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Quote1 Yes, I Am a woman—the daughter of Mademoiselle Marie! Quote2
-- Julia Pennyworth src

Julia Remarque was the daughter of Alfred Pennyworth and the French heroine Mademoiselle Marie, though due to her mother's dangerous lifestyle she was actually raised by her mother's friend Jacques Remarque.

For years, Julia was unaware about her mother's fate until she asked Jaques and he told her the story about Marie's last known days. Julia learned that Marie was shot and after the attack, she only muttered the name "Alfred". Julia assumed that Marie was calling for her killer and in order to avenge her death, Julia lured Alfred to a trap, where he would have to stand trial for the murder of Marie. Batman intervened and found the real killer, but Julia didn't learn the truth about Alfred at that moment.[1]

Family Reunion

Eventually, Julia learned that Alfred was her biological father and she travelled to Gotham City to join him.[2] While in Gotham, she also investigated the murder of her adoptive father, Jaques Remarque.[3] Her investigation led her to Montreal,[4] where they became target of the killer known as Deadshot For this reason, they summoned Batman to help them and when he captured the killer, they learned that he had been hired by Jacques Remarque, Julia’s adoptive father.[5] Following the investigation with the Montreal Police, Julia and Alfred tracked down Deadshot and his associates to their base of operations in the sewers of the city, where Julia learned the hard way that Jacques was dead and the crooks only used his name as a decoy. Afterwards, the whole organization was dismantled and Deadshot was finally arrested.[6]

After solving the mystery, Julia went to live in Wayne Manor with Alfred, where she met Bruce Wayne and Jason Todd.[7] Julia became a temporary houseguest at Wayne Manor, which created conflict between Bruce Wayne and Vicki Vale.[8] This situation, combined with Jason’s disapproval of Julia’s presence in Wayne Manor forced her to leave the place and sough a job from Vicki at Picture News Magazine.[9][10][11]

Romance

While working with Vicki on a mission to get exclusive pictures about Mister Freeze’s recent crimes, Julia told Vicki that she was interested in Batman. On their mission, they were captured by Freeze and during the final battle between Freeze and Batman, Julia and Vicki worked together to help Batman defeat the villain. During the rescue, Julia kissed Batman without permission, and Vicki was glad about it, unaware that Batman was Bruce Wayne.[12] On another occasion, Julia took the opportunity of going on a date with Bruce and tried to expose her feelings, but Bruce avoided a serious approach.[13]

After a month working at Picture News, Julia managed to get her first writing assignment thanks to Vicki’s influence.[14] Working closely with Vicki, Julia came in conflict with her boss’ rival, Catwoman,[15] who sacrificed herself to save Batman and made Julia realize the deep love between the two of them.[16]

Having learned this, Julia changed her focus and became interested in Bruce, a decision her father encouraged and supported.[17] Eventually, Julia became a freelance writer, working for the Gotham Gazette[18] and started making public appearances with Bruce Wayne.[19] However, the inconsistency of their relationship caused her to lose hope to ever be with Bruce Wayne.[20]

On her duty as an investigative reporter, Julia became interested in the crimes of a new villain, which she called Film Freak, because of her unusual methods. Her investigations earned him the hatred of Film Freak who sought to kill her for meddling in his life and exposing him to the public.[21] Julia tried to stop the killer, but in the end she was saved by the timely arrival of Vicki Vale.[22] Three days later, Julia was again attacked by the Film Freak who attempted to kill her , but this time she was saved by Batman, Robin, Catwoman and Harvey Bullock and the Film Freak was finally captured.[23]

The last time Alfred was ever seen was during the massive breakout from Arkham Asylum and the Gotham State Penitentiary, organized by Ra's al Ghul. As part of Ra's plan, Julia was kidnapped by Scarecrow, but she was eventually rescued by Batman and Catwoman.[24]


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  • This version of Julia Pennyworth, including all history and corresponding appearances, was initially erased from existence following the collapse of the original Multiverse in the 1985–86 Crisis on Infinite Earths limited series. However the ending of Convergence retroactively prevented that collapse, saving all the alternate realities, though in an "evolved" form. Even though versions of the character may have since appeared, this information does not apply to those versions.

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