STK-ATIC SUNDAY – VIDEO GAME GODDESS
Is there anything our favorite person and actress cannot do? This week I draw attention to a character she breathed life into in the video game BATMAN – ARKHAN CITY released in 2011.
With the talk of a full animation movie or perhaps even a live action version of this being made, it is time to shed light on this terrific character in the arsenal of Ms. Katic
Stana plays/voices the character Talia al Ghul. Talia is the daughter of the supervillain Ra’s al Ghul, the grand-daughter of Sensei, the half-sister of Nyssa Raatko, on-and-off girlfriend/lover of the superheroBatman, and mother of twelve-year-old Damian Wayne (the fifth Robin). She has alternately been depicted as an anti-hero and ally to Batman at times.
The character was created by writer Dennis O’Neil and artist Bob Brown as simply Talia originally. The character’s creation and depiction was inspired by other works of fiction, such as the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and the Fu Manchu fiction. The character first appeared in Detective Comics #411 (May 1971). She is most commonly depicted as a romantic interest for Batman, a villain, or a combination of the two. Her father, the leader of a worldwide criminal and terrorist empire, considered Batman the man most worthy to marry Talia and become his successor. Absent a spouse, Talia was considered as an heir to her father and his organization.
While Batman is uninterested in the criminal empire, he has often demonstrated romantic feelings for Talia. Talia has saved the life of Batman or helped him on numerous occasions. The majority of her criminal acts have been committed at the behest of her father and motivated by loyalty to her father rather than personal gain. She had been depicted as morally ambiguous or an antiheroic figure. In the mid to late 90’s part of her father’s name was incorporated to hers as a kind of surname to help readers associate her with Ra’s al Ghul. Recent depictions have shown her to be more often an enemy of Batman and a supervillain in her own right, such as leading the League of Assassins, as part of the Secret Society of Super Villains, and as the mastermind behind Leviathan.
Here is a clip of the action involving Talia!