07 July 2007

The Friends and Foes of Batman - Batwoman

Over the years there have been a couple of Batwomen. They aren't just grown up Batgirls either, they are completely different characters. The Batwoman was partly created to offset the charges made that Batman and Robin were homosexuals. While she has never been as popular as Batgirl, she did get her own Direct to Video DVD titled Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman. While I won't reveal her secret identity in the animated film, I will say its a different person than in the comics.

Kathy Kane

The original Batwoman first appeared in 1956. She was a costumed crime-fighter like Batman, but while Batman wears a utility belt, Batwoman carried a utility purse.

Batman wished for Kathy to retire from crimefighting due to the danger. Nevertheless, she remained his ally (even when she temporarily became a new version of Catwoman). In 1961, Batwoman was joined by her niece Betty Kane, the Bat-Girl. Kathy and Betty were romantically interested in Batman and Robin, respectively. Robin seemed to return Bat-Girl's affection, while Batman remained aloof.

In 1964, DC dropped Batwoman, as well as Bat-Girl, Ace the Bat-Hound, and Bat-Mite from the Batman titles. In the 1970s, Batwoman only appeared a few times, often fighting crime alongside the second Batgirl, Barbara Gordon. During her retirement, she became the owner of a circus, which she kept until she died. She was killed by the League of Assassins and the brainwashed Bronze Tiger.

Kate Kane

Recently, a new Batwoman, Katherine "Kate" Kane was introduced. Kate is Gotham PD Renee Montoya's former lover and heiress to one of the wealthiest families in Gotham City. In spite of their spats, Renee and Kate have worked together to battle Intergang.

Friend and Foe Profiles:

Ra's al Ghul
Talia al Ghul
Baby Doll
Bat-Hound (Ace)

The Dark Knight returns in 377 days!

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