Shriek; the deadly assassin Curare; the insane terrorist Mad Stan; the African hunter Stalker; a new version of the Royal Flush Gang; Then he meets a nerd named Willie Watt who controlled a Golem to get revenge on the bullies. However he confronts him again in the second season more powerful than ever; and the Jokerz, a gang idolizing the notorious Clown Prince of Crime. However, on occasion, Terry is also forced to face his mentor's old foes, such as the rejuvenated Mr. Freeze; common criminals using Bane's strength-enhancing Venom substance in the form of slap-on patches; androids of the Riddler, Two-Face and Killer Croc; the immortal Ra's al Ghul; and, inevitably, the reborn Joker.

Terry also comes to find similar allies. Maxine "Max" Gibson is a 17-year-old computer genius who discovers Batman's secret identity, and helps Terry with everything from computer hacking, to babysitting, to coming up with excuses for Terry's girlfriend Dana Tan. Max plays an integral part in Batman's war on crime, essentially as his Alfred. He also forms a begrudging partnership with Police Commissioner Barbara Gordon, the former Batgirl. She is unhappy with the idea of a new Batman, especially a teenager, as she is still haunted by the same event that caused Bruce to go into isolation. However, she knows that she and the police under her command need Batman, whether she likes it or not. Furthermore, she understands from personal experience that she cannot deter Terry any more than she could have been deterred from being Batgirl. Passing conversation between Barbara and Bruce suggests that, at the time of Batgirl's retirement, the suit had bullet holes in it that had since been repaired.

Episodes

Characters

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Main characters

Terry's family

Recurring characters

  • Barbara Gordon: The Gotham City police commissioner, and the former Batgirl. Unlike most Batman universes, she has never lost the use of her legs or become the Oracle, although the event that in the comics led her to become the latter was referenced in the A touch of Curaré episode. Voiced by Stockard Channing and Angie Harmon.
  • Sam Young: A Gotham district attorney, and Barbara's husband. Voiced by the late Paul Winfield.
  • Howard Groote: A nerdy student at Hamilton Hill High School, and a friend of Terry. His design was based on producer Paul Dini. Voiced by Max Brooks.
  • Bobbi "Blade" Summer: A popular student at Terry's school. She never has a steady boyfriend, and occasionally goes out with different boys. Blade is seen to be friends with Terry, Dana, Max, and Howard. Voiced by Melissa Disney.
  • Chelsea Cunningham: Another Hamilton High student, she's the best friend of Dana and Terry and former girlfriend and crush of Nelson. Voiced by Yvette Lowenthal and Rachael Leigh Cook.
  • Nelson Nash: An athlete and bully at Terry's school. He seems to be popular with the girls, but never has a steady girlfriend. He was most likely inspired by Flash Thompson from the Spider-Man universe[citation needed]. Voiced by Seth Green.

Villains

  • Derek Powers: A ruthless businessman, whose company Powers Technology merged with Wayne Enterprises years before. After exposure to nerve gas (alternately referred to as a virus), Powers is treated with extreme radiation and becomes the radioactive villain Blight. Voiced by Sherman Howard, who played Lex Luthor in Superboy.
  • Inque: Treated with a mutagen, Inque has the ability to turn her body into liquid. She is a freelance saboteur. Voiced by Shannon Kenny.
  • Shriek: Walter Shreeve is initially an engineer hoping to improve society with his inventions. He is led down a decidedly darker path by Powers, who wants a return on his investment in Shreeve's research. He thus dubs Sheeve Shriek, based on his special suit which allows him to generate destructive sound waves and manipulate sound in a wide variety of ways. During a fight with Batman, his suit is damaged, causing it to pick up sounds at such a high volume that Shreeve is rendered deaf. Though he develops a special headset to hear normally, the incident drives him insane and vengeful against Batman. Voiced by Chris Mulkey.
  • Spellbinder: Ira Billings is a bitter and underpaid psychologist at Terry's high school who commits crimes using sophisticated virtual reality systems and his knowledge of the human mind as Spellbinder. Voiced by: Jon Cypher
  • Stalker: An African big game hunter who was enhanced with cybernetic implants after an encounter with a panther. Finding wild animals too easy with his new body, he seeks Batman as the ultimate prey. Voiced by Carl Lumbly.
  • Curaré: A member of the Society of Assassins who wields a laser-sharpened scimitar. She is credited as being voiced by Melissa Disney.
  • Mad Stan: A rabidly anti-government terrorist who rebels against what he sees as a corrupt system. His solution to any given problem is to "blow it up," and as such he is an expert in explosives. Voiced by (and resembles) Henry Rollins.
  • The Joker: The evil psychotic Clown Prince of Crime who only appears in the direct-to-video feature Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. In this incarnation, Joker implants a copy of his DNA and personality in Tim Drake, the second Robin (in the animated series universe), allowing him to transform Tim into a clone of himself. Voiced again by Mark Hamill.
  • Mr. Freeze: The tragic villain lives on as nothing but an immortal head preserved by Derek Powers. He is used as a test subject for an attempt to clone Powers a new body. However, Freeze's new body begins to get the same symptoms as his previous body, and after Power's scientist tries to eliminate Freeze to study the problem, he seeks revenge, facing off in one final battle with Blight and Batman. Voiced again by Michael Ansara.
  • Ra's al Ghul: Living on by possessing his daughter Talia's body (effectively killing her), the seemingly immortal Ra's intends to take over Bruce Wayne's body and gain control of Wayne Enterprises as a means of revenge against his former foe. Voiced again by David Warner and Olivia Hussey as Talia.
  • Dr. Able Cuvier: A doctor who starts a trend in infusing animal biology, also known as "splicing," with human DNA. He mutates himself into a chimera to battle Batman. The technology of splicing becomes outlawed shortly after his defeat, but continues to surface as an illegal subculture throughout the series. Voiced by Ian Buchanan of The Bold and the Beautiful fame.
  • Bane: Bane's condition has since deteriorated, leaving only a withered husk of a man confined to a wheelchair. The substance that gave him his strength, Venom, is now the only thing keeping him alive. When someone begins selling Venom-laced "slapper" patches to teenagers, it is discovered that Bane's personal attendant named Jackson Chappell (voiced by Larry Drake) now has the formula and is mass-producing it. During a battle with Batman, the attendant overdoses on the slapper patches, apparently sending him into a coma.
  • Charlie "Big Time" Bigelow: Charlie Bigelow was a loudmouth hoodlum and a former friend of Terry McGinnis who got involved with the wrong crowd, and ended up becoming a mutated powerhouse. Voiced by Stephen Baldwin and later Clancy Brown.
  • The Royal Flush Gang: A crime family of five members; the husband and wife "King" and "Queen" (Mr. and Mrs. Walker), their daughter Ten (Melanie Walker), their son Jack (Jack Walker) and their bodyguard Ace (an android). Melanie develops a relationship with Terry, similar to the original Batman's relationship with Catwoman.
  • Willie Watt: A nerd at Hamilton Hill High who seeks revenge on his classmates and his father. He controlled a robot called the GoLeM (Galvanized Lifting Machine). But it was destroyed by Batman and was sent to a county juvenile for 3 years. However, his experience with GoLeM made him develop a telekinetic ability. Voiced by Scott McAfee

Lexicon

To help carry off the feel of a world 20–40 years in the future, Batman Beyond employed a group of slang terms either specifically invented or with altered usage.

  • Schway: An adjective generally synonymous with "cool."
  • Slag: General purpose expletive used as both noun and verb. Interestingly, this term may have been inspired by the use of the same word by characters in Beast Wars: Transformers who used the word in much the same manner[citation needed]. Incidentally the word is in usage in British slang, where it refers to a promiscuous woman.
  • Dreg: generally meaning "lowlife."
  • Slapper: A futuristic form of steroids, administered by a transdermal patch that is "slapped" onto the skin. It is later revealed that the drug is Venom, the same poison that gave Bane strength. (episode: "The Winning Edge") The word is in usage in British and Irish slang, where it refers to a woman dressed in revealing and offensive clothing.
  • Twip: Generally meaning "twerp" or "twit".
  • Credits (or creds): The general currency is referred to as "credits," and are carried on plastic cards.
  • Atrac a parallel of Amtrak, it appears to be a monorail-like railway service which travels nationally.

Post-series crossovers: 2004–2005

# Title Director(s) Writer(s) Original Airdate(s)
40 "Future Shock" Vic Dal Chele Stan Berkowitz January 17, 2004 (2004-01-17)
Static is sent 40 years into the future, where he has to help the Batman of that era, Terry McGinnis, save a captured superhero: Static's future self. 
# Title Director(s) Writer(s) Original Airdate(s)
12 "The Once and Future Thing, Part 1: Weird Western Tales" Dan Riba Dwayne McDuffie January 22, 2005 (2005-01-22)
Batman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern chase Chronos to the past, where they team up with some of the greatest DC heroes of the Old West. After defeating stolen future tech in that era, they again follow Chronos to the future. Warhawk from the Batman Beyond era is revealed to be Green Lantern and Hawkgirl's son. Guest starring: Bat-Lash, Jonah Hex, and other DC characters from the Old West. This episode also teases with the idea of Wonder Woman and Batman having a relationship. 
13 "The Once and Future Thing, Part 2: Time Warped" Joaquim dos Santos Dwayne McDuffie January 29, 2005 (2005-01-29)
Batman, Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman's pursuit of Chronos takes them to the future Gotham City of Batman Beyond, just in time to face a battle with a group of Jokerz beside that era's Justice League. The time travellers are taken to the JLU's refuge. An older Bruce Wayne reveals the street gang they fought together was enhanced by Chronos who lead them to kill the rest of the League of that era. The combined heroes defeat the retooled Jokerz, and Batman traps Chronos in a time loop, right before he started his first time travel. This episode contains references to Crisis on Infinite Earths. The second time in the DCAU in which Hal Jordan appears as Green Lantern
26 "Epilogue" Dan Riba Dwayne McDuffie July 23, 2005 (2005-07-23)
In the future, Amanda Waller reveals to an older Terry McGinnis that through her scientific manipulations, he is actually Bruce Wayne's son. The final scene in this episode mirrors the first scene in Batman: The Animated Series, as the creative team thought it could possibly be the final JLU episode. 

Justice League connection

In the third season of Batman Beyond, a two-part story entitled "The Call", which featured (for the first time) the futuristic Justice League Unlimited helped to form an early basis for Bruce Timm's next series, Justice League, which was in turn succeeded by Justice League Unlimited. The setting and characters of Batman Beyond were also briefly revived in 2004 for an episode of Static Shock in which Static is accidentally transported 40 years into the future.

Justice League Unlimited revisited the world of Batman Beyond twice in 2005. The first time featured Batman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern transported 50 years into the future to stop a time-travelling villain with the help of the future Justice League Unlimited cast, including Terry McGinnis as Batman and a future Static. The second time occurred during the episode "Epilogue", where the true secret origin of the future Batman is learned in a story meant to be the de facto series finale for this Batman's story.

Project Batman Beyond

The Justice League Unlimited episode "Epilogue", set 15 years after the conclusion of Batman Beyond, reveals that Bruce Wayne is actually Terry McGinnis' biological father. The episode is told largely in flashbacks.

Over the years, Amanda Waller came to respect Batman and even trust him. As the years passed, she saw that he was getting older and slower. The thought of a world without Batman was unacceptable to her, so she decided to make a new one. She used her Cadmus connections to gather the technology for "Project Batman Beyond", and obtained Bruce Wayne's DNA. She found a young Neo Gotham couple with psychological profiles nearly identical to those of Bruce's parents, and injected Warren McGinnis with a nanotech solution programmed to re-write his reproductive material into an exact copy of Bruce Wayne's. A little over a year later, Mary McGinnis gave birth to Terry, a child sharing half her genetic material and half Bruce's.

When Terry was 8 years-old, Waller employed an elderly Andrea Beaumont (the enigmatic killer from Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and once Bruce Wayne's true love) as an assassin to kill Terry's family, hoping the trauma would put him on the path to becoming Batman. However, Beaumont could not commit the act, arguing that Batman would never resort to murder to achieve his goals. Waller, however, conceded that Beaumont had been right, and made no further attempts to push Terry into becoming Batman, although she also stated to Terry that "when making a Batman, genetics is only half the story. The rest is tragedy" in an attempt to explain why she believed that doing this would put him on the path to becoming Batman. Derek Powers would later have Warren murdered, resulting in Terry becoming the new Batman. As the death of Warren proved soon afterwards, she was correct.

Fifteen years after Terry became the new Batman, Bruce's kidneys fail and doctors need a tissue donor to clone him new ones. When Terry shows a perfect histo-compatibility match with Bruce, he runs a DNA test and found out that half his DNA was from Bruce. Terry assumes that Bruce set the whole thing up, using some old Cadmus nanotechnology to have Terry's genes rewritten to match Bruce's, similar to what the Joker did to Tim Drake. He tracks Waller down, and she reveals his origins to him. Waller also reminds Terry that he is Bruce's son, not his clone, and that despite his genetics he still has free will and makes his own choice in becoming Batman.

Whether Bruce was the genetic father of Terry's younger brother Matt as well was not clearly established, as nothing was stated as to the longevity of the alterations made to Warren McGinnis; however, the series' creators have said that this is most likely the case[citation needed]. Matt and Terry both have black hair, but are the sons of two red-haired people – a genetic impossibility as red hair is recessive, and requires a gene from both parents in order to present as a phenotype.

Films

  • Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker – A direct-to-video feature in which the Joker makes his return to Gotham. The original release was censored for elements of violence and death, and a second, uncensored release came later.
  • There was also a planned Batman Beyond live action feature, to be written by Paul Dini. However, Warner Bros. shelved the project and eventually went with the Batman Begins concept instead. In August 2000, Warner Bros. announced that it was developing a live action film adaptation of the TV series Batman Beyond with Boaz Yakin attached to co-write and direct. The TV series' creators Paul Dini and Alan Burnett were hired to write a screenplay for the feature film, with author Neal Stephenson consulting the duo.[2] By July 2001, a first draft was turned in to the studio, and the writers were waiting to see if a rewrite would be needed. The studio, also exploring other takes of Batman in development,[3] eventually placed the Batman Beyond on hold in August 2001.[4]

Home media releases

Season releases

DVD Name Release Date Episodes Additional Information
The Complete First Season March 21, 2006 13 Special Features: Creators' Commentary on 2 Key Episodes; Inside Batman Beyond: Meet Series Creators; Music of the Knight: Enjoy Score-Only Versions of Key Scenes.
The Complete Second Season October 24, 2006 26 Special Features: Creators' Commentary on 2 Key Episodes; Inside Batman Beyond: The Panel – In-Depth Dialogue with the Show's Creators.
The Complete Third Season March 20, 2007 13 Special Features: Inside Batman Beyond; Featurettes on 4 episodes by producers, directors, and Will Friedle.

Individual episodes

DVD Name Release Date Episodes Additional Information
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (edited version) December 12, 2000 1 Commentary by the Filmmakers*; Behind-the-Scenes Documentary; Deleted Scenes; Animation Tests; Music Video Crash by Mephisto Odyssey featuring Static X; Animated Character Bios; Interactive Menus; Production Notes; Trailers; Scene Access; Subtitles: English & Francais.
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (original uncut version) April 23, 2002 1 Commentary by the Filmmakers*; Behind-the-Scenes Documentary; Deleted Scenes; Animation Tests; Music Video Crash by Mephisto Odyssey featuring Static X; Animated Character Bios; Interactive Menus; Production Notes; Trailers; Scene Access; Subtitles: English & Francais.
Batman Beyond: School Dayz and Spellbound March 2, 2004 6
Batman Beyond: Tech Wars and Disappearing Inque March 2, 2004 6
  • Note: The audio commentaries for both the edited and uncut versions of Return of the Joker were provided by the same contributors, however both versions are slightly different from each other.

Comics

Cover art by Bruce Timm from the Batman Beyond comic book miniseries, depicting Batman battling Blight.

After an initial 6-issues limited series released in March 1999, Batman Beyond had its own comic book series, running through November 1999 until October 2001, for a total of 24 issues. They were set in the same world of the show and aimed at younger readers.

Originally, Batman Beyond #3 (the monthly series) was to focus on the Terrific Trio from the episode "Heroes." The story would have 2-D Man and Magma trying to revive their former teammate, Freon. It was rejected due to their resemblance to the Fantastic Four.[5]

Terry also appeared in Superman Adventures #64. The story has Terry/Batman traveling to the present and teaming up with Superman against a futuristic version of Brainiac.

More recently, in Superman/Batman #22 (written by Jeph Loeb), a Batman wearing the Beyond costume appears, making his first foray into the regular DC Comics continuity. The plot involves Bizarro being transported to an alternate version of Gotham City. It would appear from #23 that this Batman is someone named "Tim" (presumably Tim Drake). However, the writers admitted to the mistake of misnaming the character,[citation needed] and although the name was rumored to be changed to "Terry" in the trade paperback, it still reads "Tim" (see first page of "Smoke and Mirrors" chapter in the trade paperback). Furthermore, the packaging for the action figure created by DC Direct based on this appearance in Superman/Batman also erroneously identifies Batman Beyond as Tim Drake instead of Terry McGinnis. Another oddity is the Batwing pictured is the version from Batman: The Animated Series, not Batman Beyond. Whether this is the regular DC universe or a parallel one is still to be seen. It is possible that this may be an alternate reality as the same story has Batzarro transported to the world of Superman: Red Son, an Elseworlds communist version of Superman.

On March 3, 2007, Dan DiDio announced that Terry McGinnis may be showing up in the DCU sometime that year.[6] Terry appeared in Countdown to Final Crisis #21, as an inhabitant of Earth-12.[7]

A Green Lantern implied to be from a universe within the multiverse similar to that of Batman Beyond (though not the same GL represented in the animated series) is a participant in the Countdown: Arena series leading towards Final Crisis.

A six-part Batman Beyond miniseries will begin its run June 2010, set in 2039 Neo-Gotham, revolving around the assassination of anyone who had anything to do with Bruce Wayne's Batman, foe or friend. Dan DiDio stated that this "Terry McGinnis mini-series" is in response to the interest expressed by the "fans of the character."[8]. It will be penned by Adam Beechen, a non-DCAU Batman television writer. According to Beechen, the comic book arc will open the door for the "legendary" DCAU to enter into the mainstream DC Universe (comics), tying into both continuities. The series will take place after McGinnis had defeated the reborn Joker and pick up where Bruce Timm initially left off, but years before he learns that Bruce Wayne is his biological father.[9][10][11]

Another unrelated project is also being produced for early 2010 release. Superman/Batman Annual 2010 will be a single over-sized issue featuring Terry McGinnis' Batman. Author Paul Levitz will be writing the story, having experience collaborating with Paul Dini and Alan Burnett in the past. It will pick up after Superman's first meeting with the new Batman taking place in the DCAU, and also jibing with the DCU.[12]

Spin-offs

Batman Beyond had a spin-off called The Zeta Project, featuring a revamped version of the synthoid Zeta from the Batman Beyond episode "Zeta." Batman would guest star in the episode "Shadows."

The supervillain Stalker was to have appeared in The Zeta Project episode "Taffy Time," but didn't make it[citation needed]. The second season episode, "Ro's Gift," has an appearance made by the Brain Trust from the Batman Beyond episode "Mind Games." Terry McGinnis/Batman was originally slated to appear in this episode as well, but was cut since Bruce Timm and company were working on Justice League.[citation needed]

Reception

Soundtrack

Batman Beyond
Television theme (Television score) by Shirley Walker, Kristopher Carter, Lolita Ritmanis, Michael McCuistion
Released August 31, 1999
Label Rhino/Wea
  1. Batman Beyond (Main Title) – Kristopher Carter
  2. Cold Vs. Hot – Lolita Ritmanis
  3. Terrific Trio Vs. Rocketeers – Michael McCuistion
  4. Bat-Slapped In Store – Kristopher Carter
  5. Farewells – Lolita Ritmanis
  6. Batman Defeats Chappell – Kristopher Carter
  7. Batman Chases Inque – Kristopher Carter
  8. Yachting With The Card Gang – Michael McCuistion
  9. Batman's First Fight – Michael McCuistion
  10. The Legacy Continues – Michael McCuistion
  11. Hotel Scuffle – Shirley Walker
  12. Trouble In The Museum – Shirley Walker
  13. Inque Escapes! – Kristopher Carter
  14. Nuclear Lab Destruction – Michael McCuistion
  15. Golem Chases Shoppers – Shirley Walker
  16. Willie Defeated – Shirley Walker
  17. Genetic Theft – Michael McCuistion
  18. Joker Chase – Lolita Ritmanis
  19. Move To The Groove – Lolita Ritmanis
  20. Batman Beyond (End Credits) – Shirley Walker

See also

References

External links


Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Batman Beyond is a cartoon series set in the future of the DC Animated Universe. It stars Terry McGinnis, a high school student who takes on the role of Batman under the tutelage of the original Dark Knight, the now-retired Bruce Wayne.

Contents

Season 1

Rebirth

Jokerz Leader: We're the Jokerz!
Bruce Wayne: Sure you are.

Terry: [looking at Ace] Nice dog.
Bruce: Not really.

Terry:"You have to do something! You're Batman!"
Bruce:"I was Batman".

Terry: "You're no Batman; You whacked out old FRAUD!"

Mr. Fixx: You're pretty strong, for some clown who thinks he's Batman.
Terry: I am Batman!

Bruce Wayne: I should warn you, I can be a difficult taskmaster. I accept nothing short of excellence in all who work for me.
Terry: I think I can handle it.
Bruce Wayne: Very good then, Mr. McGinnis. Welcome to my world.

Black Out

[Batman is saved from Inque in the nick of time by Bruce, sporting the Grey Ghost's hat and goggles]
Batman: What took you so long?
Bruce: A sudden case of shyness.

Barbara Gordon: I hear you wrangled yourself a new errand boy.
Bruce: I never wrangled anyone. You all came to me.
Barbara: Maybe for once you should try to talk someone out of it.
Bruce: Would it have worked for you?
[Barbara smiles]

Terry: [about Inque] It was like...some kinda blob!

Terry: Look, you may be used to dealing with freaks and monsters, but I'm a little new at this.

Golem

Terry: It belongs to Nelson Nash. He goes to Hill High.
Bruce: Know anyone who might have a grudge against him?
Terry: The line starts with me and goes around the block. Twice.

Meltdown

Mr. Freeze: Take a good look, Doctor. I've been like this for nearly fifty years, and I haven't aged one day. I have become what many men have dreamed of: an immortal. And yet, there hasn't been a day, an hour, a minute, I haven't thought about death. It obsesses me. Even now.

Mr. Freeze: Save your breath. I am neither worried by pain nor comforted by benign words.

Terry McGinnis: We'll let the police handle this.
Mr. Freeze: No, I've caused this man enough pain.

Mr. Freeze: Remember - there may be some momentary discomfort. [echoing the Doctor's words when she tried to kill him]

[The building he is in begins crashing down, and as Powers escapes the destruction, out of the rubble rises Freeze, in a new and powerful Freeze suit]
Mr. Freeze: It's something I've kept in cold storage.

Blight: [melting Mr. Freeze] And behold, I shall be a blight upon the land, and everything I touch shall wither and die!

Blight: You only got a tan that time, Batman. Here comes the real burn!

Bruce Wayne: [via comlink, as the sensors in the Batcave fly off the charts] Terry! There's something hot in that room!
Terry McGinnis: [In the Batman costume, with Blight stepping on his head] No kidding!

Mr. Freeze: Stay where you are.
Batman: You've got to get out of here, Freeze! The whole place is going to go!
Mr. Freeze: Believe me, you're the only one who cares.

Terry McGinnis: I guess you were right about Freeze all along.
Bruce Wayne: We both were.

Heroes

Batman: Remember, you're a hero.
Magma: No. Real heroes, they make a choice. I never did.

Shriek

Terry: [about Crime Alley] I'd think you'd want it to be torn down, so maybe after all these years you could finally forget.
Bruce: Do you want to forget what happened to your father?

Derek Powers: You should know something about the psych ward here: there's always room for one more!

Terry: Tell me something - why were you so sure those voices weren't coming from you?
Bruce: Well, first, I know I'm not psychotic.
Terry: I hope your other reason is more convincing.
Bruce: Second, the voice kept calling me "Bruce." In my mind, that's not what I call myself.
Terry: What do you call yourself? [Bruce just looks at him for a moment] Oh, yeah. I suppose you would. [Batman voice] But that's my name now.
Bruce: Tell that to my subconscious.

Dead Man's Hand

Melanie Walker: Maybe you should ask for time off.
Terry: Not this guy. Him, you don't ask for time off.

Terry: I know what it is. You can't stand to see anyone going out and having a life. You want me to end up like you - alone.

Terry: Anything like this ever happen to you?
Bruce: [smiles] Let me tell you about a woman named Selina Kyle...

The Winning Edge

Bruce: Arch-criminals, I know how to handle. Mothers are something else.

Coach: I eat punks like you for breakfast!
[Batman defeats him and ties him up.]
Batman: Sorry to spoil your appetite.

Terry: (to Bruce) Come on; he must be a zillion years old! What trouble could an old geezer... never mind.

Spellbound

Terry: Guess you're the expert on troubled kids. You collect them, right?
(Bruce glares)
Bruce: Terry, listen to my voice. Whatever you're seeing, it isn't real!
(Spellbinder hits Batman with a branch)
Batman: That sure felt real.

Spellbinder: [about his school psychologist work being underappreciated] For years, I fought the demons in the heads of those ungrateful little snots, while their coddling parents paid their garbage men more than me! Now I'm taking what I've earned!

Disappearing Inque

(Terry seals the entrance to the cave to stop Inque gettign in)
Bruce: Mind telling me what you're doing?
Terry: Sealing up the cracks. Making sure she can't ooze in.
Bruce: [smiles in amusement] You really think she's coming here, don't you?
Terry: She was here before. She knows the way.
Bruce: Does she? It was dark that night. The Batmobile was going awfully fast. And then there's the way you drive.

A Touch of Curaré

Terry: So you and Dick Grayson like, dated.
Barbara Gordon: In college. Puppy love. Later on, we just never talked about it.
Terry: (eating doughnut) People should communicate more.
Barbara Gordon: Dick finally got fed up living in Batman's shadow. He decided to leave. He was hurt when I chose to stay behind with Bruce.
Terry: As his partner. (Gordon's grin widens) His girlfriend? (Gordon's grin widens even further, leaving McGinnis shocked) Whoa!
Barbara Gordon: On the street, it was like ballet. We were the perfect duo.

Terry: Why do you hate him so much?
Barbara Gordon: No, I don't hate him. I hate what he's become. Such a great man... so alone.

Ascension

Blight: You want to talk about POISON?! I AM POISON!

Blight: [being stalked from the shadows by Batman] Who are you?!
Batman: [pauses] You really want to know?
Blight: Yes!
Batman: [enters] You killed my father.
[Slight pause]
Blight: Do you have the slightest idea how little that narrows it down?!
Batman: Too bad. That's all you'll ever get.

Terry: Power had my father killed. And he got away with it. He was always hiding. Well not anymore. Now everyone can see exactly what he is. Even in the dark.

Batman: You made a bad enemy tonight.
Paxton Powers: What are you going to do? Testify against me in that mask?
Batman: Oh, I'm not talking about me. I'm the least of your worries.
[He indicates the news program, which states that Blight's body has not been found]
Paxton Powers: Well, whattaya know? He melted with the sub.
Batman: Sure he did.

Season 2

Splicers

Batman: I fixed your pets, Doc. It's just you and me. What do you say we finish this, man to freakshow.

Earth Mover

Batman: He's not really your father. He's... a ghost.

Joyride

Scab: I know what this thing is.
Joker #2: What?
Scab: Ours.

Lost Soul

Bruce: I had to shut down the computer when Vance’s program tried to get in. If you want out of the cave, you're going to have to :do it the old-fashioned way.
Terry: You're kidding.
Bruce: None of the Robins ever complained.

Bruce: Terry, it's only the suit that's out of commission. Not Batman.

Hidden Agenda

Max: Just one thing, McGinnis. You ever call me "Robin", and I'm out of here.
Terry: No problem... Alfred.
Max: (confused) "Alfred?"

Bloodsport

Terry: You should see this place, antiques, relics, you'd be right at home.
Bruce: Cute.
[Matt McGinnis has been captured by the Stalker.]
Matt: So, what're you gonna do to me, mister? Cut out my heart? Eat my liver?
Stalker: Don't be dramatic. You are merely the bait.

Once Burned

Bruce: Ah to be young again. ...And gullible!

Hooked Up

Terry: You can't live your life in a fantasy world.
Max: Why not?! What's so great about reality?!

Rats!

Mad Stan: Look around, Batman. Society's crumbling, and do you know why?
Batman: Too many overdue books?
Mad Stan: Information overload, man. As a society, we're drowning in a quagmire of vid-clips, e-mail, and sound bites. We can't absorb it all. There's only one sane solution: blow it up!

Mind Games

Batman: So, what's creepy lady's power?
Girl: I don't know, but they call her "Bombshell."
Batman: Oh, that's encouraging.

Revenant

Terry: An invisible boy in the girl's locker room. Why didn't I think of that?
Dana: What?
Terry: Uh... never mind.

Bruce: These people believe that anything they can't explain is magic.
Terry: And naturally you don't believe in that kind of thing.
Bruce: Of course I do. I've seen it all. Demons, witchboys, immortals, zombies... but this thing, it's just so... so high-school.
Bruce: [talking about Willie Watt] He's drawn to the school, it's an obsession.
Terry: Your area of expertise.

Babel

Terry: How did you know Robin would get there in time to save you?
Bruce: I didn't.
Terry: Then for all you knew, you were walking into a trap with no way out.
Bruce: Sometimes you have to.

Terry's Friend Dates a Robot

Howard: These things happen! We can still be friends!
(Batman groans and puts a hand over his eyes)
Cynthia: Friends? FRIENDS?!
(she starts to crackle with electricity)
Howard: Wrong thing to say?
Batman: Is it ever the right thing to say?

Eyewitness

Bruce Wayne: By the way, have you heard about your so-called victim?
Terry McGinnis: Mad Stan? Did they finally find him?
Bruce Wayne: (smiles) Oh, yes.
(cut to Stan in front of City Hall)
Mad Stan: (laughing manically) Finally, an end to the bureaucratic nightmare!
(He hits his triggers, and City Hall blows up)
Mad Stan: No more graft! No more payoffs! NO MORE JURY DUTY!

Final Cut

Max: How do you do it?
Terry: Do what?
Max: This hero thing?
Terry: It's easier for me. I've got the suit.
Max: No. How do you save the world... and not tell anybody?!

The Last Resort

[As Batman listens in with his fingertip microphones]
Dr. Wheeler: ...easiest thing in the world, being a teenager: you get up, you go to school, you come home, and you do your homework. How do you mess that up? Yet all of you did, in one way or another―and now I have to clean up that mess!
Batman: He's been going on like this for hours, telling them how worthless they are, and how only he can help them. Won't even let 'em go to the bathroom!
Bruce: Sleep deprivation, endless harangues; it's classic brainwashing. Some cults do it. It's also occassionally used on prisoners of war.
Batman: And Wheeler's doing it to kids.
Terry: What do we need more evidence for? You taped the feed from my fingertip mikes, didn't you? All you gotta do is take it to the authorities.
Bruce: And what do I say when they ask me where I got it? A little bat left it on my front porch?
Terry: Oh.
Batman: Some jobs are just too tough for Batman. That's when Terry McGinnis swings into action!

Armory

Terry McGinnis: So the judge was lenient, I'm glad.
Jared Tate: My dad cooperated in every way. Of course, he won't be home for a while, and there's that fine...
Terry: Yeah, I heard you lost the car.
Jared: You meet more interesting people on public transportation.
Maxine Gibson: You know, I've got my sister's car while she's out of town. You ever need a ride, I'm there.
Terry: You never made that offer to me.
Max: Maybe 'cause you're spoiled.

Sneak Peek

[In response to a man who have acknowledged Terry's identity as Batman]
Terry: Mom, Matt, there's something I need to tell you.
Mary: After the show, dear.
Terry: No! It can't wait! I--I'm... Batman.
(Matt and Mary laugh)
Terry: Seriously, I am!
Mary: Terry, please!

The Eggbaby

[Eggbaby is crying over the comlink]
Bruce: What's that?
Batman: It's, uh...nothing.
Bruce: Terry, is there something you haven't been telling me?

Zeta

Terry: Is being Batman just giving me a suspicious nature?
Max: Yes.

Plague

Stalker: There are worse things than an honorable death.
Batman: Betcha it's a short list.

April Moon

Bruce: I'm only human.
Terry: I keep forgetting.

Sentries of the Last Cosmos

Max: Do you think there's a connection?
Terry: Is Jar-Jar lame?

Cory: Hey! Watch it!
Nelson: Or what? You're gonna bop me with a flaming sword? Get a life.

Batman: That's all you can find for Eldon Michaels? An address?
Bruce: I searched everywhere for information about him. I found nothing. Not even a birthday.
Batman: Maybe he really is from outer space.

Eldon Michaels: Ow! That hurt!
Batman: "Ow! That hurt?"

Bruce: It's not easy to give up being God.
Batman: I guess you'd know.

Payback

Bruce: Why weren't you watching your back?
Batman: I was too busy watching my front. Am I supposed to have eyes everywhere?
Bruce: Only if you want to live to a ripe old age.
Batman: You don't make it sound too inviting.

Payback: You're a mean old man, you know that?
Bruce: Mm-hmm. And what are you?
Payback: I'm your worst nightmare!
Bruce: You have no idea what my nightmares are like.

Where's Terry?

Max: I'm staying. I want to find Terry, too.
Bruce: Go home.
Max: Make me.
[Bruce stares]

Ace in the Hole

Season 3

King's Ransom

Paxton Powers: Bruce Wayne's my mentor! He's like a father to me!
Barbara Gordon: Except he doesn't glow in the dark.
Paxton: Hey, I resent that! Where's my lawyer? I'll sue!

Untouchable

Bruce: Anything broken?
Batman: If I said yes, could I go home?
Bruce: No.

Bruce: When I was younger, women used to throw themselves at my feet all the time.
Terry: What'd you do?
Bruce: I stepped over them.
Terry: Smooth.
Bruce: I thought so.

Guard 1: (After seeing the Repeller) Get a load of the freak in long johns.
Guard 2: You really haven't been in Gotham long, have you, kid?

Dr. Blades: What makes you think that you can rummage through my files like you own the place?
Bruce: Because I do. Bruce Wayne.

Inqueling

Batman: He expects me to work even harder while he's gone!
Max: Why?
Batman: He always thinks something bad's going to happen the minute he leaves town. (sky lights up) And somehow he's always right.

Inque: [dissolving] After all I gave you... how could you have turned out like this?
Deanna: You never gave me anything except money, mother. How did you expect me to turn out?

Big Time

Terry: Guys this is Charlie "Big Time" Bigelow. Charlie was always scheming about how it was going to make it big and the name stuck.
Charlie: And T.T. is Tiny Terry, 'cause he was always thinking small.

Out of the Past

Bruce: [to Terry, in response to Batman: The Musical] You hate me, don't you?
Terry: C'mon, I spent months trying to get tickets for this show. It's schway.
Bruce: It's shw-arbage. [gets up and leaves]

Terry: I'll tell you right now: there's no way I'm wearing the Robin suit.

Talia: Ra's al Ghul was a man of many contrasts. Leader, environmentalist--
Terry McGinnis: Sociopath.

Bruce Wayne: I should have known you'd cheat death again, Ra's!
Ra's al Ghul: I don't cheat death. I master it.

Bruce: Sure Ra's, why not? Anything to hold off the Grim Reaper a few more seconds. I take it back. You don't cheat death. You whimper in fear of it!
Ra's: SILENCE! [slaps Bruce]
Bruce: And you hit like a girl.

Batman: [after stopping Ra's al Ghul from transferring his mind into Bruce's body] Lady, that is the sickest thing I've ever seen. You're creeping me out!
Bruce: You? She kissed me!

[Ra's compound has just exploded and he, in Talias body, was inside]:
Terry:I'm going back! Maybe I can... [Bruce grabs his shoulder]
Bruce: Whatever was in there died years ago.

Bruce: [about Talia] She was a very special woman.
Terry: The special woman?
Bruce: You going on patrol at some point tonight?
Terry: Sorry!
[Terry leaves, and Bruce looks at the screen with Talia's picture]
Bruce: Rest well, beloved.

Speak No Evil

Terry: Did you hear a scream?
Dana: Hey, it's Gotham City. That's practically our theme song.

Zoologist: [calling after the escaped gorilla] Fingers!
Batman: Fingers?
Zoologist: My kids named him.

Bruce: He's a kindred spirit if I've ever seen one.

The Call

Superman: Good to see you, Bruce.
Bruce: It's been a while.
Superman: You seem to be holding up pretty well.
Bruce: I could use some of that Kryptonian DNA.
Superman: You'll outlive us all, Bruce. You're too stubborn to die.

Superman: Stick with Warhawk. He needs your help.
Batman: (sarcastically) Right. Warhawk. My good buddy.

(After seeing Superman betray them on a screen)

Barda: I don't believe it.
Aquagirl: It is hard to accept..
Barda: No, I mean I don't believe this thing.
Batman: It came straight from the Batmobile's recorder.
Barda: And that's suppose to convince me! I know even less about your vehicle than I do about you!
Batman: What reason do I have to end up in the middle of this.
Barda: What reason would Superman have to kill Warhawk! It's easier for me to believe that you fabricated this.
Batman: Listen lady, I never asked to be part of this club. You people just came to me.
Barda: That was only Superman who came to you and now you're accusing him of murder! It doesn't make sense!
Batman: I know it doesn't! And it's not going to be unless you open your eyes and stop being so pigheaded!

Warhawk: Yeah, Barda, calm down. The kid's right.
Aquagirl: Warhawk! How did you....?
Warhawk: I wasn't in the armor. I was operating it by remote, that's the only reason I'm not dust right now.
Kai-ro: Very shrewd. Not very like you.

Batman: Well, not Aquagirl. Of course, I did save her life.
Bruce: That's one way to make friends.

Warhawk: [about Batman] He disobeyed me... I like that.

Big Barda: So, where should we boom them to? Deep space? The surface of the sun?
Superman: Barda, these creatures never asked to come here. We have no right to kill them.
Warhawk: Back to his old self, all right.

[Batman is in the Batmobile, being pursued by Superman.]
Batman: What's the top speed on this thing?
Bruce Wayne: Mach three.
Batman: Is that faster than a speeding bullet?

Big Barda: [inviting Batman to join the Justice League] C'mon. It'll put you one up on the old Batman. He never made it past part-timer.
Superman: Yeah. He wasn't what you'd call a "joiner".
Batman: Maybe he and I have something in common after all. [walks off]
Superman: More than you think, son. More than you think.

Betrayal

Bruce Wayne: I'm sorry. I know how hard it is to go against a friend.
Terry McGinnis: I outgrew him, that's all.

Curse of Kobra

Terry: It's a toxic waste dump.
Bruce: Or so they say. Can you think of a better way to keep people away?
Terry: Call it a high school?

Zander's Assistant: I telling you it's a big mistake. She's rude, she's sarcastic, and she has absolutely no respect.
Batman: Gotta be Max.

Bruce: Don't blame yourself.
Terry: Why not? It's my fault.
Bruce: I know, but blaming's not productive.

Batman: These people tried to raise you without family, or friends, or love. But you couldn't get along without those things, could you?
Zander: You're right. It was my weakness.

Dr. Childes: I told you it would never work. I'll have her eliminated.
Zander: No! I like her. She's so different from these mindless automatons I'm surrounded by. She's... She's a person.
Dr. Childes: That's the problem.

Countdown

Ro: Zeta was picked up by some muscle-bound gorilla with a thing for explosives.
Batman: Mad Stan.

Batman: I'll go. You're staying here.
Ro: But...
Batman: Don't make me lock you in!
Ro: And just what am I supposed to do while you're gone?

[Batman turns on the radio]

Batman: Enjoy.
Ro: (sarcastically) Thanks heaps.

Poop

Unmasked

Return of the Joker

See Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker for quotes from the movie.

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