WB leaders had an idea; they wanted to produce a show that would appeal to their target demographic of teenagers, so they informed the “Batman: The Animated Series” production team that they needed a new animated Batman. However, there was a catch: Batman had to be a teenager. As a result, the production team wisely chose not to alter the Bruce Wayne mythos that were firmly established in their 1990s animated show.
Somehow, even the creators of the show didn’t figure out how to solve the riddle, but one of the producers, Bruce Timm, suggested moving forward in time and introducing a new character into the batman world. The network liked the idea of Bruce Wayne having a protege; thus, “Batman Beyond” was conceived.
The writers were excited to focus on the new Batman, Terry McGinnis, and his teenage issues. They also enjoyed clearing up his character in contrast to Bruce Wayne’s usual brooding demeanor. The production team told CineFix how these studio restrictions, while difficult at first, eventually led them to produce something that fans have gradually warmed to and are still urging them to bring back. No one has used their time-jumping spin-off strategy so effectively since.