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Phantasm
Phantasm
Information
Real name: Andrea Beaumont
Species: Human
Hair: Red
Eyes: Blue
Relatives: Carl Beaumont (father)
Victoria Beaumont (mother)
Base: Gotham City
Abilities: Martial artist
Weaponry: Special gauntlet and a razor sharp blade
Voiced by: Dana Delany (Andrea Beaumont)
Stacy Keach, Jr. (Phantasm)

"Your Angel of Death awaits."

After several tragedies, Andrea "Andy" Beaumont became the vigilante Phantasm that would come to cross paths with Batman.

History

Tragic romance

Andrea Beaumont was the daughter of successful businessman Carl Beaumont. who found himself in debt to Gotham crime boss Salvatore Valestra. Unaware of the serious nature of her father's problems, Andrea would stumble into a chance meeting with Bruce Wayne at her mother's gravesite while the young billionaire was visiting the graves of his own parents. The relationship quickly blossomed into something much more serious, and the subsequent emotions created feelings of doubt and guilt in Bruce as he had spent more than a decade on "the plan" which had prepared his body and mind for his imminent declaration of war on Gotham's underworld. But in all of his planning, Bruce had never counted on love and happiness. For the first time since his parents' death, Bruce found himself nearing an inner peace and proposed to Andrea.

Engagement

Andrea Beaumont accepts Bruce Wayne's proposal.

Unfortunately for Andrea and Bruce, Carl's mob ties turned from sour to deadly. Fearing for his life, Carl forced Andrea into hiding with him. Knowing only that Andrea was leaving and would not return, Bruce fell into despair and threw himself back into "the plan" by becoming the Dark Knight. Carl and Andrea attempted to disappear into anonymity, but they were soon found by Valestra's chief hitman. Despite managing to pay Valestra back, Carl was killed with Andrea left alive to mourn him... and to plot her revenge. She covered up Carl's death, using his remaining money to establish a life for herself and acquire the weapons and equipment she would need to exact revenge on the men who ordered her father's death.

Vengeance

Phantasmpurses

"Your Angel of Death awaits".

The Phantasm first appeared during Batman's bust of a gambling operation and caused Chuckie Sol's death. Since Phantasm had not actually been sighted publicly and Batman was spotted at the scene of the crime, it was strongly suspected that the Dark Knight had been the killer. Soon afterwards, Andrea returned to Gotham City and contacted her old friend Arthur Reeves. Returning to her mother's grave, she caught a glimpse of Batman watching her from behind the Waynes' gravestone. Since it was at this very spot that they'd met, Andrea quickly realized that Bruce Wayne was the man behind the mask.

Next, Phantasm killed Buzz Bronski at Sol's gravesite. While Batman thought that Phantasm was actually Carl Beaumont, Sal Valestra turned to the Joker for protection from Batman, the prime suspect in the mob killings. After Joker killed Valestra, he used Valestra's grinning corpse as bait for the mysterious vigilante and discovered via video camera that Batman wasn't to blame before blowing up the mobster's home. After escaping the explosion, Phantasm was pursued by Batman, but again managed to escape once the police arrived.

Phantasm

Phantasm engages Batman.

After Andrea rescued Batman from the police, the two of them spent the night together at Wayne Manor and seemingly promised to reconcile their relationship. She also told Bruce about why she had to leave but neglected to mention that her father was dead (killed by the Joker's former identity) and lied to him by still keeping up the charade that he was Phantasm's true identity. When she eventually left, she promised she would return later that night.

After leaving, she made one last phone call and cancelled a supposed dinner date she was supposed to be having with Reeves that same night. Having deduced her identity, Joker attempted to kill Andrea in her hotel room by blowing it up with a remote controlled airplane strapped with explosives while mocking her with a prank-phone call. Unknown to the Joker, however, Batman was the one who had picked up his call as he had been investigating her room at the time and survived his assassination attempt meant for Andrea, and that Andrea was actually on her way to kill him.

Jokersubdued

Andrea Beaumont subdues the Joker.

After Batman discovered that Valestra's old hitman was now the Joker and that Reeves had been the one who ratted out Beaumont to Valestra in exchange for financial assistance in his political campaign, the Phantasm moved against Joker at his hideout: the abandoned site of the old Gotham World's Fair. After attempting to kill him personally, Andrea almost fell victim to one of his deadly traps before being saved by Batman. She and Batman argued over Joker's fate, but both found themselves fighting for their lives against Joker's booby-traps. After the Joker was subdued, Andrea disappeared with him into a cloud of smoke as the fairgrounds exploded all around them.

As a final farewell to Bruce, she left behind a locket with a picture of them in the Batcave. With nothing left, she left Gotham on an ocean liner, possibly traveling under another identity. While a party was going on in the ship's dining room and stood alone on deck. When a party guest tried to talk to her, she addressed him coldly. He asked if she would rather be alone, and she solemnly replied "I am".

Later years

Decades later, Andrea's career as Phantasm continued, either as a freelance assassin or covert agent. As part of Project Batman Beyond, Amanda Waller ordered her to assassinate Warren McGinnis and Mary McGinnis in front of their son Terry McGinnis. While Waller hoped that the tragic loss at a young age would drive Terry to become an agent of justice, Andrea refused to go through with the assignment. Upon returning to Waller, she angrily berated her benefactor for planning the attempt at all. Andrea then argued that they almost violated everything that Batman stood for by going through with the plan. Because Andrea spared Warren and Mary, they later had a second son and Terry would later become the new Batman through a different set of circumstances.

Weapons and abilities

Phantasmgauntlet

Andrea's gauntlet.

Andrea Beaumont is a normal human woman with no metahuman powers. She has undergone extensive self-defense and martial arts training since her teens. This makes her a very capable hand-to-hand combatant whose skills have more often than not, taken even Bruce Wayne by surprise (both in and out of costume). She is an excellent athlete and is still an active mercenary/vigilante even into her later years, making it obvious that she's stayed in fighting shape over the years. It should be noted that Andrea seems to be a skilled tactical thinker as she planned and executed a complex multi-stage scheme wherein she seems to have methodically researched her targets activities and patterns of behavior before striking out at them. Coupled with the fact that she expertly manipulated the people and other elements around her; including Batman himself to serve her purposes.

As the Phantasm, Andrea wore a disguise composed of a protective bodysuit that shielded her from most minor impacts. Additionally, she wielded a razor sharp blade on her right hand and a special gauntlet on her left hand that dispenses smoke which can provide cover for her movements. This smoke can be used as an offensive weapon. The razor blade, however, was vulnerable to acidic compounds, and partially melted away when the Joker squirted acid from his boutonniere at it. The Phantasm "death's-head" mask has a built-in voice synthesizer that changes Andrea's voice to sound like her father's. The mask is also equipped with a breathing filter. Presumably, the eye lenses contain some sort of night vision, since she is able to move somewhat freely amongst her own cover smoke.

Background information

Andrea Beaumont's first name was supposedly chosen because of Andrea Romano, the person responsible for the casting for Batman: The Animated Series and Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. Kevin Conroy (the voice of Batman) had flirted with Romano, leading to a relationship between Conroy's character and Romano's namesake.

The Phantasm is somewhat based on the DC Comics character The Reaper, who according to revised comics continuity was a former vigilante who had been active in Gotham City twenty years prior to the first appearance of Batman. The Reaper was not above killing criminals but had disappeared from the public eye until the Batman's early adventures brought him out of retirement. The comics story (Batman: Year Two) was more straightforward than the mystery of Mask of the Phantasm and had several major differences; among other things, the Reaper's alter ego actually is the father of Bruce Wayne's love interest, and the secondary villain of the piece is Joe Chill, the killer of Wayne's parents (Thomas and Martha).

A later issue of the comic based on the series explained the circumstances under which both Joker and Phantasm survived the blast; Phantasm in fact hesitated for a second when carrying Joker to the core of the explosion, seeing he was no longer her father's cold-hearted killer, but rather a grinning lunatic with no sense of right and wrong. Because of this hesitation, the blast detonated before either was in range. Phantasm in fact returned once more to Bruce Wayne, if only to warn him that a major bounty had been set on his head, by none other than Arthur Reeves, by then deformed by the effect of Joker's Smilex toxin into a smiling monster himself. Some of his paid goons managed to capture both Wayne and Phantasm, holding them in Reeves's own apartment. Ultimately Reeves fell through a window when he believed he was about to kill the Phantasm with her own axe. In reality, it was only a set decoy and Reeves fell to his death several stories below. Her mission accomplished, Andrea Beaumont left Wayne definitely.

Appearances

Feature film

Justice League Unlimited

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