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Successors, Sidekicks, and Batman Beyond

Throughout the years, Batman has mentored numerous sidekicks, but it isn’t until Terry McGinnis commandeers the Batsuit that Bruce Wayne truly discovers a successor. What distinguishes a successor from a sidekick, and how do factors like age and agency influence this dynamic? What obligations did Bruce have to his wards and sidekicks, and in what ways does Terry represent a departure from these relationships? Join Ashley, Paul, and me as we draw multiple parallels to Captain AmericaThe Falcon, and The Winter Soldier. Spoiler alert: There are plenty!

Please note: This episode contains minor spoilers for Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and major spoilers for Batman BeyondBatman: The Animated Series, and Justice League Unlimited.

Riki Hayashi and Matthew Fox explore the ethical questions from the stories geeks love—superheroes, sci-fi, anime, fantasy, video games, and so much more.
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