Comics Ate My Brain

June 14, 2006

The Real Startling Secret of the New Batwoman–?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tom Bondurant @ 1:25 am
Thinking about it now, it seems kind of obvious, so either it’s kind of dopey or somebody’s already pointed it out, or (as foreshadowed here) both.

Kate Kane is named after Kathy Kane, the original Batwoman from 1956, who in turn was named after Batman co-creator Bob Kane. Now, Bob Kane is the namesake not only for (I think) a building and a bridge in Gotham City, but also for Kane County, in which Gotham sits. Thus, the Kanes must have put the old in Old Gotham. It also makes sense that Kate (like Kathy) is a socialite, and perhaps part of that Old Gotham family.


Before her untimely death, one Martha Kane was a Gotham debutante, socialite and crusader for social justice, who married Doctor Thomas Wayne. If Martha had a sister, or a cousin, Kate could actually be related to Bruce.

I suppose, depending on how you feel about the whole magilla, that would either be kind of cool, or it would make her the Dawn/Sybok/Cousin Oliver of the Bat-verse.


  1. Do you think they might have thought about using the family ties as a sort of backup ‘Superman’s cousin’-type counter-arguement in case there was a groundswell of ‘fans’ saying: “C’mon, just put her in the sack with Bruce — *that’ll* cure her!”?…[verification word: cudnou — French cuisine for the most discerning of cows…]

    Comment by Andrew Ironwood — June 16, 2006 @ 8:29 pm

  2. Maybe … but I don’t know if DC thinks that far ahead.

    Comment by Tom Bondurant — June 16, 2006 @ 11:21 pm

  3. That’s sort of cool.I doubt the writer’s will be able to go that deep, but it is neat.The question of “why Kathy/Kate’s mother and father didn’t take young Bruce in but instead left him in the car of the butler” comes to mind.Not to denigrate Alfred’s contribution, but you get my drift.puff

    Comment by Mark "Puff" Anderson — June 18, 2006 @ 2:05 pm

  4. That’s a cool idea. I was thinking the same thing Andrew was thinking with the whole “having a defense against fans” aspect. I think they might make her Bruce’s cousin so she has more of a…right, I guess, to be a part of the Batfamily? So she has some reason to trust Bruce or something? I don’t know I’m rambling.

    Comment by gus — June 18, 2006 @ 7:15 pm

  5. Gee, I wonder what caused the name ‘Kane’ to show up so much in Batman-related stories?

    Comment by Matthew E — June 18, 2006 @ 10:31 pm

  6. Well, “Finger” does sound kind of suggestive….

    Comment by Tom Bondurant — June 19, 2006 @ 12:37 am

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