Premiering on Kids WB! January 10th, 1999 and running for 3 seasons until December 18th, 2001 was Batman Beyond, the adventures of future Batman Terry McGinnis fighting crime in a future time (and if you know what future-based TV show of the '80s that references, I’ll give you some Cool Points)!
Prior to Batman Beyond, tales of Batman set in the future were nothing new. After all, The Dark Knight Returns (among other stories) is one of the most highly-acclaimed Batman tales in any medium and its rooted in the future.
Batman Beyond was unlike any previous Batman TV series before, in that it was the first to feature someone other than Bruce Wayne as the core hero of the show and it was wrapped in the trappings of a cyberpunk future as hard techno scored the adventures of The Tomorrow Knight.
Like other DC Animated Universe content that came before and after, Batman Beyond has had a profound influence on the DC Universe in all of its mediums.
Terry McGinnis and his alter-ego, along with assorted allies and villains, eventually found their way into the comics and for a time in 2000, there was serious talk of a live-action Batman Beyond movie, with Keanu Reeves (then-hot from The Matrix’s success) rumored to be our man
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Have you followed Batman Beyond since its January 1999 debut on Kids WB?
Is Terry McGinnis a suitable replacement for Bruce Wayne?
Did you know that the working title for Batman Beyond was “Batman of Tomorrow” (true story)?
Whatever your experience with Batman Beyond, fly-in with your thoughts on it and how you plan to ring in The Tomorrow Knight’s big 25th anniversary.
SN: No matter how into Batman Beyond you are or are not, do your ears a favor and listen to its soundtrack. When you do, kindly follow Bruce Timm’s suggestion that he made in the liner notes of its CD release: “Play it LOUD!”