The Joker first debuted in April 1940 in Batman #1. In fact, this was roughly a year after the Dark Knight’s debut in Detective Comics #27. Believe or not, The Joker first’s appearance has gone on to define the character for years to come and not come off as a one-time event. Numerous stories would go on to take some inspiration from Batman’s first foray with The Clown Prince of Crime.
Whilst not everyone was a fan of Joker, you can not ignore the new avenues it has opened up for the Superhero genre. Here we have three villains that we believe make strong contenders for DC’s next villain solo outing.
Detective Renee Montoya hardly has it easy in Birds of Prey. Historically speaking the character has always come from a place of adversity. Here we have a female, Latina cop mind you. Traditionally, the police are a male dominated career group. Add Latina and gay to this, you have a recipe for trouble for Detective Montoya. Already, Latina women make roughly 60 cents for every dollar a white male is paid. Fall back on gender stereotypes and age-old racism, Latina women do not clean up crime, they clean your house, office and or room. What is Montoya looking for?
Hellboy is a super fictional character created by writer-artist Mike Mignola. The character first featured in Comic-Con Comics # 2 in San Diego and has since starred in numerous homonymous miniseries, one-shots and crossovers between corporations. Hellboy, or as he was called "Anung Un Rama," was born on 5 October 1617, her mother-in-law, Sarah Hughes, was on her deathbed a human being. Yes, Sarah was a witch who acquired her powers by being the archdemon's consort, Azzael, an Archduke of Hell, and the "biological" father of Hellboy. Bringing the body of Sarah into hell as she attempted to weep on her deathbed in a chapel in East Bromwich, England, Azzael burnt her away so that her child would be raised and cut off the infant's right hand and replace it with the "Right Hand of Death," a amulet attached to the Ogdru Jahad. Having heard from the other Hell princes about his actions, Azzael sent his half-demon child away after he had been deprived of his abilities and frozen in stone.
Green Lantern is the name of several heroes in American Comic books published by DC Comics. Using the aid of rings, they fight evil, granting them a number of incredible powers, many of which come from imagination and/or emotions. The characters are usually portrayed as members of an interstellar law enforcement agency, the Green Lantern Corps. The first Green Lantern character, Alan Scott, was created by Martin Nodell in 1940 during the Golden Age of Comic Books, and usually fought common criminals in Capitol City using his magic ring. In 1959 for the Golden Age of Comic Books John Broome and Gil Kane reinvented the character as Hal Jordan and shifted Green Lantern storeys from fantasy to science fiction. Some notable Green Lanterns include, among others, Guy Gardner, John Stewart, Kyle Rayner.
Green Arrow is a fictional character featured in comic books by DC Comics. He was created by Mort Weisinger and drawn by George Papp, and first appeared in November 1941 in More Fun Comics # 73. His real name is Green Arrow which is a fictional character used by DC Comics in comic books. He was created by Mort Weisinger and drawn by George Papp, and was first featured in More Fun Comics # 73 in November 1941. His true name is Oliver Jonas Queen, a wealthy businessman and owner of Queen Industries who is also a prominent Star City celebrity. With this pose he masks the fact that he is the Arrow. Also dressed as the character of Robin Hood, Green Arrow is an archer who makes use of his abilities to fight crime in his home towns of Star City and Seattle as well as his fellow superheroes as leader of the Justice League.
Catwoman is a fictional character created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane who appears in American comic books released by DC Comics, typically in tandem with superhero Batman. The heroine makes her debut as "The Cat" from Batman # 1 (Spring 1940), and her real name is Selina Kyle. She is Batman's most lasting love interest, and is known for her complex love-hate friendship with him. Catwoman is a Gotham City burglar who typically wears a thin, one-piece outfit and uses a bullwhip as an weapon. She was originally depicted as the supervillain and adversary of Batman, but she has been featured in a series since the 1990s that portrays her as an anti-heroine, often doing the wrong things for the right reasons. The character thrived after her earliest appearances but she took an extended hiatus from September 1954 to November 1966 due to the creation of the Authority for the Comics Code in 1954. Such issues included rules on the production and portrayal of female characters in violation of the Comics Code, a rule no longer in effect.
Batgirl is the last of many popular superheroines featured in American comic books released by DC Comics, portrayed of the superhero Batman as female counterpart. While Bill Finger and Sheldon Moldoff debuted the character Betty Kane as Bat-Girl into print in 1961, in 1967 she was replaced by Barbara Gordon, who eventually became known as the famous Batgirl. The character made his debut in Detective Comics # 359 writer Gardner Fox and artist Carmine Infantino, portrayed as police chief James Gordon's aunt.