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"I spent fifteen years searching for a place I fit, and I think I've finally found it. Some see fear, others hope. I see the freedom to be myself, to play by my own rules."
—Kate Kane[src]

Katherine "Kate" Kane[1] (born January 1990)[2] is a wealthy individual, the daughter of Jacob Kane and the late Gabi Kane, the sister of Beth Kane, the step-daughter of the late Catherine Hamilton-Kane, the step-sister of Mary Hamilton, the cousin of Bruce Wayne and the ex-girlfriend of Sophie Moore and Reagan. After returning to Gotham City to save Sophie from the Wonderland gang, she learned of Bruce's secret identity, and took up his mantle, eventually starting to secretly operate as the vigilante known as Batwoman or simply the Bat, and stylized by radio personality Vesper Fairchild as the Lady Crusader.

Biography

Early life

Kate was born in January 1990 to Jacob and Gabi Kane, along with her twin sister, Beth, growing up, Kate was very close to her cousin Bruce Wayne, who was like an older brother to her, when she and Beth were little, they once visited Wayne Enterprises, where Kate convinced Beth to sneak into Bruce's office, Kate noticed a woman's necklace in a square pyramid-shaped glass container. She was about to touch it, when Beth stopped and convinced her to leave the office immediately.

On Fridays, after school, Kate and Beth would go to a waffle and eat chocolate-covered waffles.

Kate and Beth as kids

Kate and Beth as kids moments before the accident.

In January 2003, Kate and Beth were in a car driven by their mother on their way home from their Bat Mitzvah when they were rammed by a school bus hijacked by the Joker, the family's car veered off of the road, almost going over a bridge until it was stopped when Batman arrived and attached a grappling hook each to the bridge and to the car, believing the car was safe, he immediately left to save the children on the bus from the Joker, the pillar of the bridge slowly began to give way; Kate quickly climbed out of the car, shouting for Batman and asking why he was leaving so suddenly, Beth tried to wake their mother, to no avail. Kate reached out for Beth's hand, but it was too late, and the bridge's pillar gave, plunging into the cliff's river below. Due to these events, Kate started believing Batman only cared about catching the villain.[1]

The tragedy left Kate and her father, Jacob broken, though Bruce comforted Kate through her healing process, sometime during Beth's disappearance, Kate had a nightmare, and Jacob hugged her tightly, even though she had a bed, she slept in the living room in case Beth called, she then made her father promise they'll never stop looking for Beth.[3]

After the search for Beth had expanded to Bludhaven, Jacob received a call from someone who claimed to be Beth, but the call was cut short. Jacob traced the call and traveled with Kate to its location. While Jacob checks upstairs, Kate goes down into the basement. Kate notices a mysterious door inside the basement and approaches it. She calls out Beth's name, but hears no response. Unbeknownst to Kate, Beth actually was inside, but was threatened by the owner of the house that he would kill anybody she spoke to. Thinking that Beth wasn't there, she and Jacob left the house.[4]

Sometime later, Jacob brings Kate waffles, but Kate doesn't want to eat them, she says that they should instead be looking for Beth, however, her father points out that they've been looking for months and deserve a break, however, Kate tells her dad she feels like this was all her fault because Beth went to check on their mom, but instead of helping, Kate climbed out, she feels like she could have tried harder to save her sister, but was scared that if she stepped too far, she'd fall down too. Later, Jacob tucks a blanket over a sleeping Kate and sees a map of the area where the car went off the bridge, and the places they have already checked for Beth. Jacob breaks into tears and walks away with it, he crumbles it just as he sees Kate is awake once more and is seeing him crying, Jacob calls her over and holds her tightly, he tells her that investigators found skull fragments on a nearby farm and had them tested, and they belong to Beth, Kate correctly doesn't believe it, as she had already checked the farm on multiple occasions and calls Jacob a traitor for giving up before walking away.[3] At some point, her father married Catherine Hamilton, and Kate met her step-sister, Mary Hamilton.[1]

Studying at Point Rock Academy

Meeting Sophie Moore

Wanting to join her father, Jacob's Crows Security, Kate studied at Point Rock Academy, where she met Sophie Moore. Despite the military's strict code of conduct against homosexuality, the two fell in love with each other and would secretly sneak off somewhere secret to make out.[1]

Expulsion

A week before graduation, Kate and Sophie sneaked to the back of a shed, where they made out and engraved their names into the wood. However, a superior caught them. The academy made them deny the homosexual allegations against them, but Kate defied their orders and quit the academy, as opposed to Sophie, who wanted to graduate and accepted the school's offer. Due to their different ideals, the two broke up.[1]

Training

In 2013, Kate's father, Jacob suggested that she leave Gotham to travel around the world and, train under combat and survival specialists. Presumably, she received news of Bruce and Batman's disappearance from Gotham around 2015.[1]

Return to Gotham

Meeting Alice

Kate learning Sophie's capture

Kate learning of Sophie's capture.

By 2018, Kate was training under an old man in a barren icy region, she suddenly received a call from Mary, who informed her of Sophie's kidnapping by Alice's gang, Kate immediately left for Gotham City earlier than she would've wanted to, heading straight for Crows Security, where she visited her father. She asked for Sophie's whereabouts and offered her assistance to the Crows, but her father disagreed and left to answer a call.[1]

Wanting answers, Kate drove to Wayne Enterprises to use the Wayne Security system, she scaled the building, arriving in Bruce's office and reminiscing over her time sneaking inside with Beth when they were little, suddenly, the head of Wayne Security, Luke Fox, held Kate at gunpoint, knowing she was going to be cuffed, she secretly grabbed a paper clip and went with him, she tried introducing herself as Bruce's cousin, but Luke refused to believe her, he took Kate to the surveillance room and called the police, when she broke free and cuffed Luke to a system unit, taking his keys. Kate logged into the system, copying surveillance of the gang and leaving Luke's keys for him just out of his reach.[1]

Kate inside Burnside Orphanage

Kate entering the orphanage.

Arriving at her father's house, Kate was surprised with a welcome-home party, she was bombarded by Mary's rambling, when Kate interrupted to ask why Mary called her from her training, Mary revealed that she had accidentally discovered a box of pictures of her and Sophie and thought that Kate would want to come home, they were interrupted by Kate's step-mother Catherine, who asked for Mary to do a picture with the councilwoman, behind her, she saw a picture of her father and Sophie's acceptance into the Crows and recalled their tumultuous history. Showing her father the surveillance footage, they tracked the gang down to Burnside Orphanage, where the Crows converged upon.

Kate went ahead first, fighting through a number of thugs, but ultimately being knocked out, coming to, Kate came face to face with the gang's leader, Alice, Alice taunted her for some time, before knocking her back out and having her taken to a makeshift clinic run by Mary, waking to find Mary stitching a wound on her arm, Kate headed back to Crows Security to inform her father of her findings. Instead of taking her intel, he became angry at her having run off, causing Kate to give up and do her own thing.[1]

Becoming a vigilante

Kate Kane looks down on Gotham in her repurposed Batman suit

Kate looks down on Gotham after rescuing Sophie.

Kate headed back to Wayne Enterprises, where she attempted to convince Luke to call Bruce, before he could do so, she noticed an out of place heirloom on the bookshelf, she moved it back into place, revealing a secret elevator, riding it down, despite Luke's objections, Kate discovered the Batcave, realizing that her cousin is Batman, seeing newspaper clippings regarding the accident in which she lost her mother and sister, Luke explained Bruce had thought he'd had the calculations perfect, only to make one slight miscalculation, having Luke repurpose Bruce's old Batman suit, Kate took it to ambush Alice's gang, she entered into a brief scuffle, before diving as a bound Sophie fell off of the side of the skyscraper, the two fell through an abandoned building, miraculously landing on a bed, Kate promptly fled, using her grapple hook. When she returned to the scene, Alice was gone, but noticed and took the knife that Alice had lodged into a wall.

Following this, Kate returned to Crows Security, where she ran into Sophie, they exchanged warm pleasantries, before Sophie's husband Tyler appeared, much to Kate's shock, Kate stopped off at her father's office, where he admitted that he had reservations because he was afraid of losing her like he did with his other daughter and late wife, but would accept if she wanted to join the Crows, Kate headed to the Batcave, where she began writing letters to Bruce. Examining a knife Alice had thrown at her, Kate recognized the jewel embedded in it, comparing it to the one on her necklace, and realized that Alice was her twin sister Beth all along.[1]

Three days later, two Wonderland Gang members firebomb a Crow truck, Kate attacks them as her alter ego and she is a bit surprised when the suit deflects their bullets. She gets in front of one of them as he runs and knocks him out. She removes his mask and asks him where Alice is, and then leaves as more Crows arrive at the scene. She drives through Gotham on her motorcycle, going to the Wayne Enterprises tower, taking an elevator to the Batcave and Luke asks her where she's been. He warns her that she can't continue to go out and pretend to be Batman, to which Kate insists that she's merely doing it as a way of finding Alice and to determine if she is in fact her sister, Beth.[3]

The next day, Kate meets with Catherine and Mary for breakfast and, Jacob arrives and says that the Crows might not have killed the gang member if Kate had joined his security group, Mary brings up the fact that Sophie is married to a man, but Catherine advises her daughter to drop the subject all together, Kate suddenly says that Alice is Beth and explains that she got one of Alice's knives with a garnet birthstone like Beth had, Jacob insists that facts are facts and that Beth is in fact dead, as skull fragments had been found years earlier, Kate tells her father that she'll prove it to them and leaves them to finish the rest of their breakfast, Kate goes back to the Batcave and examines Alice's knife, she then looks at a photo of her and Beth as children. Luke arrives at the Batcave and tells Kate that while Wayne Enterprises does have a device that can analyze DNA against another sample, he was really just hired to watch over the building and keep the lights on. However, he says to Kate that he wants to talk about the Batman suit and proceeds to point out how the city wants a hero that isn't there, Luke warns Kate that Gotham City needs a hero and Kate has become one; whether she likes it or not, He then shows Kate several gadgets that Batman has at his disposal, including a laser saw and a rebreather, he warns her that they're all very dangerous tools and that quite honestly, he doesn't know how half of them work, Luke reiterates that this is because they were all meant for Batman. Kate taunts Luke by saying that this whole speech he gave her, sounded eerily similar to his father, Lucius Fox; except Lucius was at least useful.[3]

Kate approaches Sophie at the Crows base and Sophie asks if "Batman" everyone is talking about is in fact Kate, Sophie insists that she hates Batman and also warns that Jacob hates Batman as well, so whoever is dressing up as Batman nowadays is really asking for trouble on Jacob's part, Kate denies it again and jokes with Sophie that if she were gonna save her in a dramatic fashion, she would have totally dressed as Wonder Woman to do so, instead of Batman, Jacob looks down from his office, and Kate takes Sophie somewhere private, she asks her to run the DNA on the knife, and Sophie insists that Alice isn't Kate's twin, Sophie warns her that Kate is getting her hopes up, and says that Jacob would kill her if he found out, Kate takes the knife back and switches topic, saying how she would have come back sooner to stop Sophie's wedding. Suddenly, a gas grenade rolls down the parking garage ramp and gang members come after the two women to get the knife.

Kate and Sophie fight them off, but one of the masked men grabs the knife and drives off with the others, later, Kate apologizes to Sophie for dragging her into it, Jacob complains that Kate brought Alice to the Crow's doorstep, and Kate wonders how Alice knew she had the knife, Sophie sides with Kate, but Jacob insists that Alice is a cop killer and must be stopped, Kate tells Jacob that somewhere deep inside of Alice, she's actually Beth, Jacob ignores her and says that the GCPD gave the Crows permission to put Alice down, an aide reports that they traced the second Crow from the night before and followed him to a section of town. Kate goes to Mary's clinic and asks to see the second gang member.

Mary has him under treatment and found a batarang in him, Kate says that he's one of Alice's gang and tells him to send a message to Alice; "waffles", she releases him and Kate tells Mary that if Alice is indeed Beth, she'll know what "waffles" means, when asking for more details, Kate tells her step-sister that it's better that she doesn't know, Kate later calls Sophie and asks her to stall the Crows while she finds Alice. Sophie realizes that Kate is referring to the Waffle Stand and Kate asks then asks Sophie to buy her some time so she can prove Jacob wrong.[3]

Kate drives to the now-abandoned Waffle Stand and waits for Alice, Kate then hears Alice swinging on a nearby swing set and goes over to her, Kate asks Alice if she's really Beth, Alice toys with her when Kate asks her to prove that she is Beth, Alice says she is already here and knew the password was waffles and shares with her how they used to come every Friday to this waffle stand and gorge themselves in chocolate covered garbage, however, she then proceeds to say that she could also be lying because the little factoid she just shared could have been mentioned in the press and she might have read it online. Kate then reveals to Alice that she had her knife, while Alice continues to insist that they're sisters.

Kate points out that they found Beth's skull fragments and, Alice asks why she's there if that's the case, Alice describes the crash and how the thought of someone coming to save her was what kept her calm. Mary then texts Kate, asking her where she is, Alice says that Kate can answer that if she wants to. Kate texts Mary that something came up that is holding her up at the moment, when Kate says they have a lot to catch up on, Alice says she'd rather not she really just came to meet her here to ask her one question and that is when it was that Kate finally slept through the night after she disappeared, Kate says that she never did, because she feels like she should have been with Beth when she was in the crash. Alice then cuts her hand and gives her some blood to test her DNA, so she can get the proof she so desperately wants.

However, the Crows arrive shortly after with their guns drawn and, Kate steps between them and Alice, thus, shielding Alice from any potential kill shots, Jacob orders Kate to get out of the way, warning her daughter that Alice is just using her to get inside her head, they see that Alice has a weapon and Alice refuses to drop it, Kate warns Jacob that if he shoots then he won't just lose Beth, but her as well, not wanting to take that risk, Jacob orders his men to lower their guns and to instead take Alice to Arkham Asylum, Sophie approaches Kate, trying to justify telling Jacob her whereabouts, Kate is disappointed in her and goes instead to tell Alice that she hadn't told the Crows where they'd be meeting. Alice then asks Kate if she remembers why they each had to get their own waffle, and Kate proceeds to say that it was because Beth didn't like to share.[3]

Kate later goes back to Mary's clinic not too long after as her alter ego and knocks out Dodgson, the power in the facility comes back and, Kate watches the TV as it comes on with the power and, a newscast shows that the van transporting Alice has exploded and subsequently fell into the waters under Loeb Bridge, Kate drives to the bridge and Luke calls her and warns her that the place is crawling with cops, undeterred, Kate speeds up trying to get to Alice in time, the van containing Alice sinks beneath the river waters and Kate gets her out using the laser saw while wearing the rebreather, she gives it to Alice to breath and Alice jerks awake and stares at her, the Crows shoot into the water, hitting the van and it explodes knocking the two women apart and opposite shores, Luke calls Kate several times as she lies unconscious, the police officers move in and Luke tells Kate to get up as a dog approaches her, he remotely activates the defibrillator built into the suit and by the time the police get there, she is gone.

Kate then goes back to the clinic, where Mary draws a gun when she hears someone behind her. When she realizes it's Kate, she lowers it. Kate apologizes for missing dinner the night before, Mary tells her that she understands Kate needs to know about Alice and says that Dodgson tried to kill her because Alice sees her as her replacement, however, she proceeds to tell Kate how Alice was in the wrong, since not once since their parents got married, has Kate treated her like a sister, she says that the most sisterly thing that Kate has done for her is pretending she doesn't exist, Kate tries to argue that it's not that way at all, but Mary doesn't believe her, Mary assures her that she didn't tell Jacob and asks her if Alice is worth all the trouble, Kate doesn't answer her and Mary asks her to tell Alice that she's not a threat. Kate then goes to Crows security, where her father is demanding to know how Alice escaped.

Kate tells Jacob that he's about to kill his own daughter, Jacob shows her the photos of a family Alice had killed and says that his Beth wouldn't have killed them, he tells Kate to drop it or he'll have her arrested and Kate storms out, Sophie tells Kate that Alice could have killed her, Kate accuses Sophie of lying to the military academy and selling her out, Sophie argues that wasn't the same thing and insists that she'd never lie to Kate, when Kate asks her if she's happy, Sophie says that she is and there is no "them". She tells Kate to move on and leaves.[3]

The next day, Kate goes to see Luke, she thanks him for saving her, but as Luke looks to be tearing up, she tells him that they should get so emotional and they drop it, she tells him that she knows it wasn't Alice and her gang that took the knife, she theorizes that there's someone else out there who doesn't want her to know the truth about the DNA on that knife, Kate writes in her journal to Bruce that the people of Gotham want hope and she found someone she didn't know or recognize in Alice. Now instead of hope, she feels doubt. That night, Batwoman beats the captive Dodgson for answers as she wants to know everything he knows about Alice, Kate returns to her bike and finds a case left for her. There's a bat inside, and there's a note saying that Kate has her father's eyes, revealing that Alice not only is Beth, but that she also knows that Kate is the bat superhero.[3]

10 days later, Kate writes to Bruce to tell him how Alice has figured out she was the one putting on the Batsuit. She explains that she put on his suit to terrify Alice and her gang, but that it can't protect her now that Alice it's her inside the suit. Kate feels like she has lost her advantage, and in the process has inadvertently given Gotham their hero back. She admits that she didn't sign up for this part, as she never meant to give the city so much hope. She finishes this journal entry to her cousin telling him that she can't do this because she's not Bruce Wayne or Batman.[5]

Later, Kate is called into action when someone flashes the bat signal onto Wayne Tower. It turns out it was Alice who called Kate using the bat signal, but also makes rabbit ears using the light from the aforementioned bat signal. When Kate gets there, Alice sarcastically says how it must be broken because it was supposed to call Batman not Kate. She reminds Kate that putting on the suit hasn't changed anyone's life and that being a hero is not her strong suit, since she let Jacob declare her dead after not helping her escape from the car. Alice asks how she can get Dodgson back, to which Kate says that if she can stop killing people for 24 hours then she'll reassess the situation. Alice begrudgingly agrees but says that if Kate is trying to save Beth, that she can't because Beth has gone down the rabbit hole and will never come back.[5]

Kate returns to Wayne Tower, only to find Tommy Elliot inside Bruce's office. Tommy then proceeds to tell her that he now has more money than Bruce, and points to a building he just bought - five stories taller than Wayne Tower. Kate asks why he's there, and Tommy says he is here to invite Bruce to his party. Kate says he isn't back, and Tommy goes onto talking about how Gotham's Dark Knight has the city swooning after a picture showed him reappearing in the streets of Gotham. Kate claims that the photo is fake because it's too grainy to tell what exactly it is. Tommy lets Kate know he finds her lack of a reaction to Batman's return shocking. After all, as Tommy points out, Batman did let Kate's mother and sister die and is surprised she isn't more upset. Kate says that she had years to process, noting that Batman also saved Tommy's mother. Changing the subject, Tommy tells her that he wanted to invite Bruce to celebrate his new acquisition, and insists that he's there. Kate says that he isn't, but agrees to leave the invitation on Bruce's desk. Luke then calls Kate to tell her that something of value has been stolen from one of Wayne Tower's secret weapons facilities. The security cameras were jammed, but he thinks it could have been Alice and her gang. On her way there, she passes the Gotham Gazette, where cops have been called since someone wrote, “Come out, come out Batman!” in red painting, and there's an effigy wearing batman's outfit was drenched in what looks like “blood”. Kate witnesses this and writes to Bruce, about how in trying to be Batman, she ended up drawing out his enemies instead. She tells her cousin that she figures today is just an effigy. But she wonders what will happen when his enemies start to kill real people in order to draw him out. She confesses that the Gotham he set out to protect is now less safe because of her actions thus far.[5]

In the Batcave, Luke shows Kate how the Batsuit is bulletproof. He explains to her that the thieves took a prototype railgun from Wayne R&D. The gun is a parallel conductor that generates a pulse of electromagnetism, thus accelerating the velocity of the projectile. It's the most lethal weapon that Bruce ever built. Luke then tells Kate that the one he was using is just a prototype used for showing Kate what the rail gun does. Luke goes onto say that it is the only gun that shoots a shot strong enough to penetrate the suit. Bruce had it built in case the suit ever fell into the wrong hands. Thus, whoever is in possession of the gun has the only gun out there that can kill Batman. However, the disruptor in Kate's gauntlet can neutralize the gun. When trying to pinpoint who could have taken it, Luke suggests that maybe Alice took the gun, but Kate suspects that Tommy Elliot might be behind it instead. She shows Luke the invitation and notes that it was for Bruce rather than her. Kate figures Tommy knows Bruce is Batman and that's why he stole the gun. Luke suggests that she put the Batsuit back on and show Tommy that Batman isn't afraid of him. He figures that Bruce built something to stop the rail gun and he'll find it, and Kate should defeat the thief. Kate warns him that if she doesn't, then she'll let down the entire city.[5]

Kate arrives at the Elliot party and presents her invitation to get in. She gets into the elevator with Mary and Sophie. Sophie explains why she's there with Mary; explaining she's her security detail. Kate mouths an "I’m sorry" to Mary, to which Mary mouths back that she knows. Sophie then asks Kate why she's at the party, and Kate says that she was told to move on. They all go up to the top floor and Kate looks around for Tommy. The bartender Reagan advises her to stay at the bar and wait for Tommy here if she wants to save herself from a verbal car wash of veiled misogyny. Reagan promises that Tommy will be here, so Kate orders a beer. Tyler comes over shortly after, and in talking with Tyler, Kate realizes that Sophie hasn't told him that the two of them dated or that Sophie is into women. When Tyler leaves, Kate is impressed when Reagan talks about how Tyler married Kate's ex and he has no idea. Reagan explains that she since she started bartending before she could drink, she has become quite good at reading people. At one point, Jacob says to Kate that he is glad to have someone around who hates Tommy Elliot more than he does, even if he is one of his biggest clients for the Crows.[5]

Kate eventually finds Tommy, who says that even though it took him half his life, he's finally looking down on Bruce. Kate asks why he thinks Bruce is there, and Tommy says that they're "cosmic besties". Kate casually mentions that a thief stole the rail gun and there's a hidden GPS hidden in the butt, and Wayne Security will soon track down the thief. Tommy is subsequently busted by Kate when she sees him inspecting the stolen gun, looking for the supposed GPS. She tells him that it isn't his and asks how he knows Bruce is Batman. Tommy explains that he paid a man to riddle him the answer, and says that since Bruce saved his mother, he didn't get his inheritance earlier and his mother went mad. He says that he's going to get revenge on the city's hero, and insists that Batman has to die. Tommy draws a gun and aims it at Kate, then takes out a phone and shuts down the power throughout the building. Tommy tells Kate to have Batman meet him on the roof or he drops the elevators. Kate says that Batman isn't in Gotham, and Tommy releases an elevator with catering staff in it and says that in an hour, he'll do it to people the city will actually miss if Batman doesn't meet him. Kate checks out the elevator crash site and finds the survivors. She tells one that he's going to be okay as the EMTs arrive.[5]

Becoming Batwoman

Kate then goes to the Batcave and says how this is all her fault, and asks Luke if he really thinks Bruce is coming back. Luke admits that he doesn't think so, and Kate says that maybe she's better than Batman because at least she's there. Luke fixes the suit by painting the bat symbol red for Kate's Batwoman suit. Tommy is waiting on the roof as Batwoman moves through the shadows. She finally steps out and when Tommy realizes that she's not Batman, she tells him that's the whole point. Tommy demands Batman, and calls her Batman's side piece. Luke tells her to activate the neutralizer in her glove. She does but it doesn't work, and Luke activates it remotely, but tells to stall for 30 seconds while it charges. Batwoman attacks Tommy and the two of them fight. He grabs the gun just as the neutralizer charges, and Batwoman shuts down the rail gun. However, Tommy grabs his remote and sets off a charge. The elevator containing Catherine and Jacob shakes as the cable holding it up breaks. Batwoman drops down, standing on another elevator, and uses the two-way grappling gun to catch it. Tommy sets off the charge on the elevator Batwoman is on. She uses a grappling hook to pull herself up. She is holding for her life, and Tommy steps on her hands. He tells her to let go, but is knocked out by Alice from behind. Kate pulls herself up and points out that Alice just saved her life. Alice says that they're even now, but proceeds to stroke Kate's cheek, and notes that the red wig must be homage to the color of their birthstone. Kate says it's also to remind them where they came from. After a moment, Alice tells Kate that she couldn't wait 24 hours and figures Dodgson will die now because she couldn't stop herself from killing. Kate wonders why she saved her, and Alice says that it's because she has plans for her. When Kate grabs her and says that if she kills again she'll stop thinking of Alice as her sister, Alice says that's what she wants. Kate doesn't believe it, and Alice pulls Kate's hand away and leaves.[5]

As the police take Tommy away, Kate arrives and Tommy tells her to tell Bruce that he won't stop until Bruce shows his face. Kate reveals that they are taking him to Arkham Asylum, and taunts him by wishing him good luck buying his way out of that punishment. Reagan then is seen coming out and Kate asks her if she's okay. She reveals that she came over to ask her if she's into her and promises to call Kate when the former says yes.[5]

In another letter to Bruce, Kate admits that she was afraid of letting him down, and figures that whatever happens is worth it. She later stands on top of Wayne Enterprises in her new suit, where a helicopter spots her.[5]

At some point after becoming known as "Batwoman," Kate lies in bed with Reagan, and turns off the radio. Reagan says that she kind of likes Batwoman and believes that Gotham could use a woman's touch. The two share a passionate kiss before Kate's phone rings, and she checks it to learn that Luke texted her saying that it's urgent. She tells Reagan that Luke is a co-worker and she has to go because there's a problem with the plumbing and lies that a water main broke at Wayne Tower. Reagan notes how Kate comes by her place late at night, and leaves before breakfast. As a result, she doesn't see much of her, except in small increments of time. Thus Kate tells her that she'll make it up to her before leaving. Kate goes to Bruce's office and meets with the museum curator, Roxanna. Roxanna thanks Kate for letting her have Martha Wayne's necklace up for display, and tells the photographer Margot to get a few more shots of it. Luke asks where Kate was, and Kate tells him that she's been seeing someone. He explains that Magpie struck again and almost killed a security guard, and Batwoman was nowhere to be seen. Luke and Kate go to the Batcave and Luke wonders what they're going to do with the imprisoned Dodgson. She says that he's not going anywhere until Dodgson tells her more about Alice's plan. However, his fever continues to spike, and he Dodgson's heart seizes up and Kate agrees that he needs an ER.[6]

Donning her Batwoman suit, Kate goes to Mary's clinic. Using a voice modulator, Batwoman tells Mary that she needs her help and shows her Dodgson cuffed to a bed. Mary notes that Dodgson tried to kill her, but checks his infected leg. She says that she might be able to save him, and Batwoman promises to come back for Dodgson later. Mary jokingly asks her if she doesn't have neosporin in her utility belt. She also goes onto chastise Batwoman because she actually subscribes to a code of do no harm unlike the vigilante.[6]

Batwoman deduces that she needs to establish the citizens' faith in Batman by capturing Magpie. Luke calls her and suggests that they use Eagle cams to find her. Magpie breaks into another gallery to steal jewelry, and Batwoman cuts through her line. The two women fight and Batwoman grabs some trinkets off of Magpie's belt, as Magpie jumps out a window. Batwoman tries to stop her and misses when her thrown Batarang returns and instead smashes a precious gilded vase that once belonged to Marie Antoinette.[6]

The next day, Kate meets with Luke and suggests that the Batarang is broken. He says that the trinkets were grenades and figures he can trace the contents to locate Magpie. Kate leaves to have lunch with Reagan. Kate and Reagan decide to go for a walk before lunch, and Reagan correctly deduces that Kate came back to Gotham because of an ex. She then points out that she used to live in an apartment that is now part of the Crows District, but she along with the previous tenants were and all forced out. So the real estate moguls got rich evicting people; not caring who they hurt in the process. Kate realizes that Reagan was evicted from her childhood home, and Reagan admits to having googled Kate. Just as Reagan is taking Kate to her mother's restaurant, Kate gets another text and says that she has to deal with an electrical fire in her cousin's building. She invites Reagan to the fundraiser at the museum and she agrees. Kate returns to the office and finds Luke knocked out. She realizes that Magpie took Martha's necklace, and feels guilty at not being there to protect Luke and the rest of the place. Kate and Luke talk about how Bruce's mom was killed for that necklace. Then Luke talks about how Bruce Wayne spent years looking for it in the streets. He eventually found it in an auction, and spent $1 million buying it back. Luke then says that Magpie 3D-printed the bombs using explosive ink, and suggests that Kate ask Sophie since it'd be easier for the Crows to locate it since they track magnate shipment. At the Crows HQ, Sophie wonders why Kate is on the case if Batwoman is as well, and Kate says that she doesn't trust vigilantes. After Sophie comes up with a list of explosive ink buyers, she tells Kate that she's glad she came to her and that they've always made a good team.[6]

At the Batcave, Luke goes through the list of ink purchasers. Kate notes that Sophie thinks that she's Batwoman, and wonders how Bruce made living a double-life so easily. Luke tells her that Bruce's life sucked; the playboy thing was a good cover for him because he could tell the same lies over and over. Eventually, Luke's search comes up with a PO Box for one of the buyers at the old Gotham Hotel. Batwoman goes there and finds Magpie's jewelry, computer, and 3D printer. She notes that the temperature in the room is rather cold when just looking at the window, she's able to see her breath. Luke figures out that if Batwoman's body temperature raises the room's temperature, it will set off a bomb. Through Luke, Kate finds out that her suit can lower Kate's body temperature to match the room and bypass the sensors in Magpie's lair. However, Luke warns her that she can't breathe otherwise the bomb in Magpie's "nest" will go off. He asks her how long she can hold her breath. She says it gets dicey after two minutes. While she works, Luke says that the Batarang was calibrated for Bruce, not Kate, because he had longer arms. But that it has since been recalibrated to match her. He then asks Batwoman to clone the computer's hard drive, and Batwoman does so and finds Magpie's stash of jewelry, including the necklace. However, she also discovers feathers and sneezes due to her allergy and then hoists herself out of the room on a grappling line as a bomb goes off.[6]

Batwoman later stands watch over the museum, figuring that Magpie will strike there. Luke has found schematics on Magpie's computer and is printing it since he can't decrypt them. She sees Reagan arrive and tells Luke that she has to go. Kate sees Reagan at the bar and avoids her, but first goes and hides her bag with her suit in a supply closet. Before she can approach her, Sophie comes over and says that she's working security in case Magpie shows. Reagan comes over and makes it clear that she's with Kate, and Sophie tells them to have fun after a tense and awkward moment between the three women. Roxanna comes over and Kate apologizes that the necklace was stolen. Roxanna informs her that a security guard showed up with stolen necklace. She calls everyone's attention and presents the necklace. Kate excuses herself from Reagan and calls Luke, who says that the "necklace" is a bomb that Magpie printed. As she goes to get her suit, Kate figures that the bomb will serve as a distraction while Magpie robs the museum. Sure enough, Magpie arrives on the scene. She is stealing jewelry when Batwoman throws a Batarang at her and misses. The thief asks if Batwoman will capture her or save the guests, and triggers a remote to set off the bomb necklace. Batwoman goes there and absorbs the blasts with her cape, and sees Magpie fleeing with the jewels. One of the pearls from the necklace lands next to a little girl, and Batwoman throws a Batarang to knock the pearl out of the girl's hand and then shields her with her cape. Due to the new calibration, Batwoman is able to catch the batarang. Magpie takes a grappling line across the street, and Batwoman snags her line and brings Magpie down into a nearby water fountain.[6]

As the Crows secure the scene and take away Magpie, Kate realizes who she is; Margot, the photographer taking pictures of the necklace. Kate returns and tells Reagan that she was on a call. Reagan claims that she tried reaching out to Kate via her phone, and Kate responds that she must have been in a dead zone. Due to the contradiction between being on a call and being in a dead zone, Reagan figures that Kate is lying to her and says that she needs honesty in her relationships. Kate tells her that she's not in a place right now where she can share all of herself with someone else. She apologizes, and Reagan figures that she has a lot going on. She hopes that it makes Kate happy and walks away. Batwoman returns to the clinic and Mary says that Dodgson is stable. Mary relates what Dodgson said earlier about someone named Mouse, and Batwoman injects Dodgson with a subdermal transmitter. She tells Mary that Dodgson will lead her to Alice and Alice will lead her to Mouse, thanks Mary for her help, and leaves.[6]

Taking charge of Wayne Enterprises

Luke tells Kate that the city trusts her now. Kate says that she's wants to turn Wayne Enterprises into a real-estate development firm.[6][7] She plans to buy run-down buildings and give them to the rundown because right now the city doesn't trust Kate Kane like they do Batwoman. Batwoman watches over the city, and figures that if she's going to embrace the Bat then she'll have to embrace hiding part of herself. Meanwhile, Luke turns on the new and improved Bat-signal.[6]

Elseworlds

Meeting other heroes

At some point after reality was altered, Batwoman stood on the top of Wayne Enterprises.[8]

After Oliver Queen, Barry Allen, and Kara Danvers were arrested. Kate posted their bail and had a guard escort them to Wayne Enterprises. Once they got there, she reluctantly offered to help so they could leave, as she didn't want "Oliver" to cause any more problems. She took them to the rooftop and gave them equipment to use to find who they were looking for while she watched them on a security camera. After a while, Kara came inside. Kara apologized for asking a lot of questions, realizing the name Bruce Wayne was somewhat notorious. Kate said she knew, as Bruce is her cousin. Kara mentioned that her cousin was frenemies with Bruce, then wondered if keeping his private life a secret broke him. Kate responded by saying that watching the city fall to pieces made Bruce hard to break and that Bruce was possibly forced to leave. Kara complimented her and then asked about John Deegan. Kate told her that he worked at Arkham Asylum. After Kara left, Kate took an elevator down to a cave, where her suit was located.[7]

Arkham breakout

When Barry and Cisco were attacked by Arkham inmates she appeared as Batwoman and took down the remaining inmates including Psycho Pirate. She told them that Kate told them to leave and that they should have listened to her and walked away.[7]

Later when the Flash and the Green Arrow were fighting each other, she neutralized them and made them realize that they were exposed to a hallucinogenic gas. At the asylum gate, she told them to get out of her city and had a chat with Supergirl who knew her identity because of her X-ray vision. She recognized Kara Danvers from earlier. They shook hands and then walked away.[7]

After reality was restored back to normal, she contacted Oliver Queen asking if the deranged doctor they brought into Arkham was going to be a bigger problem since he already made a friend at the Asylum: the Psycho Pirate.[9]

Learning of Alice's Past

Two weeks after the Arkham breakout, Kate writes another letter to Bruce, talking about how, despite spending nine months in her mother's womb alongside Beth, and then every other day for 13 years, she finds that Beth how she is now is a complete mystery to her. She admits that she doesn't know the rest of her story, but vows to solve this mystery before it's too late.[4]

Back at Wayne Tower, Luke tells Kate about “The Skin Pirate”, who is being reported as a citizen of Gotham that has hit three morgues in one night so far, and taken skin from the corpses. The newspapers are assuming it's a male, but upon checking surveillance cameras that Wayne Tech has, they find out that the aforementioned thief is in fact Alice. Kate decides that whatever Alice has planned for Gotham ends upon seeing the video footage. Even though at first, she thought that Alice wouldn't be behind it because it's too sick, even for her. She figures that she can track Alice through Dodgson, who she put a tracker in.[4]

Kate dons her Batwoman suit and ambushes Alice and the rest of her Wonderland Gang. Alice yells to Batwoman that she's not afraid of the dark or of her before she is subsequently knocked out with a bo-staff Kate had on her. While she's unconscious, Kate ties up Alice. She eventually wakes up and Kate asks her what the skin was for, and asks if the "Mouse" that Dodgson mentioned is real or a figment of Alice's imagination. Alice defends herself by saying she didn't hurt anyone since they were already dead. Alice then refers to Mary as an attention-starved step-sister who illegally drugged Dodgson.[4]

Kate however, proceed to tell Alice that if she keeps going down this road, it will end badly but she can get her into a rehabilitation hospital. A good one. But Alice refuses to say what happened to her after the crash, and Kate calls Jacob so that he can find Alice and take her to Arkham. Kate says that Alice is contained and she thought he should know. Well aware that Jacob will track the call, Kate tells Alice to start talking. Alice says that if Kate releases her then she'll tell her story. While on the road with Kate, she tells her sister about how her long and sad tale begins 14 months before Catherine Hamilton-Kane fakes her death, which confuses Kate. Alice deduces that no one told Kate about it, and proceeds to tell her how their stepmother faked her DNA results, but also how their father just found out they had a funeral for Bambi. Eventually, Alice gets frustrated with Kate because she feels as though her sister isn't asking the right questions. She proceeds to tell her that she really doesn't want to know why she is the way she is now, when the latter asks her why. However, when Kate tells her that she has waited 15 years to hear it, Alice relents. Alice tells Kate about the first worst day of her life - it all happened when she woke up in a stranger's house after the crash. A man, and his son, Johnny, were there, and the man offered to make her a sandwich. Kate asks Alice if she remembers the older guy's name, but Alice tells her how she never knew it, and that it doesn't really matter. She temporarily changes the topic, suggesting they should stop at a nearby diner that is up the road. In the diner, Alice tells Kate that the reason they are there is because she used to dream of running away from her captor to a place like this. But then her own hunger would wake her. So she admits that alas, it was not meant to be. Alice continues with her story, saying how Johnny had the ability to mimic any voice he heard, and explains that Johnny's father never actually called the police, but instead put Beth inside a room in the basement and locked it, where she found a face in the sink. Kate references Hannibal Lecter, when she asks Alice why there was a face in a sink, and if the unnamed man who she calls Hannibal Lecter wanted to kill her or skin her. Alice says that she wasn't a prisoner, but a friend. However, she does admit to learning that friend takes on a different meaning depending on who you ask. The father was using the skin for experiments to hide Johnny's hideous face according to Alice. She goes onto say how Johnny's father thought that the ridicule would end for Mouse once he looked normal. It's then revealed that Alice, with Mouse's help, drugged Kate. So now it's Kate who is the one who kidnapped.[4]

Kate wakes up chained to a wall. Alice is watching her, and admits that she found the tracker on Dodgson and had a friend drug Kate's drink back at the diner. She figures the plan she and Mouse have for Gotham will go better with Kate out of the equation. Alice continues with the rest of her story and tells her sister how after weeks and weeks in captivity, like a little rabbit down a hole so small, she finally managed to claw her way out. She remarks how it's curious, for there are so many out-of-the-way things that when one becomes desperate, present themselves. She goes onto say she found one such opportunity, in a nail. Alice laments her poor, delicate fingers, but says quite proudly that she eventually did take the opportunity. Alice tells Kate how she managed to escape the basement and call their father, although Johnny's father found her and hung up the phone. Kate remembers the call and how she and Jacob travelled to the house in search of Beth, but didn't find her. Alice says that she waited for Kate to sense that she was there, but Kate sensed nothing. With that, Alice turns and leaves, closing the door behind her. Similar to Beth years prior, Kate uses a nail to pick the lock on her handcuffs. She eventually escapes and meets up with Sophie, who is running from an adult Mouse. The two of them eventually subdue him and bring him to Alice, who had stabbed Jacob. Kate holds a gun to Mouse's head, and tells Alice to decide which is more important to her: killing Jacob or keeping Mouse alive. Alice figures that Kate is bluffing, but Sophie comes in and aims her gun at Alice. Irritated, Alice says that killing Jacob would be too easy and if they all walk out, no one has to die. Kate releases Mouse and goes to Jacob, and Alice leaves with Mouse. Jacob tells Kate that Alice is Beth. Kate blames herself for what happened to Alice. Jacob joins her, and Kate wonders if anyone can save Alice.[4]

Facing the Executioner

Sometime later in the Crows headquarters, Jacob tells Kate about Cartwright and how all those years Beth was being held prisoner by a madman with a medical license. He also reveals that the deed to the house was under someone named Dr. August Cartwright, who vanished without a trace. Kate isn't impressed by his apologies, and Sophie comes in and says he'll want to see a news report. A reporter on Channel 8's Gotham City News is talking about Stanton death, and there's footage of the Executioner. The reporter also mentions how Stanton was seen by many as a hero to Gotham, one who brought justice to the victims of some of the city's most notorious criminals. Amongst them being Jack Napier AKA the Joker. While watching the news, Kate notices that Stanton's killer is seen wearing in security footage that Crows Security the Crows got was wearing what looks to be an old fashioned executioner's hood, and an axe. The GCPD has already put up the signal for Batwoman, and Jacob says that she's a symbol of false hope that hides behind a mask. Kate leaves and heads to the Batcave, where Luke is happy at the idea that the City has called for Batwoman's help for the first time, whereas Kate feels like a lot of pressure is on her to not mess this up. Luke also goes onto say that this is good news for her since Commissioner Forbes must trust her since it seems like the Gotham City Police Department has her on speed dial. Luke also confesses to Kate that Stanton was the one who put away the guy that killed his dad in armed robbery the night of his high school graduation. They were celebrating the fact that Luke got into MIT but they ran out of ice. His dad went out, and the next thing he knows two cops are asking him to ID the body. They were waiting on him to cut the cake. Luke goes onto find a file on Medlock and confirms that he got 30 years at Blackgate Penitentiary rather than execution. He finds footage of Medlock, aka The Fist, vowing in court to kill Stanton. Due to overcrowding, Medlock was paroled a few weeks earlier. A newscast coming in is heard saying that Medlock has barricaded himself in a building with hostages.[10]

Donning her Batwoman suit, she heads to the building, where she meets up with Sophie, who comments on her new suit. They hear a woman scream and run up, and discover that the screaming is coming from loudspeakers. Donnelly comes in and sets off automated guns, killing him as Batwoman tackles Sophie to the floor. Sophie is hit, and calls Batwoman "Kate" before passing out. Batwoman takes Sophie to the clinic and Mary tends to her. When asked why she didn't take her to the hospital, since Sophie can afford it, she explains that the clinic was closer than a hospital and that Mary can't let Sophie leave.[10]

Kate returns to the Batcave and tells Luke that Sophie knows who she is. She says that she'll convince Sophie not to talk after she catches the Executioner. Kate figures that the Executioner is using methods of capital punishment to kill his victims, and Luke determines the third method Gotham has used to kill criminals is a gas chamber. There's only one warehouse in Gotham that stores the hydrogen cyanide gas. At the warehouse, Batwoman approaches a guard and says that she needs information. He tells her that no one has gone past him, and Batwoman fades back into the shadows as the guard offers to buy her a drink. Batwoman calls Luke, who says that they've got a report of Medlock elsewhere. Batwoman prepares to go check on Sophie, but a truck suddenly slams through the warehouse door, knocking Batwoman down, and the Executioner gets out and hacks open the chemical storage cage. He takes a canister of the hydrogen cyanide gas and gets into his truck, and drives off as Batwoman wakes up and tells Luke that the Crows have the wrong guy.[10]

Back at the Batcave, Luke tells Kate that the truck's license plates had mud on them, making it impossible to identify. But he remembers that the suit's carbon fiber ribbing is designed to absorb any impact, so any deformation in the fibers is recorded in the suit’s data. This was originally designed to track damage caused by bullets and blunt-force trauma. As a result, he gets a partial ID on the license plate from when it hit Batwoman. The truck as it turns out belongs to a man named Bertrand Eldon, who worked at Blackgate for 20 years as their executioner.[10]

Batwoman breaks into Bertrand's home and finds no one there. She finds Bertrand's service awards, and locates the hydrogen cyanide capsules on the coffee table. There's no sign of a trap, and Luke warns her not to grab it. She does anyway and nothing happens, and she confirms that there's nothing inside but a flash drive.[10]

Kate brings the drive to the Batcave, where Luke plays the video attached to it. Eldon admits to being guilty of killing innocent people, instead calling out three corrupt individuals for being the true criminals, as Eldon never killed a rich, white, man despite killing several poor black people. Luke says that he knows racial profiling is a thing in Gotham, but also that Stanton spent countless hours with his family trying to find justice for Lucius. He warns that his father's killer could use the information to get a new trial, and Kate asks if it's still justice when there's a possibility that innocent people are behind bars. Kate finds Medlock and grapples him to a rooftop before he could be handed over to GCPD. She also throws a batarang onto a van with Eldon's confession attached to it.[10]

In Crows Security, Kate finds her father watching the confession. Jacob says that he doesn't believe that Judge Calverick is a fraud. He points out that Batman destroyed their lives. Kate tells Jacob that Beth became Alice because they stopped looking for her, and angrily says that Jacob gave up and blamed Batman because it was easier. She goes onto say that now an innocent man is going to pay the price for Jacob not listening then or now.[10]

Batwoman heads to Calverick's office, where he is burning papers. She figures that the judge is burning the fake confessions, and says that he'll get free protection at Blackgate. Calverick runs out into his courtroom and the Executioner attacks him. Batwoman grabs the Executioner's axe and tells Calverick to run. Once he does, the Executioner says that he no longer trusts the law. Batwoman tells Luke over the radio to get backup to get Calverick into protective custody. Batwoman and the Executioner fight, and he eventually gets the upper hand. Jacob and one of his men arrive and Jacob shoots the Executioner. He sends the other to sweep the building, and Jacob tells Batwoman that he doesn't see a difference between her and the Executioner. Jacob insists that he's accountable for Gotham and asks Batwoman who she's accountable to. Batwoman disarms him and they fight, and a timing device goes off on the Executioner's belt. Jacob realizes it's a dead man's switch linked to the Executioner's heartbeat. Gas pours into the room and the door seals. Luke confirms that the oxygen levels are dropping, and Jacob warns that the Executioner triggered the lockdown procedure. Batwoman asks Luke for ideas, and he says the hydrogen cyanide is flammable. However, Batwoman has to let the gas fill the room once to get full saturation. Batwoman tells Jacob to stay low to the ground, and he insists that he won't see the Bat symbol as the last thing before he dies. He says that the symbol let his family die, and Batwoman tells him to let his hatred fuel him into staying alive. Jacob explains that he has to blame the symbol because otherwise he'll have to blame himself. Batwoman ignites the gas when it reaches saturation level, and the cyanide burns off.[10]

Batwoman visits Mary and asks where Sophie is. Mary tells her that Sophie's boss is Mary's stepdad, and she's not going to let him shut her down. Batwoman thanks Mary for saving her life, and Mary tells her that Sophie knows who she is and is probably going to tell Jacob. Mary also reveals that she didn't ask Sophie who Batwoman was, putting Kate at ease.[10]

Later in Jacob's office, Kate looks over the information Jacob has on Alice. She realizes that she's been blaming Jacob for not saving Beth, but it was her as well since she crossed off the farm where Beth was all along. Jacob comes in and says that they're going to get Beth back and he won't ever give up. They both break into tears and Kate hugs him, knowing that she'll never be able to forgive herself if she doesn't forgiev her dad first. Sophie comes in behind Jacob, exchanges looks with Kate, and leaves.[10]

Conflict with Sophie


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Possible future

Batwoman may be involved in the Crisis of 2019, along with the Flash, Supergirl, White Canary, and other heroes.[11]

Erased future

When the Crisis of 2019 originally took place on April 25, 2024, Batwoman, among others, was involved in the events. During the crisis, the Flash fought the Reverse-Flash before disappearing from the timeline. However, based on various witness claims, there are contradictory versions of the events (whether the Flash was assisted by Supergirl and the Atom, or a team of Green Arrow, Batwoman and Elongated Man).[12]

Personality

"Kate is fearless, passionate, and reckless."
Jacob Kane to Sophie Moore[src]
Kate Kane

Kate in her civilian persona.


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Similar to Bruce Wayne; Kate is a no-nonsense and blunt individual. She is very open with her personal opinion and proud of her sexuality.

Batwoman

Kate as Batwoman.


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As Batwoman, Kate is very stoic and committed to helping Gotham City. While mostly an antisocial individual, she can give respect to those she thinks deserves it, as she acknowledged Supergirl's worth as a hero.

Abilities

"She really is like Batman."
Kara Danvers[src]
  • Peak of human physical condition: As a vigilante, former soccer athlete[10] and former member of the Point Rock Academy (being one of the academy's top cadets alongside Sophie Moore), Kate is in the best physical condition, strong enough to throw her enemies into the air and quickly master opponents much larger than her with relative ease. In fact, her physical strength seems to be even a bit inhuman, as she succeeded to lift and throw around full-grown men with ease. She was strong enough to punch through the ice from underwater, kick open the boarded-up doors to Bruce Wayne's office, and break a metal staff over her knee. She is fast enough to exit a room unnoticed, not dissimilar to her cousin. Kate also has a high level of stamina, as by her own admission, she can hold her breath for two minutes,[6] but it gets "shaky" after two minutes pass. Her father gave her permission to join the Crows which she turned down, putting her on par with former Navy SEALs and Green Berets.
    • Acrobatics/Free-running: Since becoming Batwoman, Kate has developed free-running skills and can fall from a height of several feet without hurting herself. Her abilities allow her to dodge and attack with fluidity from different directions without losing balance, as seen during her duel with the Executioner. She has also shown to be capable of reaching the tops of skyscrapers throughout Gotham. When Kate returned home, she was able to easily climb up to a window of the Wayne Enterprises building. She demonstrated the ability to perform multiple variations of flips during her training in the Batcave.
    • Honed senses: Kate's senses and reaction time are superb. She was able to avoid a sword strike from one of Alice's henchmen without looking.
"I'd spent years traveling the world, training with combat and survivalist specialists so I could join the Crows."
—Kate Kane[src]
Batwoman subduing the Flash and Green Arrow

Batwoman subduing Green Arrow and Flash.

  • Master hand-to-hand combatant/Martial artist: Kate is a highly competent unarmed combatant and an extremely skilled martial artist. She was able to quickly subdue Oliver Queen, a master martial artist in his own right, and Barry Allen simultaneously when reality itself was altered and they had each other's powers and skills, although it took them by surprise. Her fighting style so far is comprised of Boxing, Tai Chi, Kung Fu, Kickboxing, Karate, Taekwondo, Krav Maga, Sambo, Judo and she has also displayed skill in grappling her opponents in a fight. Cisco Ramon referred to Kate as "badass" only moments after witnessing her in action and Kara Danvers even stated that the two of them would make a good team, not dissimilar to their cousins' relationship. Before becoming Batwoman, Kate easily defeated several of Beth Kane's henchmen and even made use of her environment to fight them off, i.e. weaponizing a fire extinguisher, frying pan and a door.
    • Expert knife-thrower: Kate is proven to have great accuracy when she threw her batarang at an escaped inmate at Arkham Asylum and caught it when it returned to her after subduing the inmate. She also accurately threw one to knock Beth Kane's remote off a building.
    • Master stick-fighter: Kate is proven to be a highly skilled stick-fighter; as she was able to take down Beth Kane and the Wonderland gang with a bo-staff.
    • Master markswoman: Kate is highly skilled in the use of firearms. She dominated the sharpshooting competition and earned a medal for her skills at Point Rock Academy for hitting her target dead-on every single time, even while she was hungover. She was the only one out of 200 members to do this. She later precisely shot a Crows Security van's tire from 50 meters to rescue Julia Pennyworth.
  • Keen intellect/Business acumen: Kate is very intelligent; despite her part-time vigilantism, she manages the big company Wayne Enterprises as well as starting up a real estate business without any perceivable difficulty. Alice called her "clever".
    • Expert investigator: Kate is a very perceptive individual; she was able to quickly determine that Supergirl is Kara Danvers. She thought to access Wayne Enterprises' security camera feed, which was not included in the Crows Security network. She is also observant of small details; she recognized the miniscule writing on a paddle held by one of Alice's henchmen, which allowed her to locate her whereabouts. She also noticed a pattern in the Executioner's methods of killing.
    • Expert of deception: Kate is very good at keeping her own identity as Batwoman a secret; both the highly intelligent Oliver Queen, Barry Allen and Kara Danvers were unable to deduce her alter-ego; Kara had to resort to using her x-ray vision to discover who Batwoman is.
    • Expert driver: Kate rides a motorcycle.
"My cousin figured it out years ago. Be more terrifying than your enemy."
—Kate Kane to Luke Fox[src]
  • Intimidation: As Batwoman, Kate has an intimidating appearance, capable of instilling fear in her enemies. This was seen when a criminal, from Arkham Asylum, cried out of fear when he saw Batwoman. However, despite this, she is not as terrifying as Bruce Wayne (under the persona of Batman) even a psychopath like Beth Kane didn't display any visible signs of fear towards Kate; prior to her discovering that the latter is Batwoman.
  • Stealth/Infiltration: Kate is extremely secretive, being able to approach other people without being sensed. She was able to escape from a pair of handcuffs using a paperclip. Kate also quickly evaded her father's line of sight before she went to find Alice.
"Sitting at that desk, staring out that window, watching this city that we grew up in rot at its core, you find a way not to break."
—Kate Kane to Kara Danvers[src]
  • Indomitable will/High tolerance for pain: A driven and determined individual, Kate is nearly fearless and almost never gives up under most situations; for example, she (correctly) never believe that her twin sister, Beth Kane was dead, even when her father, Jacob Kane told her that investigators found skull fragments on a nearby farm and had them tested, they belong to Beth and had already checked the farm on multiple occasions; due to the fact that the body was never found. Kate also has a high tolerance for pain; as she didn't display any signs of discomfort when she received stitches on her shoulder.

Equipment

  • Batwoman suit: Kate wears a protective suit as Batwoman, to protect herself and hide her identity from her enemies when she goes out fighting crime.
    • Red wig: Kate wears a fake red wig while fighting crime as Batwoman; so her enemies do not mistake her for Batman.
  • Bat-Belt: Just as Batman did, she has her own version of the utility belt. Batwoman's belt is very similar to Batman's in design, with the main difference of having a red-shaded coloration.
    • Batarang: Kate uses a roughly bat-shaped throwing weapon.
      • Recording device: Kate has a special Batarang with an audio-recording device built inside in order to listen in on both Roger Hayden and John Deegan inside Arkham.
    • Grappling gun: Kate uses a length of monofilament wire attached to a spool, and primarily is used for scaling buildings and ensnaring targets.
    • Subdermal transmitter: Batwoman uses a subdermal tracking device the size of a microchip in order to locate and pursue some criminals.
    • Voice filter: Batwoman uses a voice filter to disguise her voice from individuals who know Kate Kane to prevent them from recognizing her voice.
  • Laser saw: The device can cut through anything. Kate used the laser saw to save Beth Kane.
  • Motorcycle: Kate has a motorcycle to help her travel around Gotham.
  • Rebreather: Kate used a rebreather from Bruce Wayne's collection of gadgets to save Beth from drowning.[3]
  • Expandable bo-staff: Kate used an expandable bo-staff in her battle against Alice and her wonderland gang.

Appearances

The Flash

Season 5

Arrow

Season 7

Supergirl

Season 4

Season 5

Batwoman

Season 1

Gallery

Promotional images

Elseworlds

Batwoman

Season 1

Trivia

  • Kate has many tattoos, with Kara Danvers implying that she has some which can't be seen.[7]
  • Kate is a vegan.[13]
  • It should be noted that Kate, whose full first name is Katherine, shares her first name with her stepmother, Catherine Hamilton-Kane, but is spelt with a 'K' rather than a 'C'.
  • On Fridays after school, Kate and Beth would eat chocolate-covered waffles at a waffle stand. This is a reference to the waffle stand in the comics they frequented for their birthdays before being kidnapped.
  • She is allergic to feathers.[6]
  • Kate is Jewish.

Behind the scenes

  • Kate is one of many major protagonists in the Arrowverse to have a villainous family member. Other examples would include Oliver Queen, Kara Danvers, Winn Schott, Mon-El, Tommy Merlyn, Eddie Thawne, Lena Luthor, and Nora Darhk.
  • In the main DC Comics continuity, Kate Kane is a vigilante superhero known as Batwoman affiliated with the Bat-Family. The character originated as Kathy Kane in 1956 and was a recurring love interest of Batman's until she was retired from the comics in the mid-1960s; she later returned in the 1970s but was killed off. In 2006 a new version of the character, now named Kate Kane and reimagined as being openly gay, was introduced in the post-Infinite Crisis continuity. The original version of Kane, however, was also reintroduced in 2011's Batman Incorporated series. The Arrowverse version of Batwoman is based upon the 2006 re-imagining of the character.
    • In the comics, Batwoman had a relationship with Maggie Sawyer. The characters became engaged, but DC Comics vetoed their wedding, causing the then writers to leave the comic in protest.[14]
    • Unlike her comic book counterpart, who is a natural redhead, Kate's red hair is only part of her suit.
    • In the comics, before the New 52, Kate had no familial ties to Bruce Wayne.

References

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