A popular animated series that ran from 1999 to 2002, Batman Beyond jumped ahead a few years and gave the viewer a (surprisingly fitting) cyberpunk-version of Gotham City’s future. With Batman in a sort of forced retirement, the cowl is passed on to Terry McGinnis, a mouthy 16-year-old looking to avenge the death of his father (seriously, one of these days, Batman and Wolverine are going to have to have an uncomfortable talk with Chris Hansen).
Suffering a heart condition and supported by a cane, Batman/Bruce Wayne plays armchair superhero and mentor while McGinnis does all the heavy lifting. Obviously, Bruce’s inflexible attitude and Terry’s extreme excitability come into constant conflict, a fact that seems to be exploited by the return of Hush.
In other words, the Batman baddies who are pretty low on the pay scale. While Hush’s need to kill Batman’s enemies has Terry and Bruce bringing up the rear, the involvement of the clone-loving Project Cadmus (super-sketchy government operation) is enough to raise their suspicion.
Clearly, someone at DC has a rubbery one for the character, but every time Tommy Elliot (or whoever) reveals his true face it continues to be met with my continued disappointment. Hush Beyond is no different. Making the same mistakes as other story arcs before his, Beechen tries to solidify the character by redefining his back story.
This may have worked to his advantage if Jason Todd, Clayface, The Riddler, and Tommy Elliott hadn’t all gotten there before him.