Batman Beyond is an animated television series created by DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation. The show aired from 1999 to 2002 on The WB Network. You can now catch the show on the Hub Network. The show won a Daytime Emmy Award and an Annie Award. The show was also recoginzed by ign.com as one of the best animated television shows ever. There was also a movie about the series: Batman Beyond: Return of The Joker, which came out in 2000.
The show takes place in a futuristic world. The original Batman, Bruce Wayne is old now and has declining health. He is no longer up to the tough demands of being a hero and fighting crime. The time has come for him to pass the torch to someone younger, stronger, and faster. We soon meet 16 year old Terry McGinnis. The series takes place in the year 2039 in Gotham City. The technology is very impressive.
Bruce Wayne has basically shut himself away from the rest of the world. McGinnis is seen as just an average high school kid. His first heroic act is helping a civilian against thugs. Eventually Terry meets an old, grumpy, and retired. The two of them team up to fight off members of the Jokerz gang, who are the thugs of Gotham. During this, Terry finds out that Bruce's secret.
Terry's father is killed by evil Derek Powers, who now runs Wayne Enterprises because of Wayne leaving. In order to take revenge on Powers, Terry takes Bruce's suit. At first Bruce is very angry, and refuses to let Terry become the new Batman. Eventually Bruce gives in and gives Terry his permission. In the early stages of the show, he battles Powers, the saboteur Inque, the Royal Flush Gang, the powerhouse Bane, and Curare.
In his personal life, with Terry still being a teen, he talks to many girls, but his true love is Dana, who at first keeps her distance from him. Terry meets Max Gibson, a very smart student from his school who becomes his best friend once she finds out his true identity. She helps him in his missions in any way. She is adept at computer hacking, provides stories to conceal his identity, and even gets physical in a couple of battles to help Terry. She become like Alfred was to Bruce Wayne.
Progressing through the series, eventually Terry has to team with one of his enemies, Stalker to defeat False Face, who has become too dangerous. Terry eventually falls for Ten, a member of the Royal Flush Gang, and is shocked to learn her true identity. Terry becomes a member of The Justice League at Superman's request. Even though he becomes a member he soon finds himself fighting against members of the Justice League as there is a problem.
At the end of the series, Terry proposes to Dana, who finds out his true identity, and he learns that Bruce is really his father.
It turns out that Amanda Waller saw that Batman was starting to decline, so she made a replacement. She was able to obtain Bruce Wayne's DNA and she injected Terry's father with it.
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