SHE first swung into action 50 years ago, helping her boyfriend Batman rid Gotham City of villains until she was killed off in 1979.
Now Batwoman is making a comeback, replacing Batman - who is missing, presumed dead - in the popular DC Comics series.
And this time around the superheroine's alter ego, Kathy Kane, is a red-headed lesbian.
Billed as a "lesbian socialite by night and a crime-fighter by later in the night", the new Batwoman is clad in a figure-hugging black outfit with knee-high red stiletto boots.
She is set to appear in at leasty 12 issues of the Detective Comics, the first of which will appear in June, the BBC reports.
"We've been waiting to unlock her - it's long overdue," DC Comics writer Greg Rucka said.
"Yes, she's a lesbian. She's also a redhead.
"If people are going to have problems with it, that's their issue."
February 17, 2009
Comic books continue to push social, moral boundaries
I've known for many years that comic books, once the prized domain of young boys, have become adult-oriented, seemingly determined to go out of their way to shock the sensibilities of the older generations. Still, articles like this news.com.au one cause me to do a double-take (and cause me to wonder how this represents a step forward for our culture):