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Last of the three DC Animated Universe 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 Enterprises; 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.


Mystery of the Batwoman provides examples of following tropes:

  • Action Girl: Batwoman. All three of her. Also, the Penguin's Bodyguard Babes.
  • Actor Allusion: Like her voice actress Elisa Gabriellia, Sonia has a beauty spot on her left cheek.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Arguably, a minor one, but Kathy Duquesne for the original Kathy Kane.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • Art Evolution: 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.
  • Bald, Black Leader Guy: Carlton is an African American gang leader and is bald.
  • Betrayal by Inaction: Subverted as Kathy is hanging from a broken ledge by her cape. Carlton goes away, Kathy's head drops... and then the lifesaver on a rope he'd gone to grab drops down.
  • 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.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Rocky, Kathy, and Sonia.
  • Bodyguard Babes: The Penguin's club staff, Jay, Lark, and Raven.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Kathy is less than pleased that her father's mob activities led to her mother's death, and she lets him know when she gets unmasked.
  • 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.
    • Watch carefully in the scene in which Bruce Wayne stops the escalator, causing Kathy Duquesne's two bodyguards to trip and tumble down the steps and slide into a glass case at the bottom. A somewhat disreputable young woman scampers out of the way just before they hit the case: none other than "Freckles" who was one of Batgirl's tipsters in "The Ultimate Thrill" and would also reappear later in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker in the flashback sequence.
    • Several of Bane's thugs crewing the S.S. Naiad also appear in the Batman Beyond pilot episode "Rebirth" among the kidnappers holding Bunny Vreeland for ransom in its opening act.
    • Also, the reference to Kaznia (see below), which also received a few mentions in Beyond.
    • Several features on Batwoman's costume (the chest symbol and the full face mask) would influence the design of the Beyond batsuit. The jet she uses might also have inspired that jet boots.
  • Captain Ersatz: They weren't allowed to use an existing iteration of Kathy Kane. Kathy Duquesne's name comes directly from this.
  • Canon Immigrant: Kathy Duquesne was later incorporated into the DC Comics Bombshells series as a member of The Batgirls.
  • Cast as a Mask: Kyra Sedgwick plays Batwoman, but none of her potential secret identities. There's a voice-changer built into the mask.
  • 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.
  • Clear My Loved One's Name: Rocky is trying to do this for her fiance, Kevin.
  • Continuity Nod: At one point, it's mentioned that a faction of the Kaznian military is attempting to purchase weaponry from the Penguin and Bane. Kaznia was first mentioned in Superman: The Animated Series and later played a crucial role in several episodes of Justice League.
  • Conveniently Placed Sharp Thing: After the Penguin is entangled by the Batwoman, he is able to cut himself free on one of the shuriken his Bodyguard Babes put into the wall when they came to his rescue. An interesting case, as the sharp thing was not present when he got tied up.
  • 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.
  • Corrupted Character Copy: Kathy DuQuesne, who is named in reference to Kathy Kane, the Batwoman of the comics. The makers of the movie intended to straight-up name her "Kathy Kane", but were asked by DC to change it because the movie's Kathy is more of a ruthless Anti-Hero than the comic book version.
  • 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.
  • Didn't Think This Through: The three women's scheme in hindsight, to get their revenge: they used the Bat moniker while disobeying the Thou Shalt Not Kill addendum that all Bats must follow and dressed in a shimmery outfit which is noticeable. This leads to the real Batman getting on the case, something that they lampshade in the novelization.
  • 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, though he might wish it had.
  • Distaff Counterpart
  • Ditch the Bodyguards: Helping her do this was how Bruce Wayne met Rebellious Mafia Princess Kathleen Duquesne.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: Sort of. The remaining two Batwomen pull a Big Damn Heroes against the bad guys.
  • Driving Question: Who is Batwoman? A. Mafia Princess Kathy Duquesne, B. Wayne Tech scientist Roxanne "Rocky" Ballantine, or C. Detective Sonia Alcana? The correct answer is D. All of the above.
  • 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.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In the novelization, when Robin asks if Catwoman could be posing as Batwoman, Bruce mentions that while Selina is willing to kill in self-defense, she wouldn't kill recklessly.
    • The film proper has Alfred ask the question with a similar answer, that Selina has more respect for human life then Batwoman.
  • 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.
  • Fantasy Sequence: The beginning and ending of the "Chase Me" short suggest that the action sequences of Batman chasing Catwoman are Bruce's daydream of what he'd rather be doing instead of attending a high-society gathering.
  • Gender Blender Nickname- Roxanne "Rocky" Ballantine.
  • Hot Scientist: Rocky
  • Hypocritical Humor: Bruce's opinion of the Batwoman is "The last thing Gotham needs is a vigilante running amok", leading to Alfred's Sophisticated as Hell response below.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Roxanne resembles her voice actress Kelly Ripa.
  • 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 sequence 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.
  • Kiss of Distraction: The action sequence of the "Chase Me" short ends with Batman suddenly moving in to kiss Catwoman. As he backs away, she tries to follow, and finds herself cuffed to the fence behind her.
  • 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 after an agonizingly long and tense silent staredown with the Bat, 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 and it's not as violent and dramatic as Batman: Mask of the Phantasm or Batman: Sub-Zero.
  • Mafia Princess: Kathy.
  • Male Gaze: Kathy is introduced exiting a pool in a skimpy bikini.
  • May–December Romance: Bruce is old enough to be Kathy's father, and he and Barbara have something going on in the background.
  • 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.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The costume that Batwoman (all three of them) wears is very form-fitting, shiny and highlights her voluptuous yet well-toned figure.
  • Mythology Gag: "I think we've got enough bat freaks in Gotham already, I mean, sheesh, what's next? Bat-Hound?"
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Kathy Duquesne's character design seems intended to resemble actress Halle Berry (which becomes Hilarious in Hindsight).
  • No-Dialogue Episode: "Chase Me", a short that was included on the DVD.
  • Non-Indicative Name: It's actually "Mystery of the Batwomen".
  • Not Me This Time: Bruce is annoyed that the press and Barbara seem to think that Batwoman has anything to do with him, since while he has brought proteges, he wouldn't bring one that would resort to murder.
  • Not That There's Anything Wrong with That: When Roxanne accidentally misspoke about Bruce's playboy reputation concerning women during one of her ramblings.
  • 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.
  • Pool Scene: There's a scene where Kathy in bikini slowly gets out of her swimming pool.
  • Race Lift: As mentioned above, Kathy Duquesne is an Expy of Kathy Kane, the original Batwoman in the comics. While Kathy Kane is white, Kathy Duquesne is a light-skinned black woman.
  • Revenge Before Reason: The women didn't consider the consequences of their actions, especially when adopting the Bat moniker. Sonia at the end has to resign from the police force due to her vigilante activities, and that's just one example.
  • Scary Black Man: Carlton Duquesne, Kathy's father; and one of his mooks.
  • 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.
  • Secondary Adaptation: A 2003 animated movie that continues the adventures of Batman: The Animated Series, which is based on the DC Comics Series character, Batman.
  • Sexophone: Very prominent in the movie. Even more present in the Chase Me short.
  • 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.
    • Tim Drake is briefly seen reading a comic book titled "Mutant Meta-Men".
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Bruce Wayne declares "The last thing Gotham needs is a vigilante running amok".
    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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