In this spinoff from Batman Beyond, Zeta is a robot with a holographic projector and built-in weaponry, allowing it to disguise himself as any human being so that he can assassinate his targets. The government designs Zeta for black-op missions, but it develops sentience and a will of its own... and goes on the run. Helping him is a runaway, Ro Rowan.
Runtime: 30 minutes
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The Zeta Project is an American science fiction animated television series produced by Warner Bros. Animation. It first aired on Kids' WB in January 2001. It is a spin-off series based on the character Zeta from the Batman Beyond episode of the same name. Consequently, it is set in the DC animated universe. The show was created by Robert Goodman and Warner Bros. Animation. The story's main character, Infiltration Unit Zeta, is a humanoid robot (synthoid) designed to carry out covert assassinations on the behalf of the National Security Agency. When Zeta discovers that one of his targets is innocent, he experiences an existential crisis about goodness and the value of life; following this epiphany, Zeta finds he can no longer kill. The newly enlightened Zeta refuses to continue on as an infiltration unit and abandons his mission, going rogue. Zeta is pursued by a team of NSA agents, led by the obsessed Agent Bennett, and is aided by a 15-year-old runaway, Rosalie “Ro” Rowan.
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Infiltration Unit Zeta (Diedrich Bader), nicknamed “Zee”, the titular character. As an infiltration unit designed to seek and destroy specific people, Zeta has the ability to holographically disguise himself as any individual he has seen, as well as create custom appearances through mixing and matching various physical traits. Though Zeta no longer possesses the vast array of weapons he originally came equipped with, his arms are equipped with saw blades and cutting lasers. He also possesses a wide array of other non-lethal tools such as handheld welding lasers and a computer interface. In addition, Zeta possesses great mechanical strength, has extensible limbs, and is capable of self-repair. Rosalie “Ro” Rowan (Julie Nathanson), a 15-year-old orphan who joined Zeta in his quest to prove his innocence. She usually acts as a wiser older sister to Zeta, who is often clueless about how to properly blend in with humans. She sees Zeta as family, and refuses to abandon him since she owes him her life. In one episode, it is revealed to Ro that she has a brother. Agent James Bennet (Kurtwood Smith), the leader of the NSA team sent to capture Zeta. He vehemently believes that, regardless of Zeta's behavior, there is some sinister motive behind Zeta's sudden change in attitude and believes he is working with the terrorist organization Brother's Day. Despite his supposed professionalism, he is seen to disobey orders himself, when it suits him, as well as abuse his authority. Although he overhears Dr. Selig's confession, about giving Zeta a conscience, there is no sure sign he will cease to be Zeta's enemy. Agent West (Michael Rosenbaum), a young, arrogant and egotistical agent whose desire to prove himself only results in annoying his superiors, coworkers, and virtually anyone else he meets to the point that Ro no longer even considers him a threat. He shares a last name and is similar in appearance to Wally West, the only Flash in the DCAU. Both characters are also voiced by Michael Rosenbaum. Agent Lee (Lauren Tom), a compassionate female agent who comes to see Zeta in a more redeeming light as he continues to go out of his way to help people. She later quits the team; later episodes imply that she was subsequently promoted, and is now able to occasionally help Zeta escape from the people she worked for. Agent Rush (Erika Alexander -Season 1, Dominique Jennings -Season 2), a by-the-book agent who replaces Lee after she quits the team. Bucky Buenaventura (Ulises Cuadra -Season 1, Blaine Barbosa -Season 2), a child genius who occasionally aids Zeta and Ro. Dr. Selig, (George Segal -Season 1, Hal Linden -Season 2), Zeta's hard-to-find creator. Infiltration Unit 7, (Diedrich Bader -uncredited) - a later model of infiltration unit who Zeta comes into conflict with after foiling one of his missions. Infiltration Unit 7 possesses all of Zeta's abilities, greater strength and durability, and a much larger arsenal. It is much less subtle in the execution of its duties than Zeta, and hence, from Zeta's viewpoint, it is evil.