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  • Completely Different Title:
    • In some countries, the series was called Batman of the Future.
    • Batman: La Relève in France, which more or less translates as Batman: The Successor.
  • Creator's Pest: Not a sentiment shared by everyone, but several of the crew, including Bruce Timm, are on record as to hating Max Gibson, who was loved by co-creator Alan Burnett. This is an example where there are also as much viewers who loved her as there are those who couldn't stand her.
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  • Dawson Casting: Downplayed in the case of Terry. Will Friedle was 22 at the time when he voiced the teenager, which while it would be significant in live action, is much smaller in terms of voiceover where teenage characters are often voiced by people much older. A perfect example of that being Lauren Tom voicing his same-age girlfriend Dana, in real life was 37.
  • Dueling Shows: Spider-Man Unlimited, which was originally going to be an Animated Adaptation of Spider-Man 2099, was made to be Marvel Comics' answer to Batman Beyond. It was nowhere near as successful; it was canceled after one season.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • Originally, the show was supposed to be a Lighter and Softer version of Batman: The Animated Series, with Batman in high school to sell The Merch to kids. One look at the radar page (or, really, any episode) will make you understand that the 'lighter' part wasn't followed to the letter.
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    • Studio demands in the second season were the primary reason Max Gibson was created.
    • The WB network never allowed Bruce Wayne's age to be revealed in this series because they didn't want him to be old and decrepit. In one episode where Bruce has a birthday, the writers said his age in the initial script but had to take it out because the WB network would not allow it. The producers say Bruce Wayne was about 80.
    • Starting with season 2, the network wanted more stories about high school drama and less about corporate corruption. The writers even joked about that with having Bruce Wayne in one episode say the episode's Monster of the Week "just feels so...high school."
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  • I Knew It!: Some fans had speculated that Terry and Matt's parents were divorced because the boys both look nothing like their father (they have black hair, compared with Mary who is a redhead and Warren whose hair is light brown - genetically improbable). Flash forward to the Justice League episode “Epilogue” which doubles as a Fully Absorbed Finale, and Cadmus had Warren's genetic material overwritten with Bruce Wayne's, making him the boys' biological father. According to Word of God, this decision was Ascended Fanon motivated by the realization of said genetic improbability. But fans were wrong about Terry's mom having an affair.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Barbara Gordon was voiced by Stockard Channing in Seasons 1 and 2, but was replaced by Angie Harmon for Return of the Joker and Season 3. This would not be a first for the DCAU Barbara Gordon, as she did undergo this trope twice in her Batgirl days, too.
    • Jack was first voiced by Scott Cleverdon, then Nicolas Guest.
    • Queen was voiced by Amanda Donohoe in her first appearance, then by Sarah Douglas in her other appearances.
    • Paxton Powers was first voiced by Cary Elwes, then Parker Stevenson.
    • Both Zeta and Agent Bennett had different voice actors (Gary Cole and Joe Spano, respectively) in their debut episode than they did on The Zeta Project and their other appearances on Batman Beyond (Diedrich Bader and Kurtwood Smith, again respectively). Also Zeta looked completely different in the episodes after his debut in the Poorly Disguised Pilot that wasn't one.
    • See also Big Time, voiced by Stephen Baldwin in his first appearance and Clancy Brown in his second. Probably due to him being horribly transformed after his first appearance.
    • Rachael Leigh Cook replaced Yvette Lowenthal as Chelsea in Season 2.
  • Recast as a Regular: Sherman Howard voiced the Perserver and Steppenwolf in Superman: The Animated Series before being cast as Derek Powers.
  • Recursive Adaptation: From comic to original series to sequel series to comic again.
  • Screwed by the Lawyers: Wonder Woman was supposed to appear in "The Call", but rights issues prevented this; Big Barda was substituted for her.
  • Shout-Out: In "Disappearing Inque" Bruce Wayne goes to aid Batman...dressed in a long trenchcoat, a large hat and a long red scarf covering the lower part of his face.
  • Star-Making Role: Will Friedle was famous for Boy Meets World but this was his first voice acting role, which he built a more impressive career from.
  • Technology Marches On:
    • Wayne-Powers and other places are still using Cathode Ray Tube monitors.
    • Physical media is still in wide usage.
    • Bulky 90's era flip-style cellphones are the predominant means of communication, without any of the additional features currently expected in a phone (no text, no email, no web, etc., although sleeker flip-phones are still ubiquitous in certain areas, such as Japan) and apparently nobody has Bluetooth.
    • Landline phones are also often spotted, as well as paper photographs, both of which will almost certainly be extinct by 2039.
    • Laptops are in common use, and there's not a tablet, smartphone or smartwatch in sight.
  • Throw It In: "Epilogue" revealing Bruce Wayne as Terry and Matt's biological father. Bruce Timm states that this decision was partly motivated by the fact that Warren's hair is light-brown and Mary is a redhead, making it genetically improbable for Terry and Matt to have black hair.
  • Unfinished Episode:
    • One rejected script had Terry become an item with Maxine after Dana breaks up with him, penned by Alan Burnett. That rejected script is a double What Could Have Been, as Bruce Timm's original plan for the episode would have explored Terry and Dana's relationship more and ended with it being strengthened. Timm rejected the episode script after Burnett changed the entire purpose.
    • Another rejected script featured the fully grown son of Superman and Lashina (from their brief affair in the Superman: The Animated Series finale "Legacy"). He has long since deposed Darkseid and become ruler of Apokolips, and now sets his sights on Earth. Lashina warns Earth of the invasion, so Batman teams up with Superman and the Justice League to defend Earth. Superman deals with the guilt of not knowing he had a son.
    • Glen Murakami had some ideas that didn't make it in the final show. (skip to 44:34) These included Bruce losing his money and living in the city among Gotham's crime families, a Royal Flush Gang episode where Melanie is revealed to have become the new Queen and married to another crime family, and other plans for Curare.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Mr. Freeze's role was originally just a running gag, where Bruce would from time to time get something out of the Batcave's refrigerator and Freeze's head is there, in a jar. Freeze would utter empty death threats at Bruce, who would just sneer at him before closing the fridge door. This was discarded because it was an insulting and unfitting ending for his character.
    • One rejected script featured the fully grown son of Superman and Lashina (from their brief affair in the Superman: The Animated Series episode "Legacy"). He has long since deposed Darkseid and become ruler of Apokolips, and now sets his sights on Earth. Lashina warns Earth of the invasion, so Batman teams up with Superman and the Justice League to defend Earth. Superman deals with the guilt of not knowing he had a son.
    • After Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, a second direct-to-DVD film was planned, this time involving the return of Catwoman. While it was ultimately dropped, several plot elements were recycled for the Fully Absorbed Finale in Justice League.
    • Early on, in addition to the Jokerz, there was consideration for other gangs that paid homage to the classic Batman rogues gallery. This was nixed for fears of it seeming repetitive and gimmicky, although there are a few appearances by a Mr. Terrificnote -themed gang. This idea was possibly revisited for Batman: Arkham City, where it was pulled off successfully.
    • The Terrific Trio from "Heroes" were slated to return in the early 2000's comic series, but Marvel Comics objected due to their resemblance to the Fantastic Four. However, Freon would later reappear as a oneshot antagonist in the 2016 series.
    • The network began pressuring the production team to add another female character to the series, similar to Batgirl's increased role in The New Batman Adventures. Since Timm disliked the idea of having another Batgirl, he instead toyed with the idea of introducing a futuristic version of Huntress, who is the daughter of Batman and Catwoman in some continuities. While this never happened, the network's desire to have a stronger female presence on the show is likely what led to the introduction of Max in Season 2.
    • Clayface was originally planned to make an appearance on the show, but was likely dropped in favor of Inque.
    • Staff writer Stan Berkowitz wanted an episode where Killer Croc returned, pointing out his reptilian physiology would have given him a longer lifespan. In the end, Killer Croc only appeared as a robot in a training simulation in the episode "Terry's Friend Dates a Robot".
    • Art by Glenn Wong posted on Instagram depicts Sinestro and is labeled as being for Batman Beyond. For whatever reason, this idea never bore fruit. Sinestro would later appear in Justice League.
    • After Batman & Robin killed off the Burton/Schumacher films, Warner Bros considered making a live-action adaptation of this series. They ultimately wound up choosing to reboot the franchise entirely, and the rest is history.
    • A fight scene in "Ace In The Hole" showing the lengths Ace went through to survive before going to Bruce was storyboarded, but was deemed too brutal for network standards, and it was cut.
    • Early designs from Shane Glines showed how Max was originally going to have longer hair, possibly black, before it was decided she should have short, purple hair.
    • One of Paul Dini's early ideas for the show was that Bruce, refusing to take a life but recognizing the Cardboard Prison nature of Arkham, would have imprisoned the Joker in the Batcave for decades. Joker's laughter would still be heard echoing from the cell, reassuring Bruce that Gotham was safe. This was deemed too cruel by Batman's standards.
  • Working Title: Batman Tomorrow. In fact all the development art had that title on it. However, the title was changed because it would be too hard to do promotional interstitials for a show called "Batman Tomorrow". Other working titles included The Tomorrow Knight and B2.