While Terry McGinnis’ origin as Batman in Batman Beyond is well-noted throughout the animated series, there is another that puts Nightwing at its center.

Warning! This article contains spoilers for Batman: Beyond the White Knight #2

While Terry McGinnis’ origin as Batman is well documented in the anime series batman beyondanother version of it exists in the pages of his new comic book series, one that shows how night wing actually created the Batman of the future completely by accident.

In a dark future of the DC Universe, Dick Grayson alias Nightwing surpasses Batman by joining the GTO (Gotham Terrorist Opression Unit). With the skills he learned from Batman, Dick quickly rose through the ranks and became one of Gotham City’s top authority figures. In this scenario, the GTO completely rules Gotham with an iron fist as they are well funded, have access to the most advanced technology, and have complete freedom to police the city as they see fit. As crime has gone down, the quality of life for ordinary citizens has also gone down, shattering Bruce Wayne’s legacy as Batman and making Gotham even more miserable than before. Dick Grayson, however, believes in what the GTO is doing for the city and never hesitates to bring a criminal to justice, no matter how serious the charge, except in a particularly fatal case.


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In Batman: Beyond the White Knight #2 by Sean Murphy starring Dave Stewart, Dick Grayson overhears someone being beaten to death by a mugger he’s been told to watch out for. The first pages of the issue show Dick snatching Terry McGinnis from his victim, but instead of arresting him, he brings him to a limo where Derek Powers, the man who funded the GTO and who is also involved in it, is waiting for him. sole owner. of Wayne Motors. When Dick found him, Terry was brutalizing the man who killed his father. Although Dick stopped him before he killed the man, he also presented Terry with a more satisfying path to revenge.

Nightwing accidentally created Batman Beyond.

As fans learned in the first issue of this series, Terry McGinnis is working with Derek Powers to recover the hidden secrets of Bruce Wayne’s batcave, the ones Powers hopes to steal and profit from. After Powers acquired Wayne’s company, he hung Bruce to dry off when he found out he was Batman and Bruce was sent to prison because of his vigilantism. However, Powers wasn’t done calling out Bruce for all he was worth, so he recruited Terry McGinnis to break into the Batcave and steal a suit that even Batman was too scared to wear – the iconic Batman Beyond suit. . If Nightwing had done his job as an officer of the law rather than a servant to his billionaire boss, Terry McGinnis might never have become Batman.

Now that Terry has the suit and is on his way to becoming Batman’s rightful successor, he’s about to get the revenge he so desperately craves. As Terry was shown brutally beating the man who killed his father, Derek Powers promised that he would help him track down the people who hired this man to carry out the hit. Now that Terry has Batman, he has the means to make these people pay for what they did to his family. However, the only reason Terry got this offer from Powers in the first place is because Dick Grayson delivered him to Powers, making night wing accidentally responsible for creating the titular hero of Batman Beyond.

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