Andrea was the daughter of Carl Beaumont, who was forced into the debt of Gotham City mob boss Salvatore Valestra. During her youth, her mother died. She spent a lot of time at her graveside talking to her which led to first meeting Bruce Wayne. The two quickly fell in love. Bruce proposing to her; however, she was forced to break it off and move to Europe with her father for their own safety. Valestra sent his premiere hitman after them, who murdered her father. Andrea set about gaining the equipment needed for her revenge. Years later, she returned to Gotham City, where as The Phantasm she began killing off those involved in her father's death. Her appearance was similar to The Dark Knight's; her actions accidentally shifted blame to Batman, who the GCPD set out to capture. Although Andrea did play a part in rescuing an injured Batman from being captured, with the two briefly renewing their relationship.
Although they clashed when Andrea learned the hitman who killed her father was now the Joker, she set out to confront him at his hideout at the abandoned Gotham World's Fair. The Joker almost killed her. Batman rescued her. They argued over the fate of the Joker as the World's Fair began crashing down around them. While unable to reach them, Batman was forced to flee, as Andrea and Joker disappeared into a cloud of smoke into the sewers. Bruce's words led to a moments hesitation, which allowed an explosion to separate the two. She then returned to the Batcave leaving a locket for Bruce letting him know she was alive before she departed from Gotham for three years.
Andrea traveled the world, where she acted as a go-between between a client and The Phantasm, who would frequently work as a Spy, Thief or Enforcer. During this period she was approached about assassinating Bruce Wayne. She refused. Returning to Gotham City, she warned Bruce, before being captured by Kitsune and several armed men. She then came face to face with Arthur Reeves who had put out the fake hit to draw her back to Gotham to kill her. Revenge for his Jokerized grin. Batman stopped him. During the melee, Arthur knocked out and unmasked Batman. Andrea, desperate to protect her love, manipulated Arthur into falling to his death from a rooftop. Andrea used Kitsune's hologram distorter to disguise herself and left Gothamagain.
Years later the Phantasm worked as an assassin for hire, and was employed by Amanda Waller to kill the parents of Terry McGinnis, whom Waller wanted to transform into a new Batman. However, just as Andrea was about to deliver the killing blow, she hesitated, realizing murdering the McGinnises would be against everything Batman stood for. This left Terry's family intact, however he eventually did become the second Batman after the murder of his father.
Abilities and Skills
Andrea was skilled in martial arts having studied since her teens, but most of her abilities stemmed from her costume. She wore a protective bodysuit that offered some limited protection from impacts, and utilized a blade on one hand and a special gauntlet that emitted smoke.