Plus, it looks pretty awesome, check it out...
So, it makes sense that since Cooke is pretty connected to the Bat-verse that he would be next up with an entry into the whole "really, really short film in celebration of Batman's 75th birthday" thing that is apparently going on. However, Cooke's short film has nothing to do with Catwoman. This time, where Bruce Timm's previous offering was an homage to Batman's early years, Cooke's short is one from Batman's late ones... his very late ones. In fact, it stars the new Batman from the animated series Batman Beyond, a show set 40 years in Bruce Wayne's future, featuring a young man named Terry McGinnis, who gets taken under a very old Bruce's wing and trained as the new Batman, waging his endless war on crime in a hi-tech fancy-schmancy futuristic version of the Bat-suit.
It was a good show, especially because of moments like this: (Dialogue Note: "Schway" is your typical kind of future-set show's super-future-like street slang. It means: Cool ...But only in the context of the show, people, never in real life. Never in real life...)
Well, huh... I did not remember that last part... Apparently, ol' Brucie was about to treat himself to a trip down Memory Lane and then celebrate his birthday in a more traditionally Batman kind of way: angry, alone, and in the dark...
Anyway... like I said, occasional weird cartoon masturbation allusions aside, it was a good show. Neo-Gotham was portrayed as a huge megaplex, very Blade Runner-like, a massive cyberpunk sprawl with giant skyscrapers and flying cars and out-of-control killer robots, and Terry--with a very crotchety old Bruce riding shotgun in his ear via the Internet--facing a whole list of villains, both new and old. Terry and Bruce's relationship is very well done too, a mix of antagonistic father-son, strong allies, and loving mentor-student. They do a lot of good character opportunity there, and of course, there's a deeper connection between the two than first suspected. The show manages to be an easily recognizable Batman show and yet also stay its own thing.
It's worth checking out, as is this short...
Not bad, right? It's another amuse-bouche short, so it's hard to really say whether or not it's actually good or actually bad. It's blink-or-you'll-miss-it short. But for what it is, it's fun. I enjoyed it.
Superstitious and cowardly,