Victoria "Vicki" Vale is a fictional character that appears in comic books published by DC Comics. The character first appears in Batman #49 (October/November 1948), and was created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger.
Often the plot of a story featuring Vicki Vale revolved around her suspicions regarding Batman's identity. Batman would usually manage to fool her into concluding that he was not really Bruce Wayne by the end of the story, but then her suspicions would reemerge in a later story.
Vicki Vale remained a prominent character in Batman stories from Batman #49, in 1948, until Detective #320 in October 1963. In 1964, Julie Schwartz became the editor of the Batman-related comics. Schwartz dropped a number of Batman's Silver Age backing characters, including Vicki Vale, Batwoman, Bat-Girl, Bat-Mite, and Ace the Bat-Hound.
She returned around 1982 in Batman #344 (February 1982). The editor and writer were apparently unaware of her 1970s appearances, so there was no mention of her being married, and it was stated in a footnote that she had not appeared since Detective #320. Supposedly she had been in Europe for years, but now had returned to Gotham City. She became Bruce Wayne's romantic interest again, earning the wrath of Catwoman in Batman #355 (Jan 1983). She also had a rivalry for Bruce's affections with Julia Remarque, the daughter of Alfred Pennyworth and Mdme. Marie. (Julia Remarque was wiped from continuity after Crisis on Infinite Earths).
The character appeared again in the Wonder Woman title as one of the hosts of the television program The Scene (similar to The View). Her co-hosts included Lia Briggs, Tawny Young, and Linda Park. Two episodes were shown in which they interviewed Wonder Woman on her career. In "the Black Glove" book she wishes Bruce and his new lady Jezebel Jet well on the air, albeit grudgingly and in a somewhat brisk manner.
VIcki shows up (as a blonde) in the first of the 2008 two part story Two Face: Year One. She interviews a corrupt mob lawyer named Weinstein, who is running for Gotham district attorney against Harvey Dent.
The character is featured prominently in the 1989 film Batman, played by Kim Basinger. Sean Young was originally cast as Vicki Vale before being forced to bow out due to an injury. The movie's interpretation of the character is actually a hybrid with 1970s character Silver St. Cloud, a name deemed too silly for a movie character. When the movie begins, she has come to Gotham to do a story on Batman, but becomes drawn into the conflict with the Joker when the Clown Prince of Crime develops an affection for her. She does not appear but is mentioned in the sequel Batman Returns, once flippantly when Bruce Wayne chides Alfred for letting her into the Batcave, and again during a conversation between Bruce and Selina Kyle where Bruce mentions that she ended the relationship and left because she ultimately couldn't accept his dual life.
Vicki Vale appears in the direct-to-video film The Batman vs. Dracula, voiced by Tara Strong. Instead of working for a newspaper, she is portrayed as a television reporter, reporting on the "Lost Ones" — the victims of Dracula — and is nearly used by Dracula to resurrect his long-dead bride before Batman interrupts the ritual. Vale is also romantically linked to Bruce Wayne, even going as far as to mention the kind of impact the death of his parents could have on him, hinting that she may know he is the Batman. Vale also makes a brief appearance in The Batman Strikes! #15, which itself is a companion tale of The Batman vs. Dracula.
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