The Best Episodes of Batman Beyond
Last Updated: Feb 3, 2019
It's been years since Batman was last seen and Bruce Wayne secludes himself away from the resurgence of crime in Gotham. After discovering Bruce's secret identity, troubled teenager Terry McGinnis dons the mantle of Batman. With Bruce supervising him, Terry battles criminals in a futuristic Gotham and brings hope to its citizens.
#1 - Speak No Evil
Season 3 - Episode 6
When Batman tries to capture an eight-foot-tall gorilla that's on the loose, he's surprised at the extremely intelligent decisions it makes in order to escape. During the chase, he encounters two zoologists from Gotham State University, who say that it's their gorilla -- named Fingers -- who has escaped. Following a hunch, Batman investigates at the zoology department and discovers the scientists were using methyl glycose (the compound used for splicing) to add human DNA to Fingers for better intelligence tests. Batman must now find a giant, smart gorilla that's only getting smarter, and who has an unexplained hatred of noted conservationist James van Dyle.
#2 - The Call (Part 2)
Season 3 - Episode 8
Batman shows the League evidence of Superman's complicity in the death of Warhawk, but the idea is met with some resistance -- particularly from Barda, who flatly refuses to believe that Superman could be responsible, preferring instead to suspect Batman. Barda is convinced when Warhawk reappears, revealing that he didn't die in the explosion. Batman is only partly relieved, armed as he is with a kryptonite sample necessary to stop -- and kill -- Superman if he has to.
#3 - Ace in the Hole
Season 2 - Episode 26
While Terry is out walking Ace, Bruce Wayne's dog, Ace savagely attacks a suspicious-looking man on the street and then runs away. When Bruce traces the serial number on the man's gun, he discovers the man is none other than Ronny Boxer, a longtime purveyor of illegal sports, including dog sports. Boxer is also Ace's former owner; Bruce took him in when Boxer's dog-fighting ring was busted by the police. While Terry goes undercover to get close to Boxer, Bruce looks for Ace, all the while wondering exactly what Boxer did to Ace in the past.
#4 - Sneak Peek
Season 2 - Episode 18
Ian Peek is a muckraking journalist who gets footage from seemingly impossible locations, no matter how tight the security. When there's a disturbance at city hall during a secret meeting between an organized crime witness and the district attorney, Batman encounters a man who can pass through solid matter at will. In short order, he puts two and two together and realizes this new villain is Peek. Confronting Peek, however, leads to him using his power to find out Bruce and Terry's secret -- and he threatens to expose them live on the air.
#5 - The Call (Part 1)
Season 3 - Episode 7
Batman receives a little unexpected help in capturing Inque: Superman. Superman reunites with Bruce Wayne, and extends an offer to Terry to join the Justice League. When Batman's introduction to the League is met with hostility by the other members, Superman takes Batman aside and explains that he has reason to suspect a traitor in their midst; he asks him to keep his eyes and ears open. Terry reluctantly agrees, finding it difficult to spy on people he's idolized his whole life. When the League steps in to stop a mysterious attack on Metropolis, a missile explosion claims Warhawk's life. Batman is the only one to witness the event, which puts suspicion squarely on his shoulders.
#6 - Babel
Season 2 - Episode 12
When all of Gotham's animals start getting agitated at the same time, Terry and Bruce Wayne figure out that sound frequencies beyond human hearing are to blame. That points to one man: Shriek. The animals prove to be the tip of the iceberg when people suddenly lose the ability to understand each other's speech. Shriek eventually turns off the interference, but makes a demand of Commissioner Gordon: the city's safety for Batman's life.
#7 - Mind Games
Season 2 - Episode 10
Batman rescues a car careening out of control high over Gotham City; as the family returns to the car, the little girl turns and gives him a baleful look. The next day, while Terry is trying to write a history exam, the girl appears in front of him, pleading for help. Later, at the Batcave, she appears again -- this time mentally showing him a hotel room where she's being held, her parents admonishing her calling for help. After investigating, Batman discovers that the parents are anything but; posing as teachers for a special school, they've kidnapped the girl, hoping to add her psychic abilities to their organization, the Brain Trust. But to rescue her he has to battle his way through her captors, who also have psychic abilities.
#8 - Out of the Past
Season 3 - Episode 5
Feeling old and tired, Bruce Wayne is reminiscing about past loves lost when Talia, daughter of R'as al Ghul, visits him in the Batcave. With her father long dead, she wishes to rekindle their romance and makes him an offer: She will give him eternal youth through use of the immortalizing Lazarus Pit, and they can spend the rest of their lives helping people through their philanthropic organizations. Worried that Bruce might give in for all the wrong reasons -- and concerned that he may lose the honor of being Batman -- Terry decides to come along to make sure everything is as it seems. When he and Bruce discover the truth behind her offer, it turns out to be more bizarre than either could have imagined.
#9 - The Last Resort
Season 2 - Episode 16
When Dr. David Wheeler, a prominent child psychologist, opens a new ranch/group home promising to help troubled teenagers, parents jump on the bandwagon and start sending their kids away for even the most minor infractions. Max encourages Terry to investigate as Batman when their friend Chelsea is sent away for writing a letter of protest to the principal. Batman discovers that the kids are being held prisoner and brainwashed, but he is spotted and fired on. Since Batman can't get admissible evidence, he decides to get it as Terry by visiting Chelsea with a pocket recorder. When Terry is captured, he's forced to rely on a delinquent he's never gotten along with.
#10 - Eyewitness
Season 2 - Episode 14
Batman's already tense relationship with the law gets tenser when he accidentally messes up a major police sting operation. Fed up with Terry, who she sees as a hothead, Commissioner Gordon warns Bruce that she'll be keeping an eye on him to make sure he doesn't get into more trouble. Her worst fears are realized soon enough when she sees Batman bludgeoning Mad Stan to death with one of his own bombs. When Terry returns home, he finds the Commissioner's men looking for him, but he doesn't know why. Fleeing to Max's house, he tries to understand: how could people have witnessed him perpetrating a crime he didn't commit?
#11 - Inqueling
Season 3 - Episode 3
Bruce Wayne is out of town, and Inque is back -- announcing her presence by disrupting the launch of a billion-dollar satellite. Newly invulnerable to water, she poses more of a threat than ever before. Terry remembers that Bruce Wayne had to save him from Inque twice before, putting both his identity and his life at risk. Wanting to prove himself, he insists on pursuing Inque himself, though he asks Max to do some detective work for him. Meanwhile, Inque's deal has gone sour, and her would-be client has weakened her with a particle destabilizer. Sick and desperate for help, she goes to the one person who she feels she can trust -- Deanna Clay, the daughter she abandoned as a child.
#12 - Zeta
Season 2 - Episode 20
Terry becomes suspicious when his biology teacher starts acting oddly. The strange behavior culminates in a manic chase and shootout with federal agents after school, leading him to get involved as Batman. When Commissioner Gordon and her men find the teacher gagged and bound in her home, the truth comes out: an intelligent synthoid code-named Zeta is on the loose. Designed for stealth and assassination, it has the ability to disguise itself as any person using a holographic generator. Batman joins in the hunt for Zeta, but when he corners the robot he discovers that Zeta ran away from the federal agency because he doesn't want to kill. Gary Cole makes his first and only appearance as the voice of Zeta, before Diedrich Bader assumed the role for the Zeta Project spin-off series. Joe Spano makes his first appearance as agent Bennet.
#13 - Bloodsport
Season 2 - Episode 6
The Stalker, a cybernetically enhanced big game hunter who combines technological and primitive methods to stalk dangerous prey, comes to Gotham to hunt the most dangerous prey of them all: Batman. After their first encounter, the Stalker extends the hunt by pursuing Terry. Unfortunately, Terry is taking care of his younger brother Matt than night -- and must find a way to save himself without endangering his brother or revealing his identity. Carl Lumbly makes his first appearance as the voice of the Stalker.
#14 - The Eggbaby
Season 2 - Episode 19
Terry's Family Studies teacher gives the class an assignment: to learn about the responsibilities of parenthood, they have to take care of an egg. The familiar exercise is given a high-tech twist -- each "eggbaby" has sensors which register the amount of care it receives and a computerized feedback system causes it to coo, cry, and giggle like a real baby. When Terry's assignment partner, vain cheerleader Blade Summers, unceremoniously dumps the eggbaby on him, he's forced to carry it with him when he's out as Batman -- even while chasing the notorious Ma Mayhem and her gang as they commit a series of daring ruby thefts.
#15 - Once Burned
Season 2 - Episode 7
When a daring robbery of a high-stakes poker game between criminals goes awry, Batman is alerted by the sound of gunfire. When he arrives on the scene, he discovers to his dismay that the thief is none other than Ten, of the Royal Flush Gang. Before she escapes, Ten tries to tell Batman that things aren't what they seem. Because of his feelings for Ten (aka Melanie Walker), Terry is convinced that she's telling the truth; Bruce Wayne isn't so easily moved. When Terry returns home he finds Melanie in his room. She tells him her family has been captured by Jokerz, and that she's being forced to steal in order to ransom them. Terry walks a fine line with issues of trust; beyond his usual lies to Dana and his family about his double life, the situation demands that he also tell half-truths to Bruce Wayne, Max (who knows his identity), and Melanie. And can he trust Melanie's story about her family's kidnapping?
#16 - Final Cut
Season 2 - Episode 15
Curaré is back, and she's hunting members of the Society of Assassins before they can kill her for failing to assassinate Gotham's district attorney. Mutura Bootha, the last Society member still standing, enlists Batman's aid in stopping her, adding that if he falls, Batman is next on her list. As further incentive, he's planted a bomb in Gotham that will go off if he doesn't enter a code every 12 hours. Unfortunately Bruce Wayne is in Malaysia, unreachable due to a hurricane. Batman enlists an eager Max to help, leaving him to protect Bootha, find the bomb, and -- hardest of all -- keep Max from getting too involved.
#17 - Lost Soul
Season 2 - Episode 4
When executive Robert Vance was diagnosed with a degenerative brain disorder, he arranged to have his consciousness digitized. Now, 35 years later, his grandson Bobby has awakened him before his computer is shut down. Searching for a temporary home before he can find a human host, he infects Batman's costume. Terry goes after him, hoping to answer the question -- is Batman the suit, or the man inside it?
#18 - Untouchable
Season 3 - Episode 2
Batman faces off against a new high-tech villain, a man in a suit that projects an impenetrable force field that repels everything Batman can throw at it. Bruce Wayne recognizes the force field as the work of Dr. Blades, a Wayne-Powers scientist who has developed what he calls iso-field generator rings, which generate an aura of energy around its wearer. While touring the Wayne-Powers lab facilities, Blades' assistant Dr. Suzuki demonstrates the rings and the aura, which are meant for use as a self-contained environment for people with immune-system deficiencies. Bruce and Terry recognize the aura immediately, and the question then becomes: who in the lab is the untouchable criminal?
#19 - Hooked Up
Season 2 - Episode 8
Spellbinder returns. The place to be is VRRoom, where simulators provide you with your greatest fantasy through virtual reality. But there's a new VR arcade in town, where the simulation is even more realistic. The only problem is that kids are getting addicted, needing more of an escape from the real world with every use -- leading to increased serotonin levels in the brain and putting the overdosed kids into a coma. Batman has another dilemma, with Max insisting on being a more active partner. The consequences are disastrous: when she tags along with some kids to get a lead on the new arcade, she ends up becoming addicted herself.
#20 - King's Ransom
Season 3 - Episode 1
The Royal Flush gang, minus the reformed Ten, attempt a robbery of a Gotham city museum. Although the gang gets away with the piece, Batman stops Jack and leaves him for the police. Bruce deduces that the Royal Flush gang is working for Paxton Powers, and by listening in on Commissioner Gordon's interrogation of Jack, he and Batman also discover that there are widening rifts in the Royal Flush family. At the hideout, the King and Queen argue, with the Queen endlessly comparing King to his previous namesake, her father. Furious, the King sets another plan in motion: he kidnaps Powers and holds him for ransom, using Bruce Wayne as a go-between. Powers, reluctant to have his illegal dealings exposed, makes a deal with the gang, to eliminate Bruce, but there's more than one double-cross afoot. Angie Harmon makes her first appearance as the new voice of Commissioner Barbara Gordon.
#21 - Ascension
Season 1 - Episode 13
Batman is becoming increasingly frustrated with Blight, Derek Powers' radioactive form. Powers is also frustrated as he wrestles with controlling his power, and puts his son Paxton in charge of Wayne-Powers. His identity as Blight is revealed moments later, and he goes into hiding until he can find a way out of the city. Paxton begs Batman to help capture his father, and he warily agrees. Terry wants Blight to pay for murdering his father, and Paxton may have other plans -- but who is double-crossing whom?
#22 - April Moon
Season 2 - Episode 22
When Batman foils a late-night bank heist, he's surprised to see that the four ordinary-looking punks all have expensive -- and dangerous -- cybernetic enhancements. When one of the criminals leaves a damaged servo-motor behind, Bruce Wayne recognizes it as the handiwork of the man who created some of the parts for the Batman suit, Dr. Corso, who specializes in prosthetics. After confronting the doctor, Batman discovers that Dr. Corso is being forced to help the crooks because they've kidnapped his wife, threatening to kill her if he doesn't enhance them as they ask.
#23 - Sentries of the Last Cosmos
Season 2 - Episode 23
One of the hottest virtual reality arcade games is Sentries of the Last Cosmos. Max and Terry's classmate Corey Cavaleri loves the game, sometimes better than real life. When he beats the arcade's all-time record, Corey is summoned to the secluded Sentrycroft estate by the game's creator, Simon Harper. There, he and two other kids become real-life Sentries, complete with flaming swords and flying discs. After a raid on Gotham's hall of records, Harper tells the kids that Sentries of the Last Cosmos is more than a game; in a nod to The Last Starfighter, Harper -- calling himself the Wise One -- claims that the Sentries' war against the Dark Regent is real, and that the game is used to recruit trainees. Batman learns of Harper's plot to send the kids after the Dark Regent -- the equally reclusive Eldon Michaels -- and tries to stop the kids and find the connection between the two men.
#24 - Revenant
Season 2 - Episode 11
When strange things start happening around the school, the students are quick to blame the ghost of Garrison Jacobs, a student who was killed during the construction of the school's new wing. Terry is suspicious but skeptical until Nelson, one of the jocks, interrupts a séance the girls are having for fun. Everything in the gym comes alive, threatening to kill Nelson until Terry intervenes as Batman. When popular cheerleader Blade later receives a mysterious message from the ghost, Terry begins to put the pieces together.
#25 - A Touch of Curaré
Season 1 - Episode 12
Sam Young, Gotham's district attorney and Commissioner Barbara Gordon's husband, is targeted for assassination by Curaré, a silent and deadly member of the Society of Assassins. Armed with a molecule-thin sword that can slice through anything, she presents a formidable enough challenge for Barbara to reveal to Terry that she knows he's Batman. As the former Batgirl, she warns him that he should quit being Batman while he can. Paul Winfield makes his first appearance as the voice of D.A. Sam Young.