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Trivia: Batman Beyond
  • Actor Allusion:
    • Aquagirl's origin, as given in the Justice League Beyond comic, makes her even more like Ariel, as Arthur obsessively shielded her from danger a la King Triton, which only drove Marina to dream about the surface world. Falling in love (in this case, with Warhawk) drove her to stay out of the water.
    • When George Lazenby played the King of the Royal Flush Gang, he says at one point "We have all the time in the world." There is a crueler allusion as well:
    King: Do you have any idea what it's like living in someone's shadow?!
  • Dueling Shows: Spider-Man Unlimited, which was originally going to be an Animated Adaptation of Spider-Man 2099, was made to be Marvel Comics' answer to Batman Beyond. It was nowhere near as successful; it was canceled after one season.
  • Executive Meddling:
  • Fan Nickname:
  • Flip Flop of God: The exact time of when the series takes place has changed back and forth according to Word of God. Originally, it took place 40 years after Batman: The Animated Series in the year 2039. However, later, Bruce Timm would describe the series as taking place 50 years after the end of Justice League Unlimited, making the timeframe more along the lines of 2056. However, this does not match up with references to past events by certain characters as being no less than 40 years. When the 2010 comic series started, the date was once again established as 2039.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Seth Green as Nelson Nash, Carey Elwes as Paxton Powers, Patton Oswalt as Eldon Michaels in "Sentries of the Last Cosmos"...
    • "Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker" has Melissa Joan Hart as Dee Dee, Henry Rollins as Bonk, Abbie Carmichael as Barbara Gordon, The Flash/Lex Luthor as Ghoul, Frank Welker as Woof and Ace, and Al Calavicci/Number One/John Cavil as Tim Drake.
    • And George Takei as Mr. Fixx in the two-part first episode.
    • Martian Manhunter is Stalker.
    • William H. Macy is the obsessed Inque fanboy, and Andy Dick is Slim in "The Eggbaby".
    • Henry Rollins is Mad Stan.
    • Linda Hamilton voiced Dr. Lake, the scientist who gave Mr. Freeze a new body.
    • John Ritter is the evil brain-washing Dr. Wheeler in "The Last Resort".
    • Randall Weems/Demyx is Matt McGinnis
    • The supervisor of Inque's prison is the narrator in Clerks: The Animated Series.
    • Cassie Newton voices Inque's daughter.
    • The grandson from "Lost Soul" is Shawn Hunter from Boy Meets World, which Will Friedle shared top billing in.
    • Payback is Patrick Star.
    • Ramrod, the ram splicer, is voiced by Ice-T.
    • King of the Royal Flush Gang used to be James Bond.
    • Ariel is Aquagirl.
    • Bub killed Terry's father.
      • In the Japanese version, Tomoyuki Kawashima is the Tomorrow Knight/Terry McGinnis. Bruce Wayne is played by Tessho Genda, which makes sense he's the seiyu of Bruce in the TAS TV series.
      • Barbara Gordon is Sayuri Sadaoka. In the TAS flashbacks, she's played by Megumi Hayashibara, who is her official seiyu.
      • Joker in the TAS flashbacks is played by Takeshi Aono, his official seiyu. Harley Quinn is Miki Ito, who reprises her role as well.
      • Mary McGinnis is Keiko Konno. Terry's brother, Matt is played by Maki Mizuma.
      • Derek Powers/Blight is Ikuya Sawaki.
      • Willie Watt is Shuhei Sakaguchi.
      • In the Royal Flush King, King is Hiroshi Naka. Queen is Sayuri Sadaoka in an Acting for Two role. Ten/Melanie is Mai Katagiri.
      • Mr. Freeze is Masaru Ikeda, being the official seiyu from the TAS series.
      • Spellbinder is played by Keiji Fujiwara.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: A Batman musical? Thrown in as a joke in the episode Out of the Past, as one was being considered at the time. Fast-forward several years to a new Batman series...
  • I Knew It: Some fans had speculated that Terry and Matt's parents were divorced because the boys both look nothing like their father (they have black hair, compared with Mary who is a redhead and Warren whose hair is light brown - genetically improbable). Flash forward to the Justice League Unlimited episode Epilogue which doubles as a Fully Absorbed Finale, and guess what? Cadmus had Warren's genetic material overwritten with Bruce Wayne's, making him the boys' biological father. According to the series' staff, this decision was Ascended Fanon motivated by the realization of said genetic improbability. But fans were wrong about Terry's mom having an affair.
  • I Want You to Meet an Old Friend of Mine: Will Friedle, who plays the main hero Terry, is best friends with Jason Marsden in real life, who played guest character Donny Grasso in "Hooked Up". The two actors have worked with each other in a number of other shows as well.
    • Also, Rider Strong appears in one episode. He was Shawn in Boy Meets World, where Will played Eric.
  • Life Imitates Art: The GAT scoring system is a numbered score up to 2400, which became the official SAT maximum score in 2005.
  • Loophole Abuse: They wanted a show set with Batman in High School, nobody said that Batman had to be Bruce Wayne. Or be in the Future with Bruce an elderly Bad Ass Grandpa.
  • Playing Against Type: Seth Green as Nelson Nash. This is specifically pointed out in DVD commentary.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Barbara Gordon was voiced by Stockard Channing in Seasons 1 and 2, but was replaced by Angie Harmon for Return of the Joker and Season 3. This would not be a first for the DCAU Barbara Gordon, as she did undergo this trope twice in her Batgirl days, too.
    • Jack was first voiced by Scott Cleverdon, then Nicolas Guest.
    • Queen was voiced by Amanda Donohoe in her first appearance, then by Sarah Douglas in her other appearances.
    • Paxton Powers was first voices by Cary Elwes, then Parker Stevenson.
    • Both Zeta and Agent Bennett had different voice actors (Gary Cole and Joe Spano, respectively) in their debut episode than they did on The Zeta Project and their other appearances on Batman Beyond (Diedrich Bader and Kurtwood Smith, again respectively). Also Zeta looked completely different in the episodes after his debut in the Poorly Disguised Pilot that wasn't one.
    • See also Big Time, voiced by Stephen Baldwin in his first appearance and Clancy Brown in his second. Probably due to him being horribly deformed in his second appearance.
    • Rachael Leigh Cook replaced Yvette Lowenthal in Season 2.
  • Recursive Adaptation: From comic to original series to sequel series to comic again.
  • Star-Making Role: Will Friedle was previously famous for Boy Meets World but this was his first voice acting role, which he built a more impressive career from.
  • Throw It In: "Epilogue" revealing Bruce Wayne as Terry and Matt's biological father. Bruce Timm states that this decision was partly motivated by the fact that Warren's hair is light-brown and Mary is a redhead, making it genetically improbable for Terry and Matt to have black hair.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • One rejected script had Terry become an item with Maxine after Dana breaks up with him, penned by Alan Burnett.
      • That rejected script is a double What Could Have Been, as Bruce Timm's original plan for the episode would have explored Terry and Dana's relationship more and ended with it being strengthened. Timm rejected the episode script after Burnett changed the entire purpose.
    • Mr. Freeze's role was originally just a one-off gag appearance, where Terry was getting a soda for Bruce and, in an awkward moment, would find Mr. Freeze's head and they'd briefly stare at each other, and then Terry would close the fridge and give the soda to Bruce. This was discarded because it was an insulting and unfitting ending for his character.
    • One rejected script featured the fully grown son of Superman and Lashina (from their brief affair in the Superman: The Animated Series episode "Legacy"). He has long since deposed Darkseid and become ruler of Apokolips, and now sets his sights on Earth. Lashina warns Earth of the invasion, so Batman teams up with Superman and the Justice League to defend Earth. Superman deals with the guilt of not knowing he had a son.
    • After Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, a second direct-to-DVD film was planned, this time involving the return of Catwoman. While it was ultimately dropped, several plot elements were recycled for the Fully Absorbed Finale in Justice League Unlimited.
    • Early on, in addition to the Jokerz, there was consideration for other gangs that paid homage to the classic Batman rogues gallery. This was nixed for fears of it seeming repetitive and gimmicky, although there are a few appearances by a Mr. Terrificnote -themed gang. This idea was possibly revisited for Batman: Arkham City, where it was pulled off successfully.

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