Batgirl is the name used by several female superheroes to be a counterpart to Batman and/or Robin. Barbara Gordon being the most prominent and iconic of all the Batgirls had mentored two different successors, Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown, along with her duties as Oracle. Two former Robins had the distinction of serving as Batgirls the out of continuity Carrie Kelley and the in-continuity Stephanie Brown.
Barbara Gordon: Batgirl #1 Cover by Adam Hughes (Upper Middle)
Caroline Keene “Carrie” Kelley: Dark Knight Universe Presents: Batgirl Cover by Frank Miller (Lower Right)
Cassandra Cain: Batgirl #1 Cover by Damian Scott and Robert Campanella (Center)
Charlotte “Charlie” Gage-Radcliffe: Birds of Prey #98 by James Raiz (Lower Left)
Harleen Frances Quinzel: Harley Quinn #10 Cover by Terry Dodson (Middle Right)
Helena Rosa Bertinelli: Batman: No Man’s Land #0 by Greg Land (Middle Left)
Mary Elizabeth “Bette” Kane (Stylized as “Bat-Girl”): Detective Comics #853 by Andy Kubert (Upper Left)
Michelle Carter: Booster Gold #12 by Dan Jurgens (Upper Right)
Stephanie Brown: Batgirl #15 by Dustin Nguyen (Lower Middle)
Hey there! You’re probably here because you’re interested in Kate Kane, right? Maybe you’re a totally new reader who is jumping on with her Rebirth solo series, or maybe you’re a longtime fan. Maybe you know her from things like Injustice, or Bombshells, or Batman: Bad Blood, but might not know as much about her in the main DCU.
With these posts, I hope to give anyone new to Batwoman a detailed look at her, without being too spoilery or overly fanboyish. I love this character and I hope you will, too. And if you already do love her, maybe you’ll learn something new here as well.
For right now, however, I’ve compiled all the information I think is enough to give a bare minimum for understanding Kate Kane. Further posts will go into much more detail, and will all be tagged as “#batwoman basics”
So, let’s get started! Any mistakes are my own. Again, this is for the main DCU Kate Kane, not any other version.
Full name: Katherine Rebecca Kane
Height: 5’ 11"
Weight: 141 lbs
Sexual orientation: Lesbian
The intro blurb for her first solo series says:
Kate Kane survived a brutal kidnapping by terrorists that left her mother dead and her twin sister lost. Following in her father’s footsteps, she vowed to serve her country and attended West Point until she was expelled under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
After her expulsion, Kate was inspired to fight crime by an encounter with Batman. She wears the Bat to honor his inspiration but operates independently of him, though she is still an ally of his.
Training: Approximately 4 years of cadet training at West Point and 2-3 years of global, Special-Forces-type military training
Parents: Gabi Kane (mother), Jacob Kane (father)
Stepmother: Catherine Kane (née Hamilton)
Sibling(s): Elizabeth Kane (identical twin sister)
Cousins: Bruce Wayne, AKA Batman (first cousin); Damian Wayne, AKA Robin (first cousin once removed); Mary Elizabeth “Bette” Kane, AKA Flamebird/Hawkfire (first cousin)
Significant others: Renee Montoya, Maggie Sawyer
First appearance: 52 #7 (2006)
First appearance as Batwoman: 52 #11 (technically #9, but that was due to a mistake)
Number of issues to date: ~135
Kate has three tattoos: a red-and-black nautical star on her back, a Special Forces arrowhead on her right bicep, and a bluebird on her left shoulder (this tattoo is inconsistently depicted).
Kate is a fan of old horror movies.
She plays guitar and occasionally performs in bars.
Her musical tastes range from Blondie to bands like The 69 Eyes and Sisters of Mercy.
Detective Comics #854-#863 (#854-#860 are collected as Batwoman: Elegy)
Batwoman #0: Beyond a Shadow
Batwoman (2011) #0-25 and Annual #1 (Annual #1 soley to tie off the last story arc)
Detective Comics #934-ongoing
And I know it’s not even out yet, but Batwoman (2017)