Batman Beyond was a cartoon television series which aired from 1999 to 2001 as part of the DC Animated Universe. Focused on Terry McGinnis, a high-schooler living Twenty Minutes into the Future who discovered Bruce Wayne's identity as Batman, he took up the mantle and patrolled the city of New Gotham years after Bruce himself retired the cowl. A spin-off comic was published by DC Comics, with a six-part miniseries, "Hush Beyond," launched in 2010 to gauge interest in a new ongoing comic. The new ongoing began in 2011, written by Adam Beechen and following Terry as Batman in the years after the end of the animated series. A new ongoing began in 2012 as a digital series that appears in print in Batman Beyond Unlimited, along with Justice League Beyond and Superman Beyond.As of August 2013, Batman Beyond has been retitled Batman Beyond 2.0, beginning at #1, with Justice League Beyond following suit. Superman Beyond has been cancelled, with a Batgirl Beyond to replace it at a later date.While this series is based on the Batman Beyond animated series, it is not to be confused with the tie-in comics directly related to said animated series. For the tropes which appeared in the animated series, see Batman Beyond.
Barbara Gordon is a redhead in the comic. Whilst she was a redhead in her youth, by the time of the series itself, she had long since turned white. Tim Drake's wife also seems to have been turned into a short-haired redhead, yet when she was shown in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, she had long pale blonde hair.
As of the latest issue, Tim's wife is back to being blonde. The red hair was just a colouring error.
Mary McGinnis was a redhead in the movie, but black-haired in the "Hush Beyond" mini. Has since then been corrected in the follow-up ongoing and throughout the New 52 continuation.
Aloof Big Brother: Dana has one. The fact that he's a homicidal, psychopathic leader of the Jokerz probably has a lot to do with it.
Always Someone Better: As of Batman Beyond 2.0 Terry feels this way about Bruce when he manages to piece together the identity of Rewire and his issues without even leaving his home.
Artistic License - Biology: We get that Blight's body is mutated from the radiation exposure, but not needing to breathe any more is just pushing it.
Ax-Crazy: Hush Beyond. And that's putting it mildly.
Back for the Dead/Dropped a Bridge on Him: In the "Hush: Beyond" story arc, many characters from former Batman history and the show are killed off rather unceremoniously by the new Hush, who is targeting former Bat-rogues. Including former rogues of Bruce Wayne; Signalman and Calendar Man, and former rogues of Terry, like Shriek, Stalker, Mad Stan and even non-villainous characters like Armory/Jim Tate and his wife and step-son, Lorraine and Jared. In the case of Terry's rogues, their deaths aren't even shown, and considering both he and Max were friends/schoolmates with Jared, he doesn't even bat an eyelid at the news of his and his family's deaths, but the writers did reveal Terry and Max did mourn Jared's death off-panel.
Back from the Dead: Blight, who survived having an ocean liner on top of him because his mutation evolved to point where he no longer needs to breathe.
Shriek as well, apparently. They don't even bother to elaborate on how, he just is.
Big Bad: First, "Hush Beyond", who turned out to be an insane clone of Dick Grayson. Then "Rewire" in the first arc of BB 2.0, who turns out to be Davis Dusk, the Mayor's son.
Broad Strokes: Seems to be applying this to continuity of past events, as whilst it follows on from the DCAU, it also attempts to work in elements present in the mainstream comics, such as Hush and Batman Inc.
Cloning Blues: Turns out to be the truth behind the new Hush. His real identity is a clone of Dick Grayson, created before Terry was born, having escaped Cadmus and gone insane.
Continuity Nod: Too many to list, both in the mini-series and the ongoing one.
This guy has documented most, if not all, the nods in both Batman Beyond and Justice League Beyond.
Darker and Edgier: Yes... a series that was already dark by the standards of children's television goes even further here.
Four Lines, All Waiting: Batman Beyond Unlimited, the 2012 ongoing, has a Batman feature, a Justice League feature, a Superman feature, and a Justice League Origins feature, all published in the same issue.
What really sticks out are Justice League Beyond, issues 6 and 7. Issue 6 has the League arrive on New Genesis in the aftermath of Kobra's attack. Issue 7 has an origin story about Warhawk. A reader could be forgiven if he thought the issues were from separate series.
Secret Secret Keeper: Dana is revealed to have known about Terry being Batman since shortly after he started working for Bruce.
Series Continuity Error: In this comic, Dick Grayson explains that he left the crimefighting business due to being shot by the Joker, at a point in Batman's career where he hadn't worked with a partner for a long time. However, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker establishes that the Joker was killed by Robin, and Batman was clearly working with both Robin and Batgirl at that point, while Barbara Gordon claimed that Nightwing had simply moved to another city by then. Furthermore, given the context of Barbara telling Terry all about the Joker's death, it would have been extraordinarily remiss of her not to talk about Dick getting shot by the long-dead villain they were trying to identify, the writer himself admit he mess up and acknowledged it as a plot hole.
It's never out right stated but it appears in the mini series and into the ongoing, from the way events go from there and things are referenced, that it takes place in a heavily altered DCAU where several major points from mainstream DC comics happened (most notably Dick is questioned about being a member of Batman Inc.).
Ship Sinking: Aquagirl was vaguely hinted to have had a crush on Terry during her appearance in the series, as well as the earlier parts of the comic. However, eventually in the comic, she's revealed to be in a relationship with Warhawk.
Dana and Terry have broken up by the time Batman Beyond 2.0 begins.
The relationship between Terry and Aquagirl also shows signs of this trope, seeing as he just couldn't bring himself to hurt her when he was taking out the Justice League during a hostage situation involving his family, and in a later issue where she hugs him upon discovering he made it out of a bad scrape alive. It never gets beyond teasing, though, perhaps because Aquagirl is already with Warhawk.
Shout-Out: Terry busts out of a burning building with Paxton Powers riding an exact replica of the Batpod.
Time Skip: Batman Beyond 2.0. Taking place one year after Joker Night, with Terry now a freshman in college.
Wham Episode: Batman Beyond 2.0 #1. Comes with it being a set-up into the one year Time Skip, but the winner has to be the final page: Dick Grayson has replaced Bruce as Terry's Mission Control, with no hint towards where Bruce is and what's happened in the last year. The fact that the Cave has been relocated to Dick's place, the final line of the issue, suggests that something bad has happened in the one year.
Writing for the Trade: Especially in the Batman Beyond Unlimited volumes, with story arcs lasting ten issues or more.