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Batman Beyond

Batman Beyond

The WB 1999

It's been years since Batman was last seen and Bruce Wayne secludes himself away from the resurgence of crime in Gotham. After discovering Bruce's secret identity, troubled teenager Terry McGinnis dons the mantle of Batman. With Bruce supervising him, Terry battles criminals in a futuristic Gotham and brings hope to its citizens.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Batman Beyond

Batman Beyond - S2E18

#1 - Sneak Peek

8.30

Season 2 - Episode 18

Ian Peek is a muckraking journalist who gets footage from seemingly impossible locations, no matter how tight the security. When there's a disturbance at city hall during a secret meeting between an organized crime witness and the district attorney, Batman encounters a man who can pass through solid matter at will. In short order, he puts two and two together and realizes this new villain is Peek. Confronting Peek, however, leads to him using his power to find out Bruce and Terry's secret -- and he threatens to expose them live on the air.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Batman Beyond from 74 votes.

Batman Beyond - S2E12

#2 - Babel

8.21

Season 2 - Episode 12

When all of Gotham's animals start getting agitated at the same time, Terry and Bruce Wayne figure out that sound frequencies beyond human hearing are to blame. That points to one man: Shriek. The animals prove to be the tip of the iceberg when people suddenly lose the ability to understand each other's speech. Shriek eventually turns off the interference, but makes a demand of Commissioner Gordon: the city's safety for Batman's life.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Batman Beyond from 90 votes.

Batman Beyond - S3E8

#3 - The Call (2)

8.21

Season 3 - Episode 8

Batman shows the League evidence of Superman's complicity in the death of Warhawk, but the idea is met with some resistance -- particularly from Barda, who flatly refuses to believe that Superman could be responsible, preferring instead to suspect Batman. Barda is convinced when Warhawk reappears, revealing that he didn't die in the explosion. Batman is only partly relieved, armed as he is with a kryptonite sample necessary to stop -- and kill -- Superman if he has to.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Batman Beyond from 81 votes.

Batman Beyond - S3E5

#4 - Out of the Past

8.18

Season 3 - Episode 5

Feeling old and tired, Bruce Wayne is reminiscing about past loves lost when Talia, daughter of R'as al Ghul, visits him in the Batcave. With her father long dead, she wishes to rekindle their romance and makes him an offer: She will give him eternal youth through use of the immortalizing Lazarus Pit, and they can spend the rest of their lives helping people through their philanthropic organizations. Worried that Bruce might give in for all the wrong reasons -- and concerned that he may lose the honor of being Batman -- Terry decides to come along to make sure everything is as it seems. When he and Bruce discover the truth behind her offer, it turns out to be more bizarre than either could have imagined.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Batman Beyond from 80 votes.

Batman Beyond - S2E26

#5 - Ace in the Hole

8.16

Season 2 - Episode 26

While Terry is out walking Ace, Bruce Wayne's dog, Ace savagely attacks a suspicious-looking man on the street and then runs away. When Bruce traces the serial number on the man's gun, he discovers the man is none other than Ronny Boxer, a longtime purveyor of illegal sports, including dog sports. Boxer is also Ace's former owner; Bruce took him in when Boxer's dog-fighting ring was busted by the police. While Terry goes undercover to get close to Boxer, Bruce looks for Ace, all the while wondering exactly what Boxer did to Ace in the past.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Batman Beyond from 61 votes.

Batman Beyond - S2E10

#6 - Mind Games

8.16

Season 2 - Episode 10

Terry has mysterious visions of a young girl asking him for help. His search for her leads him into confrontation with a group of people with incredible psychic powers known as the Brain Trust.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Batman Beyond from 87 votes.

Batman Beyond - S2E14

#7 - Eyewitness

8.15

Season 2 - Episode 14

Batman's already tense relationship with the law gets tenser when he accidentally messes up a major police sting operation. Fed up with Terry, who she sees as a hothead, Commissioner Gordon warns Bruce that she'll be keeping an eye on him to make sure he doesn't get into more trouble. Her worst fears are realized soon enough when she sees Batman bludgeoning Mad Stan to death with one of his own bombs. When Terry returns home, he finds the Commissioner's men looking for him, but he doesn't know why. Fleeing to Max's house, he tries to understand: how could people have witnessed him perpetrating a crime he didn't commit?

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Batman Beyond from 78 votes.

Batman Beyond - S3E7

#8 - The Call (1)

8.13

Season 3 - Episode 7

Batman receives a little unexpected help in capturing Inque: Superman. Superman reunites with Bruce Wayne, and extends an offer to Terry to join the Justice League. When Batman's introduction to the League is met with hostility by the other members, Superman takes Batman aside and explains that he has reason to suspect a traitor in their midst; he asks him to keep his eyes and ears open. Terry reluctantly agrees, finding it difficult to spy on people he's idolized his whole life. When the League steps in to stop a mysterious attack on Metropolis, a missile explosion claims Warhawk's life. Batman is the only one to witness the event, which puts suspicion squarely on his shoulders.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Batman Beyond from 92 votes.

Batman Beyond - S2E16

#9 - The Last Resort

8.13

Season 2 - Episode 16

When Dr. David Wheeler, a prominent child psychologist, opens a new ranch/group home promising to help troubled teenagers, parents jump on the bandwagon and start sending their kids away for even the most minor infractions. Max encourages Terry to investigate as Batman when their friend Chelsea is sent away for writing a letter of protest to the principal. Batman discovers that the kids are being held prisoner and brainwashed, but he is spotted and fired on. Since Batman can't get admissible evidence, he decides to get it as Terry by visiting Chelsea with a pocket recorder. When Terry is captured, he's forced to rely on a delinquent he's never gotten along with.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Batman Beyond from 78 votes.

Batman Beyond - S2E19

#10 - The Eggbaby

8.11

Season 2 - Episode 19

Terry's Family Studies teacher gives the class an assignment: to learn about the responsibilities of parenthood, they have to take care of an egg. The familiar exercise is given a high-tech twist -- each "eggbaby" has sensors which register the amount of care it receives and a computerized feedback system causes it to coo, cry, and giggle like a real baby. When Terry's assignment partner, vain cheerleader Blade Summers, unceremoniously dumps the eggbaby on him, he's forced to carry it with him when he's out as Batman -- even while chasing the notorious Ma Mayhem and her gang as they commit a series of daring ruby thefts.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Batman Beyond from 76 votes.

Batman Beyond - S2E6
#11 - Bloodsport
8.03
Season 2 - Episode 6

The Stalker, a cybernetically enhanced big game hunter who combines technological and primitive methods to stalk dangerous prey, comes to Gotham to hunt the most dangerous prey of them all: Batman. After their first encounter, the Stalker extends the hunt by pursuing Terry. Unfortunately, Terry is taking care of his younger brother Matt than night -- and must find a way to save himself without endangering his brother or revealing his identity. Carl Lumbly makes his first appearance as the voice of the Stalker.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Batman Beyond from 95 votes.

Batman Beyond - S2E4
#12 - Lost Soul
8.03
Season 2 - Episode 4

When executive Robert Vance was diagnosed with a degenerative brain disorder, he arranged to have his consciousness digitized. Now, 35 years later, his grandson Bobby has awakened him before his computer is shut down. Searching for a temporary home before he can find a human host, he infects Batman's costume. Terry goes after him, hoping to answer the question -- is Batman the suit, or the man inside it?

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Batman Beyond from 100 votes.

Batman Beyond - S3E6
#13 - Speak No Evil
8.02
Season 3 - Episode 6

When Batman tries to capture an eight-foot-tall gorilla that's on the loose, he's surprised at the extremely intelligent decisions it makes in order to escape. During the chase, he encounters two zoologists from Gotham State University, who say that it's their gorilla -- named Fingers -- who has escaped. Following a hunch, Batman investigates at the zoology department and discovers the scientists were using methyl glycose (the compound used for splicing) to add human DNA to Fingers for better intelligence tests. Batman must now find a giant, smart gorilla that's only getting smarter, and who has an unexplained hatred of noted conservationist James van Dyle.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Batman Beyond from 58 votes.

Batman Beyond - S2E7
#14 - Once Burned
8.00
Season 2 - Episode 7

The Royal Flush Gang's Ten returns on a mission to rescue her family, who have been captured by the Jokerz. When Melanie approaches Terry for help, he is forced to decide whether or not to put his relationship with Dana at risk, and if Batman can really trust Ten.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Batman Beyond from 95 votes.

Batman Beyond - S2E15
#15 - Final Cut
8.00
Season 2 - Episode 15

Curaré is back, and she's hunting members of the Society of Assassins before they can kill her for failing to assassinate Gotham's district attorney. Mutura Bootha, the last Society member still standing, enlists Batman's aid in stopping her, adding that if he falls, Batman is next on her list. As further incentive, he's planted a bomb in Gotham that will go off if he doesn't enter a code every 12 hours. Unfortunately Bruce Wayne is in Malaysia, unreachable due to a hurricane. Batman enlists an eager Max to help, leaving him to protect Bootha, find the bomb, and -- hardest of all -- keep Max from getting too involved.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Batman Beyond from 83 votes.

Batman Beyond - S2E20
#16 - Zeta
7.99
Season 2 - Episode 20

Terry becomes suspicious when his biology teacher starts acting oddly. The strange behavior culminates in a manic chase and shootout with federal agents after school, leading him to get involved as Batman. When Commissioner Gordon and her men find the teacher gagged and bound in her home, the truth comes out: an intelligent synthoid code-named Zeta is on the loose. Designed for stealth and assassination, it has the ability to disguise itself as any person using a holographic generator. Batman joins in the hunt for Zeta, but when he corners the robot he discovers that Zeta ran away from the federal agency because he doesn't want to kill. Gary Cole makes his first and only appearance as the voice of Zeta, before Diedrich Bader assumed the role for the Zeta Project spin-off series. Joe Spano makes his first appearance as agent Bennet.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Batman Beyond from 70 votes.

Batman Beyond - S3E3
#17 - Inqueling
7.99
Season 3 - Episode 3

Bruce Wayne is out of town, and Inque is back -- announcing her presence by disrupting the launch of a billion-dollar satellite. Newly invulnerable to water, she poses more of a threat than ever before. Terry remembers that Bruce Wayne had to save him from Inque twice before, putting both his identity and his life at risk. Wanting to prove himself, he insists on pursuing Inque himself, though he asks Max to do some detective work for him. Meanwhile, Inque's deal has gone sour, and her would-be client has weakened her with a particle destabilizer. Sick and desperate for help, she goes to the one person who she feels she can trust -- Deanna Clay, the daughter she abandoned as a child.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Batman Beyond from 68 votes.

Batman Beyond - S3E1
#18 - King's Ransom
7.97
Season 3 - Episode 1

The Royal Flush gang, minus the reformed Ten, attempt a robbery of a Gotham city museum. Although the gang gets away with the piece, Batman stops Jack and leaves him for the police. Bruce deduces that the Royal Flush gang is working for Paxton Powers, and by listening in on Commissioner Gordon's interrogation of Jack, he and Batman also discover that there are widening rifts in the Royal Flush family. At the hideout, the King and Queen argue, with the Queen endlessly comparing King to his previous namesake, her father. Furious, the King sets another plan in motion: he kidnaps Powers and holds him for ransom, using Bruce Wayne as a go-between. Powers, reluctant to have his illegal dealings exposed, makes a deal with the gang, to eliminate Bruce, but there's more than one double-cross afoot. Angie Harmon makes her first appearance as the new voice of Commissioner Barbara Gordon.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Batman Beyond from 78 votes.

Batman Beyond - S1E12
#19 - A Touch of Curaré
7.96
Season 1 - Episode 12

Sam Young, Gotham's district attorney and Commissioner Barbara Gordon's husband, is targeted for assassination by Curaré, a silent and deadly member of the Society of Assassins. Armed with a molecule-thin sword that can slice through anything, she presents a formidable enough challenge for Barbara to reveal to Terry that she knows he's Batman. As the former Batgirl, she warns him that he should quit being Batman while he can. Paul Winfield makes his first appearance as the voice of D.A. Sam Young.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Batman Beyond from 116 votes.

Batman Beyond - S2E8
#20 - Hooked Up
7.96
Season 2 - Episode 8

When several Hill High students end up comatose in the hospital, Batman's subsequent investigation leads him to Spellbinder, who is getting teenagers addicted to virtual reality fantasies and forcing them to steal for him.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Batman Beyond from 90 votes.

Last updated: apr 13, 2021

Comments

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episode 13 titled "epilogue" of justice league season 4 is a closure episode for this show

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This was one of my favorite shows to watch as a kid. Even as an adult I found them fun to watch! I just wish there were more seasons. Sure it is pretty much the same thing, but when it comes down to 20 minutes of mostly action, you can't go wrong.

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Batman is my favorite superhero and science fiction my favorite genre. If you put them together, it doesn't make either any better. Apart from the occasional and expected silly parts, writing is actually really good most of the time. But a pseudo Iron Man type Batman is not my thing.

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