Arrow (TV series)
Arrow is an American superhero television series developed by writer/producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg, based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow. The series premiered in the United States on The CW on October 10, 2012, with international broadcasting taking place in late 2012. Filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Arrow follows billionaire playboy Oliver Queen, five years after being stranded on a hostile island, returns home to fight crime and corruption as a secret vigilante whose weapon of choice is a bow and arrow; the series takes a new look at the Green Arrow character, as well as other characters from the DC Comics universe. Although Oliver Queen/Green Arrow had been featured in the television series Smallville from 2006 to 2011, on the CW, the producers decided to start clean and find a new actor to portray the character. Arrow focuses on the humanity of Oliver Queen, how he was changed by time spent shipwrecked on an island. Most episodes in the first five seasons have flashback scenes to the five years in which Oliver was missing.
After Oliver's flashback arc is completed, episodes starting during season seven, have flash-forward scenes twenty years ahead focus on Oliver's unknown son William and aged protégé Roy Harper, exploring Green Arrow's legacy through them. Arrow has received positive reviews from critics; the series averaged about 3.68 million viewers over the course of the first season and received several awards and multiple nominations. To promote it, a preview comic book was released before the television series began, while webisodes featuring a product tie-in with Bose were developed for the second season; the first six seasons are available on DVD and Blu-ray in regions 1, 2 and 4. In October 2014, a spin-off series entitled The Flash premiered. In August 2015, an animated spin-off, was released, while a second live-action spin-off, Legends of Tomorrow, premiered in January 2016, featuring several characters from Arrow and The Flash. All four shows are set in a shared universe collectively known as the Arrowverse.
The seventh season premiered on October 15, 2018. In January 2019, The CW renewed the series for an eighth season. In March, it was announced this would serve as the final season of the series, with an abbreviated ten-episode order; the series follows Oliver Queen, billionaire playboy of Starling City, discovered on the mysterious island of Lian Yu five years after he and his father were shipwrecked. Upon his return to Starling City, he is reunited with his mother, Moira Queen, his sister, Thea Queen, his friends, Tommy Merlyn and Laurel Lance. In the first season, Oliver rekindles relationships and spends nights as a hooded vigilante hunting wealthy criminals listed in his father's notebook, he uncovers Malcolm Merlyn's plot to destroy "The Glades", a poorer, crime-ridden section of the city. John Diggle and Felicity Smoak assist Oliver's crusade. Oliver reconnects with old flame Dinah Laurel Lance, who blames him for her sister's death; the season features flashbacks to Oliver's first year on the island, how it changed him, while trying to stop a mercenary force targeting the Chinese economy.
In season two, Oliver has vowed to stop killing criminals. His family and allies are attacked by Slade Wilson, a man from Oliver's time on the island who returns to destroy his life. Oliver accepts aspiring vigilante Roy Harper as his protégé, gains assistance from Laurel's father, Quentin. Oliver teams with a woman in black, revealed to be Laurel's sister, who survived the shipwreck. Flashbacks depict Oliver's continued time on the island with Slade and the archer Shado, along with the origins of his feud with Slade. In season three, Oliver's company Queen Consolidated is sold to businessman and aspiring hero Ray Palmer. After Sara is found murdered, Oliver becomes embroiled in a conflict with Ra's al Ghul, he struggles to reconnect with his sister, who knows Malcolm is her father, Laurel sets out to follow Sara as the Black Canary. Meanwhile, Diggle struggles as a family man and Felicity becomes Vice President of Palmer Technologies. In flashbacks, Oliver is forced to work for A. R. G. U. S. Leader Amanda Waller in Hong Kong.
In season four, Oliver ends a short retirement and becomes the "Green Arrow". His team fights the terrorist group H. I. V. E. Headed by the mystically enhanced Damien Darhk, attacking Star City. Diggle discovers his brother Andy is alive and a H. I. V. E. Soldier. Oliver's life as a vigilante and with Felicity are complicated by his mayoral run and the discovery of his son. Laurel dies in a fight with Damien, Oliver discovers his plan to detonate nuclear weapons and rule the Earth's remains. In flashbacks, Oliver returns to Lian Yu to infiltrate Shadowspire for Waller, encounters a mystical idol used by Darhk in the present-day narrative. In season five, Oliver trains young heroes Wild Dog, Mister Terrific and Ragman to join his war on crime following Laurel's death and Thea's resignation, he recruits a new Black Canary. Oliver tries to balance vigilantism with his new role as mayor, yet is threatened by the mysterious and deadly Prometheus, who has a connection to Oliver's past. Oliver is forced to contend with Prometheus' ally Black Siren, a twisted doppelganger of Laurel Lance with a sonic scream.
In flashbacks, Oliver joins the Bratva in Ru
Firefly (DC Comics)
Firefly is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Created by France Herron and Dick Sprang, he made his debut in Detective Comics #184. Portrayed as a criminal who utilized lighting effects to commit robberies, Firefly was re-imagined as a sociopathic pyromaniac with an obsessive compulsion to start fires following Crisis on Infinite Earths' reboot of the DC Universe in the 1980s; this darker depiction of the character has since endured as one of the superhero Batman's most recurring enemies and belongs to the collective of adversaries that make up his central rogues gallery. Firefly has been featured in various forms of media, including several shows set within the DC animated universe, The Batman cartoon series, The CW's live-action television series Arrow, the Batman: Arkham video game franchise. Garfield Lynns was a down-and-out film special effects expert whose plan to rob a theater by faking a fire was foiled by Batman and Robin; as Lynns fled the scene, Batman mistook a distant firefly for Lynns' lit cigarette and gave chase in the wrong direction.
Lynns saw this as a sign of fate and became the Firefly, a costumed criminal who utilized various lighting effects and optical illusions during heists. Following Crisis on Infinite Earths' reboot of the DC Universe, Firefly was re-imagined as a much darker and more violent character. After being taken away from their abusive parents, Garfield Lynns and his sister, grew up at the St. Evangelina Home for Orphans. Unlike his normal sister, Garfield was a problematic child whom nobody wanted to adopt; as an adult, Lynns became a pyrotechnics and special effects expert in the film industry, but fell victim to Gotham City's severe poverty issue and turned to a life crime as a result. While he only committed arson during his robberies as a hobby, Lynns' compulsion to start fires soon turned into a pyromaniacal obsession as a result of his abusive and troubled childhood. Lynns becomes a professional arsonist known as the "Firefly", allies himself with fellow supervillain Killer Moth in an attempt to kill Batman and Robin.
Their alliance falls apart, when Killer Moth realizes the full extent of Firefly's madness and feared for his own well-being. The two villains are taken into custody. During the Batman: Knightfall storyline, Firefly escapes from Arkham Asylum and attempts to burn all of the places that he lacked the privilege to go to as a child. After destroying a pier and a theater, Firefly is stopped by Batman as he tries to scorch the Gotham Zoo. In his next attempt to burn Gotham to the ground, Firefly is horribly scarred when an uncontrollable fire that he starts at a chemical factory causes it to explode. During the No Man's Land story arc, Firefly is one of the inmates at Blackgate Penitentiary when it is taken over by Lock-Up; when Nightwing is captured after trying to retake the prison from Lock-Up, Firefly attempts to kill him and wear his skin over his burned body. During the DC One Million crisis, Firefly nearly burns down Gotham while infected with the Hourman virus, requiring Nightwing and Robin to work with the future Batman to stop him.
Firefly makes a short appearance in the Justice League of America story arc "Crisis Of Conscience" fighting Catwoman in Gotham City over a diamond before Batman arrives. Although an epic battle between the Secret Society and the Justice League ensues, Firefly is knocked unconscious and remains that way during the entire battle, he makes another short appearance in the 2005 miniseries Villains United, when the Secret Six attempts to escape the Society's grasp. Firefly is among the numerous heroes and villains murdered by the OMACs in the pages of DC's The OMAC Project, although he appears alive in Villains United: Infinite Crisis Special and Gotham Underground. Firefly appears with Mr. Freeze facing Batman, he and Mr. Freeze are again shown as having worked together a month after the events of the Crisis, Batman working with the currently-redeemed Harvey Dent to take them down before he takes his year of absence while leaving Dent to guard Gotham. Following the Final Crisis, Firefly was with Cheetah's Secret Society of Super Villains at the time when Genocide was created.
He was defeated by Wonder Woman alongside Shrapnel, T. O. Morrow. Firefly is recruited by a new Black Mask to be a part of a group of villains that are aiming to take over Gotham, but he follows his own agenda. Inspired by the chemicals that Black Mask used on him, Firefly inserts chips into Gothamites in order to make them burn. Not long after the identity of the new Black Mask was revealed to be Jeremiah Arkham, Firefly was arrested and put into Arkham Asylum. A short time Firefly is broken out of Arkham Asylum by Dick Grayson, who has assumed the mantle of Batman, to assist him in gaining access to Sebastian Blackspell's closest friends. Batman desires to know what Blackspell's true intentions are in regards to killing the Riddler. Following Crisis on Infinite Earths' reboot of the DC Universe, Firefly's depiction was drastically altered from that of a mere criminal who utilized colored lights and optical illusions to that of a violent sociopath with intense pyromania. Prior to becoming Firefly, Garfield Lynns was an expert in pyrotechnics and explosives with a thorough knowledge of flammable agents.
After he is horribly scarred by a blaze at a chemical factory, Lynns mechanically engineered an insulated, fireproof battle suit to prot
Kite Man is a fictional supervillain appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Kite Man first appeared in Batman #133, was created by writer Bill Finger and artist Dick Sprang. Charles "Chuck" Brown is a man, he flies with a big kite strapped to him. He uses a barrage of kites to overwhelm his enemies, he has run afoul of Batman, Robin and Hawkgirl on different occasions. In his first appearance, he uses kites for a variety of crimes, including helping criminals escape prison. Batman uses kites of his own to defeat him. Kite-Man returns again, he hires several men. Batman again defeats him with his own kite. Writer Len Wein brings him back in a story about payroll heists, in which the gimmicky kites are not used. Hawkman and Zatanna confront him again, in Hawkman's title, his real name is revealed, as well as a childhood fascination with kites. He crashes into a tree. Kite-Man is one of many criminals to take advantage of the supervillain-friendly atmosphere of the fictional country of Zandia.
He ends up joining its sports team and becomes involved in a fight against an invading troop of superheroes. In Infinite Crisis, Joker reports that Brown was thrown off Wayne Tower without his kite by Deathstroke, after he refused to join the new Secret Society of Super Villains. Brown, survives his fall and reaches some low rank in the post-Crisis Gotham City's underworld in the pages of the weekly series 52, he is captured alongside Sewer King, Lamelle, The Squid and Mirage. As with the other prisoners, Kite Man is killed and eaten by Bruno Mannheim upon refusing to side with him.. Kite Man appears in the DC Rebirth universe; this version is referred to as Charles and Charlie Brown. He seems to be somewhat unstable chanting the catch-phrase "Kite Man, hell yeah!", a reference to his son, Charles Brown Jr.'s reaction to the first time he tried flying a kite. He first appears robbing a luxurious party, before being foiled by Gotham Girl, he is seen in a prison cell in Arkham Asylum as Batman walks down the aisles looking for criminals.
At some point, he escapes, as he is one of the many villains taken down by Batman and Catwoman after he takes her along with him on an average night of his job in Gotham City. Kite Man sold a kite to a pawn shop, where Headhunter purchased it to use to kill Swamp Thing's father. Batman and Swamp Thing interrogated Kite Man later. In a story set during the early years of Batman's career, it is revealed that he studied wind in school, he was a divorced father, became an alcoholic and began a life of criminal activities being recruited by the Joker to design the Jokermobile. During The War of Jokes and Riddles, he becomes encircled by Batman, who commands him to get the Joker's phone number and to meet him. Shortly after, the Riddler kidnaps Charles, wanting to know about his future meeting with the Joker. After being freed, he is kidnapped again, this time by the Joker, who tells him about his encounters with Batman and the Riddler, he is forced to serve as a suicide bomber by the Joker to kill Batman, but realizes that the bomb is fake.
Charles Brown Jr. his son, is poisoned by the Riddler and subsequently dies. Wanting to get revenge on the Riddler, Charles Brown creates the persona of Kite Man to join the Joker's side. After Batman joins the Riddler's side on the war he starts to defeat every villain on Joker's side, leaving Kite Man for last; when Kite Man is captured he tells Batman and the Riddler about Joker's last secret hideout on a building and provides them and all the villains on Riddler's side kites so they can infiltrate it. After breaking inside and his villains turn against Batman, who tells Kite Man to activate the jet-propelled inverse parachutes in their packs, making the villains ascend to be captured by Alfred Pennyworth in the Bat-Blimp. After a scuffle, the Riddler reveals that the creation of Kite Man, his own defeat at Kite Man's hands, was part of an unsuccessful plan to solve the Joker's depression and make him laugh again. Kite Man appears in Batman: the Bold, voiced by Jeffrey Combs; as a boy, he was obsessed with Benjamin Franklin and attempted to recreate his famous kite-flying electrical experiment.
However, he failed to take adequate safety precautions, wore metal braces, stood in a bucket of water. The subsequent electrical shock psychologically traumatized him and forced him into a life of kite-centric crime. In "Terror on Dinosaur Island", a flashback depicts him as the leader of a group of thieves equipped with high-tech glider kites that allows them to commit crimes. Kite Man is stopped by Batman, his former henchman Eel O'Brian testified against him in court, was arrested. In "Long Arm of the Law", Kite Man steals a sample of Plastic Man in order to complete a theta beam gun that will enable anyone to copy Plastic Man's powers, or petrify someone with elastic powers, he obtains a sidekick named Rubberneck and gains stretching powers from theta beam exposure, fights Batman and Plastic Man. However, he and Rubberneck are defeated when they are entangled together and the theta beam gun turns them to stone. Kite Man is featured in The Lego Batman Movie, he is among the villains. Kite Man is mentioned in Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes.
Kite Man appears as a playable character in Lego DC Super-Villains, with Jeffrey Combs reprising the role from the Batman: The Brave and the Bold series. List of Batman Family adversaries DCU Guide: Kite Man
Metallo is a fictional supervillain appearing in comic books published by DC Comics as an adversary of Superman. Metallo is depicted as a cyborg with a kryptonite power source in his heart, which he uses as a weapon against Superman. In 2009, Metallo was ranked as IGN's 52nd Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time. Metallo was created by Robert Bernstein and Al Plastino and debuted in Action Comics #252. John Corben and Metallo first appeared in the daily newspaper strip called "The Menace of Metallo", which ran from 15 December 1958 to 4 April 1959. There was an earlier "Metalo" who appeared in World's Finest #6; this was just a man who invented a strength serum. The Golden Age Superman battled an unnamed scientist calling himself Metalo who wore a powered suit of steel armor. Years Superman encountered the villain a second time. Metalo had a new suit of armor and had taken a serum to increase his strength to superhuman levels, he exposed Superman to a ray that reduced his power giving Metalo superior strength in their first battle.
Superman engaged in a lengthy regimen of exercise and training to restore his powers and returned to defeat Metalo. A different Metallo appeared as Jor-El's robot to battle Superboy in Superboy #49. John Corben was a journalist who had just committed what he thought was the perfect murder. While fleeing from the scene of the crime, he suffered a near-fatal accident that mangled his body beyond repair. An elderly scientist, Professor Vale, happened to come upon him and used his scientific skill to transfer Corben's brain into a robotic body covered by a flesh-like artificial skin. Corben discovered that his power source, a capsule of uranium, would only last a day, but was told by Vale that kryptonite would provide him an indefinite power supply. After obtaining a job with the Daily Planet, Corben tried to romance Lois Lane, while deciding that he would use his powers to eliminate Superman, the one person who might expose his criminal deeds. After setting a kryptonite death-trap for Superman, Corben stole what he thought was another sample of kryptonite from a museum as a new power supply, not knowing it was a fake prop.
Superman escaped from the kryptonite trap and arrived just after Metallo had died. A second Metallo, John's brother Roger Corben, debuted in Superman #310 by Curt Swan and Martin Pasko; this Metallo was created by a secret organization named "SKULL" that transferred Roger's brain into a new robotic body so that he could get revenge on Superman for his brother's death. Like the previous Metallo, this one was powered by kryptonite, although this newer version wore orange and green armor, as well as a green helmet to conceal the "new" identity he had created using plastic surgery; this version of Metallo returned throughout the Bronze Age. His final appearance was featured in Alan Moore's "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?". After John Byrne rewrote Superman's origins in the 1986 miniseries The Man of Steel, Metallo was given an altered backstory. In this version, John Corben was a small-time con man, fatally injured in a car crash, but thanks to luck, Professor Emmet Vale happened to pass by.
Professor Vale was a pioneer in robotics and erroneously believed that Superman was the first in a wave of superpowered Kryptonian invaders after recovering Superman's ship and mistranslating Jor-El's message to his son. Vale transplanted Corben's brain into a robotic alloy body, powered by a two-pound chunk of kryptonite, instructed him to kill Superman. Metallo, now Corben's new moniker, thanked Vale by killing him. Despite ignoring Vale's commands, Metallo came into conflict with Superman on various occasions due to his continued activities as a petty thug. Metallo lost his kryptonite heart to Lex Luthor, though back-up life support systems allowed him to reactivate himself and escape, he was powerful enough to cripple the Doom Patrol. Still, the Indian-born hero who called herself Celsius did blow him apart with her thermal powers. Metallo received a major upgrade via an unholy bargain with the demon Neron; as a result, Metallo could morph his body into any mechanical shape he could imagine and project his consciousness into any technological or metallic device.
He could grow to monstrous size. During one battle, his gigantic fists were separated and turned into housing by other superheroes. In another incident, Metallo was rendered more insane by the Joker and used his height to destroy an elevated train of commuters; as Superman and others learned on various occasions, the most effective way to neutralize Metallo was to remove his head and isolate it from other metallic items. In Superman/Batman #2, Lex Luthor fabricated evidence implicating John Corben as the criminal who shot and killed Thomas and Martha Wayne, the parents of Bruce Wayne. In the 2009-10 miniseries Superman: Secret Origin, Metallo is Sgt. John Corben, he serves under Lois Lane's father, General Sam Lane. General Lane is trying to push Lois into a relationship with Corben. Though they had one date, she does not return his feelings for her. Corben is next seen signing up fo
52 is a weekly American comic book limited series published by DC Comics that debuted on May 10, 2006, one week after the conclusion of the Infinite Crisis miniseries. The series was written by Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid, with layouts by Keith Giffen. 52 led into a few limited series spin-offs. 52 consists of 52 issues, published weekly for one year, each issue detailing an actual week chronicling the events that took place during the missing year after the end of Infinite Crisis. The series covers much of the DC Universe, several characters whose disparate stories interconnect; the story is directly followed by the weekly limited series Countdown to Final Crisis. It was the first weekly series published by DC Comics since the short-lived anthology Action Comics Weekly in 1988–1989; the use of a weekly publication format is unusual in the North American comics industry, traditionally based upon a monthly publication. 52 and Batman Eternal both hold the top position, of being the longest-published serialised weekly comic, published by a major North American publisher.
The record was held by Action Comics Weekly. The story was conceived as being a chronicle of what happened in the "missing year" between the end of Infinite Crisis and the beginning of One Year Later, it would focus on how the world dealt with the disappearance of the "big three" heroes in the DCU, Superman and Wonder Woman. As the series went on, it became more of a platform for which to set the stage for upcoming storylines in the DC Universe. A backup story titled History of the DC Universe appears in Weeks 2 through 11, with the creative team of Dan Jurgens and Art Thibert. Reminiscent of DC's earlier History of the DC Universe limited series, in this story, Donna Troy explores the history of the DC Universe with the help of Harbinger's recording device. In the final chapter, both the device and a Monitor inform Donna Troy that she was supposed to have died instead of Jade. Weeks 12 through 51 feature Secret Origins, written by Mark Waid with a rotating team of artists. In the aftermath of Infinite Crisis, Superman and Wonder Woman have temporarily retired their costumed identities, the remaining heroes attend a memorial for Superboy in Metropolis.
Time traveler Booster Gold attends the memorial, but when Superman and Wonder Woman do not arrive as he expects, he suspects his robot sidekick Skeets is malfunctioning. After Skeets reports other incorrect historical data, Booster searches fellow time traveler Rip Hunter's desert bunker for answers, but finds it littered with enigmatic scrawled notes and photos of himself and Skeets surrounded by the words "his fault" with arrows pointing toward them. Booster's reputation is ruined by his unscrupulous attempts to maintain his corporate sponsorships, as well as the arrival of a mysterious new superhero named Supernova. Booster tries to regain the spotlight by containing an exploding nuclear submarine, but is killed in the attempt. Skeets uses Booster's ancestor Daniel Carter to regain access to Hunter's lab, where he sees the photos and arrows pointing at Skeets himself. Realizing that Hunter is aware of his plan, Skeets traps Carter in a time loop in the bunker and sets out to locate Hunter himself.
He corners Hunter and Supernova in the bottle-city of Kandor, where Supernova reveals himself to be Booster Gold, having faked his death with the help of Hunter to uncover Skeets' true intentions. Hunter and Booster attempt to trap Skeets in the Phantom Zone, but Skeets appears to consume the sub-dimension and pursues his two adversaries through time. Ralph Dibny, the Elongated Man, is told that the gravestone of his dead wife Sue has been vandalized with an inverted version of Superman's "S" symbol, the Kryptonian symbol for resurrection, he confronts Cassandra Sandsmark, she tells Dibny that she is in a cult which believes that Superboy can be resurrected, but they would like to try it first with Sue. Despite his initial consent and his friends disrupt the ceremony, the effigy of Sue crawls to Dibny, calling out to him as it burns. Ralph seeks out the helmet of Doctor Fate, which promises to revive Sue if he makes certain sacrifices. With unwilling assistance of a demon he tied into knots using Gingold, Dibny journeys with the helmet through the afterlives of several cultures, where he is cautioned about the use of magic for personal gain.
After several failed attempts to resurrect his wife, Dibny prepares a spell in Doctor Fate's home, the Tower of Nabu. Dibny puts the helmet on, points the gun at his temple shoots the helmet to reveal it is the sorcerer Felix Faust. Faust was posing as Nabu to give Dibny's soul to the demon Neron in exchange for his freedom. Neron kills Dibny, but realizes too late that Dibny's spell has trapped him and Faust inside a circle of binding that can only be undone by the person who created it. With Ralph's death and Faust are trapped together in the tower for all eternity. Ralph and Sue Dibny are reunited in death as ghost detectives. Lex Luthor announces a program designed to give ordinary people superpowers. John Henry Irons deactivates his niece Natasha's Steel armor after an argument about responsibility denies her pleas to be allowed to join the Everyman project. Following an encounter with Luthor, Irons' skin transforms into stainless steel, causing Natasha to accuse him of hypocrisy. Out of spite, she enrolls in the Everyman Project and becomes a member of Luthor's superhero team Infinity, Inc.
Irons learns that Luthor can deactivate Everyman Project-given abilities and that they expire after six months. Luthor negates the powers of one of Natasha's team
Batwoman is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. She is a wealthy heiress who becomes inspired by the superhero Batman and chooses, like him, to put her wealth and resources towards a campaign to fight crime as a masked vigilante in her home of Gotham City. Batwoman was introduced in 2006 in the seventh week of the publisher's year-long 52 weekly comic book. Introduced as Kate Kane, the modern Batwoman began operating in Gotham City in Batman's absence following the events of the company-wide crossover Infinite Crisis; the modern Batwoman is written as being of Jewish descent and as a lesbian in an effort by DC editorial staff to diversify its publications and better connect to modern-day readership. Described as the highest-profile gay superhero to appear in stories published by DC, Batwoman's sexual orientation drew wide media attention following her reintroduction, as well as both praise and criticism from the general public; the modern character as depicted in comics works independently of Batman, but has gained considerable profile in recent years, both within the DC Comics publishing schedule and the publisher's fictional universe.
She since had several runs in her own eponymous Batwoman monthly comic book and has had stints in the lead role in Detective Comics, the flagship Batman comic book for which DC Comics is named. The Kate Kane version of Batwoman was adapted for the 2016 direct-to-video animated film Batman: Bad Blood. Ruby Rose portrays the character in her live-action debut during The CW's 2018 Arrowverse crossover "Elseworlds". Rose is set to star in her own television series set in the Arrowverse; the limited series Infinite Crisis, written as a sequel to the 1985 maxi-series Crisis on Infinite Earths, altered DC Comics continuity. Subsequently, all comic book titles published by DC Comics skip forward one year and a new maxi-series entitled 52 retroactively chronicles the 52 weeks which directly followed Infinite Crisis; when DC editors called for a redesign of Batwoman, comic book artist Alex Ross drew inspiration from the modified Batgirl costume he designed for Barbara Gordon, seven years prior to Kate Kane's debut in the limited comic book series 52.
Ross and comic book author Paul Dini planned to revive the former Batgirl Barbara Gordon using an updated version of the character's original costume, with red accents in place of the traditional yellow. However, since Gordon served as one of a small number of disabled superheroes of DC Comics as Oracle, DC's editorial staff decided to revitalize the original Batwoman instead. In an interview with Newsarama, Ross states "They had me change the mask and hair to make it a bit more Batwoman, rather than Batgirl... I pointed out to them that the mask makes her look like the Huntress a little overall—but there weren't many options; the original mask that I had in there when it was to be a Batgirl design was the complete head cover that we've seen, so they did need something different from that."Unlike the Silver Age Kathy Kane, romantically attracted to Batman, the new version of Kane is a lesbian, as well as Bruce Wayne's maternal cousin. Her sexual orientation was announced at the same time the character was revealed in the spring of 2006.
Stories appeared on television news outlets such as CNN, general news magazines such as USA Today, gay culture magazines such as Out. The modern Katherine "Kate" Kane made her first comic book appearance in issue #7 of the maxi-series 52, where Kane is revealed to have been romantically involved with Renee Montoya, a former Gotham City Police detective; when questioned about the editorial decision to make Batwoman a gay character in an interview with Wizard Entertainment, DC Comics Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Dan DiDio stated "It was from conversations we’ve had for expanding the DC Universe, for looking at levels of diversity. We wanted to have a cast, much more reflective of today's society and today's fanbase. One of the reasons we made her gay is that, again when you have the Batman Family—a series of characters that aren’t super-powered and inhabit the same circle and the same city—you want to have a point of difference, it was important to me to make sure every character felt unique."Batwoman's sexual orientation gathered mixed reviews, ranging from praise to outrage.
A reviewer at Out asserts "Batwoman will be the highest profile gay superhero to grace the pages of DC Comics." Although several LGBT organizations such as GLAAD have praised DC Comics for attempting to diversify their characters, some have observed that Batwoman is not the first gay or lesbian character to appear in comic books, nor is she the only lesbian to be associated with the Batman series. In the character's civilian identity as a socialite, Katherine Kane is acquainted with Bruce Wayne and is friends with a doctor named Mallory, she is presented as having porcelain white skin, several tattoos, a clothing style defined as punk-psychobilly-goth in her civilian persona. The character is Jewish, celebrates Hanukkah with Renee Montoya during the events of 52, her father is an ex-colonel and in Detective Comics #854, it is stated she is the cousin of Bette "Flamebird" Kane. The younger Kate has a stepmother named Catherine Kane, making Catherine the aunt of Bette. At the 2008 New York Comic Con, it was announced that Batwoman would be among the characters appearing in a new Justice League comic book written by James Robinson.
That year, Batwoman took over as the lead character in Detective Comics, starting with #854. With DC saying at the 2009 New York Comic Con tha