Batman - "Ready to call it quits?" The Stalker - "Never!"
IT'S FAIR TO SAY...
...Batman Beyond shared a few similarities with Marvel Comics webslinger, the Amazing Spider-man; most obviously the teenager coping with the dual aspects of his school life and his heroic life. So it was only a matter of time before a classic villain from Spidey's early years was reformatted for the show as a nod of recognition and the Stalker, a play on Kraven the hunter, was a fun addition to Terry's rogues gallery.
Wanted by Interpol, the Stalker arrived in Gotham City so that he could hunt Batman, who he considered the last great prey, worthy of him. As he chased Batman across the concrete jungle of Gotham, he was really forcing Terry to race against his own demons as he travelled the rocky road of adolescence. Blood Sport was about a man facing up to his problems, such as losing himself in his own work, which had consumed him beyond the point of no going back. The Stalker had to find the next challenge in order to prove to himself he was of any worth and it was a deadly pattern that he found himself in. That situation carefully reflected what Terry was dangerously close to finding himself in, as he struggled to keep up with the day-to-day tasks his mother asked of him. Like with Bruce Wayne's Batman in Batman: TAS, his villains were often a reflection on how close Batman came to forgetting the reasons as to why he did what he did and the Stalker was no exception. Like Spider-man and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Terry had to balance his responsibilities with the trouble that often turned up at his doorstep. Those troubles were metaphors for the problems teenagers face, (that an adult can never quite understand) as they are problems which are such a big deal to them, but can often be hard to explain to someone not in the same situation. The Stalker unfortunately failed to learn from his past and attempted to take on a challenge even too great for him, by attacking Batman. Terry survived the encounter and was a better man for it, but the Stalker failed because he was blinded by his inability to look outside his surroundings. The hunt can be an exciting thing, but without experience it can be a single minded pursuit that can often prove meaningless.
THE HUNT IS ON: *Kraven the hunter first appeared in the Marvel's Amazing Spider-man # 15, 1964.
*Carl Lumbly voiced the Stalker and was no stranger to the DC Universe, as he also voiced J'onn J'onzz, the Martian Manhunter in Justice League/JLU.
*Batman Beyond ran for 3 seasons and produced one spin-off movie, Return Of The Joker, and a spin-off series The Zeta Project.