The Batman family just added a new member and she is an old fan-favorite from a different timeline
Spoilers for 'Catwoman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular'
It's always a big moment when DC Comics adds a new member to the Batman Family. It's been a while since the Dark Knight got a new sidekick or partner but now there's a more organic addition to his cast of supporting characters. A while back, DC had announced that the upcoming 'Batman/Catwoman' maxi-series by Tom King would see the celebrity couple take their relationship to the next level with the announcement of a pregnancy. Now in the pages of the 'Catwoman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular', we find out the name of this incoming child.
In a short story written by King and illustrated by Mikel Janin, we see Bruce telling Selina she's pregnant. The story then fast-forwards through the pregnancy, showing Catwoman joining Batman in taking down villains while her body goes through the usual changes. We eventually see her with the baby in her arms while Batman is off in another dimension and the story ends by jumping to the future after Bruce's death. We finally see a grown-up Helena with her aged mother, who never mentions her name. But the title of the story, which is revealed on the last panel, gives away this new/old character's name, 'Helena'.
For those who don't know, Helena Wayne (or Helena Kyle) used to be the daughter of Batman and Catwoman in the classic Earth-2 timeline where she operates under the name Huntress. She was played by Ashley Scott in the short-lived 'Birds of Prey' TV series and had a brief stint in the main universe as well. However, this is the first time the character has been acknowledged as part of the prime continuity. The character had her debut in 1977's 'All-Star Comics' #69, by Paul Levitz and Joe Staton, and went on to appear in a number of major stories including 'Crisis on Infinite Earths'. Even as they're adding a new chapter to the 80-year story of the Bat-Cat romance, it's nice to see that DC is paying tribute to this old fan-favorite.
'Catwoman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular' was released on June 3.