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Commissioner Gordon (Episode 35-present; guest otherwise)
Bruce Wayne / Batman
In one scene, Batman wasn't wearing his mask and one could see that his eye color is gray. Why are they gray? In all other episodes, his eyes were blue.
Another running gag is Nightwing and Oracle implying Batman is an old man. Considering Bruce is about in his thirties in "present time", he'd be either in his late forties or early fifties in 2027; hardly an invalid. Side note: Nightwing would be in his early thirties, and Barbara about thirty-six (remember, we saw her take a driver's test in a previous season, implying she was about 16).
Freeze's plot in this episode is somewhat similar to his plot in the 1997 film 'Batman and Robin'.
In the future Detective Ellen Yin becomes Commissioner (replacing Gordon) and Detective Ethan Bennett becomes Chief (replacing Rojas).
Nightwing: You think you got one more in you, old man?
Batman: I'm just hoping you can keep up, Robin.
Mr. Freeze: The upgraded Freeze 2.0 comes complete with flameproof cybernetics and a shatterproof internal liquid nitrogen supply. It's why your cold medicine didn't work.
Oracle: (about Batman) There's still no answer, Alfred. Radio must be down.
Alfred: He's always seemed to think he wasn't doing his job unless he worried me half to death. I'm certain he's fine, Oracle.
Batman: Thanks for the icepack, Freeze ... all you did was numb the pain!
Oracle: Batman? Batman, do you read? (pause) What do you read, anyway? After all these years, I never thought to ask. Mystery stories, romance novels, the Sunday comics?
Batman: I read, Oracle ... loud and clear.
Moira: According to records we found, the estate that was once above this cave was owned by a Doctor Thomas Wayne. We can't be certain, (creates a hologram photo of young Bruce and his parents) but I bet he was The Batman. Which means his wife, Martha, may have been The Batwoman, and their young son, Bruce, The Red Robin.
(after saving the pilot from crashing)
Oracle: Way ahead of you, Wing-Nut. I've alerted Commissioner Yin and Chief Bennett that the pilot's headed their way. They've evacuated the airport and their men have the place surrounded.
Nightwing: Which means they're still waiting for us to the do the heavy lifting (changes channel on his ear piece) Right Batman? (no response is heard) Batman?
Oracle: Chill, Batman, I sent up a flare. Robin's on his way.
Nightwing: Maybe you didn't get the memo, Oracle, but I've been going by Nightwing for, oh, about a decade or so.
Oracle: Oh yeah (sarcastically) I don't know why I can't remember that? Maybe I should try saying it ten times in a row. Nightwing, Nightwing, Nightwing, Nightwing…
Although the actor playing Mr. Freeze is uncredited, it's clearly Clancy Brown, who played Freeze in previous episodes.
This is the only episode in season four that Robin does not appear in.
When looking at the uniforms, they mention they state that the smaller uniform is of the Red Robin. While never using this name in any animated series, Dick does take this name in the Limited Series Kingdom Come. The name Red Robin was later used by Jason Todd, the second Robin, during Countdown to Final Crisis.
Running Gag: The commanding investigator calling Victor Fries "Dr. Frost", but being corrected to "Mr. Freeze".
During the fight with Mr. Freeze, Oracle mentions "alerting Chief Bennett." This may mean that after being cured of the Clayface mutation, Ethan Bennett has rejoined the force and has risen to the rank of Police Chief.
Commissioner Gordon and Alfred make brief appearances in this episode, but only as old men and not in their present versions.
UK airdate: 23rd January, 2007.
The police investigators mistakingly think that Thomas and Martha Wayne (Bruce's parents) were Batman and Batwoman (which is what Barbara tried to call herself before accepting the title "Batgirl") and thought that Bruce himself was Robin. However, they aren't far from wrong: in some of the earliest stories (likely retconned out of existance) Thomas Wayne did wear a bat costume to a party shortly before he and his wife were fatally shot by a hired goon, and young Bruce briefly wore a red-and-green costume and fought crime under the name "Robin".
They also assume that an old wheelchair belonged to Alfred in his later years; in reality, it was Barbara's (though the nature of her infirmity is never explained).
The present day Batman, Batgirl and Robin are not shown in the episode. Only an older Batman, Oracle and Nightwing are shown
The entire episode is set in the future, switching from the year 2027 to the year 3027.
This marks the Oracle's first appearance on any DC animated series. Though, older Barbara Gordon did have a recurring spot on Batman Beyond, her life as the Oracle was never spoken of (implying it never happened).
Mr. Freeze appears in the future in a new suit.
Nightwing and Oracle are introduced.
Mr. Freeze: The Dark Knight returns.
Mr. Freeze's off-handed remark about Batman is a reference to Frank Miller's graphic novel "The Dark Knight Returns," a grittier, darker interpretation of Batman. Even Batman's physique for the episode echoes Miller's interpretation of the character.
This story mostly follows the exploits of two archeaologists of focus as they study relics of a legendary hero, and make incorrect assessments on said hero's history. This is strikingly similar to the storyline in The Amazing Spider-Man #439. Interestingly enough, the theories spun by the investigators (also a black man and a white woman) in the comic were based on the Batman mythos.
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