Vicki Vale was a reporter for the Gotham Gazette, whose job it was to report on the Batman. What complicated things further for her was, she was also romantically linked to billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne. She would regularly have her suspicions about Batman and Bruce Wayne's identities, but Bruce was usually able to fool her into at least reasonable doubt. After a last appearance in 1963, she appeared again briefly in 1977, but didn't become a serious figure in Bruce Wayne's life again until 1982. She soon became one of Bruce's leading ladies again, and vied for his affection with the others in his life, including Julia Remarque. She even merited the wrath of Catwoman. Vicki resurfaced again in the '90s, and again tried to make her love with Bruce work, but was simply unable to tolerate all of the time he spent mysteriously away from her (while he was the Batman). Bruce actually almost revealed his secret identity to her at this point, but eventually decided not to, and they broke up once again.
Vicki and Bruce Wayne have not dated in a while, though the local gossips obviously assume they will to be together again. Vicki has also won the Press Club's top award for photos of super heroes taken during Infinite Crisis.
During the events of the Battle for the Cowl, it's seen that Vicki had returned to her old job as a reporter for Gotham Gazette, reporting on the uncertain status of the Batman, and trying to make contact with Bruce. Though finally seeming to accept that she and Bruce will no longer work out together, it's revealed that she has a wall of photos of the Bat-Family, including Dick Grayson, Tim Drake, and Barbara Gordon, in their Bat-Identities, and becoming determined to prove the connections.
Through her own detective work, Vicki is able to deduce their identities and plans on revealing them to the world. However, she ends up becoming a target by Ra's al Ghul, who intends on making sure that the identity of his arch-rival is never smeared in this way. Despite the protection of Batman, Robin, Red Robin, Batgirl, the GCPD and the Birds of Prey, Vicki keeps slipping away, still intent on revealing everything. This all changes when Ra's himself confronts Vicki in her apartment, only to be rescued by "Insider", who reveals himself to be the returned Bruce Wayne. He admits that all of this was because he couldn't bring himself to reveal his identity to her. When Bruce is able to persuade Ra's to stand down and Vicki to destroy her evidence. Out of curiosity, she asks Bruce that if he doesn't want a lover, does Batman want a reporter.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
Vicki Vale has no particular skill at hand-to hand combat but has been working out recently. Her reflexes are considered above average.
- Although today Vicki Vale seems to be more of a footnote, she was a very frequently used character from her first appearance in 1948 until the end of the Silver Age, when Julius Schwartz became Batman editor in 1964. He decided to drop her, along with many of the other more trivial Batman Family back-up characters, such as Batwoman, Bat-Girl, Bat-Mite and Ace, the Bat-Hound
- Vicki Vale's look has been said to have been based on the features of young model "Norma Jean Mortensen," who would later become Marilyn Monroe.
- Vicki was originally created as Batman's response to Lois Lane, and the two women share many similarities.
- 125 Appearances of Victoria Vale (New Earth)
- 8 Images featuring Victoria Vale (New Earth)
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- Character Gallery: Victoria Vale (New Earth)
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