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Batman Beyond: Bruce Timm Weighs in on Chances of Series Revival

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Batman Beyond co-creator Bruce Timm has weighed in on the chances of the beloved animated series returning for some sort of revival.

In the late 1990s, following the success of Batman: The Animated Series, Warner Bros. Animation tried something new with Batman Beyond. The series, which united acclaimed talent like Timm, Paul Dini and Alan Burnett, featured a new hero in the form of Terry McGinnis, who was passed the Dark Knight mantle by an aged Bruce Wayne. The series ran for three seasons from January 1999 to December 2001.

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During the series' 20th anniversary panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego, Timm discussed the popularity of the relatively short-lived show. At one point, a young boy cosplaying as Terry McGinnis asked if/when there would be a new season.

"I'll yell ya: if this things sells like crazy on Blu-ray and creates a giant buzz, that will make it more possible that it would happen," Timm replied (referring to the remastered release due out later this year.) "We would totally do it."

Batman Beyond producer Glen Murakami also gave his thoughts on what a prospective revival would be like from the character Terry's prospective, saying, "Terry likes being Batman. Terry isn't tortured the way Batman [Bruce Wayne] is."

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Despite Batman Beyond coming to an end almost two decades ago, the series has definitely managed to maintain a loyal fanbase thanks to the cartoon's legacy, as well as the various toy lines and comic book series that have kept its take on the Batman mythos alive. Earlier this year, rumors of a potential Batman Beyond theatrical film circulated, causing quite a stir in the fandom. However, these rumors were quickly shut down by Warner Bros.

That being said, there was a sense of closure given to Batman Beyond outside its 52-episode run, with the 2005 Justice League Unlimited episode "Epilogue" revealing Terry was a clone of Bruce who was created by Amanda Waller.

Over the years, Batman Beyond has returned in everything from Justice League Unlimited to The Zeta ProjectStatic Shock and Darwyn Cooke's 2014 short celebrating the Caped Crusader's 75th anniversary. Ultimately, audiences will have to wait and see whether Timm and Murakami get their wish, or if Batman Beyond as a television series remains a relic of a bygone era.

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