Silver St. Cloud
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|Silver St. Cloud|
|First appearance||Detective Comics #470 (June 1977)|
|Created by||Steve Englehart
|Supporting character of||Batman|
Silver St. Cloud is a fictional character who appears in Batman comics set in the DC Comics Universe. She is a recurring love interest of Batman/Bruce Wayne. She was ranked 64th in Comics Buyer's Guide's "100 Sexiest Women in Comics" list.
She debuted in Detective Comics #470 and was created by Steve Englehart and Walt Simonson. The issues featuring her earlier appearances have been collected in trade paperback form as Batman: Strange Apparitions.
Fictional character biography
Batman: Strange Apparitions
Silver is Bruce's main love interest in Batman: Strange Apparitions, reprinting stories from Detective Comics #469-476, 478, 479. Her character first meets Bruce Wayne following the Batman's defeat of new villain Doctor Phosphorus, in a battle that occurred at a nuclear power plant on the ocean. Soon she begins dating Bruce Wayne. She suspects from the start that Bruce is hiding something, citing his interest in crime reports and his encounters with Batman as evidence of a secret. When Bruce Wayne is captured and replaced by Hugo Strange in a prosthetic disguise, Silver quickly notices Wayne is not acting like himself and contacts Dick Grayson (Robin) to tell him about Wayne's strange behavior. Her insight and quick action leads to Robin rescuing Bruce.
Silver is one of the few characters to have discovered Batman's secret identity. Her relationship with Bruce was initially in trouble due to his repeated disappearances. However, over time she was able to piece together the clues and eventually recognize her lover in the Batman costume. Silver confirms her suspicions by calling out to Bruce while he battled the villain Deadshot, causing him to turn and allowing Silver to recognize Batman's chin as the chin of Bruce Wayne. The initial appearances of Silver also represent the first time that it is explicitly recognized that Bruce Wayne or even Batman has engaged in a sexual relationship.
Silver witnesses Batman fighting Joker. After defeating the Joker, Batman meets with Silver. She reveals to Batman that she knows his secret and that she still loves him. She says that she could not be with him because she could not stand worrying about him each night. She then ends the relationship, asking him not to see her again.
Silver’s breakup with Bruce had repercussions in the following issues, where Batman takes out his frustration over the failed relationship on a couple of criminals. Most of his fury becomes concentrated on one criminal, whom he punches repeatedly. Bruce tells Alfred Pennyworth that he blames his crimefighting persona for driving Silver away, and for a time muses whether he should give up being Batman forever.
In the Legends of the Dark Knight story arc "Siege" (plotted by Archie Goodwin), St. Cloud briefly returns to Bruce Wayne's life while organizing a mercenaries' convention in Gotham, but is severely injured by the convention's leader when she discovers a plot to assault the city.
Batman: Dark Detective
Silver returns once again in Steve Englehart's story arc Batman: Dark Detective, a sequel to Batman: Strange Apparitions. In this series, her relationship with Bruce Wayne evolves further, to the point that Silver prepares to leave her fiancé, a campaigning senator, to be with him. However, her fiancé's arm and leg are cut off in Joker's booby traps, while he attempts to find her in Joker's house. Wayne instructs her to continue her relationship with the senator until his campaign ends, but she is angered by this and leaves Wayne's life again.
The Widening Gyre
Her character returns in Kevin Smith's Batman: The Widening Gyre, in which she and Bruce rekindle their romance on an island beach her family owns. At the end of the comic, her throat is slashed by the villain Onomatopoeia.
In other media
Silver St. Cloud appears in Season 2 of Gotham, portrayed by Natalie Alyn Lind. This version is the step-niece and ward of corrupt billionaire Theo Galavan and his sister Tabitha Galavan. She befriends the young Bruce Wayne, who is immediately smitten with her. Unbeknownst to him, Silver is helping Galavan in The Sacred Order of Saint Dumas' plan to kill Bruce and take over Wayne Enterprises. To that end, she starts dating Bruce while driving a wedge between him and Selina Kyle, who sees through her act. Bruce and Silver are abducted outside of Anders Preparatory Academy by hitman Tom "The Knife". When he threatens her with torture, she says that "M. Malone" is connected to with the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne. It then turns out that Selina and Bruce hired "The Knife" in order to get the wanted information out of her. Galavan tasks her with luring Bruce to his death, but she has by now developed genuine feelings for Bruce and instead helps him escape her uncle's clutches when the Order of St. Dumas plan to sacrifice him. After Tabitha turns against Theo during the fight between the Order of St. Dumas and Oswald Cobblepot's group, she escapes with Silver.
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- Damore, Meagan (July 17, 2015). "'Gotham' Casts Natalie Alyn Lind as Silver St. Cloud". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved February 2, 2016.
- "The Son of Gotham". Gotham (TV series). Season 2. Episode 10. November 23, 2015. Fox.
- "Worse Than a Crime". Gotham (TV series). Season 2. Episode 11. November 30, 2015. Fox.
- The Batman:Revised First Draft Screenplay, Sci Fi Scripts.Com