In most of his appearances, Batman Beyond is largely defined as a technology-driven hero – with his super-advanced suit giving him many advantages in combat and stealth. However, Terry McGinnis remains at the heart of the Dark Knight’s legacy – proving what he can do without his technology.
Batman Beyond: Neo Year #2 (by Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing, Max Dunbar, Sebastian Cheng, and Aditya Bidikar) highlights Terry’s new strategy for dealing with threats to his city – specifically employing low-tech strategies, much like Bruce Wayne did several times in year operates youngest The Batman Motion pictures.
After the artificial intelligence known as Gotham went online and killed Bruce Wayne, Terry struggled to counter its influence and impact on the city of Neo-Gotham. This didn’t go well as the AI can monitor and predict many of Terry’s movements. Ultimately, it attempts to even the score when Batman saves a life – leading to his agent, a mysterious figure known as the Sword, carrying out those commands with brutal efficiency.
All of this requires Terry to respond by stripping his bat suit of the technological elements that could allow Gotham to track him. Eventually, Terry is shown only using the suit for specific missions, instead relying on more traditional means to continue exploring and investigating the city, largely invisibly. Although it becomes more difficult for the hero to rob the suit of many of its perks, it also means Gotham won’t be able to find it as easily. After selling everything that could generate a signal, Terry uses the remaining money to procure a suit that allows him to hide his identity from technology.
In fact, Terry is able to disappear from view much like Bruce Wayne did when he first became a superhero – clearly a face in the crowd that no one recognizes. It is also an effective measure as Terry can continue to fight crime and even hunt down thieves across the city. It also quietly transforms Terry into a Batman, which is more consistent with Robert Pattinson’s portrayal of Bruce Wayne in The Batman. This film examined the second year of Batman’s burgeoning crime-fighting career and highlighted how effective Bruce had become as an observer. Pattinson’s Batman can sometimes be seen in dirty street clothes while blending into crowds while investigating a number of mysteries across the city.
Terry approaches his altered world with a similar idea, using the more profound technology and disguises to his advantage. Like Pattinson’s version of Batman, he becomes a stealthy figure around town rather than always relying on his suit and name to instill fear – giving him a chance to uncover big secrets that a more open-minded approach likely wouldn’t have uncovered. Terry rarely had to resort to such tactics. Thanks to the futuristic ambience Batman beyond has frequently highlighted Terry’s technological upgrades and the skills required to convert all of that potential into heroic results.
But the modern Batman beyond The series seems dedicated to exploring what happens when Terry is forced to help without Bruce Wayne – with little support system or wealth to rely on. It’s interesting to see him portrayed in a way that’s reminiscent of a fiercer Batman than he’s ever been, giving him a chance to prove himself as Batman, beyond whatever advancements his suit offers – and himself to prove to himself and Gotham that he truly deserves his position as Batman’s heir.
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