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What Batman Would Look Like Fighting In Stilettos

We Can Cause More Damage That Way

Sometimes my mind goes on tangents, I can’t help it. More often than not, my mind goes on tangents about Batman. Thanks to a conversation on Twitter last week (that began by discussing the spiked heel choice for Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises) I issued a challenge to my artist friends: Batman fighting in stilettos. Because well, if she were trained to fight in them, and Batman notoriously prepared for any scenario, that means he should be able to fight in them too. Here now, for your viewing pleasure, are a few select illustrations I received. 

Here is the tweet that prompted me to put forth the challenge.

The top pic of Batman fighting the Joker is by Twitter user @Kapellusch but below was the first official entry into the challenge.

A good friend and popular artist, Katie Cook, got the ball rolling. She also gave us another adorable take. (Check out her original webcomic, Gronk!)

By Craig Marklow, @Marklow_man

By Russell Pinkston’s 12-year-old daughter, color by Russell. (@TheReelRussell)

By @blodia

This one by Lance Dean, @TwoCooksBooks, was not exactly what I had in mind but it definitely made me chuckle.

By Philip Rice, @Spearhafoc_

By Ériq Sáñez, @EriqSanez

By Mica T, @tvfreak13

And finally, a Rocky Horror-inspired entry from arist Eric Maruscak (who’s famous for his superhero chalk murals at conventions).

Thank you for everyone who took the time to play along with my experiement (and sorry I couldn’t include all of them). What’s interesting to note is how many of these illustrations are in fact, not, of Batman actually fighting in the heels. Granted, my intentions may have gotten misconstrued when some saw tweets that simply read Batman in heels or Batman in stilettos but still, the fact remains, it’s not something one would often connect with crime fighting.

Do I think walking, running, superhero-ing etc. is impossible in heels? No. Obviously it can be done but would that be the first choice in footwear for an active superhero/villain? I think I’ve already answered that question.

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."