Bob Goodman talks about why Batman Beyond only lasted 3 seasons

The Emmy award winning writer and producer on Batman Beyond's cancellation.


Batman Beyond holds a special place in the hearts of kids who grew up in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. Starring Terry McGinnis, this series envisioned a world in which Bruce Wayne was too old to watch over Gotham, and passes the mantle on to a young up and comer. From there, Bruce Wayne takes on a mentor role while Terry McGinnis learns how to become the Dark knight. We spoke briefly with Bob Goodman, a writer on Batman Beyond at San Diego Comic Con about his experience and the shows cancellation.

Though Batman Beyond is widely beloved and treasured by DC fans, the show had a pretty short run on air. Premiering in 1999 and ending late 2001, Batman Beyond only lasted for three seasons before it was given the axe. We asked Goodman if he had any word on why the show was discontinued. “Oh that’s way above my paygrade” Goodman said when first faced with the question. The decision to end Batman Beyond was made by executives well above him, so it was entirely out of his control. However, he did have some ideas as to what caused the decision. 

He states that the creative team was given “unprecedented freedom” when coming up with stories for the show. They determined what they believed was appropriate for a show target at children, but there were times when those views didn’t align with those of the executives in charge. In addition, Batman Beyond’s ratings were not meeting the numbers initially laid out by the WB network when pitching ad spaces to other companies. These two points were central factors in the decision to cancel Batman Beyond. 

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    July 22, 2019 12:40 PM

    Donovan Erskine posted a new article, Bob Goodman talks about why Batman Beyond only lasted 3 seasons

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      July 22, 2019 12:55 PM

      because people hate fun

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      July 22, 2019 1:12 PM


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        July 22, 2019 2:44 PM

        lol, I'll be 44 this year and I'm in my second decade of that phase. Cartoons are awesome.

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          July 22, 2019 3:49 PM

          ^ This. There are a LOT of well written cartoons that while aimed obstinately at young viewers, either do not treat these viewers as stupid, or that they know adult will watch too. Gravity Falls, Steven Universe, Star v FOE. Add in the variations like SW Clone Wars, Korra, and a resurgence in good anime and ilk like the Castlevania series. I mean, there are still shows that are for kids or are to sell toys but even these try to worldbuild to make them interesting and draw audiences.

          Animation is an interesting medium and does not have to be "for kids".

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      July 22, 2019 3:56 PM

      Oooh...Shacknews dabbling in pop culture outside of games, now? I like it!

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      July 22, 2019 4:01 PM

      Did it ever have a concluding arc? I only saw the first season.

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        July 22, 2019 4:20 PM

        The series ended with Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. Terry last shows up in Justice League Unlimited iirc.

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      July 22, 2019 7:36 PM

      The Neil Blomkampf stylistic Batman Beyond Movie would be awesome.

      Hell I'll take a Batman Arkham Knight style game set in the Beyond universe too.

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      June 21, 2023 11:52 PM

      It was my favorite Batman cartoon because of the future aesthetic. So cool on

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