Catwoman was Terry McGinnis’s ‘Mother’ in Batman Beyond

Batman Beyond showed fans life in Neo-Gotham City and was a huge hit with fans and critics alike.  The one major thing fans never learned was the fate of Catwoman and now, we know why.

Towards the end of the series, it was revealed that Terry McGinnis was actually the biological son of Bruce Wayne and was conceived as part of a top secret project to insure that Gotham always had a Batman.

Terry McGinnis is the 'son' of Catwoman

At the 20th Anniversary panel of Batman Beyond during SDCC 2019, Batman Beyond co-creator Bruce Timm revealed that Catwoman was originally intended to be the great villain of the series and “mother” to Terry McGinnis.

“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 big surprise in our next movie.”

Timm then went on to explain that Terry’s origins were eventually changed and Amanda Waller was revealed as the mastermind behind the Batman cloning process.  This was decided after plans for a second Batman Beyond movie were scrapped, leaving Return of The Joker as the series only stand alone movie and greatest storyline to date.


According to Timm, plans had Catwoman delivering the news to Bruce and Terry herself but being the main villain of the story, would have made Terry decide if he continued to follow in his fathers footsteps as the hero of Neo-Gotham or his “mother” and become one of the greatest villains in the history of the Batman mythos.

While it’s true that Bruce had no hand in raising Terry he was still Terry’s biological father.  Despite not birthing him, it would have through Selina’s actions that Terry was created making Terry her son in spirit.  Terry would have truly been “Bat” by blood and “Cat” in spirit.

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