For Batman’s 75th anniversary, DC made a new bit o’ Batman Beyond to remind us how much they need to go back to focusing on animated versions of their characters:
Most of the time, “[Established Character], but in the FUTURE” shows fall flat, but Batman Beyond was an incredible exception. Among the many things they got right:
• Future-slang that didn’t sound completely forced. It was only a few words, they weren’t all stand-ins for swears, and they sounded fairly “natural” when you said them yourself.
• A progression of the setting and cast that we’d come to love in the Batman animated series, especially when it’s revealed why Batman “quit.”
• A smart sense of sci-fi and horror that was fairly subtle. I’m thinking of when they showed what became of Bane after years of taking his super-strength serum and the “death” of a digital consciousness that had taken over the Bat-costume. Oh, and a reporter who had a gizmo that let him phase through matter, until it wouldn’t turn off and… well, gravity is a harsh mistress…
• Old Bruce Wayne and how much he really didn’t care for the future and all the terrors it brought.
In case you can’t tell, I’ve been disappointed that the idea of having a live-action movie based on this with Clint Eastwood playing Bruce Wayne never went anywhere.