Story by: Bruce Timm & Dwayne McDuffie Teleplay by: Dwayne McDuffie Directed by: Dan Riba
Terry – “My point is I just found out that Warren McGinnis isn’t my father.You are!”
JUST WHEN YOU THINK...
...it’s time to pack up and go home, someone tells you to switch the light back on and work a little while longer.This isn’t just something that happens to you week in, week out, but also something which happened to the team behind Justice League Unlimited, who thought that the show was drawing to an end after the second season of JLU.For that reason they wrote the episode Epilogue which acted as an end to the series as well as tying in information and extra bits of geek fun to the close the whole Bruce Timm animated universe.As it turned out, Epilogue wasn’t the last episode, as the series ran for one more year, but it didn’t matter as it still slotted nicely into place providing yet more continuity.
The story was set 65 years on from Justice League Unlimited putting it past all the events that happened in Batman Beyond and told the tale of Terry's decision as to if the role of Batman was for him anymore.This situation was something Bruce Wayne had faced before but that was for completely different reasons as Terry unearthed a dark secret.He learnt that his father’s DNA was genetically altered by Cadmus head honcho Amanda Waller to encode Bruce Wayne’s DNA instead, which resulted in Terry being Bruce’s son.That was not only a bit icky but also meant a lot of back payments for child maintenance from Bruce...which left Terry a bit confused.The reason for the DNA decision was because Waller saw that the world needed a Batman and as Bruce would get old one day it was her way of ensuring the future would have a protector.
This created an interesting twist on what was already believed to be an established story and it managed to throw in a few bits of continuity by explaining the circumstances of trying to create a new Batman.Having a bit of genetic meddling can only do so much, so Waller also attempted to have Terry’s parents murdered, which meant a nice return from the Phantasm who hadn’t made an appearance since the Batman film Mask of the Phantasm (1993).She couldn’t go through with the deed however and so instead fate played its hand and the rest of Terry’s journey to take up the mantle of the Bat played out as it did in Batman Beyond.All those elements helped make for an engrossing tale, that may not have been the final minutes of the series, but certainly demonstrated that there was plenty of imaginative places left to go.It created a story which branched across the timeline to connect the JLU show and the futuristic Batman Beyond series and proved that even if you have to work a little bit more you can still be proud of the work you have already achieved.
Now, switch back on the light and get back to work!
IN CLOSING: *The name of the project Cadmus devised to create Terry was called Batman Beyond.
*There was a mention of the Joker's use of Cadmus technology on Tim Drake, which was a reference to the events in the film Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (2000).
*The film Terry’s parents went to see the night they were to be murdered was called The Grey Ghost Strikes, which was a character who appeared in Batman:TAS and influenced Bruce’s journey to become Batman.
*The final scene in the episode saw Terry take to the skies whilst the Batman:TAS theme tune was played and has him fly past a blimp.That scene was a nod to a similar moment from the very first episode of Batman:TAS called On Leather Wings (1992).