Concept art for Roxy Rocket
|First appearance||The Batman Adventures Annual #1|
|Created by||Paul Dini
|Alter ego||Roxanne Sutton|
|Team affiliations||The Penguin|
|Abilities||Former stunt double.|
Roxy Rocket is a fictional character, a minor comic book supervillainess. Originally created in 1994 for The Batman Adventures Annual #1, a series published by DC Comics, based on Batman: The Animated Series, Roxy was incorporated into The New Batman Adventures in the episode "The Ultimate Thrill", which first aired on September 14, 1998. Shortly thereafter, Roxy appeared in "Knight Time", an episode of Superman: The Animated Series. Roxy later appeared in several comic books based on the TV show. In 2006, the character was introduced to the main DC Universe. She was voiced by Charity James.
Fictional character biography
Roxanne "Roxy Rocket" Sutton was formerly a stunt double for a Hollywood actress. However, she lost her job after she tried to make her stunts too dangerous for any company to insure her. Out of work, but still hungering for thrills, Sutton began stealing jewels for The Penguin. Unlike other villains in Gotham City, Roxy's crimes were fairly benign. She was always the one being put at risk. Batman also took risks in his attempts to catch Roxy in midair chases, leading Roxy to believe Batman was a kindred spirit who understood the pleasure of risk-taking. In the end, however, Roxy realized her feelings were unrequited when Batman had her arrested.
Roxy next appeared in "Knight Time", an episode of Superman: The Animated Series. In what amounts to a cameo appearance, Roxy tries her luck in Metropolis, where she ends up tipping off Superman to the fact that Batman is conspicuously absent in Gotham. Unlike Batman (who can't fly), Superman picks Roxy off her rocket speeder with no effort at all. The episode eventually leads to a team-up between Robin and Superman. In both appearances, Roxy was voiced by Charity James.
Roxy Rocket appears in The Batman Adventures Annual # 1 where she vows to "straighten up and fly safe". However she is seen robbing a safe on a security camera, but it turns out she was framed by Catwoman. Angered at this, she tries, along with Batman, to apprehend her which results in a fight between the two women. Catwoman tries to hold her hostage with the intent of killing her but Roxy manages to get away and knocks her off the rooftop with a punch. Roxy makes the effort to save her but Catwoman slashes her hand instead choosing to fall down into the alleyway below. Roxy expresses worry and extreme remorse thinking that she has killed her but Batman reassures her that Catwoman still has "eight more lives".
Roxy Rocket makes a cameo appearance in the pages of Detective Comics #822, written by Paul Dini. She is trying to shake Batman off her rocket after she has stolen ion thruster plans from Gotham's S.T.A.R. Labs. This does not work. They crash high on the Sprang River Bridge and it takes Batman an hour and a half to get them both down. This is her first appearance in the DC Universe.
After a lengthy absence from the DCU, Roxy made her first proper appearance in Batgirl #6-7, as one of the villains in Roulette's game, and is shown battling the new Batgirl, Stephanie Brown in the Batgirl #7 cover.
Series producer and writer Paul Dini has said that Roxy had always been a favorite of his. "She's a character Bruce Timm and I created for the first Batman Adventures Annual," Dini said. "We always liked her, so we created a television story for her. Sparks fly in that one."
Bruce Timm called the television episode "probably the most blatantly risque episode we've ever done."
- The Batman Adventures Annual 01 (first appearance)
- Justice League Adventures 6 (actually Hawkgirl in disguise)
- Justice League Adventures 10 (cameo, uses a rocket pack instead of her usual rocket speeder)
- Detective Comics 822 (cameo, her first appearance in the regular DC Universe)
- Batgirl (2009 series) 6-7
- Batman: Chaos in Gotham (level 4 sub-boss).
- ^ "Paul Dini on Roxy Rocket". Roxy's Rocket. Archived from the original on 2008-01-30. Retrieved January 29, 2006.
- ^ "Animating Batman, Part III - Everying Old Is New Again". Movie Poop Shoot: Comics 101. Retrieved January 29, 2006.
- Dini, P. (2009). "Batman: Mad Love and other Stories"