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Comicbook: Batman Beyond

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. There have so far been five different comic series based on the animated series: volumes one (1999) and two (1999-2001) are tie-ins to the animated series, while volumes three (2010-2011), four (2011), and five (2012-2013) are continuations. This page mainly deals with volume three onward.

Volume three is subtitled Hush Beyond, and is a six-part miniseries that was launched to gauge interest in a new ongoing comic. This led to volume four, following Terry as Batman in the years after the end of the animated series, and has him re-encounter and join the Justice League. Volume five was launched the following year as an ongoing digital-first series, and was compiled in print along with the concurrent spin-offs Justice League Beyond and Superman Beyond under the title Batman Beyond Unlimited. In August 2013, Batman Beyond and Justice League Beyond were relaunched as Batman Beyond 2.0 and Justice League Beyond 2.0, and are compiled in print as Batman Beyond Universe. Meanwhile, Superman Beyond has been cancelled, with a Batgirl Beyond announced to replace it at a later date.

Batman Beyond volume three onward and its spin-offs, along with the Broad Strokes of the DCAU that preceded them, make up the Earth-12 timeline in DC's multiverse.


This comic series contains examples of:

  • Adaptation Dye-Job:
    • 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.
      • As of 2.0, Barbara Gordon is white-haired again.
    • 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.
  • Alternate Self: Everyone has one while in the Justice Lord world.
  • 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.
  • Big Bad:
    • Volume three has "Hush Beyond", who turned out to be an insane clone of Dick Grayson.
    • Volume five has the Joker King, Dana's older brother, who rose up to lead a worldwide coalition of Jokerz gangs and uses them to suicide-bomb all of Gotham.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Dick Grayson, true to form, takes this role in 2.0, despite being a good fifty years or so older than Terry.
  • Broad Strokes: Seems to be applying this to continuity of past events, as whilst it follows on from the DCAU, it also works in elements present in the mainstream comics, such as Hush, the Gotham earthquake, and Batman Inc.
    • Depending on the Writer: While none of the comics elements have been explicitly retconned out, 2.0 is written by Kyle Higgins, an avowed fan of Batman: The Animated Series and the DCAU, who's talked in interviews about how he tries to hear the voices of Kevin Conroy, Will Friedle, Stockard Channing, and Loren Lester when he writes the characters' dialogue. Since Higgins took over writing, the series is much more upfront about its ties to the animated 'verse specifically, featuring flashbacks to Dick Grayson as Robin drawn to emulate the old BTAS style.
  • Broken Pedestal: Terry sees Bruce as this after the Time Skip between volume five and 2.0. Exactly what happened has yet to be revealed.
  • 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.
  • Disposable Alternate Universe: a Meta example in Justice League Beyond. The authors have Ouroborus destroy New Genesis offscreen, slaughter most of Apokolips, and kill or maim effectively all of the New Gods. There is no possible way they would dare to do this in a single book in the main continuity. Crisis Crossovers have been done with lesser long-term effects on the DC Universe. However, being an alternate future allows a lot more narrative freedom.
  • End of the World as We Know It: The plot of Justice League Beyond entails averting Kobra's efforts to bring about a planetary-scale event by reviving a gigantic serpent.
  • Expy: Many have commented on Dick Grayson's appearance being undeniably close to Nick Fury's. This has lead to...
  • 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.
  • Generation Xerox: Volume five reveals that the man who killed Terry's father is Jake Chill, the great grand-nephew of Joe Chill.
  • Informed Ability: The Ouroboros in JL Beyond is touted as having already destroyed several alternate realities by the time Kobra turns it on Earth, but it's unclear how it's actually supposed to destroy universes when it simply seems to be an enormous physical threat that is only shown having abilities that can take down individual planets.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Terry becomes upset that the new Catwoman doesn't want to flirt with him like the original Batman and Catwoman did and insists that they should do so just to hold up the tradition. Doubles as Crowning Moment of Funny.
  • Legacy Character:
    • Hush, actually a clone of Dick Grayson.
    • Volume three also introduces a new Catwoman. She has no relation to Selina Kyle, and as Terry points out, her costume isn't particularly catlike, but she is still a cat burglar and she can split into nine duplicates.
    • Volume five introduces a new Vigilante, actually Jake Chill, the great grand-nephew of the infamous Joe Chill, although he doesn't really have any relation to the cowboy superhero—his costume is a modified version of the futuristic security guard armor he already owned, and the name is an Appropriated Appellation taken from when Batman angrily calls him...well, a vigilante.
    • A new Batgirl, a black high school student, debuts in volume 5, #27.
    • Justice League Beyond introduces a new Zod, the young son of Jax-Ur, whom Brainiac rescued from the black hole we last saw him enter in Superman: The Animated Series. He's a hero, however, and Superman argues that the name is common on Krypton, but it's obvious what the writer's intentions with the character are. Note that the comic clarifies that the original General Zod did exist in this continuity (making this an example of Legacy Character and not just Mythology Gag), despite his characteristics being subsumed by a Composite Character in STAS.
  • Never Found the Body: Blight. Makes sense since he's not dead.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: By all accounts, the League and assorted allies appear to be doing fairly well against the Ouroboros in JL Beyond...until Superman accidentally hits the Batmobile with his heat vision, causing Terry to crash and take out a Green Lantern barrier.
  • Noodle Incident: Terry has apparently fought Killer Croc, judging from offhand mentions in volumes three and five.
  • Official Couple: Warhawk/Aquagirl, as revealed in Aquagirl's backstory issue.
  • 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.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Bruce calls Max Terry's girlfriend in Issue #4 of the ongoing comic book series, which prompts Terry to use this trope almost verbatim.
  • 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, and apparently from the start of her life on the surface.
    • Dana and Terry break up during volume four. However, Dana still has feelings for Terry and is open to getting back together if Terry can stop running off to assist Bruce, and the comic is set before Justice League Unlimited's "Epilogue", where the pair are older and Terry is planning on proposing to Dana.
  • Ship Tease:
    • In Issue #4 of the ongoing comic book, Terry gives Max an affectionate peck on the cheek. Shippers rejoice.
    • The relationship between Terry and Aquagirl also shows signs of this trope. During volume four, Bruce has Terry take out the Justice League to keep them from interfering in a hostage situation involving his family. Bruce points out that Terry will probably have trouble attacking Aquagirl, "the one you like", and he indeed hesitates, botching the operation.
    • Melanie returns in 2.0. Things look like they have potential.
  • Shout-Out: Terry busts out of a burning building with Paxton Powers riding an exact replica of the Batpod.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: News of a firefight appears on television, and Terry manages to vanish before Bruce can tell him to check it out. Even Bruce has to be impressed.
    Bruce: Hm. Nice.
  • Time Skip: Batman Beyond 2.0. Taking place one year after Joker Night, with Terry now a freshman in college.
  • True Love Is Boring: Terry and Dana were broken up specifically so that the writer could introduce tension and drama.
  • 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. Bruce and Terry have apparently had some kind of falling-out due to Bruce withholding information from Terry, but the specifics are still unrevealed as of #16.
  • Writing for the Trade: Especially in the Batman Beyond Unlimited volumes, with story arcs lasting ten issues or more.
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