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"Figured Alfred would have taught you better manners."
Kate Kane to Julia Pennyworth[src]

Julia Pennyworth is a disavowed spy of the Special Reconnaissance Regiment, known under the code-name Tuxedo One. She is the daughter of Alfred Pennyworth, the goddaughter of the late Lucius Fox, a longtime friend of Bruce Wayne and Luke Fox, and the ex-girlfriend/close friend of Kate Kane and Sophie Moore. Julia briefly posed as Batwoman to fool the agents of Crows Security and divert their attention away from Kate. Later after helping them uncover the corruption among their ranks, she joined the Crows and was charged to lead their new strike team together with Sophie Moore, with whom she began a relationship.

However, after Kate's disappearance, Julia's relationship with Sophie began to fall apart due to being secretive with the latter on knowing Kate's identity as Batwoman.

Biography

Original multiverse

Early life

Julia Pennyworth was born to Alfred Pennyworth and an unknown mother. Her father made his good friend, Lucius Fox, Julia's godfather.[1] Growing up, she was very close to Lucius' son, Luke.

As an adult, Julia became a spy for the Special Reconnaissance Regiment. Due to her father being the closest confidant of Bruce Wayne, she found out at some point in her life that Bruce was Batman and became an associate of him.[2]

Meeting Kate Kane

In 2013, right after Kate Kane was expelled from Point Rock Academy and began traveling around the world, Bruce asked Julia to watch over his cousin when she was in London. Using a false name and pretending to be a Krav Maga instructor, Julia befriended Kate and became her teacher. The two also had a brief romance, with Julia hoping to help Kate move on from Sophie Moore. However, while they were on a date at a noodle house, Julia's cover got blown when she was attacked by someone who called her by her real name. After Julia subdued the man and explained the deception, Kate parted ways with her.[2]

Tracking Rifle

Years later, Julia was assigned to track an international assassin known as the "Rifle". Over the next eight months, she followed him to Jakarta and Metropolis, eventually tracking him to Gotham in 2019.[2]

Working with Batwoman

Luke, Kate and Julia at Wayne Tower.

Back in Gotham, Julia scouted the scene of Rifle's failed hit in Alessandro's, confirming to the SRR that she found him. The next night, Julia secured the Rifle but was confronted by Batwoman, allowing him to escape. The two briefly fought until Julia was knocked down and recognized the vigilante as Kate. At the Batcave, she greeted her old friend, Luke. Julia was amused upon learning Kate's situation with Sophie and offered her help, though Kate was reluctant.

Later that night after Julia learned the Rifle had succeeded in killing Derek Holcomb, she and Luke caught up with one another over dinner in Wayne Tower. When Kate arrived, they prepared to devise a plan to convince Crows Security, who were also searching for Rifle now, that Kate is not Batwoman. However when the group was about to enter the Batcave, they were interrupted by Mary Hamilton, who wanted to speak with Kate.

Julia as "Batwoman".

After dealing with Mary, Julia posed as Batwoman during a Crows operation to retrieve the Coil accelerator, a weapon that could penetrate the Batsuit. As "Batwoman", she encountered Sophie in the building where the Crows tracked the Rifle. As a result, Julia was subject to Sophie's confession that she wanted Kate to stop her vigilantism because she didn't want to lose her. When Kate came into the same room, Julia revealed her facade while complimenting Sophie's speech, convincing her that Kate isn't Batwoman. Just then, Julia was shot by the Rifle with the coil accelerator and fell out of the window, down onto the streets. The Crows arrested her and planned to transport Julia to their headquarters, but she was rescued by Kate.

Kate patches up Julia.

Back in the Batcave, Kate tended to Julia's ribs while the latter apologized for lying to her in the past. Luke revealed that a butterfly knife the police recovered from one of the murdered engineers of Hamilton Dynamics likely matched Alice's knife. Kate realized that Alice hired the Rifle to kill anyone who was connected to the coil accelerator and (incorrectly) Kate herself. Julia informed them that the SRR had tracked the Rifle to the Mediterranean, where she would be following him. Julia then said her goodbyes to Kate and Luke before leaving, also advising Kate to not make the same mistakes as Bruce and allow people to get close to her.[2]

Anti-Monitor Crisis

During the Anti-Monitor Crisis, Julia, as well as everyone in the multiverse except for the seven Paragons, was killed in an antimatter wave by the Anti-Monitor on December 10, 2019,[3] only to be restored a month later, after the Paragons and the Spectre created a new universe.[4]

New multiverse

Julia's history remained the same on Earth-Prime, as she still worked for the Special Reconnaissance Regiment and was once assigned by Bruce to monitor Kate. At some point, Beth Kane learned of Julia's parentage.[5]

Going rogue

In late 2019, Julia traveled to Coryana and approached the Rifle's boss, Safiyah Sohail. She promised to give Safiyah Lucius Fox's journal if the latter stopped Rifle from pursuing Batwoman, which the criminal agreed to.[5] As a result of this deal, Julia disobeyed her superior's orders and was subsequently disavowed by the SRR. However, Julia kept this a secret from everyone as she went rogue.[6]

Saving Sophie Moore

Julia saves Sophie.

A few months later, having intercepted a statement offering a bounty for Sophie's head, Julia returned to Gotham and saved from a sniper in Alia Nazari's apartment. She introduced herself as "Kate's ex, just like [her]". Julia then asked for help with the bullet wound she sustained while shielding Sophie from the sniper's bullet.

Sophie tends to Julia's wound.

After exiting the apartment building, the two women went to Mary Hamilton's secret clinic. Sophie started tending to Julia's injured arm, thanking her for saving her life, until Mary entered the room and began assisting her. Sophie told Julia about the case she was currently investigating, guessing that was the reason someone wanted her dead.

Julia and Sophie in hiding.

Later that night, while hiding in a motel with Sophie, Julia watched a news report about Reggie Harris' death, discovering from Sophie that said murder and Nazari's were connected as both victims were involved in the murder of Lucius Fox. Upon realizing it was all about her godfather, Julia decided to check on Luke. As she arrived at Wayne Tower however, Julia instead found Kate intent on drowning her sorrows in alcohol.

Kate kisses Julia.

Despite Kate's initial desire to be left alone, Julia managed to convince her to confide in the latter about her trouble. Kate admitted she was questioning her recent choices to lock up Beth in Arkham Asylum, kill August Cartwright, and then cover up the murder. Kate expressed didn't know who she was anymore but didn't want to be like Alice. Julia took her hand and consoled Kate, assuring her that she wasn't. The two then kissed.[1]

Co-leading a Crows strike team

Julia tells Kate to get back to work.

After a week, Julia visited Kate in her penthouse, criticizing her decision to hide and refuse to be Batwoman. She offered Kate a special herbal preparation which she called "Chimney sweep" to fully heal her. Julia and Kate agreed that their kiss was just a moment of weakness, but Julia promised Kate that she would always be there for her. Kate opened up about her feelings regarding breaking Batman's code of killing. Julia replied there was no time for Kate to doubt herself like this, since the Detonator destroyed the Gotham International Bank the previous night.

Julia and Sophie investigate in the motel.

After leaving Kate's penthouse, Julia went to pick some burgers and brought them to Sophie in the motel where she was hiding. Together, they started to investigate "Michael Fisher", the hitman who targeted them and Jacob, and discovered his bank account was in Gotham International Bank, which the Detonator destroyed.

Julia and Sophie discuss their investigation with Luke.

Following some more investigating, Julia and Sophie discovered the hitman's real name and address at 2420 Maple Street, a building that was destroyed in the Detonator's last attack on Bennett Ave.. The two women went to Luke, explaining their suspicions that the Detonator was actually a copycat of the original, who was erasing every track to identify the hitman as part of the conspiracy behind Lucius' murder. They eventually discovered that the agent truly responsible was Miguel Robles, the head of the Crows Security Homicide Division.

Julia and Sophie appointed co-leaders of a new Crows strike team.

Sophie and Julia went to the Crows Headquarters, where they saved Jacob Kane from a bomb planted by Robles. Batwoman called Julia and informed her they have secured the other bomb in Wayne Tower's garage, causing Sophie to discover that Julia knew Batwoman and worked with her. The following morning, the SRR instructed Julia to lead a special Crows strike team alongside Sophie, with Jacob's approval. After their promotion, Julia and Sophie decided to celebrate together with some hamburgers.[7]

Infiltrating The Lookout

Julia and Kate infiltrate Lookout.

A week later, in order to find Lucius' journal, Julia helped Kate infiltrate Tommy Elliot's nightclub, Lookout, which was a secret meeting place for mobsters and managed by the infamous Johnny Sabatino. After they entered, the two former lovers briefly bickered about Julia's relationship with Sophie. Julia implied their relationship was purely platonic since Sophie just needed to someone to talk to after coming out to her mother ended in disaster, something Kate didn't even know Sophie had done.

Julia tortured by Sabatino's men.

Successfully infiltrating Lookout, Kate and Julia split up and tried to reach Sabatino's office, with Julia helping Luke stage a blackout. However, it turned out to be an ambush and Julia was captured, tied up, and interrogated by two of Sabatino's mobsters, who wanted to know who she was working for. Julia refused to divulge her intentions and endured the repeated tortures and beatings, stating she was an SRR agent. However, one of the mobsters learned Julia had actually gone rogue six months prior and the SRR now considered her a traitor. They demanded to know who she was really working for.

Julia kills her captors.

After Mary arrived and caused a second power outrage, Julia's interrogators were briefly distracted, which she took advantage of to free herself from her restraints. Julia brutally killed both of the mobsters guarding her, despite one of them pleading for her life, promising to keep the former's rogue status secret. Julia then met back up with Kate, who had been rescued by Mary. She escorted Mary to safety while Batwoman retrieved the journal from Magpie.

Julia invites Sophie for dinner.

Later at the Crows headquarters, Julia asked Sophie out to dinner in order to cheer the latter up over Tommy apparently committing suicide in order to avoid due process. She then received a call from Safiyah, who asked Julia about her progress on the mission. Julia reaffirmed that she would retrieve the journal and give it to Safiyah as promised.[6]

Leverage

Kate approaches Julia about Reagan's interrogation.

After Reagan stole the journal from Kate, Julia ambushed her in a parking lot, holding Reagan at knifepoint and threatening her for its whereabouts. Reagan confessed that she gave the journal to Magpie, her sister, but didn't know anything about its current location. After Kate tracked Reagan as well, she approached Julia at the Crows headquarters, asking why she wanted the journal. Julia claimed that she interrogated Reagan to spare Kate from dealing with her ex, but Kate didn't believe nor trust her. As Sophie arrived, Julia took advantage of this to end their conversation and attend a briefing with the rest of the team about the kidnapping of N.S.A. agent Tony Kim.

Julia reveals to Luke why she was disavowed.

Later that night, Sophie informed Julia that they had a lead on Hush as he was seen on Williams Viaduct. Before Julia could investigate it, she was stopped by Luke, who asked her why she wanted his father's journal, explaining he had discovered she was disavowed by the SRR. Julia revealed the deal she made with one of her targets, but omitted the reasons for which she did so and the target's identity, insisting that it was imperative for Luke's safety that he didn't know.

Julia and Luke kidnapped by Hush.

While they were conversing, Hush suddenly snuck behind them both, pointing his handguns at Julia and Luke's heads before capturing them. They were captured and taken to Arkham, where Julia was used as leverage to get Luke to comply with Alice's wishes. She was tortured with electrocution to motivate Luke into decoding his father's journal.

Julia tortured by Hush.

Julia refused to make a sound as she was tortured, only taunting Alice and Hush that they needed to do better. Later, Luke convinced the criminals to allow him some space so he could concentrate on decoding, giving Julia a reprieve. While alone with him, Julia acted as Luke's sounding board to help him solve the code. After he succeeded, Luke revealed to Julia that the journal contained dangerous secrets they couldn't let a psychotic criminal know.

Julia and Luke are released from Alice's captivity and escape Arkham.

When Alice and Hush returned, demanding the translated journal, both Julia and Luke decided that they would not yield the code, even with their lives threatened. Alice threatened that Alfred would need to go coffin shopping, if Luke did not acquiesce. Right at that moment, Batwoman entered the room and offered Alice a pair of eyeglasses that could translate the journal in exchange for Luke and Julia's life, despite Luke protesting that the journal contains the secret to kill her. The trade was accepted, allowing Julia and Luke to be released and escape Arkham before Alice started its mass prison break.

Julia and Sophie kiss.

Due to her torture, Julia sustained minor nerve damage in her left arm which was treated in the Crows medical wing. After being discharged, she found Sophie waiting for her in worry. Julia reassured Sophie she was alright and they shared a kiss. Just then, Kate arrived, wanting to talk to Julia in private. Kate asked again why Julia wanted the journal, prompting her to finally reveal that she made a deal to bring the journal to Safiyah in exchange for Kate's safety from her men, such as the Rifle. However, since discovering the truth about the journal's contents, Julia backed out of the arrangement, making herself a target along with Kate.[5]

Threatening photographs

Julia and Sophie arrive at the empty Crows headquarters.

The following day, after hearing that Arkham escapee Tim "The Titan" Teslow had attacked Jacob and Kate, Julia contacted Luke and told him to inform Batwoman that it would be safer for her to allow the Crows to capture The Titan. Later, Julia and Sophie went to the Crows headquarters and found that it was practically empty. They learned that Commander Kane had sent the entire force to help Batwoman to capture The Titan at Gotham City Arena.

Julia and Sophie enter Gotham City Arena.

Julia and Sophie immediately realized this assignment was in fact a trap for both Batwoman and The Titan. They rushed to the arena and arrived just as the Crows had gunned down The Titan before turning their fire onto Batwoman. However, the vigilante managed to escape.

Julia opens up to Sophie about Safiyah.

Afterwards, Sophie questioned Julia about why she didn't directly warn the Lady Crusader of the trap, to which Julia admitted she had. Julia confessed to Sophie about having double-crossed Safiyah and now, someone had stalked them during a date since she found photographs of herself and Sophie in her mail. This was something only a spy from Coryana could have done, meaning they were both in danger.[8]

Kate Kane's disappearance

Julia talks to Sophie.

When Kate's plane exploded and she disappeared, Julia went to console Sophie, who asked if Safiyah had anything to do with it, and Julia said she didn't know anything. Later, Julia went to The Hold Up to find a letter that Kate left in case something happened to her. There, Julia met Sophie, who said she was investigating. Julia talked about the letter but said she couldn't show it to anyone, so Sophie left, leaving Julia hurt.

Julia tells Luke and Mary the truth.

At the base of the Crows, Julia found "Bruce Wayne". She hugged him and asked if he had called "Eagle" (a nickname Bruce had given Alfred) but this man did not know the meaning. So Julia tested him by saying Alfred's false location and the man was wrong. Julia then realized that this was not the real Bruce Wayne. She did a DNA test and found out that he is actually Tommy Eliot. Then she warned Luke and Mary, regretting the situation.

Later, Julia decided to show Kate's letter to Sophie, but first she asked if Sophie was still in love with Kate. Knowing the answer, she finally gave the letter and left Sophie alone to read it.[9]

Alice threatens Julia.

The next day, Julia saw that Sophie was ignoring her. Then she questioned her about it and Sophie revealed that she was annoyed that Julia had not told the truth about Kate and asked if she knew the identity of the new Batwoman, but Julia denied it. So Sophie went away angry. When Julia left the base of the crows, she got in her car and to her surprise, Alice was waiting for her. She threatened Julia with a knife and suggested that they join forces as they had an enemy in common, Safiyah. Julia refused and said that Alice was desperate and alone, Alice then stabbed her and got out of the car.

Then, Julia warned Luke and probably had medical care.

Back at the Crows' base, Julia gets confronted by Sophie asking what the former knows regarding this new Batwoman responsible for expunging the city of toxic bats that raided everyone who came to the plaza; with Moore herself personally encountering up-close this unknown vigilante, she suspects that Pennyworth must be withholding something from her yet again - seeing how Julia secretly knew the identity of the person who last wore the Batsuit but never bothered to tell her until it was too late. Julia confesses to have no clue. And seeing that her girlfriend was slow to take her word for it, Julia offers consolation by informing the other woman she had a clue as to where Alice might be hiding.[10]

Weeks later, Julia went to the Wayne Tower to tell Luke and Mary what she had discovered. There, she saw them fleeing Dire-Flail, so she threw a knife at her and killed her. Later, Julia told them that body parts were found in Bludhaven, and the DNA matched Kate's.[11]

After Jacob, Sophie, and Ryan returned from Coryana, they were informed of Julia's findings; a funeral was held for Kate and Julia participated by shoveling a lump of earth onto her grave.

A month later, Julia met with Jacob as he mourned over Kate's headstone; he asked her to continue to research whether or not the remains were truly those of his daughter. Though she hesitated, Julia agreed.

At Crows Headquarters, Julia called Kurt, who said that he had already spoken to her about the Kate Kane case; Julia was surprised because she had no memory of the prior conversation.[12]

Personality

"Luv, the only thing I lied about was why I was there!"
—Julia Pennyworth to Kate Kane[src]

Julia appears as a charming and confident woman. She is proven to be a loyal friend to Kate Kane, whom she affectionately calls "luv" - something later she started to do with Sophie Moore as well.[8] Julia helped Kate protect her secret identity, even risking her life in the process.[2] When she learned that Sophie was in danger, Julia immediately took the bullet while tackling her out of the line of fire, despite not knowing Sophie.[1] She also has a good sense of humor and is extremely sarcastic,[5] loving to tease Kate and often engages in friendly bickering with her.[7][6] Although she has a tendency to keep vital information to herself in order to protect her loved ones, often seeming to act shady, Julia always has the best of intentions and carries no qualms in being truthful and completely open when really needed.[6][8]

Julia is quite friendly and easygoing, having no problem discussing her intimate relationships with others and harbors no hard feelings towards her exes.[2][6] However, she was visibly offended when Kate questioned her loyalty and stated that she didn't trust her.[5]

Julia has a treacherous side to her if she believes necessary, as she deceived Kate during their first meeting, hiding that Bruce Wayne had sent her to keep an eye on his cousin. Julia also seems keen to hide more darker secrets about herself, such as that she was no longer working for the SRR since operating for Safiyah Sohail. When Johnny Sabatino's men discovered this after kidnapping her, Julia ruthlessly killed both her captors to keep it hidden.[6] Julia only revealed that she agreed to work with Safiyah to protect Kate from the Rifle when having no choice.[5]

Abilities

  • Peak of human physical condition: As a former international spy turned Crows Security agent, Julia is in top physical condition with remarkable strength, speed, stamina, and durability. She is strong enough to swiftly incapacitate, hurl through the air, or even break the neck of a grown human with ease[6] and can move fast enough to save someone from a sniper bullet's trajectory.[1] Julia's durability left her unfazed after being shot in the chest with the rail gun, albeit the weapon was sabotaged by Alice and had lost most of his disruptive power.[2] Her conditioning also lets her recover from most injuries very quickly, though not superhumanly.[2][1]
    • Acrobatics/Free-running: Julia is very maneuverable and graceful, having great free-running skills. She was able to fall from a height of several feet without hurting herself and run from rooftop to rooftop with ease.[2]
    • Honed senses: Julia has sharp hearing and sight, as well as keen skills of perception.[2]
  • High-level intellect/Master tactician/Leader: As a former member of the Special Reconnaissance Regiment, Julia is a highly intelligent individual, as well as a capable tactician and leader; she is able to organize various missions and track down criminals all over the world, even members of Safiyah Sohail's expansive criminal organization,[5] all while remaining off-charts and covering up her tracks during her investigations. Julia's experience in espionage granted her the approval of Commander Jacob Kane and the SRR to co-lead a new Crows strike team with Sophie Moore.[7]
    • Expert of deception/Manipulator: Julia is able to deceive other individuals relatively easily; she posed as Kate Kane's Krav Maga instructor under a fake identity and fooled all the Crows Security agents into believing that she was Batwoman.[2] Julia also managed to convince anyone of interest that she was still working for SRR despite being disavowed.[6]
    • Expert Investigator: Julia is an excellent investigator, as she follows every lead and rumor to discover the truth. For example, Julia worked with Sophie and Luke Fox to find the true murderer of Lucius Fox.[7]
    • Medical knowledge: Julia is an expert in using herbs as alternative medicine.[7]
  • Master hand-to-hand combatant/Martial artist: Julia is proven to be an extremely seasoned hand-to-hand combatant and martial artist; during Kate's global travels and training, Julia was the one who taught her Krav Maga and subsequently able to identify Kate as Batwoman by recognizing her various moves when they battled.[2] Julia's style is extremely unpredictable, proven flexible and precise in her maneuvers; she is able to change her battle tactics and attack patterns to suit the situation and the battle ground extremely fast.[6]
    • Expert marksman: Julia is highly skilled in the use of firearms.[6]
    • Skilled knife wielder/thrower: Julia is skilled at using knives, as she threatened Reagan with one.[5] She later threw a knife into Dire-Flail's chest, killing her.
"I can do this all day!"
—Julia Pennyworth to Alice and Hush[src]
  • Indomitable will/High tolerance for pain: Julia is a driven and determined individual, displaying a remarkable resilience to pain; she can take a bullet to her arm without even flinching[1] and withstand hours of torture, as well as nine punches from a largely-built man.[6] Julia remained unfazed and even defiant while being subjected to repeated electrocution.[5]
  • Stealth/Infiltration/Escape artist: Julia can quickly vanish from sight and disappear whenever she wants to.[2] She is also a master escape artist, able to free herself from various confinements, such as handcuffs.[6]
  • Network: As a former international spy, Julia has a wide array of contacts.[2]

Equipment

Julia donning her SRR suit.

  • SRR suit: Julia wears an all-black suit with a hood to protect her identity.

Former equipment

  • Batwoman suit: Julia wore the protective suit while posing as Batwoman.
    • Red wig: Julia wore a fake red wig while posing as Batwoman.
  • Bat-Belt: Julia had a utility belt while posing as Batwoman.

Appearances

Batwoman


Trivia

  • Julia has a fondness for pickles, especially in hamburgers.[7]
  • Her favorite seasoning is kimchi.[6]
  • Julia's morning routine involves having a cappuccino.[5]

Behind the scenes

  • In the DC comics, Julia Pennyworth is the daughter of Alfred Pennyworth.
    • In Pre-Crisis comics, Julia Remarque is an investigative reporter. Her mother was Mademoiselle Marie, who had an affair with Alfred during World War II while he was operating in France as a British officer. In The New 52 reboot, Julia Pennyworth was reinvented as a former Special Reconnaissance Regiment operative who eventually joined the Bat-Family as mission control with the codename "Penny-Two".
  • In the New 52 continuity, Julia was also depicted as biracial. With that being the most recent and well-known iteration of the character, her portrayal by Christina Wolfe in the show led to some backlash in regards to the casting.[13]
    • Batwoman showrunner Caroline Dries later explained that the reason Julia is not biracial on the show was for a specific story element. In "Tell Me the Truth", the writers needed to have a character dress up as Batwoman to mislead Sophie Moore and knew it wouldn’t be convincing enough if the woman in the suit was a person of colour since Kate Kane a.k.a. Batwoman is Caucasian. This, along with the fact that they wanted to introduce Julia due to the character’s connection to the comic canon, led them to have Julia appear as a Caucasian woman.[14]
  • Julia's codename, "Tuxedo One", is the same she went by in the Batwoman: Rebirth storyline.
  • Ivett Gonda was a stunt double for Christina Wolfe in the role of Julia Pennyworth.

References

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