"I'm finally perfect."
—Duela Dent to some GCPD cops[src]

Duela Dent (born c. 1995)[1] is a criminal who had a mental breakdown over her insecurities about her physical appearance. This led Duela to cut her face and later evolved to her cutting the faces of social media influencers treated by Dr. "Ethan Campbell", including her former friends. She was referred to by Vesper Fairchild as the "Serial Slashionista" and by Batwoman as Gotham's Serial Slasher.

Biography

Early life

Duela was born around 1995 to Evelyn Dent and an unknown father. She went to high school with Myrtis Dinker, where they became close friends. Duela is implied to have excelled in school and/or extracurriculars, earning a collection of trophies.

Duela Dent prior to cutting her own face.

By 2011, Duela had a fairly large psychiatric rap sheet. That year, while getting ready for an outing with her mother, she was unsatisfied with her makeup, imagining an exaggerated frown on her face. Duela punched her bathroom mirror in frustration and used a shard to cut a smile on her own face. Evelyn witnessed this and brought Duela to Dr. "Ethan Campbell" without her consent to get her face treated with plastic surgery. Sometime afterwards, Duela was admitted to a mental health facility on Evelyn's recommendation.[1]

Attacking influencers

Duela attacks Kimberly Wright.

Eight years later after she was released from the facility, Duela started to cut the faces of social media influencers who also got plastic surgery from Dr. Campbell, starting with Mia Cortez.

Later, she attacked Kimberly Wright at one of her photoshoots, by brutally slashing her face.

Duela about to slice her mother's throat.

Eventually, she attacked her mother as revenge for making her think her face was horrible. Duela approached Batwoman, who evaded her baseball bat and threw her to the ground. Duela then slashed her mother's throat and ran away. However Batwoman was able to save her by covering up the blood with a medical cloth and she was presumably taken to the hospital where her life was saved by the doctors.

Duela's next victim was Veronica May, who she firstly kidnapped from her van after killing her driver. She took Veronica to where they made her skincare line. She hung her above some acid, as revenge for abandoning her when she needed her most. She was eventually confronted by Sophie Moore. The two fought and while Duela had the opportunity to cut Sophie, Duela did not. Instead, she chose to restrain Sophie. Sophie fought back and overpowered her and instead left her tied up for the cops.

Duela finally feeling perfect after Alice cut off her face.

However, Duela was found by Alice, who told her she needed something from her and had her face cut off by Alice. This act finally made her feel perfect as she no longer had the scars and was presumably able to smile without feeling pain. She was then picked up by the GCPD and sent to Arkham.[1]

Months later, when Alice released all of Arkham's inmates as a distraction to cover her escape, it is unknown if Duela managed to flee or not.[2]

Personality

Duela seemed highly troubled with herself and that others did not accept her. After carving up her face and being sent to a clinic she became resentful of social media influencers for portraying a perfect look she could never achieve.

After stalking and carving up the faces of several influencers, her behavior seemingly escalated as she went after her mother and close friends who had forced her to have plastic surgery and had not accepted her for who she was. She carved up her mother's face and slit her throat to stall Batwoman from chasing her. She even got more murderous when she went after a former friend and wanted to drop her in acid.

Abilities

  • Expert hand-to-hand combat: Duela was able to swiftly overpower her victims. When confronted by Sophie she was able to pin the Crow agent against the wall and held her knife to her throat but as she did not cut her Sophie was able to knock the knife away and defeated her.
    • Skilled knife-wielder: Duela is very skilled in using knives.[1]
  • High tolerance for pain: Duela was able to cut her face with a mirror shard without expressing any pain whatsoever and managed to remain conscious even after Alice removed her face. However despite this she still seemed to feel pain from smiling after August Cartwright stitched her skin back together.
  • Stealth: Duela was able to sneak up on her victims without them being aware.

Equipment

  • Box cutter: Duela used a box cutter to slash her victims' faces.[1]

Appearances

Batwoman

Season 1

Behind the scenes

  • In DC Comics, Duela Dent is the biological daughter of Three-Face and Jokester from Earth-3, originally using the alias Joker's Daughter. Throughout her career as a vigilante she has used the names Card Queen, Catgirl, Harlequin, Penguin's Daughter, Riddler's Daughter and Scarecrone. She has been a member of the Teen Titans and Titans East.
    • This version is based on the one that debuted in the New 52, where Duela is a young girl from Prime Earth, who is obsessed with the Joker. She went as far as using the Joker’s mutilated face as her mask.
  • Duela's self-inflicted scars (Glasgow grin) and what she does to her victims are similar to the Joker in The Dark Knight (2008).
  • Duela having her face cut off by Alice is adapted from Batman: Death of the Family, where the Joker had his face cut off by the Dollmaker.
  • Cassandra Ebner was a stunt double for Alessandra Torresani in the role of Duela Dent.

References

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