The Marvel versus DC Comics fandom war has entered a new battlefield today -- the far-flung future. The latest episode of Bat in the Sun’s “Super Power Beat Down” pits future Batman Terry McGinnis against the year 2099's Spider-Man, Miguel O'Hara. One hero hails from “Batman Beyond” animated series-turned-comic book series. The other is a geneticist living in New York City in the year 2099 who takes up the mantle of Spider-Man after attempting to recreate the scenario that originally gifted Peter Parker his superhuman strength and agility.
The video begins with a preamble that runs down the abilities of each character. While McGinnis has no innate superpowers, he was trained by Batman himself, Bruce Wayne, and wears and incredibly powerful suit that comes with an array of deadly weapons, not the least of which being an electrical shock and exploding batarangs. O’Hara, on the other hand, has a host of abilities as the result of his own personal genetic modifications, including the unassisted strength and speed of the original Spider-Man. The video also includes a teaser for an alternate ending that is set to release on Bat in the Sun’s YouTube channel next week, just in case you don't like the outcome.
“Batman Beyond” first debuted as an animated television series that aired between 1999 and 2001 on the WB network -- now the CW -- and focused on the passing of the Batman mantle from an aging Bruce Wayne to the teenage McGinnis.
Developed by Bruce Timm, Paul Dini and Alan Burnett, “Batman Beyond” was set in the futuristic Gotham City of the year 2019 and was meant to serve as a continuation to the storylines of “Batman: The Animated Series” and “The New Batman Adventures.” The series introduced new villains and allies to the Batman canon, including Zeta, the assassination droid with a conscience, and the hypnosis-manipulating villain Spellbinder.
“Spider-Man 2099” was created by Peter David and Rick Leonardi for the Marvel 2099 comic line, which imagined the Marvel Comics universe of the future. The Marvel 2099 initiative included the likes of “Hulk 2099” and “Ghost Rider 2099” and featured a dystopic vision of the future in which the Marvel Comics universe was ruled by megacorporations.
Debuting in 1992, “Spider-Man 2099” was one of the first Marvel 2099 series to be published. “Spider-Man 2099” saw the futuristic hero frequently at odds with the megacorporation Alchemax -- a company that produces and sells nearly every product under the sun, including cities, and of which O’Hara is an employee.
The Super Power Beat Down video was produced in association with Mightyraccoon!, a production company that specializes in CGI-animated superhero videos.