Batman Beyond: Season 3 – DVD Review

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Studio: Warner Bros.
Release Date: March 20, 2007
Number of Discs: 2
Number of Episodes: 13
Running Time: 273 Minutes
MSRP: $26.99

Creator:

Bruce Timm

Cast:

Will Friedle. Terry McGinnis/Batman
Kevin Conroy. Bruce Wayne
Lauren Tom. Dana Tan
Cree Summer. Max Gibson
Stockard Channing. Commissioner Barbara Gordon
Shannon Kenny. Inque
Henry Rollins. Mad Stan

The show:

There are few comic superheroes who’ve seen as many incarnations as Batman. From the printed page to the big screen, from the campy TV show to many different cartoons: he’s such a dynamic characters that it’s really hard to screw up a Batman story, unless your name is Joel Schumacher.

Batman Beyond is a whole new approach to the man in the cape and cowl. It’s 45 years in the future and Bruce Wayne has long since retired. However, Bruce sees something in a young man named Terry McGinnis, and entrusts the Dark Knight persona to him. Now with Bruce as his mentor Terry keeps the streets of Gotham safe with a whole new set of toys including a suit that can cloak and rocket boots.

Since it’s the future gone are the Batman villains of old. It’s not quite the same without The Joker or Catwoman around but there is a gang called the Jokerz and the burglar-for-hire Inque seems to fill Catwoman’s shoes rather nicely.

This is a fun show that is definitely more geared towards kids. It’s not classic Batman so it takes a little getting used to. But if you’re willing to accept Terry McGinnis as Batman then the show can be quite enjoyable.

One of the more interesting aspects of the series is seeing the aged Bruce Wayne. He obviously still wants to be the Batman but can’t do it anymore. His age is a subject that is tackled in one of the best episodes of season three; a ghost from Bruce’s past appears and offers him eternal youth.

Nevertheless, the best part of this season is the two-parter where Superman invites Batman to join the Justice League because someone on the inside is trying to kill the other members. Who is it you ask? Watch and find out in this, the third and final season of Batman Beyond.


A retired Bruce Wayne passes the torch.

Episodes:

Disc One:

King’s Ransom

The Royal Flush gang kidnap Paxton Powers and hold him for ransom. Too bad Batman has other plans.

Untouchable

A man who cannot be touched is stealing valuable isotopes using technology very similar to something Wayne-Powers’ medial division has been developing.

Inqueling

Inque is shot by a molecule destabilizing weapon and turns to her long lost daughter for help.

Big Time

An old criminal friend of Terry’s, Charlie “Big Time” Bigelow, is released from prison. Terry tries to help him go straight but Big Time has other plans.

Out Of The Past

Talia, Ra’s Al Ghul’s daughter, shows up on Bruce’s birthday to offer him a turn in the Lazarus Pits, which would give him eternal youth. Only things are not quite as they seem.

Speak No Evil

A gorilla that’s been genetically altered to be as smart as a human decides to take revenge against the man who brought him into captivity. Batman must decide whom to help.

Disc Two:

The Call (part 1)

Superman invites Batman to join the Justice League to help figure out who on the inside is trying to kill the other members of the team.

The Call (part 2)

The discovery of the traitor leads to much bigger and sinister plot.

Betrayal

Big Time escapes from prison and kidnaps Terry hoping he’ll join his team.

Curse Of The Kobra (part 1)

Bruce sends Terry to a dojo to brush up on his fighting skills after a failed encounter with the Kobra gang. Here he meets a man named Zander who introduces him to his friend Max.

Curse Of The Kobra (part 2)

A beaten Terry must come to the rescue when Max is kidnapped by Zander, who turns out to be the new leader of the Kobra gang.

Countdown

Zeta returns to Gotham only to get kidnapped by Mad Stan who decides to use the robot to blow more stuff up.

Unmasked

Terry recounts a story to Max from his early days as Batman about a time he put in kid’s life in danger from Kobra because he revealed his identity in order to gain the boy’s trust.

The DVD:

VIDEO: How does it look?
(Presented with a 1.33:1 full screen aspect ratio)

The animation for this show is extremely good. The color seems to jump of the screen. The presentation here is near as good as it gets.

AUDIO: How does it sound?
(Dolby Stereo)

The sound is fine except the metal guitar soundtrack gets a little annoying. Why they felt the need to go all x-treme like that is beyond me.

Extras:

Disc Two:

Inside Batman Beyond Season 3: Wow, serious dorkfest going on here. A handful of the production team sit around and discuss the last season of Batman Beyond. What worked, what didn’t work and what never came to be. There are some interesting tidbits in here if you’re a fan of the show and can get past how truly dorky all these guys are.

Close up on :

The Dork Knights return, this time joined by actor Will Friedle, to discuss their favorite episodes of the season. One of the more interesting things mentioned here is how if you look at The Call Part 1 real close you can see how the plot itself makes no sense whatsoever. These guys can be entertaining to listen to.

The DVD Lounge’s Ratings for Batman Beyond: Season 3
CATEGORY
RATING
(OUT OF 10)
THE SHOW

7.5
THE VIDEO

9
THE AUDIO

8
THE EXTRAS

6
REPLAY VALUE

7
OVERALL
7
(NOT AN AVERAGE)

The Inside Pulse
The idea of someone else as Batman takes a little getting used to, but if you can get past that this is a pretty fun show. Seeing Bruce Wayne old is pretty interesting and the Justice League two parter is fantastic! Heck, even the talking ape episode isn’t half bad.