Batman Beyond Fact #3
Did you know Batman Beyond actively avoided reusing classic Batman rogues from the get go, instead trying to create brand new ones?
Glen Murakami and Bruce Timm pushed from the start to use brand new villains for Terry McGinnis. As Bruce Timm put it “We wanted [the show] to have its own unique mythos and feel. Just bringing back old villains and updating and futurizing them, we felt it was too simple and cheat.” Some such as Bane, Mr. Freeze, Ra’s al Ghul and the Joker were eventually brought into the show but the majority of Batman Beyond’s rogues gallery were original characters.
In the creative process, the team wanted to use classic Batman rogue archetypes but with different spins. “Thus we get Inque, who’s a shape-shifter but other than that she has no relation to Clayface. She has a different motive, she has a different feel, she’s sexy, she’s liquidy.” The idea was well received by many people according to Timm, making the rogues of Batman Beyond one of a kind.