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This discussion came up at work after a female coworker decided to run a marathon dressed as Batman. Somebody said that she'd be running as Batwoman, to which she replied that, no, she was running as Batman.

This got me wondering - has there ever been a female Batman, in any continuity?

To be more precise (and to borrow some wording from the comments), has a woman put on the Batsuit made by Bruce Wayne and claimed the identity of BATMAN, to whatever purpose? This question is open to alternate continuities, universes, timelines, body/gender-swaps etc.

Just to clarify, I'm specifically talking a female character using the Batman name, or otherwise posing as Batman, rather than the obvious answer of Batwoman or Batgirl.

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    To the best of my knowledge there has not. The closest I can think of is from a superman crossover where supes encounters female versions of all the superheroes. Even then it's batwoman, not batman.
    – Valorum
    Feb 2, 2015 at 14:38
  • My only guess (and this IS a guess) would be that maybe at some point Barbera Gordon had to 'fill in' for a sick or otherwise incapacitated Batman, Robin was absent, and it had to specifically be Batman...but even in comic books, that seems a little too convoluted to have actually happened.
    – Zibbobz
    Feb 2, 2015 at 14:51
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    I don't remember the number, but one of the Pre-Crisis multiverse worlds was an Earth where all the genders were switched. So, on that Earth, Batman would have been female.
    – Omegacron
    Feb 2, 2015 at 16:08
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    Sorry, it was the post-52 Earth-11 that has genders switched. But on that world, BatMAN is called BatWOMAN, so it doesn't fit your criteria.
    – Omegacron
    Feb 2, 2015 at 16:13
  • I don't think this is an acceptable question. It is too difficult to ascertain what you are asking or why you are asking it. Are you asking: Has a woman put on the Batsuit made by Bruce Wayne and claim the identity of BATMAN, to whatever purpose, but was not in an alternate universe, alternate timeline, parallel continuity or some other gender-bending reality? Given the relatively recent state of the current DCnU, the answer would easily be NO. Previous continuities outside of YOUR parameters would also be NO. Feb 6, 2015 at 15:49

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One of the few examples of parallel universes where Batman has been replaced with a woman who is still "technically" Batman (named Batwoman) is a gender-bent reality (Earth-11) where Bruce Wayne (Batman) meets his gender-swapped counterpart and he believes her to be Helena Bertillini.

  • Batwoman was Earth-11's counterpart to Batman. Earth-11's recent history reflects that of New Earth, as both Wonder Man and others note the killing of Maxine Lord for the murder of Booster, and mind controlling of Superwoman.

  • Batwoman's history and adventures are unknown, but presumably similar to the exploits of Batman, her New Earth counterpart. She was a hero of long standing, an ally of her world's Superwoman and an inspiration to her world. Recently, she and her fellow heroes fought against an army of Amazonian warriors when they invaded Washington DC.

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  • The characters appear in Superman/Batman number 24 produced by Jeph Loeb, Ed McGuinness & Dexter Vines.

  • An earlier depiction of Batwoman from Superman #349 in the 1980s, depicts a magically-altered world where the genders of all of Superman's friends have been gender-swapped. This is from the pre-Crisis version of the DC Universe. The perpetrator was the 5th dimensional meddler, Mister Mxyzptlk.

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    Ha! +1, and I'd give you another if I could for introducing "Black Condor" into my life. As if all canaries are gender-specific, hahaha. Oh, and condors are black by nature, so the name is... yeah.
    – Nerrolken
    Feb 6, 2015 at 22:16
  • LOL at Wonder Man's outfit. Love those shorts.
    – Joshua
    Mar 20, 2016 at 0:01
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In Batman: The Animated Series (1992), in the episode Shadow of the Bat, Commissioner Gordon was arrested for supposedly taking bribes from Rupert Thorne.

A public rally was organized to support Gordon, and since the real Batman refused to make a public appearance, Barbara posed as Batman.

This led to her becoming Batgirl later, but her original intent was to appear as Batman.

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    This, to me, seems closest to the spirit of the question. She posed, however briefly, as the actual Batman.
    – BangBang
    Jan 23 at 11:21
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Bryce Wayne, aka The Drowned

Yes, the DC multiverse has featured a female character taking on the mantle of Batman. In the Dark Nights: Metal event (2017), one of the primary antagonists was Bryce Wayne, also known as The Drowned. Hailing from Earth-11, she is the twisted counterpart of Bruce Wayne/Batman from Prime Earth.

Bryce was a member of the sinister team known as the Dark Knights, a group of corrupted Batmen from the Dark Multiverse. She was the sole woman among these Dark Knights, who were all the Bruce Wayne/Batman of their respective universes, warped into nightmarish versions of themselves.

Bryce Wayne in the Batman: The Drowned #1 cover

While Bryce Wayne was not explicitly referred to as "Batman" or "Batwoman" in the story, her status as a female Bruce Wayne/Batman variant is made clear. In Dark Nights: Metal #2, when Wonder Woman asks where Bruce (Batman) is, Bryce, along with the other Dark Knights, responds, "I'm right here," acknowledging that they are all versions of the same person.

Wonder Woman: Bruce… Where is he?
Barbatos: You want Bruce Wayne?
Barbatos: Look around.
Bryce (along with the other Batmen): I'm right here.

Dark Nights: Metal #2 panels featuring the scene described above

The one-shot issue Batman: The Drowned delves into Bryce's backstory, showcasing how her origin mirrors that of Bruce Wayne's path to becoming Batman in a twisted way. Additionally, the fact that this story is part of the "Batman" line of comics (not “Batwoman”) and that Bryce is grouped with the other Dark Knights (who are all Batmen) reinforces her position as a female embodiment of the Batman identity.

Bryce Wayne undoubtedly qualifies as a woman who donned the Batsuit and claimed the identity of Batman, even if she was not directly referred to by that name. Her inclusion in Dark Nights: Metal serves as a compelling answer to the OP's question, presenting “a woman [who] put on the Batsuit made by Bruce [or Bryce] Wayne and claimed the identity of BATMAN” and "otherwise posing as Batman, rather than the obvious answer of Batwoman or Batgirl."

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    But does she go by "Batman"?
    – Valorum
    Jan 23 at 12:32
  • @Valorum I edited my answer to address that. Jan 23 at 15:09
  • I remember coming across this story, and I did wonder whether or not it was worth posting as an answer. I guess it counts as an honourable mention
    – Clockwork
    Jan 23 at 15:44
  • @galacticninja - I'm not seeing it.
    – Valorum
    Jan 23 at 16:17
  • @Valorum Basically, she's a female Batman and fits what the OP was looking for: "a woman [who] put on the Batsuit made by Bruce [or Bryce] Wayne and claimed the identity of BATMAN, to whatever purpose" and "otherwise posing as Batman, rather than the obvious answer of Batwoman or Batgirl." It's similar to the current top-voted and accepted answer: a gender-swapped Bruce Wayne / Batman. Jan 23 at 21:28
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Batman has turned into a woman in several stories, JLA ones I think. So yes Batman has been a woman who is still Batman, plus some other stories where he swapped bodies with...........Huntress? I forget who, it was in the Loeb Superman/Batman team up comic.

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    Based on my reading of the question body swap episodes don't count
    – Valorum
    Feb 6, 2015 at 9:25
  • @Richard Agreed, though it wasn't explicit in the text, so this is still a good answer, but probably not the answer the asker is looking for.
    – Zibbobz
    Feb 6, 2015 at 14:48
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    @Zibbobz I've actually upvoted this answer myself - it's starting to look as though the answer to my question is a "No, but...", so finding a close example may be the best answer. Feb 6, 2015 at 16:02
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    Hi Jonny, while this may be a useful answer can you back it up with sources/images/issue number please? I will end up with more upvotes that way
    – AncientSwordRage
    Jun 21, 2021 at 10:49

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