“Time Share” promises to go into Batman’s past, and it delivers right away. Listen carefully to the first few notes of the music, and you’ll hear the opening theme from the 1990s Batman: The Animated Series.
Batman and Blue Beetle are chasing Chronos through Gotham, trading fire from various weird weapons.
Weird flying kid.
We get some nice anime-style action shots of Blue Beetle. It makes a great contrast with Batman, who just charges ahead and gets the job done.
It seems that Blue Beetle is new to the superhero game, and this mission is his audition. Batman is a harsh judge.
The pair chase Chronos to his hideout, where he had newspaper clippings of Batman’s first case, where he took down crime boss Carmine Falcone.
That’s from the comics and Batman Begins.
Before long, Chronos shows up and opens up a time tunnel. The villain and heroes alike jump through and end up… in the Batman: The Animated Series opening credits.
Blimps and all. This is awesome.
The music and art style shift to match, and we have our confirmation that Justice League Action really is the continuation of the DCAU.
Blue Beetle thinks this is pretty awesome, too.
They come across Batman’s younger self, trying break into the Falcone building.
He’s hilariously inept, missing with his grappling hook several times. Future Batman and Blue Beetle follow to make sure Chronos doesn’t interfere with the big debut of the Dark Knight.
Unfortunately, that’s exactly what Chronos does. Batman and Blue Beetle attack, causing the time master to drop all his slowdown bombs right onto the scene below. Young Batman and all the gangsters are frozen.
The fight continues, but Chronos’ ability to see one second into the future gives him the edge.
Lucky for him, since he’s clearly terrible at fighting otherwise.
The gangsters and young Batman are starting to reanimate, but that fight is quickly over with a little unseen help from Blue Beetle.
The pair go back to the future, briefly meet up with Superman and Wonder Woman, and Blue Beetle is accepted into the Justice League.
We end as Blue Beetle stands on a rooftop, lightning at his back, trying to get a perfect picture of himself in the “Batman pose”.
Voice actor Jake T. Austin, who also played Blue Beetle in Teen Titans: The Judas Contract and Justice League vs. Teen Titans. He was Max on Wizards of Waverly Place.
Info & Trivia
- Several people go by Blue Beetle. This one is most likely Jamie Reyes, a teenager from El Paso, TX.
- His suit is a fully sentient alien being named Khaji Da. It used to belong to an evil hive mind, but managed to free itself.
- Jamie and Khaji Da are bound together, and their personalities influence each other. It’s a little bit like Venom, if Venom were a hero. And blue.
- He’s usually paired with Booster Gold, so often that it’s surprising Booster doesn’t appear in this episode.
- “So, we went through that light thingy and now everything looks newer?”
- “You got a picture, right?” (Khaji Da beeps) “Ah! That’s so cool!”
- “You keep forgetting me!”
- “And Blue Beetle! Batman and Blue Beetle will never be safe from you!”
Voice actor Andy Richter, Conan O’Brien’s sidekick and a very talented comedian.
Info & Trivia
- Chronos was the villain in the Justice League Unlimited time travel epic “The One and Future Thing”.
- He was a dweeb there too.
- Chronos is The Atom’s arch-nemesis, although he tangles with most of the League at one time or another.
- He has no powers of his own. He’s a petty thief who steals time travel technology and isn’t afraid to use it.
- “You see my parkour skills?”
- “You dropped all my time bombs, weird flying kid!”
Voice actor Jason J. Lewis, the voice of Superman.
Info & Trivia
- Carmine Falcone is a crime boss. He has no superpowers at all, but he commands a vast criminal empire.
- His first appearance was in the non-canon book Batman: Year One.
- However, he’s become an integral part of the Batman mythos, with appearances in The Long Halloween, the Christopher Nolan films, and multiple video games and animated projects.
- Falcone’s nickname is “The Roman”, with his organization often called The Roman Empire.
- His look and speaking style mimic Marlon Brando in The Godfather.
- “When a nutjob in a hood told me a nutjob dressed like a bat was going to crash our meeting, I was skeptical. But what do you know? Looks like we have ourselves a vermin problem.”