DC Nation "Batman Beyond" Original Airdate - April 23rd, 2014
Batman and Bruce Wayne find themselves facing a mysterious foe in the Bat-cave.
Media by Jim Harvey
Written by Darwyn Cooke
Directed by Darwyn Cooke
Music by Kristopher Carter, Mike McCuistion & Lolita Ritmanis
Additional Guitar Work by Gabe Moses
Will Friedle as Terry McGinnis/Batman
Kevin Conroy as Bruce Wayne
Revisit the world of Batman Beyond with this special animated short adventure!
DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Entertainment and DC Comics released the 90-second animated short "Batman Beyond" in 2014 as part of the Batman 75th anniversary celebrations. The action-packed mini-adventure revisits the world of the classic Batman Beyond animated series, bringing together members of the original show’s cast and crew. "Batman Beyond" was written and directed by Darwyn Cooke, starring the voices of Will Friedle and Kevin Conroy, featuring music by Kristopher Carter, Mike McCuistion & Lolita Ritmanis, with guitar work by Gabe Moses. Click on the player below to view the short.
The special DC Nation animated short was created as part of DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Entertainment and DC Comics' combined celebration efforts to mark the 75th anniversary of Batman’s first appearance in the 1939 comic Detective Comics #27. DC Entertainment also provided the follow-ing write-up about the "Batman Beyond" DC Nation animated short.
Seventy-five years after debuting in the comic books, Batman has finally met his match: himself.
The Caped Crusader first appeared in May 1939 on the cover of "Detective Comics No. 27," and in the three-quarters of a century since, he's been constantly reinvented in print and on screen. As part of the year-long celebration, DC Entertainment commissioned a new short film based on the animated series "Batman Beyond" from the award-winning writer and artist Darwyn Cooke ("D.C.: The New Frontier").
The short premiered at WonderCon in Anaheim, California, on Saturday, before it airs on Wednesday, Apr. 23 at 6:30 p.m. after a new episode of "Teen Titans" on Cartoon Network.. And not only does the short feature the return of the elderly Bruce Wayne and his protégé Terry McGinnis from "Batman Beyond," it features several Easter eggs with some of Batman's most famous incarnations of the past.
Like in the series "Batman Beyond," the short takes place in the future, with Bruce Wayne (voiced by Kevin Conroy, who has been portraying Batman for 22 years) semi-retired from being a superhero and his young pal Terry (voiced by Will Friedle, returning to the role for the first time since 2005) taking up the mantle of Batman. As the short begins, Bruce has been attacked by someone looking exactly like his younger self from "Batman: The Animated Series" (1993-95).
It turns out to be a robot double, and Terry and Bruce (along with some assistance from the Batmobile) are able to take the creature down. But the Dynamic Duo realize that they aren't done yet, and another wave of Bat-droids are raring for a fight. And as the camera pans across the adversaries, sharp-eyed viewers will catch several different incarnations of the Dark Knight.
"Batman Beyond" debuted April 23rd, 2014 on Cartoon Network under the DC Nation programming banner, and was also released wide to all media outlets in the same week. Click on the thumbnails below to view stills from the animated short.
Click here to check out the other Batman 75 animated short "Batman: Strange Days!"
Click here to view the 2013 Superman 75 animated short!