Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker

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For the last couples of weeks I’ve been binge-watching Batman Beyond. I enjoyed it a lot but one of the problems that I have with it is that this future Batman didn’t have a memorable arch nemesis. At first William Powers/Blight was set up to be that guy since he is the person responsible for the death of Terry McGinnis’s father, which is what led him to become Batman, but that conflict was resolved during the first season and he never came back. There were a lot of other recurring villains, like Inque, The Royal Flush Gang, and Mad Ben, but they just didn’t measure up to other iconic villains like Poison Ivy, Penguin, or Two-face. So, in lieu of creating a great villain for Batman Beyond’s feature-length, straight-to-video outing, they went back to the old well and brought back the baddest villain of them all to give young McGinnis his biggest challenge yet: the Joker. Continue reading

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