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Taking place many years after Batman Beyond, Terry discovers that he is actually Bruce Wayne's biological heir. He confronts Bruce about this, but Bruce explains that he never met Terry's mother until he was a teenager. So Terry goes to see Amanda Waller, and by way of explanation, she describes a battle between the Justice League and a new Royal Flush Gang.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 4x13
Production Number: 478
Airdate: Saturday July 23rd, 2005

Guest Stars
Will FriedleWill Friedle
voiced Terry McGinnis
CCH PounderCCH Pounder
voiced Amanda Waller
Lauren TomLauren Tom
voiced Dana (uncredited as Tibetan Green Lantern/Dr. Light)
Hynden WalchHynden Walch
voiced Ace
Marc WordenMarc Worden
voiced Parasite

Kevin ConroyKevin Conroy
voiced Sky Cop
Main Cast
Kevin ConroyKevin Conroy
voiced Batman / Bruce Wayne


65 Years From Now..

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Episode Notes
Originally intended as the series finale, but due to the renewal of JLU for additional episodes, it is now regarded as a "franchise finale"

The plot for this episode was going to be used for a Batman Beyond DTV where Selina Kyle replaced Amanda Waller as the one doing the cloning.

The storyline for this episode took place 65 years in the future, meaning it took place 15 years after "The Once and Future Thing" parts 1 and 2 and the cancellation of Batman Beyond.

Justice League Roll Call: Batman, Dr. Light, Shayara, Stargirl, and Red Tornado.

Justice League Unlimited Roll Call: Bruce Wayne, Batman II, Green Lantern, WarHawk, and Aquagirl.

Lauren Tom returns as Green Lantern from the Batman Beyond episode "The Call part 1."

The black and white sequences, Terry's visualization of what would happen if he confronted Bruce. This is made clear when Terry smashes the grandfather clock early in the episode in a black and white sequence. Later he is sitting in the study and the camera focuses on the undamaged grandfather clock.

Kevin Conroy gets the last word of what was intended to be the final episode of the series: he plays the sky cop that sees Terry flying by and asks "What was that?"

Episode Quotes
Terry McGinnis: I've got some questions, I need you to answer.
Amanda Waller: Of course you do, boy. Why else go to all the trouble of breaking into the lair of the great and powerful Amanda Waller. You want some green tea? I do.

Terry McGinnis: I don't want tea - I want answers.
Amanda Waller: Then you're going to have to humor me. It's been many a year since I had a handsome gentleman caller. Why is it that superheroes are always... so good-looking?

Dana: What's this all about?
Terry McGinnis: Your safety. You know how much I care about you.
Dana: Sure. Why else keep dating for 15 years?
Terry McGinnis: You know why I can't marry you. If the...
Dana: "If the bad guys ever found out I was Batman, they'd try to get to me by hurting you," blah blah blah.
Terry McGinnis: It's nothing to joke about.
Dana: You're right. There could be supervillains hiding in the tall grass.
Terry McGinnis: I'm poison, Dana. Cursed.

Parasite: Ruined, I tell you!
Tibetan Green Lantern: I would offer my condolences... but that would be insincere.

(to Terry)
Tibetan Green Lantern: Good of you to drop in, considering that three quarters of the Iniquity Collective are from your rogue's gallery.

Terry McGinnis: I was sixteen years old when you started training me, Bruce. A punk kid with a smart mouth and potential I didn't even suspect. I may have pretended otherwise, but I looked up to you, worshiped you.

Terry McGinnis: Guess I didn't want to believe you were so incredibly arrogant that you thought the world couldn't go on without you.
Bruce: Or someone like me. It's not arrogance - it's fact.

Bruce: The mantle of Batman is a honor, Terry.
Terry McGinnis: You know what, old man. All those years it turns out everyone was right. You are insane. Being Batman is no honor – it's a curse.

Amanda Waller: Look at all this. A pill for blood pressure, a pill for my diabetes, a pill to replace my pituitary function. I don't even know what this one's for... oh yeah, Alzheimer's.

Amanda Waller: The Justice League found themselves cleaning up one of my old messes. The second group of villains to call themselves the Royal Flush Gang. Or the third - who can keep it all straight?

Amanda Waller: He sat with her until her time came. That’s the Bruce Wayne I came to know over the years.
Terry McGinnis: You think he showed mercy? Maybe. But more likely he’d somehow already deduced that Ace really wasn’t going to hurt anyone.
Amanda Waller: He always was two steps ahead of everybody.
Terry McGinnis: That’s right. Even when it looks like your call, it isn’t. Think about it. Bruce wanted a successor, another Batman. He planned it all from the beginning. I never had a chance.
Amanda Waller: Honey, Bruce didn’t overwrite your DNA with his. I did.
Terry McGinnis: How? Why?
Amanda Waller: Because the world needs a Batman.

Amanda Waller: As you know, I was in charge of Project Cadmus. Over the years I came to respect Batman, even trust him.
Terry McGinnis: I guess the law of averages means somebody'd have to.
Amanda Waller: Did you know I was the government liaison with the Justice League for a while? I met some extraordinary people in that job, but none of them were the equal of Batman.
Terry McGinnis: Right, who could be?
Amanda Waller: Not my point! I saw him save the day dozens of times with nothing but his wits, body, and will. But I saw something else as the years passed. He was getting older, slower. Soon he'd have to retire or someone would finally manage to kill him. The thought of a world without Batman was unacceptable. So I decided to make a new one. I used my old Cadmus connections to gather the technology necessary for Project Batman Beyond.

Amanda Waller: Bruce's DNA was easy enough to obtain. He left it all over town. (Terry raises his eyebrows) Not remotely what I meant.

Amanda Waller: You know the Lord's been a great comfort to me all these years. Try not to look so surprised. Yeah, I've got a lot to answer for when I meet Him. But I'd like to believe that for all the harm I've caused, I've also done some good. Maybe the angels need a sharp sword, too. Like the Good Book says, He moves in mysterious ways, his plan is a mystery but here's what isn't. He gave us free will. We choose our own fate. For good or ill. I've known Bruce Wayne for over fifty years and I've been keeping an eye on you your whole life. You're not Bruce's clone. You're his son. There are similarities, mind you, but more than a few differences, too. You don't quite have his magnificent brain, for instance. You do have his heart, though. And for all that fierce exterior, I've never met anyone who cared as deeply about his fellow men as Bruce Wayne. Except maybe you.

Bruce: Enigma's overrated, especially at three a.m.

Bruce: You're a stubborn piece of work - you know that?
Terry McGinnis: (to himself) Just like my old man...

Episode Goofs
When Terry breaks in, he is initially standing in the doorway.

The camera reverses angle and Terry is suddenly standing in the middle of the room.

In the next shot after commercial, Amanda is in the doorway and Terry is in the room.

When Amanda offers Terry tea, the shadow on her left shoulder is darker lavender.

Then briefly turns magenta.

And then turns lavender again.

Amanda mentions the pattern on the china, but there's no pattern visible.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerSander Schwartz
ProducerDwayne McDuffie  |  Bruce Timm  |  James Tucker
EditorJoe Gall
CastingAndrea Romano
Line ProducerShaun McLaughlin (1)
MusicLolita Ritmanis  |  Michael McCuistion
Production CoordinatorSteve Kindernay  |  Benjamin Kaltenecker
Assistant EditorMyra Owyang
Post Production SupervisorBonnie Buckner
On-Line EditorChristopher Lozinski
OtherSam Register (Executive in Charge of Production for Cartoon Netw)
Story EditorDwayne McDuffie  |  Stan Berkowitz
Production SupervisorMargaret Dean  |  Toshiyuki Hiruma  |  Howard Schwartz (2)
Storyboard ArtistJames Tucker  |  Bruce Timm  |  Bret Blevins  |  Butch Lukic  |  Dan Riba  |  Bob Smith (2)
Post Production CoordinatorMichael Miscio  |  Samantha Friedman
Production ManagerKathleen Keegan
Production ManagementAndy Lewis (1)
Main Title ThemeMichael McCuistion
Production AccountantAthena Christianakis  |  Luisa Guzman
Re-recording EngineerJohn K. Hegedes  |  Robert Hargreaves
Casting AdministratorLiz Carroll
Assistant To The ProducerAndrew Garda  |  Nancy French
Character/Prop DesignArthur Lee  |  Shayne Poindexter  |  Steve Jones (6)  |  Bruce Timm  |  James Tucker  |  Tommy Tejeda  |  Dave Johnson (3)  |  Glenn Wong
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