Episode #40 (257-371) - Future Shock
Original Airdate - January 17th, 2004 - Fourth Season Premiere
When Static is thrust into the future, he has to team up with Batman
(of Batman Beyond) to save the adult Static.
Media by Bird Boy and James Harvey
Review by Matt Zimmer
Supervising Producer Alan Burnett
Producer Denys Cowan, Swinton O. Scott III
Associate Producer J.C. Cheng
Written by Stan Berkowitz
Directed by Vic Dal Chele
Music by Gousse
Animation by Dong Woo Animation CO., LTD.
Phil LaMarr as Virgil Hawkins / Static
Jason Marsden as Richie Foley / Gear
Kevin Conroy as Batman / Bruce Wayne
Shane Sweet as Robin
Will Friedle as Future Batman
Marc Worden as Jokerz Gang Member
Lance Henriksen as Leader
Dorian Harewood as Warden
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After helping Batman and Robin defeat a time-traveling villain Static is
shot into the future world of Batman Beyond. He clashes with the new
Batman (Terry McGinnis) and learns from an elderly Bruce Wayne that a
terrorist organization named Kobra has kidnapped one of the world's
greatest heroes: Static's future self! While searching for the place
where Kobra is holding Future Static our Static is annoying Batman with
his wonderment of the future; the Kobra agent that the government was
going to exchange for Static escapes and Static and Terry realize that
they must save Static's future self on their own.
Static flies to the gas station in Dakota and sees that it is now a
secret ungrounded compound and learns from a hologram of Future Gear
where Future Static was headed. Static and Batman arrive at the compound
and are surrounded by Kobra agents. Static manages to free his future
self and they and Batman take the Kobra agents down. Static is given the
advice to believe in himself by the Future Static as Gear and present
day Batman manage to bring him back to the present.
You know, the earlier Batman and Superman crossovers never really
impacted me as much as this episode did because we could always still
see Batman and Superman on Justice League. But Batman Beyond is gone and
cancelled and it was such a treat to return to this world for one half
hour. So many things were great about this episode: The reference to
Robin being a civilian; hearing that Wonder Woman is still alive; Future
Gear being fat; Terry actually believing Static's name was Beyonce
(which is still one of the funniest jokes the show has ever done because
it was totally in character for both Static AND Terry) and Future
Static's costume design which is a zillion times cooler than it was in
JLU's The Once and Future Thing. The moment where Static met his Future
self was just so cool and gratifying.
I really don't have a single bad thing to say about this episode. The
animation was decent (and I was delighted that everything was animated
in the Batman Beyond style) and it was cool hearing Robin's growing
tension with Batman (which would worsen after Return of the Joker).
Everything about this episode clicked and I thought it was one of the
best crossovers ever.