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Top 10 Women in the Batman Universe

Posted on July 9, 2012 at 9:54 am by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

In celebration of the “Dark Knight Rises” coming to theaters this month, Geek Legacy is exploring the best of the Batman Universe. Today we bring you the Top 10 women in the Batman Universe.

Honorable Mention – Martha Wayne

Martha may not have been a factor in the day to day forming of her son in the traditional sense, but it was Martha and her husband Thomas’ murder in front of their son that made a young Bruce Wayne begin down the path to becoming Batman.


#10 – Dr. Chase Meridian








Batman’s love interest from “Batman Forever” was both smart and sexy. She helped Bruce Wayne conquer the bad dreams that plagued him following his parent’s death, and in the process, helped him come to terms with the duality that is Bruce Wayne and Batman.


#9 – Talia al Ghul

Talia al Ghul is a sometime foe and sometime lover of the Caped Crusader. She is the daughter of Ra’s al Ghul, and is trained in the ways of combat and assaaination. She is the mother to Damian Wayne, the 5th Robin with Bruce Wayne. Her criminal acts are outweighed by the good she has done. She has saved Batman numerous times and was instrumental in bringing down Lex Luthor when she was tasked to run LexCorp during Luthor’s presidency, adding insult to injury by selling off LexCorp to Wayne Industries, leaving Luthor penniless in the process.


#8 – Rachel Dawes

A childhood friend, and often times moral compass, for Bruce Wayne. Rachel’s mother worked for the Waynes during the time before Martha and Thomas’ murder. Rachel went to law school and eventually became an Assistant District Attorney. When Bruce informs Rachel of his plan to kill his parents’ murderer, she shuns him, leading to his self imposed exile to Asia. During his absence, Rachel becomes a target of the mob boss Falcone, who sends some thugs to kill her. She is saved by Gotham’s new vigilante. Bruce Wayne arrives home at the same time and Rachel, like everyone else, assumes he is a spoiled rich kid. After being drugged and left for dead by the Scarecrow, Batman saves her again, and this time reveals to her that he is Bruce Wayne. Rachel decides that she cannot be Bruce’s anchor to normalcy and that while Bruce is learning who he is, Rachel can’t be with him. Rachel ends up in a relationship with Harvey Dent and joins his crusade to rid Gotham of organized crime. During the Joker’s reign of terror he kidnaps Rachel and Harvey. He takes them to different areas of the city and gives Batman the choice to save one. Batman chooses Rachel, but when he enters her building he is greeted by Harvey Dent tied up. Batman screams in rage as the building Rachel is tied up in explodes.


#7 – Huntress

Huntress began her comic life as a villain, but is best known for her heroic turn. On Earth-2, she was the child of Bruce Wayne (Batman) and Selina Kyle (Catwoman). During Crisis on Infinite Earths, her mother was blackmailed and killed. In her quest for justice, she took up a crossbow and decided to fight crime. Post-Crisis Huntress was no longer the super offspring of Bruce and Selina, but instead the daughter of a mob boss. After witnessing her whole family killed in a mob hit, she decided to become a vigilante. Batman may consider her too unpredictable, but she became a consistent member of the Justice League, and even had a brief relationship with Nightwing.


#6 – Carrie

Carrie Kelley is the unofficial Robin from Earth-31 (The Dark Knight Returns). In this world, Batman retires after Jason Todd’s death at the hands of The Joker. After years of “retirement,” Batman begins to patrol the streets again. On his first night out, he rescues a 13 year old girl from a group of muggers. That girl was named Carrie and she would spend her school lunch money on her very own Robin costume on her quest to become Batman’s new partner. After she nursed Batman back to health, he decided there was no fighting it and made Carrie the new Robin. She proved herself invaluable while aiding Batman in his fights with The Joker and Superman. Years later during the events of “The Dark Knight Strikes Again” Carrie would take up the persona of Catgirl. Wearing a skintight outfit and riding on roller skates, she became Batman’s number two and oversaw the Bat-Boys. During a fight with the Joker, he revealed himself as Dick Grayson who resented Carrie because of how Batman had dismissed him. During the fight, Batman was forced to kill his original pupil to save Carrie from death.


#5 – Barbara Gordon

Barbara Gordon is the daughter of Commissioner James Gordon. Unbeknownst to her father she became the original Batgirl. A free spirit, Batgirl was a departure from the brooding Batman. Barbara become disillusioned with her position as Batgirl and retired from fighting crime. During Alan Moore’s “The Killing Joke,” The Joker made a house call to the Gordon household and shot Barbara through the spine, paralyzing her in the process. With her crime fighting days seemingly behind her, she embraced her new position as The Oracle. Using her brains and computer skills, she keeps an ever watchful eye on Gotham and helps Batman and his allies by providing them with the information necessary to their success. With Huntress and Black Canary she formed the Birds of Prey. After the events of “Blackest Night” and “Flashpoint” Barbara recovered from the injuries she sustained at the hands of The Joker and returned to her career as Batgirl.


#4 – Poison Ivy

Born Pamela Lillian Isley, Poison Ivy is an Eco-Terrorist who uses Toxins and Pheromones to manipulate or dispose of her foes. Sexy and lethal, Poison Ivy is one of the Caped Crusader’s most dangerous foes. Her pheromones are so powerful she has even used them on Superman, turning the Man of Steel into her drooling puppet for a time. She has also turned Batman and Robin against each other on a few occasions. Her first kiss delivers a powerful poison to your nervous system, while the second one is the antidote. Typically a loner, she has made allies with other villains in Batman’s rogue’s gallery, most notably with Harley Quinn, who she gave an anti-toxin that rendered her immune to most pheromones and toxins.


#3 – Vicki Vale

Stop the press! Who is that? The Joker said it all. Vicki Vale appeared in Batman comics since the 1940’s, but it’s her involvement in Tim Burton’s classic 1989 Batman film that lands her on the list. In the film, Vicki teamed with another hero, Alexander Knox, to unravel the mystery of the Batman. She becomes romantically involved with Bruce Wayne, but unfortunately for Ms. Vale she also attracted the attention of The Joker, and he set his sights on wooing her. The Joker arranged a meeting, and during their “date,” Batman came to her rescue. Taking her to the Bat Cave and giving her information vital to stopping The Joker from holding the city hostage with his poisoned household products. Later Vicki discovered that Bruce Wayne is Batman and is present during Batman and Joker’s fight atop the Gotham Cathedral. At the film’s conclusion, we see Alfred picking up Vicki for a rendezvous with Bruce Wayne. Although Vicki Vale appears frequently throughout the Batman series, her part is underplayed by DC’s other reporter with a super boyfriend, Lois Lane.


#2 Harley Quinn

You are the company you keep, and when you’re in love with The Joker and best friends with Poison Ivy, you might have a couple screws loose. Harley was a psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum, and it was there that she fell in love with The Joker. After seeing The Joker beat and broken after a confrontation with Batman, Harley snaps and leaves her post after helping to free him. Together with her “Mr. J,” she would terrorize Gotham by doing whatever he asked of her. Thanks to her friend Poison Ivy, she is immune to most poison and toxins, and possesses increased strength and stamina. While mostly a side-kick to The Joker or Poison Ivy, it is her personality and willingness to do anything for her man that puts her at #2. We should all hope for a girl so committed to us.


#1 – Catwoman

Should be no surprise here. No female has had as large an impact, both good and bad, on the life and career of Batman. She has been portrayed by numerous sex symbols, including Julie Newmar, Eartha Kitt, Michelle Pfeiffer, Halle Berry, and most recently Anne Hathaway. Wearing a skin tight leather outfit, it would be easy to discount Catwoman as just eye candy, but to do so would be a mistake. Selina Kyle is one of the most accomplished and talented thieves in the world, and trained in hand to hand combat. Her weapon of choice is the bull whip, but she has an assortment of gadgets and weapons at her disposal. She lives in the grey areas of life. Sometimes a villain, sometimes fighting side by side with Batman. Often times while Batman and Catwoman are on opposite ends of the struggle their secret identities, Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle are passionately enthralled with each other.


Well that’s my list. What’s yours? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

    • eric

      Nice list. great to see Carrie on the list.

    • Amy

      Chicks Rule!

    • I love me some Batman! Well done, sir!

    • Scott

      Mmm…. Halls Berry….

      Great list!

    • Scott

      Halle that is…

    • Glad to see Carrie getting some love! Nice list.

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