Batman Beyond is a Spiderman
analogue. He is an angst
abilities (in McGinnis' case, conferred by the armor
he wears) who fight
, and suffers for his time
spent doing so instead of getting good grades or being around when his girlfriend
wants him to be.
The animators and writers involved in the show know this perfectly well. If you watch carefully, you can catch many visual hints and in-jokes that tip their hand. From the three-frame, primary-color dancing scene at the nightclub in the opening credits (which is almost a shot-for-shot from the 1960's Spiderman cartoon) to a number of the poses McGinnis strikes, they show up in pretty much every episode.
No aspect of the show makes this more obvious, though, than the villains he contends with. The Spellbinder is essentially Mysterio. Inque is a female Venom. The Terrific Trio are the Fantastic Four minus one. Etc.
It seems, though, that the similarities (at least in terms of the artwork) are meant more as fun-loving pokes and tributes more than anything else. The show is too well-made and skillfully executed to be relegated to the nasty realm of the knock-off.