Can we talk about Batman Beyond? Please?
I’ve been rewatching this show with my DC Universe account, and I haven’t seen it since I was a kid watching it on WB Kids. Holy shit does it hold up.
I REALLY NEED TO TALK ABOUT BATMAN BEYOND
Oh my GOD this intro:
I Really wanna discuss this show critically. This forum always seems really deep into Cyberpunk fiction, and I think Batman Beyond was one of my first introductions to the genre. Plus that Doom-Like Buttrock. THE BUTTROCK IS SO GOOD.
One of the main critiques I see of Batman is that he’s pretty fash in terms of what he represents. Wayne is a billionaire who spends his time beating up low income criminals and mentally unstable super villains instead of attacking the foundations that create these issues. I think Reginald D. Hunter sums this up pretty well:
One of the interesting things about Batman Beyond is that the first season has Terry mainly contending against agents of corporate warfare instead of the regular street hustlers like the Jokerz. Sure, the Jokerz are there, but the real enemy is the billionaire Derek Powers, who uses his power in a number of evil ways. To be honest though, Wayne uses Terry more as an agent of his corporate interests rather than crime fighting. It’s like a campaign of Shadowrun with super heroes. Its great! Most episodes of the first season have Terry fighting with some agent of Powers doing some corporate warfare against another company. It usually ends with a whole building exploding. I started to laugh every episode, because they’d end with a GIANT explosion toppling down a whole industrial complex.
Honestly, the first season of this show is pretty fantastic. It has a small dip in quality at the start of season 2, but it then introduces one of my favorite characters Maxine into the mix.
I REALLY wanna talk about this show! I don’t know where I could have an interesting conversation about Batman Beyond anywhere else but here.
I also invite greater Batman/Super Hero discussion!