Successors, Sidekicks, and Batman Beyond

Batman has had many sidekicks over the years, but it’s not until Terry McGinnis steals the Batsuit that Bruce Wayne finds a successor. What is the difference between successors and sidekicks, and how do age and agency factor into that? What responsibility did Bruce have towards his wards and sidekicks, and how is Terry different? How many parallels can Ashley, Paul, & I draw to Captain America, the Falcon, and the Winter Soldier? Spoiler alert: A lot!

Contains minor spoilers for Falcon & the Winter Soldier, and huge spoilers for Batman Beyond, Batman the Animated Series, and Justice League Unlimited.

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