Concept art for Roxy Rocket
|First appearance||The Batman Adventures Annual #1|
|Created by||Paul Dini
|Alter ego||Roxanne Sutton|
|Abilities||Former stunt double. Seduction. Hand to hand combat proficiency. Aviation skills.|
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.
Fictional character biography
DC Animated Universe
Roxy Rocket was first seen in the projects in the DC Animated Universe voiced by Charity James.
In her appearance on The New Batman Adventures, 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 Penguin, while slightly seducing him. 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 as the police approach the area. When she asked what this was, Batman quoted "My game and you lost."
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.
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.
Roxy Rocket appeared in Batman Li'l Gotham issues #5, 6, 14, 17
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."
Powers and abilities
Roxy has no powers, but she has an arsenal of skills that gave Batman a challenge. She has displayed an exceptional skill in acrobatics and stunts due to her former employment as a stunt double. She has a skill in flying her trademark rocket , and has enough knowledge in mechanics to be able to repair it.
She is also very skilled in hand to hand combat, as she was able to easily defeat Jay, Lark, and Raven, the Penguin's henchwomen, who have been trained so well they were fighting on par and sometimes gaining the upper hand on Batwoman.
In other media
- Roxy Rocket appears in the Justice League Action episode "The Fatal Fare," voiced by Gillian Jacobs. This version is depicted as a former daredevil who started her space transportation service where she promotes it in a commercial by picking up G'nort and Lobo. Roxy Rocket's business was competing with the taxi company that Space Cabbie works for. By the end of the episode, Space Cabbie's robot Jack is unable to get Space Cabbie's taxicab working causing him to call Roxy Rocket to give them a ride. Before taking off, she does tell Space Cabbie that they will have to stop at an acid lake planet much to the dismay of Space Cabbie since that is where Superman sent Darkseid.
- Roxy Rocket appears in the video game Batman: Chaos in Gotham. She appears as a 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.
- Batman: Black and White #1 (2013)
- Dini, P. (2009). "Batman: Mad Love and other Stories"