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DVD REVIEW: BATMAN BEYOND - Season 3
Author: Jett
March 20, 2007
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OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS
"As the new Batman, Terry has all the high-tech gear and gadgets he needs, plus Bruce Wayne's research skills and instincts. Season Three became the final season for the series, as Terry joined forces with the JLU (Justice League Unlimited) The series ended with the episode "Unmasked" which told the story of one of Terry's first missions under the cowl. Experience all the suspense and excitement of the final 13 gripping adventures in a 2-disc collection featuring the fiendish villains of the city's gritty future -- and the one hero who can stop them!"

THE REVIEW
I liked BATMAN BEYOND. I thought it was a very good continuation of the “animated” Batman mythos and a more than respectable entry into Batman history. I know some fans didn’t like it because they refused to accept anyone other than Bruce Wayne in the cape and cowl. In my opinion, those who avoided the show because of that missed out on a quality Batman animated series.

What’s sort of ironic was that BATMAN BEYOND was created to appeal to kids and sell toys. Well, it may have appealed to the younger crowd, but there was nothing “kiddie” about it. And while the toys sucked, BATMAN BEYOND certainly didn’t.

Most fans will buy this set for two episodes: “Out of the Past,” which features Ra’s Al Ghul, Talia, and the Lazarus Pit; and in the “The Calling,” Terry meets up with Superrman and a future version of the Justice League. There are some truly top-notch stories and come highly recommended from yours truly.

The only thing that sucked about BATMAN BEYOND was that the series did not have a proper finale -- well, at least not one that was actually part of the series. However, BEYOND was given a nice ending in the JUSTICE LEAGUE episode titled “Epilogue.” I wish that they would have included it on this set, although it is available on one of the JL DVD sets.

THE EXTRAS
There’s no commentary track, but there is what is called a “Close-Up” look at a handful of episodes. Fan favorites like “Out of the Past” and “The Call” are discussed, as well as “The Curse of the Kobra, Part 1.” Bascially, they (Bruce Timm, Alan Burnett, Paul Dini, Glen Murakami, and Will Friedle) talk about what they liked and disliked about each, as well as providing some interesting morsels about the show itself -- like why it came to such an abrupt end. Nothing here that’s spectacular, but it was a bit cool nonetheless.

THE BOTTOM LINE
This set is one to buy -- especially if you were a fan of the show. For those who avoided the series, I suggest you at least rent BATMAN BEYOND: SEASON 3 as well as the other two seasons and give it it a shot.

"Jett" is the founder of BATMAN ON FILM.

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