Saturday, February 22, 2014

Epilogue | Batman Beyond | vlog #53

In the future of Batman Beyond, Amanda Waller reveals to an older Terry McGinnis she created the project "Batman Beyond" to continue Bruce Wayne's work. The episode is not only the Justice League season finale, but, as a cross over, the final Batman Beyond episode as well. The episode contains many references to prior episodes of Justice League, Batman Beyond, and Batman: The Animated Series such as the death of Terry's father, Ace from the episode Wild Cards, the future Justice League, much of Terry's rogue gallery, the Gray Ghost, and Andrea Beaumont. The episode is also notable for being character driven, exploring the motivations and relationship of the two Batmen; this attribute was common in Batman: The Animated Series but rare in Justice League or Batman Beyond. The final scene in this episode bears a resemblance to the first scene in the episode On Leather Wings of Batman: The Animated Series, as the creative team thought it could possibly be the final JLU episode. Furthermore, it is notable that in the beginning of the episode Terry believed that he was a clone of Bruce Wayne but it is revealed by Amanda Waller that Bruce Wayne is Terry's biological father due to her using genetic tampering. The rift created by Terry discovering his genetic compatibility to Bruce is also healed once Terry discovers that Bruce Wayne was unknowingly his father and talks with him. The truth being revealed to Terry allows him to let go of his anger and fear. He calls his long-time girlfriend Dana in preparation to ask her to marry him, an accomplishment Bruce Wayne unfortunately never has in his own life. Terry also begins to start treating Bruce as his father.
Originally aired: 7/23/2005
Written by: Bruce Timm, Dwayne McDuffie
Directed by: Dan Riba

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