In 1999, a new era of Batman mythos was born when the cartoon Batman Beyond went on the air. Now he’s on DVD, in the comics, and on his way to your toy shelf.
A lot of folks were concerned. Batman the Animated Series / The New Adventures of Batman was to many the best Batman ever done. Why would we want to stray from that? This new show would never hold up. Almost despite its nay sayers, Batman Beyond did hold up, giving us 52 episodes. Including numerous repeated villains who are great characters in their own rights.
And it is responsible for intruducing a concept many of us love, the idea of a Justice League Unlimited in cartoon form ("The Call").
Some would like to write off this series as just a possible future, barely connected to the DC Animated universe at all. Then the Batman Beyond universe took center stage for not one but two episodes of JLU ("Time Warped, Epilogue). This world also appeared in an episode of Static Shock, tying the DCAU together even more tightly.
The final leap, from cartoon to comic took place in Superman/Batman issue #22. While popping across dimensions, Bizarro briefly runs into Batman Beyond. Terry’s second comic book appearance was in a single panel of Countdown, where his universe is clearly labelled as Earth-12.
What does this all have to do with toys? Batman Beyond toys have not been seen since the show was on the air. There was a Burger King promotion and Hasbro put out an action figure line, but there has been nothing since. Until that Superman/Batman appearance opened the door.
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At SDCC Mattel showed a Batman Beyond themed JLU 3 pack with Batman, Warhawk, and Old Bruce Wayne.
And yesterday, WizKidsGames revealed that the Batman for their upcoming set of DC HeroClix, "Arkham Asylum", is none other than Batman Beyond. The reveal came complete with designer notes too.
Love him or hate him, Batman Beyond is back. (and you can pick up the entire series on DVD).
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