Batwoman (Kate Kane)Created by Greg Rucka, JH Williams III, Michael Siglain, Alex Ross & Devin Grayson
When Kate Kane was young, she was kidnapped by The Religion of Crime, along with her mother and twin sister Elizabeth. Although her family did not survive the ordeal, Kate was rescued by her father and grew up to be a marine just like him. She was dishonourably discharged under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” when she would not lie about her lesbian identity.
Kate became a regular of the party circuit in Gotham, and was dumped by her girlfriend Renee Montoya because she was wasting her life. When she was confronted by a mugger in Gotham, she saw the Batman in action first-hand and decided to dedicate her life and training to becoming a vigilante.
With the help of her father’s resources and experience, Kate became Batwoman, and regularly clashed with The Religion of Crime, whose believed her death was prophesied in their bible. Her life was rocked when her sister Elizabeth reappeared as the twisted villain Alice, a discovery that drove a wedge between her and her father.
Kate took her cousin Bette, AKA Flamebird, under her wing as a protege, but she was later sidelined with an injury and came back solo under the name Hawkfire. Kate briefly found happiness with police captain Maggie Sawyer, and the couple planned to marry, but they eventually broke off the engagement, partly due to DC’s editorial policy at the time that said that characters can’t be too happy.