Batman the Animated Series is a legend in animated series. It was dark, edgey, and had some brilliant voice acting. Hell a lot of people praise Kevin Conroy as Batman and Mark Hamil as the Joker. Though its success, Batman TAS faded into obscurity. It was time for a new Batman and a new Gotham. The result, was Batman Beyond
Taking place in a futuristic Gotham, Batman Beyond picks up after Bruce Wayne's retirement. Joker, Two-Face, Catwomen, etc are all gone. But just because these iconic villans are gone, Gotham is still a living hell. Corruption, gang wars, and biohazard phenomenon are wrecking the city. Our new Batman is Terry, a highschooler. With the help from Bruce and his new technology, Terry is ready to bring true justice to Gotham.
Let's talk about the good. The original animation team from TAS is back, and the overview of Gotham is fantastic. The technology and gadgets Terry uses are also fun to watch. I also liked the conversations between Terry and Bruce, and Kevin Conroy still does an amazing job. Surprisingly, these conversations can get very deep, presenting the stuggles both Bruce and Terry go through.
Unfortunately, Beyond has its flaws. Terry, being a highschooler, means HIGHSCHOOL DRAMA. I wouldnt mind the whole highschool thing and Terry's girlfriend, but it's just so poorly executed. It works sometimes, but for the most part, it's just....dull. There aren't many iconic villains here either. Not that Terry sees some interesting foes, but they just dont stand out most of the time. Speaking of enemies and foes, Terry gets his ass handed to him A LOT. I wouldnt mind if Terry got beat up once in awhile, but he is a very bad Batman. He is no where close to being as intimidating as the original Batman, he just isnt. Batman Beyond does get a lot of things right though, but the bad can be an annoyance.
As a Batman fan, Batman Beyond is a nice addition to the Batman universe, but it could have been more. I think this needs to get re-done for the current generation. Batman in the future is an AMAZING idea, and Batman Beyond really had some good moments.
More could have been done though, and Beyond had a mere 3 seasons.