WolfieToons by Dave Wolfe

WolfieToons by Dave Wolfe

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Bruce Canes!

First of all, this post is MUCH ado about NOTHING:  the scene detailed below lasts all of three seconds, and only we Spankophiles would particularly notice it with special glee.  .  

However, I haven't seen anyone else do anything with it, so I will.

There was a TV cartoon show at the turn of the century (it sounds funny to say that, huh!) called "Batman Beyond."  It takes place in Gotham City in 2039, as an old Bruce Wayne guides a young man, Terry McGinnis,  who takes over the bat-role in a futuristic, flying batsuit.  

It was done, and done very well, by Bruce Timm and Company for Warner Brothers Animation, who did several very cool and entertaining series with the DC Comics superheroes.

The pics are from the first episode,  when a cycle gang called "The Jokerz" try to run old Bruce down.  He clonks the guys in the head, and smacks the clown girl across the butt and off her bike.  :)) laughing  I'll put this in context to make it more fun;  if you don't care, you can just scroll on down!

Terry has run afoul of the Jokerz, a gang reminiscent of the playful hoodlums of "A Clockwork Orange."  They dress in honor of that now-gone maniac with the green hair and weird sense of humor, and catch up with Terry outside a creepy old mansion outside of the city.

The owner of said mansion suddenly appears and warns them away.

"Hey, old man-- we're the Jokerz!"

"Sure you are." 

The attack by the entire gang begins, and is quashed.

Don't mess with Bruce Wayne.

Even when he's elderly.


  I love Bruce Timm's designs:  very simple and eloquent lines that say a lot, and work exceedingly well in animation.  

For comparison's sake, here's Bruce Wayne in his prime.  The lad next to him is the second Robin, Tim Drake.  Dick Grayson had outgrown the role and gone off on his own as Nightwing.

So, yes-- that's Bruce and Tim by Bruce Timm.

First surrogate son, Dick Grayson, Nightwing.


  1. Haha, great find! I remember that show!

  2. What is that in her hand? It looks kinda scary.

  3. Thanks, Lea! Yeah, I wondered if they had borrowed the idea from the movie "The Mask of Zorro"-- which would have been apropos, because a lot of Douglas Fairbanks's original "The Mark of Zorro" went into Batman in the first place!

    It is a scary implement, Kaki-- and you know your scary implements!-- it's a floppy spiked club! And that Mr. Wayne stopped her murderous intention with a whack (a really good whack) to her rear says a lot about his character.

  4. Good find. I remember the show, even possessing a few episodes on DVD, and it was well done but, I thought, too dark and bitter for what is basically children's programming. DC always had an obsession with very dark stuff, but that's another subject.

    There was a full-length feature based on this series called "The Return of the Joker" and I extracted the caning of twin bad girls from it a while back.

  5. Hiya, Web-ed!

    I thought Paul Dini, Bruce Timm and company did a terrific job with all the series. I didn't like every single thing they did, but probably 99 and 89/100ths. Their versions of the characters rang true, a distillation of decades and decades of comics, plus good, witty, dramatic writing.