Note: This page is for Stormy Knight, DC's Phantom Lady from 2006 - 2011.
For the original Phantom Lady (active from the Golden Age through 1989) see: Sandra Knight
For the second Phantom Lady (active from 1989 - 2005) see: Dee Tyler
For the current New 52 Phantom Lady (active from 2012 - ) see: Jennifer Knight
Stormy Knight's full origin story has yet to be revealed. She is the third woman to assume the mantle of Phantom Lady, following Sandra Knight (the original, now retired from crime-fighting) and Dee Tyler (killed during Infinite Crisis). Like her name suggests, Stormy has an edgier personality than either of her predecessors, and her career as Phantom Lady has often been a turbulent one. Her father was a U.S. Senator named Henry Knight, just like the original Phantom Lady (Sandra Knight), but no actual relation to Sandra has been established.
Stormy Knight was created in 2006 by writers Grant Morrison, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Justin Gray, and artist Dan Jurgens, and made her debut in the Battle for Blüdhaven miniseries, which also introduced other members of the current Freedom Fighters team.
Stormy Knight was specifically intended to replace Dee Tyler, the previous Phantom Lady who had been killed in the Infinite Crisis storyline a year earlier. Stormy's preliminary costume concept looked very similar to the original Phantom Lady costume worn by her predecessors, including the flimsy sling-bikini top that appeared prone to 'wardrobe malfunctions.' But before her debut, it was decided that Stormy should stand apart from previous incarnations of the character, so her Phantom Lady costume became more form-fitting and black design elements were added. Like previous Phantom Ladies, she has the power to project light or darkness using high-tech wristbands. But Stormy's more advanced wristbands also allow her to teleport, become intangible, and even bend reality -- making her a far more powerful Phantom Lady than her predecessors. To further augment her abilities, Stormy was envisioned as a genius inventor who helped design the wristbands herself, unlike the earlier Phantom Ladies whose wristbands were created entirely by others.
Major Story Arcs
Stormy's first action as Phantom Lady was as a member of S.H.A.D.E.: a team of metahumans assembled by Father Time to guard the quarantined city of Blüdhaven during the Battle for Bludhaven crisis. She looked and acted like a spoiled movie star, treating most of her teammates with thinly-disguised contempt and expressing a fondness for drinking, sleeping in late, and other creature comforts. In battle, Stormy proved to be a ruthless fighter like the other members of S.H.A.D.E. She mentioned that a favorite combat tactic was teleporting the limbs off her opponents, and threatened to do so to her team leader, Major Force, if he continued to antagonize her.
It was later revealed that Stormy was secretly informing her Senator father of S.H.A.D.E.'s questionable activities, which prompted Father Time to have the Senator covertly assassinated and impersonated by a villainous cyborg called Gonzo the Mechanical Bastard. Gonzo began acting on Father Time's behalf, backing legislation that would effectively allow the country to be run as a dictatorship, enforced by Time's metahuman army.
After the Battle for Bludhaven, S.H.A.D.E. was sent by Father Time to apprehend the mysterious figure known as Uncle Sam. But once they confronted Sam, they learned that he was actually acting in the best interests of America while Father Time was seeking to destroy it. Stormy and her teammates quit S.H.A.D.E. and joined Uncle Sam to form the new Freedom Fighters. While serving with the Freedom Fighters, Stormy revealed more depth to her personality, suggesting that she was in fact disturbed by what Father Time had ordered her to do during the Bludhaven crisis. She also revealed that she actually possessed a genius-level intellect, with a degree in quantum physics, and had helped design and build her powerful wristbands (unlike the previous Phantom Ladies, whose wristbands were created by others). Stormy explained that her spoiled idiot persona was an act, adopted so that she wouldn't end up like other socialites.
Uncle Sam eventually discovered what had really happened to Stormy's father and exposed the cyborg impersonator. Devastated by her father's death, Stormy began to take drugs and drink heavily in order to cope. This led to a horrific incident where, during the heat of battle, she murdered a supervillain called Thunderer in front of live television cameras. Stormy's teammate Black Condor took her to Uncle Sam's extra-dimensional sanctuary called The Heartland, where Sam informed her that she would not be leaving until fully rehabilitated. Sinking further into despair, Stormy attempted suicide by slitting her wrists, but was found in time by her teammate Doll Man. After being nursed back to health, she fully recuperated when teammate Miss America removed all of the remaining toxins from her system. Stormy decided to temporarily retire from crime-fighting to pursue her acting career, and earned awards and critical acclaim for her role in a feature film called "The Kindness of Strangers."
Later, Stormy received an offer from Oracle to join the Birds of Prey, but declined the invitation. Instead, she re-joined the Freedom Fighters and has once again become fully active as Phantom Lady.
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 128 lbs (58 kg)
Place of Birth: Unrevealed
Marital Status: Single
Education: Degree in quantum physics
Occupations: Quantum physicist, government agent, actress, member of the Freedom Fighters, former member of S.H.A.D.E.
Known Relatives: Senator Henry Knight (father, deceased)
Powers and Abilities
Stormy Knight is a brilliant quantum physicist who helped invent and build the powerful high-tech wristbands that serve as her primary weapons. Like previous versions of Phantom Lady, the bands give Stormy the ability to project intense light or darkness in order to blind her opponents, and she wears a special visor so that she can easily see through whatever effect she creates. Her bands also grant her formidable teleportation power. She can instantly teleport the entire Freedom Fighters team across great distances, and can even teleport herself and others between different dimensions. Her teleportation targeting is very precise, allowing her to remove individual organs or body parts from opponents if she chooses to be so ruthless. Her wristbands also give her the power to manipulate matter between dimensions, effectively allowing her to bend reality. This includes the ability to become invisible, as well as the ability to phase by making herself or other objects immaterial. Due to the immense capabilities of her wristbands, recent opponents of the Freedom Fighters have considered her to be the most powerful member of the team.
Stormy is an excellent athlete and accomplished hand-to-hand combatant who can hold her own quite well in a fight, even when not using her powers. She continues the long-standing Phantom Lady tradition of wearing a sexy and revealing costume in order to distract her mostly male opponents. Stormy is also a talented actress who has won awards and critical acclaim for her performances in feature films.
- Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2010)
The Stormy Knight version of Phantom Lady appeared along with the rest of the Freedom Fighters team in the episode Cry Freedom Fighters! She and the Freedom Fighters joined forces with Batman and Plastic Man to save Earth from invading forces sent by the Supreme Chairman of the planet Qward. Though Phantom Lady's name was given as Stormy Knight, she wore a costume that resembled the classic Phantom Lady costume worn by Sandra Knight and Dee Tyler, rather than Stormy's updated costume. Plastic Man had a lustful 'Tex Avery'-like reaction to Stormy upon first sight.