“There will be a Terry McGinnis mini-series early next year. We’ve heard the fans, we’ve heard everyone’s interest. And right now we’re planning to put out a Batman Beyond mini-series in 2010.”
- Dan DiDio, today, from Newsarama’s “20 Questions and 1 Answer”
Now, how cool is this? Growing up with Batman: The Animated Series (or B:TAS) and Batman Beyond and all the creations in the Timm/Diniverse, this is just great news. For those readers who aren’t familiar with Terry McGinnis, let me fill you in.
About ten years ago, Batman Beyond aired introducing us to the Gotham City of Tomorrow. We see a Gotham without a Batman and it’s not pretty. Terry is basically a juvenile delinquent whose father works for Wayne-Powers Industry. On the run from the Jokerz (a street gang that idolizes the Joker) he ends up at Wayne Manor where an old Bruce Wayne defends the gang off, but collapses. Terry takes care of Bruce and wanders around the mansion and discovers the Batcave. Bruce scares young Terry off, but when Terry gets home, he finds out his father has been murdered and later discovers that Bruce’s partner (Derek Powers) was behind it. When Terry asks for Bruce to help avenge his father (and is turned down), Terry takes matters in his own hands and steals the new exo-batsuit to go after Powers. Bruce is furious and actually shuts down the suit remotely, but Terry convinces him that he should don the cowl. Bruce takes the youth under his (bat) wing and hires him as his chauffer and personal assistant, which is just a facade and trains Terry to be the new Batman.
The series was fresh, fun and full of techgasms for people like myself. There were cameos as well, as Superman actually had a bit part in a few episodes and introduced the new Batman to the new Justice League. McGinnis was offically part of canon in Superman/Batman #22 and #23, though he was mistakenly called “Tim Drake”, but was later remedied. McGinnis also made appearances on Justice League Unlimited, which had ties to that show’s canon (namely John Stewart’s and Hawkgirls’s son, Warhawk). The series also paralleled some of Bat-mythos such as Terry falling in love with a criminal (Ten, from this generation’s Royal Flush Gang). Though, the REAL kicker here is what happens in the JLU episode “Epilogue”, which serves as a finale in ways to Batman Beyond. It’s so good, and so out there, I couldn’t spoil it on here for those of you who haven’t seen it.
I’m excited DC decided to re-ignite this franchise, even if it is a mini-series, but do you readers think?