Batman Beyond has showed a lot of things ranging from Bruce Wayne and Alfred’s fate to the future of Gotham city. But the one thing which it didn’t show was the fate of Catwoman. Catwoman is undoubtedly Bruce Wayne’s greatest love and it has been revealed that she was originally going to be part of one of the biggest twists in Terry McGinnis’s entire story.
The Original Batman Beyond Story Planned By Bruce Timm
The successor of Bruce Wayne’s legacy, Terry McGinnis’s life began as a child of Neo Gotham who saw his father killed. It ultimately led him to the Batcave. But Terry’s origins eventually became a whole lot more complicated when he came to know that he was the biological son of Bruce Wayne- unbeknownst to his own parents. Actually, long before his mother became pregnant; Terry McGinnis was conceived as part of a top secret project to create the son of Batman. Now Batman Beyond’s creators have revealed that Catwoman was originally the villanous mastermind behind the whole plot.
Originally Batman: The Animated Series and Batman Beyond didn’t allude to this at all. But the co creator of both the shows, Bruce Timm revealed during the show’s “20th Anniversary” panel at SDCC 2019 that it was never explored in the series because the movie was supposed to center on this storyline. Timm said:
“Catwoman was going to be our leading villain in the second movie. She was the one who cloned Bruce Wayne to create Terry, but that was going to be our bug surprise in our next movie.”
Timm went on to explain that the question of Terry’s true origins was eventually changed and re-purposed. It was later included in a single episode of Justice League Unlimited. In that episode, titled “Epilogue,” Terry McGinnis uncovers the Cadmus genetic tampering. It was also revealed there that Amanda Waller was the mastermind behind the entire program instead.
Why Did Amanda Waller Make Terry Bruce Wayne’s Child?
In that version, Waller’s plan was based solely on altruism. She grew to accept that the world needed Batman more than any hero. Thus, she launched her plan to override the genetic material being carried by Terry’s father with Bruce’s DNA instead. It can be assumed that those motivations would have been changed is Selina Kyle was the villain of the story. According to Timm, she was going to be the one to drop the truth on Terry and Bruce. But it must also be asked, what motivations did she have to create a son of Batman?