I was so busy fomenting wicked sexism and receiving death threats yesterday, I forgot the original point that inspired it...
With Catwoman no longer a villain -- and it seems, not likely to become one again soon -- Batman could really use some new female villains or, at least, the ramping up of some underused ones. I mean, gosh, don't you think Poison Ivy is exhausted from all the overtime?
I have some nominees and I hope you do, too.
The Manikin, seen most recently at, well, Blockade Boy's place. Loved her; nice old-fashioned villain origin. You know, workplace accident or injustice leads to bitterness at industry and world, as well as themed costume and gimmick. I swear, if only the DCU had better OSHA regs and Worker's Comp laws, there'd be a lot fewer crazed villains running around.
As one of the commenters pointed out, her schtick was echoed later on Batman The Animated Series in the character Calendar Girl (who also was a riff, of course, on Calendar Man). Either one would do!
Also seen most recently at Chez Blockade were Dragon Fly, Silken Spider, and Tiger Moth. Hmm. They look more like they're part of the Bugs of All Nations show at Minky's. If someone (hi, Gail; hi, Geoff) were to bring these gals back it should probably start off as a criminal trio. You know: The Bugs of Prey. Then they could triple date with the Terrible Trio.
Yikes; we're not doing too well. At this rate, we'll never reach a ratio of even, say, one female villain to every six male villains. Harley Quin's a bit overworked, but BTAS's Red Claw could make a comeback. But, well-- ugh; she seemed like a better foe for Bullwinkle than Batman.
The Sparrow gave the Joker a rough time once; I'm certainly be amused to see her go up against Robin!
Mindboggler was lots of fun, and I've been sorry she hasn't returned. From the dead. Yet.
And not that long ago, there was a great female version of "the Tattooed Man"; she was gangbusters and she needs a rematch.
Okay, some of you help me out of here, because I'm teetering close to the precipice beyond which lies Olga the Cossack Queen, Ma Parker, Marsha Queen of Diamonds, Madame Minerva, the Black Widow, Nora Clavicle, Lady Peasoup, Zelda the Great, and Senora Lola Lasagna. And we certainly don't want to go there!
Actually .... Zelda and Lola would be FABULOUS, wouldn't they?
"I am Senora Lola Lasagna!" GODS, how I love saying that. Loudly. In public.
Try it; you'll be amazed at how good it feels.