DC released Batman #50 earlier this month, where our favorite Caped Crusader faces his biggest challenge yet—marriage. That’s right, veteran writer Tom King planned for the Dark Knight to tie the knot with longtime love Selina Kyle in an issue that’s sure to change the Gotham landscape. Now we won’t go into detail with what happened in the issue for those that have not had a chance to read it yet, but I’m sure it will come as no surprise to anyone that superhero plans rarely go as smooth as they expect.
Although romance is nothing new to the Batman as he’s had several romantic trysts in the past—one of them even bore him a son—he’s never come close to the old ball and chain. To celebrate Batman #50, we look back at the on-screen women who have captured (the heart) of the Dark Knight.
Selina Kyle appeared as early as Batman #1. Her love affair with the Dark Knight has been the most complicated given their respective lifestyles. Despite their rocky relationship throughout the years, there is no doubt that theirs is the most serious of all. On the big screen, the iconic feline has been played by Lee Meriwether, Michelle Pfeiffer, Halle Berry, and most recently Anne Hathaway.
Diana and Bruce's relationship has been tackled in comics, the animated series, and hinted at in the recent BvS and Justice League movies. Although their love affair does not really develop into something deeper, the chemistry between the two is palpable. The movie incarnation of Wonder Woman is played by the gorgeous Gal Gadot.
In the comics, Julie Madison first appeared in Detective Comics #31 and is technically the first woman to ever date the Bat. Her character was briefly resurrected in the movies as George Clooney's leading lady in his disastrous Batman attempt.
The Character of Vicky Vale first appeared on Batman #49 as a Lois Lane type of reporter out to verify her hunch that Batman and Bruce Wayne are one and the same. Her movie portrayal was pretty accurate played by Kim Basinger.
Chase Meridian is a psychiatrist working with the GCPD who becomes interested in the Batman as he foils one of Two-Face's criminal attempts. Her character does not have roots in comics and was created for Joel Schumacher's Batman Forever played by Nicole Kidman.
Another character created specifically for the movies, Rachel Dawes is a childhood friend of Bruce Wayne who later on becomes a Gotham Assistant DA looking to rid the city of its criminal element. Her character was initially played by Katie Holmes but later on replaced by Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Poison Ivy is really Pamela Isley, a villain who uses seduction and the use of pheromones to manipulate those around her. Although it does not seem that she has a serious attraction to Batman, she has often ensnared him using her lust-fueled appeal. She made her appearance in the movies played by the seductive Uma Thurman.
Harley Quinn is best known as The Joker's love interest and, like Ivy, there doesn't seem to be anything serious going on between her and Batman. However, there have been instances where Harley does come on to the Caped Crusader. Margot Robbie plays the demented clown queen of crime in Suicide Squad.