Super of the Week: Cassandra Cain

She’s one of a long list of Cassandras in DC Comics. Cassandra Cain is known as a lot of things, but this year, she’ll be making her big screen debut in Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn).

Cassandra Cain is an ally of the Bat family. She might be lesser known then Barbara Gordon or Dick Grayson, but she packs a punch just as well.  She was born to assassins and is taken in by the world’s greatest detective to become an expert in reading body language.

FULL NAME: Cassandra Cain

NICKNAME(S): Cass (Birds of Prey movie)

ALIAS(ES): 

  • Cassandra Wayne 
  • Batgirl
  • Kasumi
  • Black Bat
  • Orphan

COMIC BOOK FRANCHISE: DC Comics

CREATOR(S): Kelley Puckett and Damion Scott

FIRST APPEARANCE(S):

  • Cassandra Cain – Batman #567 (July 1999)
  • Batgirl – Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #120 (August 1999)
  • Kasumi – Justice League Elite #1 (September 2004)
  • Black Bat – Batman Incorporated #6 (May 2011)
  • Orphan – Batman & Robin Eternal #26 (March 2016)

ALLIES:

  • Birds of Prey (Birds of Prey movie)
  • Young Justice
  • Bat Family
  • Outsiders
  • Justice League Elite
  • League of Assassins
  • Titans East
  • The Spoiler
  • Justice League
  • Batman Incorporated

POWERS/ABILITIES:

  • Highly skilled martial artist and hand-to-hand combatant
  • Able to read body language and anticipate opponents’ actions

FAMILY:

  • David Cain (father)
  • Sandra Wu-San/Lady Shiva (mother)

FRIEND(S):

  • Barbara Gordon
  • Conner Kent
  • Bruce Wayne
  • Tim Drake
  • Rose Wilson

TEAM(S):

  • Birds of Prey (Birds of Prey movie)
  • Young Justice
  • Bat Family
  • Outsiders
  • Justice League Elite
  • League of Assassins
  • Titans East
  • The Spoiler
  • Justice League
  • Batman Incorporated

BIOGRAPHY

Cassandra Cain was born to David Cain and his lover, Sandra Wu-San to be the perfect bodyguard for Ra’s al Ghul. Cain murdered Sandra’s sister, Carolyn because he felt he was holding her back. He spared her life in exchange for birthing his child. After their daughter’s birth, Sandra became Lady Shiva.

From birth, Cassandra was taught to be an assassin by her father. She was not taught to read or write but was taught to read body language as her only form of communication.

PAST MEDIA APPEARANCES

Cassandra Cain has appeared on television in both animation and live-action.

She appeared in the Justice League Season 1 finale “The Savage Time”.

Cassandra has also appeared in various video games.

RECENT MEDIA APPEARANCES

A male version of Orphan appeared in the Batman origin series, Gotham.

Cassandra Cain also appeared the third season of Young Justice entitled Outsiders as Orphan.

Cassandra will make her cinematic debut in Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn).

PORTRAYALS – LIVE ACTION

Cassandra Cain will be portrayed by Ella Jay Basco in Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emanipation of One Harley Quinn).

PORTRAYALS – ANIMATION

As the character is normally mute, she does, she appears but does not speak when she appears in Young Justice.

cjhawkings

C.J. Hawkings has written for the now-defunct Entertainment website, Movie Pilot and the still functioning WhatCulture and ScreenRant. She now writes for FanSided and is loving it!

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