WB executives had an idea; they wanted to create a show that would appeal to their target teen demographic, so they informed the Batman: The Animated Series crew that they needed a new animated Batman. However, there was a catch: Batman was supposed to be a teenager. As a result, the production team wisely chose not to meddle with the Bruce Wayne mythos that were firmly established in their 1990s animated show.
In a way, even the show’s creators didn’t understand how to solve this mystery, but then one of the producers, Bruce Timm, suggested going forward in time and introducing a new character to the Batman world. The network liked that Bruce Wayne had a protégé; thus “Batman of the Future” was conceived.
The writers were happy to focus on the new Batman, Terry McGinnis, and his teenage troubles. They also appreciated the relief of his character in contrast to Bruce Wayne’s usual brooding demeanor. The film crew explained BlueFix how those studio restrictions, difficult at first, eventually pushed them to create something that fans have gradually come to terms with and still urge them to come back to. Since then, no one has used their spin-off time jump strategy so effectively.