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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 he proposed to Andrea.

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 the fact that he managed to pay Valestra back, Cal 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 the death of her father.

Vengeance Edit[]

<img alt="Phantasmpurses" src="" width="200" height="114" class="thumbimage" data-image-name="Phantasmpurses.jpg" data-image-key="Phantasmpurses.jpg" />"Your Angel of Death awaits".Added by ThailogThe Phantasm first appeared during Batman's bust of a gambling operation and caused the death of Chuckie Sol, one of Valestra's old partners. Since the Phantasm had not actually been sighted publicly, and that Batman was spotted at the scene of the crime, it was strongly suspected that the Dark Knight had been the actual killer. Soon afterwards, Andrea returned to Gotham and contacted Arthur Reeves, an old friend that had carried a torch for her and a former assistant to her father. 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.

The Phantasm's next victim was Buzz Bronski, another of Valestra's old partners that was killed while visiting Sol's gravesite. While Batman thought that the 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 the dead mobster's grinning corpse as bait for the mysterious vigilante and discovered via video camera that Batman was not to blame before blowing up Valestra's home. After escaping the explosion, the Phantasm attempted to escape from Batman and proceeded to escape once the police arrived.

After Andrea (out of costume) 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 the true identity of Phantasm. 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.

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, 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 the madman's deadly traps before she was 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 Batman subdued the Joker, Andrea disappeared with Joker 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 her and Bruce in the Batcave.

With nothing left, she left Gotham on a ferry 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 Beaumont's career as Phantasm continued as a freelance assassin or covert agent for Amanda Waller. As part of Project Batman Beyond, Waller ordered Phantasm 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 as the new Batman, Andrea refused to go through with the assignment. Upon returning to Waller, Andrea 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.


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