1 9 9 9 – 2 0 0 1 (USA)
52 x 30 minute episodes
The year is 2039. The setting is Neo-Gotham, a futuristic version of Gotham City. Bruce Wayne (voiced by Kevin Conroy, reprising his role from Batman: The Animated Series) is now 80 years old and can physically no longer function as Batman.
Enter Terry McGinnis (voiced by Will Friedle), an athletic high school student and reformed troublemaker with a deeply ingrained sense of personal justice.
Out one night with his girlfriend Dana Tan (Lauren Tom), Terry is harassed by a gang called the Jokerz, and a high-speed motorcycle chase culminates in the grounds of Wayne Manor, where the elderly Bruce Wayne and Terry fend off the gang side-by-side.
Afterwards, Terry helps Bruce back to the manor and accidentally stumbles on the entrance to the Batcave, thus discovering Bruce’s secret.
Terry returns home to discover that his father has been murdered, apparently by the vengeful Jokerz. He also discovers that his father had stumbled upon information about the production of illegal chemical weapons by Derek Powers (Sherman Howard). Bruce Wayne advises Terry to take the evidence to Police Commissioner Barbara Gordon (Stockard Channing).
When Powers takes the evidence from him, Terry steals the Batsuit, intending to bring Powers to justice. Bruce initially demands that he return the suit, but Terry convinces Bruce to let him take on the Batman mantle.
With crime and corruption running rampant in Gotham without Batman’s presence, Bruce agrees to let Terry assume the role of Batman, with Bruce himself mentoring him.
He is aided in his new crimefighting role by computer genius Maxine “Max” Gibson (Cree Summer), who knows of Terry’s double life as Batman.
New villains included Blight (a chemically damaged Derek Powers); seductive shapeshifter Inque (Shannon Kenny); Shriek, who uses sound as a weapon (voiced by Chris Mulkey); insane eco-terrorist Mad Stan (Henry Rollins); the Jokerz, and the Royal Flush Gang.
Celebrities who provided voices for the series included Teri Garr (who voiced Terry’s mother, Mary); David Warner; Mark Hamill; Ice-T; Tim Curry; Stacy Keach; John Ritter; Johnny Galecki; David Faustino; Cary Elwes; George Lazenby; Dan Castellaneta; Ed Begley Jr. and Gary Cole.
Combining cyberpunk and sci-fi tropes such as body modification, artificial intelligence, and biological engineering, this studio-mandated sequel to Batman: The Animated Series (1992 – 1995) has since grown into a cult classic.
Maxine “Max” Gibson
Commissioner Barbara Gordon