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began with Batman:
The Animated Series. The show itself was largely insular, restricted mostly
to Batman-related characters with a non-powered version of magician Zatanna (Julie Brown) being the only major
outside character featured. But then came Superman:
The Animated Seriesfrom the same crew, and based on its success
The WB wanted more episodes
of Batman. The New Batman Adventures, while utilizing Superman’s
design-style due to a significantly reduced budget, maintained largely the same
cast and was treated as an extension of Batman. It would also be paired
together with Superman in a block called The New Batman/Superman Adventures.
Superman helping Robin keep the peace and find his mentor.
Batman returned to the show in the
episode “Knight Time”, written by Robert
Goodman. When Batman goes missing, Superman disguised himself as Batman to
help Robin (Matthew Valencia) deal with the
crime in Gotham City
while investigating his disappearance. The final crossover episode, “The Demon
Reborn”, written by Fogel, saw immortal villain Ra’s al Ghul (David Warner) steal a mythical
staff that would allow him to steal Superman’s powers, leaving it to Batman to
Bad girls just wanna have fun.
Over onBatman’s show, Batgirl (Tara Strong) and Supergirl (Lauren Tom) got in on the crossover action with
“Girl’s Night Out”, written by Hilary
J. Bader. Livewire (Lori Petty) escaped a prison
transport taking her to Gotham for experimental treatments to remove her
electrical powers. She joined forces with Poison Ivy (Diane Pershing) and Harley Quinn (Arleen Sorkin) to help them
commit some crimes. With Batman and Superman both away, it became up to Batgirl
and Supergirl to stop the villains—which didn’t always go quite that smoothly.
This marked the only time a character from another DCAU show would appear on Batman.
Zeta taking the Batmobile for a spin.
At the conclusion of both series, a
new Batman spin-off was produced: Batman
Beyond, which took place in the future and saw teenager Terry McGinnis (Will Friedle) taking up the
mantle with an elderly Bruce Wayne guiding him. The episode “Zeta”, written by Goodman,
saw the debut of Infiltration
Unit Zeta (Gary Cole), a
synthezoid built for the NSA that could disguise
itself with holograms in order to gather information through interrogation or impersonation
with extreme prejudice. Zeta would develop a conscience and go on the run from
his creators, with his adventures continuing in the spin-off The
Classic hero misunderstanding fight.
Zeta (now Diedrich Bader) would return toBeyond
in “Countdown”, written by Fogel and Dini. Zeta and his companion, Ro (Julie Nathanson), came to Gotham in
search of Zeta’s creator. Radical Mad Stan (Henry Rollins) rescued Zeta from NSA agents
that manage to shut him down, but upon discovering he was a robot believed he
was sent by the government to kill him. Stan strapped a bomb to Zeta and made
him believe that Ro was being held at the Department of Health as a means to
get revenge on the agency for raising the price of pet licenses (as he had a
dog, Boom-Boom). The same
day that episode aired, Batman would appear on Zeta’s show in the episode “Shadows”,
written by Fogel and Bader. Infiltration
Unit Seven (Bader) tracked Zeta and Ro down to a mall owned by Wayne-Powers. Their
resulting fight drew the attention of Terry and Bruce, with footage making it
seem like Zeta reverted to his old programming. Batman arrived and attacked
Zeta, believing he was going to hurt an injured Ro in the hospital. Ro tried to
convince Batman Zeta was innocent, but it was only with the arrival of IU7 that
Batman believed and helped them stop it.
Static on the case with Batman and Robin.
Also airing on Kids’ WB was the seriesStatic
Shock, based on the character from Milestone comics that
was also under the ownership of DC. Initially, the show was an entity unto
itself until it joined the DCAU in its second season with the premiere episode “The
Big Leagues”, written by Len
Uhley. The Joker came to Dakota
to recruit Bang Babies—the
powered individuals of the city who all gained the abilities from a chemical
unleashed by an explosion—for his new gang after Batman put his old one in
jail. Batman and Robin (now Eli
Marienthal) follow Joker to Dakota to help Static (Phil
LaMarr) put a stop to his plans (while they were from the revamped Batman
series, by this point that show was long over and Batman was currently starring
in Cartoon Network’s Justice
Static and Gear hanging out with the Justice League.
For Static Shock’s third
season premiere, “Hard as Nails” written by Dini, saw Bang Baby Allie Langford (T’keyah Keymáh) having trouble coping with her transformation
into the hard-skinned and taloned Nails. Static tailed her to Gotham City where
she had been communicating with people who could supposedly cure her online,
turning out to be Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn who convinced her to help on a
robbery. Static teamed-up with Batman to stop them, urging him to go easy on
Nails as she needed help, not prison. Later that season, the two-part “A League
of Their Own”, written by John Semper, Jr.,
Ernie Altbacker and Static
co-creator Dwayne McDuffie,
saw the Justice League call on Static to recharge the Justice League’s Watchtower as it was drained
by a cosmic storm and was threatening to crash into Earth. During the chaos, Brainiac (Corey Burton) managed to escape
confinement and took control of the Watchtower while the Justice League were
off dealing with what turned out to be a false distress signal. That left
Static and his sidekick, Gear (Jason Marsden), alone to deal
Static with the future Batman.
Continuing the one-upmanship of the
previous seasons, the final season of Static Shock was crossover heavy
with three episodes. “Future Shock”, written by Berkowitz, saw Static in Gotham
helping Batman and Robin with a criminal named Timecode. Static trying to
free Batman from one of Timecode’s devices ended up shunting him into the
future of Batman Beyond. Old Bruce requested Static’s help in rescuing a
high-value prisoner taken captive by criminal organization Kobra in exchange for their leader
in GCPD custody. Static had no choice but to accept when he learned that the
prisoner was his future self. “Toys in the Hood”, written by Semper, Altbacker
and John Ridley, presented
the first encounter between Static and Superman (George Newbern). Darci (Nicollette Sheridan), the
mechanical woman created by the maniacal Toyman (Bud Cort) to be his companion
before she escaped, had come to Dakota under the guise of teacher Miss Moore. It
seemed as if Toyman had found her and sent his toys after her, drawing the
attention of Static and Superman. However, that turned out to be a ruse so she
could study Static’s classmate Daisy Watkins (Crystal Scales) in order for
Toyman to place Darci into her body and take her place completely. The final
one, “Fallen Hero” written by Semper and Berkowitz, saw Static forced to take
down his personal hero, Green
Lantern (also LaMarr), when it appeared he went on a crime spree. However,
after doing so Static learned that it was actually Sinestro (Ted Levine) disguising himself
as Lantern utilizing power from his stolen Power Battery. Static teamed-up with
Lantern, provided a power source to recharge his ring, and helped take Sinestro
The Justice Leagues of two eras working together.
Finally, in the last entry of the
DCAU, Justice League Unlimited, there were two last crossover episodes.
The two-part “The Once and Future Thing”, written by McDuffie, saw Batman,
Green Lantern and Wonder
Woman (Susan Eisenberg)
chasing time thief Chronos (Peter MacNicol) into the Wild
West, where people there were equipped with advanced weaponry. After helping that
era’s heroes take down the corrupt sheriff, the modern heroes again follow
Chronos into the future Gotham City where they encounter that era’s Justice
League: Batman, Static and Warhawk
(Peter Onorati), who turned out to be
Lantern’s son. There they learned that Chronos had decided to abandon his
restraint in traversing time and instead became a warlord. However, his mucking
about had caused serious disruptions to the time stream: Wonder Woman faded
from existence and John Stewart’s Lantern is replaced by his predecessor Hal Jordan (Adam Baldwin). Ultimately,
Chronos headed to the beginning of time where he planned to re-write history
and become a god.
Terry learns the truth about himself.
“Epilogue”, also by McDuffie and Bruce Timm, served as a finale
of sorts for Batman Beyond and was intended to be the series finale of Unlimited,
bringing things full circle by ending where the DCAU began. 15 years
into the future of Beyond, an elderly Amanda Waller (CCH Pounder) revealed to Terry
that he was a clone created by her in order to carry on Batman’s legacy as she
felt the world would always need a Batman. She initialized a program called
Project: Batman Beyond and took Batman’s DNA, found Terry’s parents to be near-psychological
match for Batman’s parents, and overwrote his father’s DNA with Bruce’s making
Terry his biological son (as was Terry’s brother).