The Origin of Batman Beyond's Doomed Romance with Ten Batman Beyond & Ten were never destined to lớn head down the aisle, either, but their relationship was compelling nonetheless.

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Welcome lớn Adventure(s) Time"s fifty-third installment, a look at animated heroes of the past. This week, we"re reviewing Batman"s doomed romance with a career thief. No cát puns this time, however. The villain in question is Ten of the Royal Flush Gang, & the Batman is of the "Beyond" variety.

"Dead Man"s Hand" (airing on March 21, 1999) marks the DC Animated Universe"s debut of the Royal Flush Gang. Featuring a story by Schảy Berkowitz and direction from Dan Riba, the episode returns to lớn a classic Batman theme. Everyone knows of Batman"s tortured relationship with Catwoman, the villain he loves but knows he can"t resize. While Batman Beyond sought to lớn avoid new takes on old villains, the producers did attempt khổng lồ create foes that evoked the familiar themes. The doomed romance between Batman & Ten is, clearly, an update of the Batman/Catwoman relationship.



Luckily, the crew"s sharp enough khổng lồ make Ten a quality figure. She first encounters Batman while committing a robbery with her family. The Gang escapes, but fate later has Ten reunited with Batman at a local nightclub. However, Batman is out as Terry McGinnis and Ten is Melanie Walker, someone Terry only knows as a mystery blonde. Terry"s girlfrikết thúc Dana has just dumped him, & this new girl moves fast in making her move.

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As the episode unfolds, we discover the teenage Ten is disenchanted with her imposed life of crime. Terry, meanwhile, is chaffing under the heavy restrictions Bruce Wayne has placed upon hlặng. His life as Batman has already cost hyên ổn his relationship with Dana, & Terry resents Bruce interfering with this new connection.



Sometimes Terry is a teenager in name only on this series, but here the teen angst feels genuine. It adds a Romeo & Juliet quality lớn the relationship lacking in the Batman/Catwoman dynamic, one that fits the series well.

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Ultimately, Ten is unable khổng lồ break away from her family, và their final confrontation with Batman sees her placed in custody. There"s an element of illusion of change here, with Terry apologizing to lớn Bruce (and Damãng cầu waiting in the wings khổng lồ return to her "suffering girlfriend" role). Yet, the final moment actually plays the emotions well. And having Bruce pulling Terry aside lớn tell hlặng about Selina Kyle...that"s just a great scene. Honestly funny, & a clever continuity shout-out, but not gratuitous at all. It fits the characters & the moment.

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