Ace: Did you like playing with my new Royal Flush Gang?
Batman: Can't say that I did.
Ace: Yeah. They aren't any fun at all. I gave them their powers, and they still hardly ever play with me.
Batman: Can't imagine why.
Ace: When I was little, Cadmus used to make me play all kinds of games, but they weren't any fun either. They'd strap me into their machines and poke wires into my brain. "Ace, can you move this object with your mind?".
[Moves a tree into the sky]
Ace: Yeah, I can move it. They weren't really games, you know. They were training me. Turning me into a weapon, "for justice", they said. They got their weapon. I got cheated out of my childhood.
Batman: I know what that's like.
Ace: You do, don't you? You don't have to answer. I read your mind. That's how I knew you weren't going to use Ms. Waller's weapon on me.
Batman: [Brings out the device] No, I wasn't.
[Tosses the device away]
Ace: You were gonna try and talk me into fixing what I've changed... before I die.
Ace: I'm dying very soon.
Batman: Yes. I'm sorry.
Ace: [Staring to cry] Would you stay with me? I'm scared.
[Batman sits down next to her, reaching over to gently hold her hand]
Bruce Wayne: You're a stubborn piece of work, you know that.
Terry McGinnis: [sotto] Just like my old man.
[speaking to Terry McGinnis about his origin]
Amanda Waller: Bruce's DNA was easy enough to obtain. He left it all over town.
[Terry raises eyebrow]
Amanda Waller: Not remotely what I meant.
Terry McGinnis: How could you do it to me, Bruce?
Bruce Wayne: The only thing that matters is the mission. You know that.
Terry McGinnis: What about people, Bruce? Dick, Barbara, Tim, Selena... they all loved you, but eventually every single one of them left you. Ever wonder why?
Bruce Wayne: Not for an instant. They quit because when it came down to it, they didn't have the heart for the mission. Are you about to quit too? It doesn't really surprise me.
Terry McGinnis: My dad wasn't a superhero. He didn't save the world from the near-Apocalypse of '09, he never went toe to toe with Mr. Freeze, but he was a good man just the same. Even after he and Mom got divorced, he always tried to do the right thing. My brother and I were always provided for, when Mom couldn't quite make the bills he always helped out. He tried to teach me right from wrong. What have too if I'd ever listen to him. He never laid a hand on me, although Lord knows I was asking for it.
Bruce Wayne: What's your point?
Terry McGinnis: [Incredulously] What's my point? My point is I never once doubted he loved me with all his heart! My point is all those warm feelings I had for my dad were just another lie! Another in a long list of things you've stolen from me! My point is I just found out Warren McGinnis isn't my father!... You are.
Bruce Wayne: ...What do you want from me?
Terry McGinnis: I wanna know the whole truth.
Bruce Wayne: Sounds like you already do.
Terry McGinnis: Guess I didn't wanna believe you were so incredibly arrogant that you thought the world couldn't go on without you.
Bruce Wayne: Or someone like me. It's not arrogance, it's fact.
Terry McGinnis: You set the whole thing up!
Bruce Wayne: How? You were already a teenager when I first met your mother.
Terry McGinnis: I don't know. Maybe you dug up some of that old Cadmus nanotech, used it to have my genes rewritten to match yours.
Bruce Wayne: That technology's been illegal for over 40 years.
Terry McGinnis: Didn't stop the Joker from using it on Tim Drake!
[Bruce's eyes widen in shock over the comment]
Terry McGinnis: [Remorseful] All right, low blow.
Bruce Wayne: The mantle of Batman is a honor, Terry.
Terry McGinnis: You know what, old man. All those years it turns out everyone was right. You are insane. Being Batman's no honor... it's a curse.
Amanda Waller: He sat with her until her time came. That's the Bruce Wayne I came to know over the years.
Terry McGinnis: You think he showed mercy? Maybe. But more likely he'd somehow already deduced that Ace really wasn't going to hurt anyone.
Amanda Waller: He always was two steps ahead of everybody.
Terry McGinnis: That's right. Even when it looks like your call, it isn't. Think about it. Bruce wanted a successor, another Batman. He planned it all from the beginning. I never had a chance.
Amanda Waller: Honey, Bruce didn't overwrite your DNA with his. I did.
Terry McGinnis: How? Why?
Amanda Waller: Because the world needs a Batman. Not that I always thought so, mind you.
Amanda Waller: As you know, I was in charge of Project Cadmus. Over the years I came to respect Batman, even trust him.
Terry McGinnis: 'Guess the law of averages means somebody'd have to.
Amanda Waller: Did you know I was the government liaison with the Justice League for a while? I met some extraordinary people in that job, but none of them were the equal of Batman.
Terry McGinnis: [sarcastically] Right, who could be?
Amanda Waller: Not my point! I saw him save the day dozens of times with nothing but his wits, body and will. But I saw something else as the years passed. He was getting older, slower. Soon he would have to retire or, more likely, someone would finally manage to kill him. The thought of a world without Batman was unacceptable. So I decided to make a new one. I used my old Cadmus connections to gather the technology necessary for Project Batman Beyond.
Amanda Waller: I've know Bruce Wayne for over 50 years, and Ive kept an eye on you your whole life. You're not Bruce's clone, you're his son. There are similarities, mind you, but more than a few differences too. You don't quite have his magnificent brain, for instance. You do have his heart, though. And for all that fierce exterior, I've never met anyone who cared as deeply about his fellow man as Bruce Wayne, except maybe you. You want to have a little better life than the old man's? Take care of the people who love you. Or don't. It's your choice.
Bruce Wayne: You're in my chair.
Terry McGinnis: Yeah, I guess I am.
Bruce Wayne: Where the devil have you been?
Terry McGinnis: I had some stuff to take care of.
Bruce Wayne: Enigma's overrated, especially at 3 AM. You could've called. I made you some soup, but it's cold.
Terry McGinnis: Sorry. Don't mean to worry you.
Bruce Wayne: I was worried about Gotham. If Batman's not around...
Terry McGinnis: I've got it covered. Always.
Amanda Waller: I've been wondering when you were going to show up. Terry McGinnis or do you prefer being called Batman.
Terry McGinnis: I've got some questions I need you to answer.
Amanda Waller: Of course you do, boy. Why else go to all the trouble of breaking into the lair of the great and powerful Amanda Waller? You want some green tea? I do.
Amanda Waller: It's been many a year since I had a handsome gentleman caller. Why is it that superheroes are always... so good-looking?
Terry McGinnis: You know why I can't marry you. If...
Dana Tan: "If the bad guys ever found out I was Batman, they'd try to get to me by hurting you," blah blah blah.
Terry McGinnis: It's nothing to joke about.
Dana Tan: [Sarcastically] You're right! There could be supervillains hiding in the tall grass!