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Subj: Did anyone else know this about Batman Beyond?
Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 at 03:25:59 pm EDT
Reply Subj: Oh dear.. there is no sane anwswer to this!
Posted: Sun Mar 18, 2007 at 08:33:36 am EDT
I recently read an interview with Dwayne McDuffie about Batman Beyond. Before I go forward I want to remind people that the writers wanted to do one more season before thy were canned but WB said no. Secondly in the JLU episode Terry was a clone/son of Bruce Wayne created by Amanda Waller.
McDuffie said that that reveal had been planned since the begining of the show but they never got a chance to do it because of cancellation. Here's the kicker. Having Waller be the mastermind was a rewrite of what they had orignally planned.
Originally it was supposed to have been an at some point driven insane Selina Kyle who had orchestrated this. Selina had become obsessed with the continuation of Batman. She had arranged what waller would do but she makes dozens of them. By some fluke all of them but Terry and one other are girls so Selina abandons them and Terry falls through the cracks and Selina loses track of him. She kills the parents of the other boy and raises him herself to be her version of the next Batman' a Batman who kills. Thy were gonna hvae him kill several villians and maybe even one of the older ones (they considered the Riddler for awhile) before Bruce's Batman would fight Selina's Batman at the end. This was scrapped after the show was cancelled and eventually rewritten to tie into JLU. McDuffie said it would have been so dark it would have made ROTJ look cheery by compariso. This was orignally to be the story of the last season, then when the show was canned it was to be the plot of the next movie after ROTJ, then that got canned too. Later it was retconned and done as Epilogue in JLU.
I have to go to work now but I'll look for the link when i get home.