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Western Animation: Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman

Last of the three DCAU movies based on Batman: The Animated Series, concerning Batman's investigation of the titular new Bat in town. While Batman deals with this one distraction, three new women appear in Bruce Wayne's life - Rocky, a young scientist working with Wayne Industries; Sonia, a new police officer assigned to the force; and Kathy, the spoiled daughter of crime boss Carlton Duquesne. Soon, all three become prime suspects in the case of the Batwoman... which is not too far from the truth at all.

Mystery of the Batwoman has examples of:

  • Adaptational Villainy: Batwoman is much of an anti-heroine here, which is why DC insisted that the filmmakers not actually use Kathy Kane. That didn't stop the writers from homaging her via Kathy Duquesne. Nor did it stop them from making this Kathy one of the Batwomen.
  • Adorkable: Rocky in her Digging Yourself Deeper moment.
  • Action Girl: Batwoman. All three of her. Also, the Penguin's Bodyguard Babes.
  • Apologises a Lot: Rocky (voiced by Kelly Ripa) is a klutzy scientist working for Wayne Enterprises who apologizes frequently, even if there is no reason. And it's mostly a put-on.
  • Art Shift - This film was made after the "revamp," which was an artistic redesign between the original animated series and The New Batman Adventures, and was drawn in the style of the latter. Rupert Thorne had never appeared after the original revamp, so a new design had to be created to match his character with the art style of the rest of the film. Though more "streamlined," it is nigh-identical to his previous design.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Predominantly more sweet than bitter, but it is not without its sadness. Rocky gets her fiance out of jail and Kathy gets her family out of the mob business, but Sonia is forced off the police force.
  • Call Forward: The photo of Bruce and Barbara on a boat that appears in Batman Beyond episode "Out of the Past" appears in this film.
  • Captain Ersatz: They weren't allowed to use an existing iteration of Kathy or Kate Kane. Kathy Duquesne's name comes directly from this.
  • Catchphrase: Kathy's "Twa-la!" for goodbyes.
  • The Chanteuse: The unnamed singer who performs "Betcha Neva" in the Iceberg Lounge.
  • Character Tic: Thorne is given a penchant for idly playing with cards, which he never had in the original series.
  • Collective Identity: Batwoman is all three of the suspected women, working together to pose as a single multi-skilled crime-fighter.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead - Rocky, Kathy, and Sonia.
  • Cast as a Mask: Kyra Sedgwick plays Batwoman, but none of her potential secret identities. She was cast because she could sound like a blend of the three. There's a voice-changer built into the mask.
  • Clear My Loved One's Name: Rocky is trying to do this for her fiance, Kevin.
  • Cool Big Sis/Intergenerational Friendship: Rocky and Tim become fast friends after bonding over video games, so much so he refuses to believe it when she might be the Batwoman.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl - Rocky.
  • Dating Catwoman - Bruce goes out with Kathy, daughter of notorious crime boss Carlton Duquesne, a few times. Given that he is the Trope Namer, this is not surprising.
  • Deadpan Snarker - Alfred, as per usual, and Tim Drake gets in a few good ones as well.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper - Roxanne in this bit:
    Bruce: Working late again?
    Roxanne: Yeah. Fortunately my boyfriend is very understanding. What about yours? *pause* Girlfriend, I mean! Of course, girlfriend! I mean, considering your reputation and- NOT that it's bad or anything or even any of my business, because it's not, I was just curious! *stops suddenly* How red is my face?
    Bruce: (cheerfully) Crimson.
  • Disney Villain Death: Bane falls into the fires on the ship below him, seemingly killing him. Anyone who has watched Batman Beyond will know that this did not kill him.
  • Distaff Counterpart
  • Ditch the Bodyguards: Helping her do this was how Bruce Wayne met Rebellious Mafia Princess Cathleen Duquesne.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: Sort of. The remaining two Batwomen pull a Big Damn Heroes against the bad guys.
  • Dynamic Entry: How Bane introduces himself to Batwoman as Kathy. By smashing out of the crate on which she was about to plant the bomb.
  • Hair Decorations: Of the three important females, the Cute Clumsy Girl is the one with the little hairclips.
  • Everybody Did It: All three villains are working together. All three suspects are Batwoman.
  • Expy:
    • Sonia was inspired by and based on Renee Montoya, a character created for the animated series who was adapted into the comic continuity.
    • Kathy Duquesne's name is a reference to Kathy Kane, the comics Batwoman's secret identity, though this version of Batwoman is a little too antiheroic to be her.
  • Fake Static - Bruce crushes up some paper near the receiver when Barbara gets too flirtatious during a phone call.
  • Gender Blender Nickname - Roxanne "Rocky" Ballantine.
  • Hot Scientist: Rocky
  • Interquel: Between Batman: The Animated Series and Batman Beyond. Many features of the Beyond batsuit are taken from Batwoman's and it sets up the Bruce/Barbara relationship mentioned in the latter series. Tim Drake is still Robin and visibly older than his appearance in The New Batman Adventures, but it is before the flashback scenes in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. The film also features newly developed plasma rifles that are likely early prototypes for the energy weapons that are later ubiquitous in the Beyond era.
  • Kick Chick - Batwoman's fighting style.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: A goon walks in as Batman is snooping around. While all the other mooks might attack Batman and get their butts handed to them, he's previously been thrashed by Batman and not eager for a rematch, so he brilliantly decides just to close the door and pretend he didn't see him.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Played with. Batman is out to stop the reckless Batwoman, but in their first face-to-face encounter he comes to her aid when she is surrounded by Mooks. They later have a scuffle, but there is no real misunderstanding at work - she just does not want Batman to stop her.
  • Lighter and Softer: As compared to other Batman animated films. In the clearest departure from its roots, more scenes take place in the daytime.
  • Mafia Princess: Kathy.
  • Maybe Ever After: Bruce and Kathy at the end.
  • Missing Mom: Kathy's was killed by assassins aiming for her father Carlton Duquesne.
  • Morph Weapon: Batwoman's shape metal restraint.
  • Mythology Gag: "I think we've got enough bat freaks in Gotham already, I mean, sheesh, what's next? Bat-Hound?"
  • Ninja Maid: The Penguin's club staff.
  • No Dialogue Episode: "Chase Me", a short included on the DVD.
  • Not That There's Anything Wrong with That: When Roxanne accidentally misspoke about Bruce's playboy reputation concerning women during one of her ramblings.
  • Non Indicative Title - It's actually "Mystery of the Batwomen".
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Batwoman is a brilliant martial artist who also invented miraculous gadgets and is a skilled and experienced computer hacker. It turns out it is three different women using one costume who each bring their own skills to the table.
  • Role Reprisal: John Vernon reprised his role of Rupert Thorne in the movie.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After spotting Batman rummaging around in a room (who gives him a rather displeased look), a mook quietly leaves the room and tells his inquisitive fellow mook nothing's wrong.
  • She-Fu: Penguin's waitresses-slash-cronies. It's a better showing than the actual series, where they only used cautiously-held handguns and were quickly neutralized.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Bruce acts this way when Barbara calls him on the phone.
    Barbara: But... spring break will be coming up soon and I'll be back in Gotham for two whole weeks. (*suggestively*) Won't that be nice.
    Bruce: ... Yes. We'll all be happy to see you.
    Tim: Don't drag me into this.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The original Batwoman, Kathy Kane, is referenced by the identity of one of the women potentially behind the mask: Kathy Duquesne.
    • Robin (out of costume) is briefly seen reading a comic book titled "Mutant Meta-Men".
  • Scary Black Man: Carlton Duquesne, Kathy's father; and one of his mooks.
  • Sophisticated as Hell:
    Alfred: As they say on the streets, "I ain't touching that one".
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Par for the Batman course.
  • Took a Level in Badass: The Penguin's Bodyguard Babes. Their only real fighting appearance in The New Batman Adventures involved very lame use of pistols, but here they're full-fledged She-Fu-wielding badasses who give Batwoman a run for her money.
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: We have the gorgeous Kathy Duquesne. She clearly didn't get her looks from her father Carlton.
  • The Unfettered: Batwoman has no Thou Shalt Not Kill proscription and will use guns. Sonia references this at the end, when she asks Batman how he still manages to keep from crossing the line when he puts on the mask, since she couldn't even see the line anymore from behind hers.
  • You All Share My Story: Rocky, Sonia, and Kathy all have a beef either with an existing Bat-villain or Carlton Duquesne. More indirectly, each shares a trait with Batman: Rocky's intelligence, Kathy's wealth, and Sonia's determination.

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