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Anonymous asked: Did you ever explain in detail what exactly made you so passionate to Batman Beyond and why?
No, probably not on here because none of the people who follow me follow me because I like Batman Beyond, at least not to my knowledge. I think I caught the eye of a couple Max Gibson supporters, but that’s probably it. Since you asked, though, I’ll clarify.
I grew up on a heavy diet of Batman: The Animated Series. I loved it ever since I laid eyes on it, so naturally, I was interested to hear a couple years later they had another animated series in mind. Back then, I was young and didn’t have a problem with the idea of doing a jump to the future and creating an all new Batman mythos. I actually watched the premiere of Batman Beyond January 10, 1999, and I still remember the high-as-a-kite feeling I got when those opening credits started and I saw Terry McGinnis for the first time.
Batman Beyond has stuck with me since that premiere because it’s one of the most original yet familiar takes on the character. It brought over a lot of great things from BTAS—focusing on character development, drawing strength from the diversity of the villains, dark and muted colors with painted backgrounds, and top-knotch voice acting—while still putting a new spin on the legend. The reason why I glommed onto it so quickly was because it was such a worthy effort put in by the creative team to make Terry different from Bruce, yet they were still cut from the same cloth.
I of course have to admit that I am 100% infatuated with Terry McGinnis and have been since I was a kid. I mean, he was my ideal boyfriend: funny, street-smart, kind, a little bad boy streak, charismatic, and just an all around charming person. He had a hot temper and more than a little stubbornness, but it was clear from the start that Terry has a good heart. It’s a heart worthy of the name Batman and that is why I’ve stuck by him after all this time. He’s never given me a reason to doubt him.
I also love the new Rogues Gallery they came up with and how they managed to incorporate old foes—Bane, Ra’s al Ghul & Talia al Ghul, Mr. Freeze—and then came up with some fun new ones. I’m particularly partial to Stalker and Curare since they were both two of Terry’s deadliest enemies, but I also loved the Brain Trust from “Mind Games” because they were so creepy and offbeat that I once thought it was a banned episode since the first time I saw it, it was after midnight and it had one hell of a disturbing vibe to it.
I will always be a little sad Batman Beyond didn’t get more time because it sowed the seeds of great storytelling and only got to reap about half of them. There were a lot of things we never got to see that I hope the comic book will someday address. So far, they’ve already circled back around to Melanie Walker, who was always one of my favorite recurring characters, and there are plenty of other people I hope to see return as well. I’ll leave my commentary on Max Gibson off the table since Tumblr has a mad-on for her, it seems.
To that end, though, if any Terry/Max shippers are following me, I have an entire host of fanfiction to share if you ever feel like perusing through it. It’s gotten kind of reputable over the years, to my complete delight. I’m so happy to find that people still have her back at least in the fanfiction world and that they genuinely seem to enjoy how I write her and Terry’s relationship. It’s been fun ever since I started and I don’t foresee growing out of my love for Batman Beyond fanfics any time soon.
Overall, Batman Beyond was just so different from anything that’s come before or after it and that’s why it’s stuck with me. It took risks. It lost a few times, but it struck such a cord with me because it’s clear that the creators loved what they were doing and getting to make new stories. And I know it’s a polarizing finale, but I happened to love the living hell out of JLU’s “Epilogue.” That was one hell of a story, and a ballsy one at that, and I think it was nicely done. It further solidified the relationship between Terry and Bruce and brought everything full circle. I don’t agree with who Terry ultimately chose to be with, but I do think his story has a great chance of ending a little happier than Bruce’s.
Honestly, this is the short version of that answer. I could talk about how much I love this show for days, but I think it’s late and I should hush while I still have followers. Thanks for the question, Anon! Oyasumi.
- Hey, Captain. We're all going to be equal in the new age, right?
Then even a farmer's kid like me can take a real last name?
- That's right.
- Then... Can I take yours, Captain, and make my last name Sagara?
Can I, Captain?
- Sagara Sanosuke, huh? Stop it, stop it. That name sounds too weird
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