14. BATMAN BEYOND (The WB, 1999-2001)

Everybody knows that, in 1986, Frank Miller came along and wrote The Dark Knight Returns, which chronicled the later-days of an older Batman as he attempts to reclaim Gotham City after years of retirement. But that story was always going to be too violent and intense to bring to Saturday mornings, so Warner Brothers, along with Bruce Timm and Paul Dini, introduced the world to Batman Beyond, a futuristic look at the new Caped Crusader, Terry McGinnis.

Armed to the teeth with an arsenal of futurist weaponry like advanced batarangs, jet boots, and a flying Batmobile, Batman Beyond was a sleek piece of cyberpunk mayhem with a roster of villains and psychopaths that came close to topping Batman’s original rogues. With Bruce Wayne now acting as an elderly mentor, McGinnis spent most of the show’s run adapting to his new title as Batman, as well as attempting to balance out his personal life.

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