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How Much of A Threat To Batman Is Batwoman's Recent Alliance?

The most recent issue of BATWOMAN reveals that Kate Kane may soon be at odds with Batman.

When Kate Kane was first introduced as Batwoman in Detective Comics #824 how could any of us have known that her character would sky-rocket in popularity the way she did? With her very own ongoing title as part of DC's "new 52" line, Kate Kane has been gradually rising in popularity as one of DCs foremost female characters and one of the most high profile gay characters in comics. Although so much has already been done with her character; DC still has some very big plans for Kate very soon -- plans that could potentially put her at odds with the Dark Knight himself.

Last week we discussed the importance of Agent Cameron Chase's character to Batwoman and the idea that she could be a potential threat to Batman. This week we connect her importance and her relationship to Kate Kane and how that will affect Kate's decisions in the very near future. If you read the fifth issue of the BATWOMAN series then you already know why. What is Kate to do when she is faced with a situation where she is damned if she does, damned if she doesn't? If you haven't read the series' latest issue I recomment you do so before continuing to read any further.

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At the end of BATWOMAN #5 readers witnessed Kate come face to face with a choice that could potentially change the direction of her character. The decision Kate will make in the coming issues will have her working side by side with Agent Cameron Chase and Bones, cooperating with the Department of Extranormal Operations, also known as the D.E.O. This decision will also pit her against Batman, something he made clear to Kane in the final pages of the series' most recent issue.

In this scene Kate seems pretty sure about her decision to go ahead and work for an organization that has recently compromised the identity of a former Teen Titan (Flamebird) and has been known to go after members of the Bat Family. By agreeing to work with the D.E.O. Kate may not only be compromising her own identity but that of other crime fighters as well. What will this mean for Batman?

It's not news to any Bat-fan that Batman has a very difficult time trusting people. I mean, why else would he insist on carrying a fragment of Kryptonite in his utility belt? Just in case. If there is anything Batman doesn't like is the feeling of not being in control of a situation. This fact was made obvious to readers when Bruce spent an entire month trying to uncover Batwoman's secret identity. For an entire month Batman followed her every move, documenting everything from her hook-ups to fighting technique until he was absolutely sure that Batwoman was indeed Kate Kane.

It was then and only then that the dark knight invited her into his inner circle, and I don't entirely believe that he did so as a form of respect for Kate; at least not entirely. By inviting Batwoman in as a member of Batman, Inc. Batman is essentially attempting to instill his control over Batwoman and her operations. Not only would the heroine no longer work alone, but each and every one of her moves would be documented. Kate knew this, which may be part of the reason why she refused the offer. This might also be the reason why when confronted with an invitation by the D.E.O. she rather willingly obliged. But what does this all really mean, and how much of a threat to Batman is Kate's alliance to the D.E.O.?

For those who don't know, the D.E.O. is a governmental organization in the DC Universe whose sole purpose is to regulate superhero behavior, something that --clearly-- Batman would not be down for. Additionally, Batman has previously been a target of the D.E.O. before. For years, actually. And although the D.E.O.'s Director (Mister Bones) stated that Batman would not be a target, it's hard to believe that he wouldn't be when he s so close to Batwoman. What does this mean for Batwoman and Batman? By gaining the allegiance of Kate Kane, have Mister Bones and Cameron Chase come one step closer to Batman? After all, the D.E.O. is in the business of regulating superheroes, so why not go after Batman, INC.?

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Posted by The Stegman

The government regulating superhero activity...yeah cause that's worked so well in the past...

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Posted by BigPromise

loving this but i have faith batwoman will join batman inc eventually

Posted by moywar700

I'm still wating for the tradeback lol

Edited by Oedipus_Rex

By inviting Batwoman in as a member of Batman, Inc. Batman is essentially attempting to instill his control over Batwoman and her operations. Not only would the heroine no longer work alone, but each and every one of her moves would be documented. Kate knew this, which may be part of the reason why she refused the offer. This might also be the reason why when confronted with an invitation by the D.E.O. she rather willingly obliged.

Really? You don't think the D.E.O. threatening to have her father court martialed and thrown in prison had anything to do with it?

Posted by redhood21

@The Stegman said:

The government regulating superhero activity...yeah cause that's worked so well in the past...

it got speedball into s&m

Posted by soccersss

@Oedipus_Rex said:

By inviting Batwoman in as a member of Batman, Inc. Batman is essentially attempting to instill his control over Batwoman and her operations. Not only would the heroine no longer work alone, but each and every one of her moves would be documented. Kate knew this, which may be part of the reason why she refused the offer. This might also be the reason why when confronted with an invitation by the D.E.O. she rather willingly obliged.

Really? You don't think the D.E.O. threatening to have her father court martialed and thrown in prison had anything to do with it?

The threat to her father was obviously why she joined the D.E.O. If she works with the D.E.O. Her activities are probably going to be monitored more than if she was with Batman anyway and I am also guessing the D.E.O. are going to try and force her into uncompromising situations

Posted by microwave25

I love how strong a character Kate Kane is. She's her own person and won't jump into Batman Inc. because Bruce sees it fit that she should. It's been a fantastic series and honestly one of the best ongoing in comics right now.

Posted by Oedipus_Rex

@soccersss said:

The threat to her father was obviously why she joined the D.E.O. If she works with the D.E.O. Her activities are probably going to be monitored more than if she was with Batman anyway and I am also guessing the D.E.O. are going to try and force her into uncompromising situations

Exactly. From reading this article, it's like Sara has a completely different take on the circumstances than I do. Maybe I'm missing something. Does Batwoman even know the identities of any other costumed heroes so she can compromise them? Before anyone says the Question, is she even in the New 52?

Posted by DragonfireXL

I like to believe that Kate will stay loyal to the Bat Family, remember they are vigilantes for a reason, they all know that ultimately they can accomplish more outside of the law.

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Unless she actually knows Batman's identity and the others, I don't see how this can really be an issue. Plus it doesn't seem becoming that Kate would want to just become a government guard dog. I see her quitting fast in favor of Batman Inc. anyway.

Posted by kadosho_16bit

So a Bat against Bat duel.. this is a hidden surprise. I never thought that the new 52 would pull something like this off. But that DEO association reminds me of the VRA in the Smallville season 10 plotline. If it does go through.. hmm maybe it does have more influence that many fans once thought..

Posted by maverickhunter41

hahaa.. sidekicks getting murdered, tend to come back from the dead to be super villains XD

Posted by BatClaw89

Batman  seems to know everything there is to know about the D.E.O hence the warning that the D.E.O would push her to do things that are against her convictions and cross the line. thats the only reason he said they would put her at odds with him. once the D.E.O pushes her to kill or break the law Batman would have to take her down. so his not worried about Batwoman but her crossing the line.

Posted by Gentleman_of_the_Bedchamber

While the possibility is there, It seem's likely that the D.E.O won't try to pin Batwoman into a confrontation with Batman without trying to win her trust first. They will likely try to persuade her to their side and also wait for the opportune moment to strike, since the D.E.O strike's me as one of those methodical and professional spy organization's.

Which mean's we will likely get a good story arc or two with Batwoman as an agent of D.E.O before thing's heat up between her and Batman. Lovely.

Posted by Miss_Garrick

@The Stegman: What he said.

Posted by ChadwickDavis

How Much of A Threat To Batman Is Batwoman's Recent Alliance?

None. No threat whatsoever

for 4 reasons:

1: Family- Do you truly expect anyone to believe that after having her family threatened in her home by director bones ( while putting out a cigar on her bar- in her house- because he, and I quote, "couldn't find an ashtray" ) after agent Chase pulled out a gun on her and threatened to blow her away again in her own home... Regardless ofthe issues you may have with her father at the current time , there certain lines you should never cross in any situation and they danced all over it . lets just say revenge is a dish best served cold know is coming.

2: Duty- after she was discharged from the military, she was lost both in purpose and as a person. it took being "rescued" by Batman a seeing his "call to arms" in the sky to reignite her pride and give her a new mission and battlefield. Regardless of whether she works for Batman Inc. for not, she answered his call to battle. She wouldn't compromise her loyalty at the expense of her pride before, why would she start now?

3:She's a soldier- she swore to protect this country from "all enemies foreign and domestic", she has special forces training, and their lives at stake... naturally the DEO was the best option for the issue at hand. however Batman informed her the agent Chase was not "driven my duty but by hate" and because the DEO went on a power trip, Batwoman is now driven by both. which is a verydangerous place to be when you're threatening someone's family.

4: Director Bones is not the only one with an Army: A United States Army Col. whose daughter's personal welfare has been threatened ( the last time that happened he lost one of his daughters), by an enemy who is using him to hurt her + Batman who has been hunted by the DEO in the past and has more than a few issues with the organization, (and they have more than a few issues with illegal activities involving metahumans), and Batman has used agents in the past to infiltrate agencies bigger than the DEO (Checkmate) and he has Batman Inc.

The DEO needs to tread very lightly otherwise things will get ugly very quickly.

Posted by Applederp

People need to remember that Bones is just a giant troll

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Posted by mikeclark1982

i think kate is good solo. she shouldnt join with anyone (havent bought 4 or 5 yet) but kate is a discharged soldier. she knows how to be loyal and independent so why would she need to team/side with anyone? if she goes against bats she is desecrating the name and should not be called batwoman. if she sides with batman she is submitting. she is better off sovereign.

Posted by jsphsmth

I am very excited about where this is going. Seems like service to her country (forced or not) is more central to her character than the mantle of the Bat. The mantle was simply a replacement for her military service.

(It does remind me a little of when Checkmate tried to force Huntress into its ranks. That didn't work out so well, in the story or for the fans.)

Posted by The Impersonator
When Kate Kane was first introduced as Batwoman in Detective Comics #824 how could any of us have known that her character would sky-rocket in popularity the way she did?

Ummm....Wasn't she first introduced in the 52 comics #7? =P

Posted by Eyz

I'm just glad to still see the DEO and Chase around!

Posted by SmoothJammin

@moywar700: yep. Me too

Posted by Solomonwreath

so is that white stuff makeup or part of a mask? or is just how she is depicted?