Character Overview

Gender: Female

Orientation: Lesbian

Publisher: DC

Character Type: Primary

Alignment: Good

AKA: Katherine "Kate" Kane

Character Details

Summary: First appearing as a new love interest for Batman in order to dissuade fans from thinking he was gay, Batwoman was reimagined in 2006 as his openly lesbian cousin. Before her crime-fighting career, Kate Kane attended the United States military academy, West point, and excelled in her studies and training. However, she was anonymously accused of homosexual misconduct, at which point she came out as a lesbian, in order to protect her girlfriend, Sophie Moore, and was expelled under Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell shortly before she would have graduated. Upon returning to Gotham, Kate was inspired by Batman to turn to a life of vigilantism and began her own caped crusade.

Database Links: Wikipedia, DC Wiki, Gay League

Articles about Batwoman

At the time of Kate's introduction, LGBTQIA rights were a major topic of discussion. While gay marriage was not yet legal, it was under constant discussion, and civil union rights were being granted across the nation. In television, characters like Willow in Buffy the Vampire Slayer were proving that stories involving queer characters and themes could be immensely successful among fans. In comics, characters like Northstar from Alpha Flight had come out years ago, but had been shunted immediately to the side. Seldom did queer characters appear as stars of major story arcs. Batwoman's popularity changed that, and in the more than a decade that has passed since her debut, there's been a lot of expansion in major roles for queer characters. (Read more)

Sara Century, "The secret history of Batwoman," Syfy Wire, May 11, 2020.