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The Huntress is also the title of a television series about a female bounty hunter.
The Golden Age Huntress was a minor supervillain who battled the Wildcat, seeking to add him to her collection of big game trophies. As a member of the Injustice Society, she fought the Justice Society of America; during this period she met the original Sportsmaster , who she later married. She was later retroactively renamed to the Tigress in the pages of All-Star Squadron. This Huntress had no powers or unusual technology, though she was a skilled hand-to-hand fighter whose nails were sharpened like talons.
The Silver Age Huntress was Helena Wayne, the daughter of Batman and Catwoman on Earth-Two, an alternate universe in which the Golden Age superheroes of the 1930s and 1940s had continued on into the then-present day, and in some cases retired and/or had families. Her parents had married and retired by the time she reached adulthood, prompting her to take their place as the defender of Gotham City. She had no powers, but used a crossbow and other variations on her parents' equipment. She was a member of Infinity Inc. alongside the other children and successors of the original Earth-Two superheroes. After the Crisis on Infinite Earths, Earth-Two no longer exists in current continuity.
The current Huntress is Helena Bertinelli, who first appeared in Huntress (volume 1) #1 (1989). She is the daughter of a Mafia-connected criminal, Mario Bertinelli, who was killed by a rival family's assassins; in order to survive, she was trained in a variety of weapons and unarmed combat techniques. Like her Earth-Two predecessor, she uses a crossbow and other ranged weapons. She is a friend of Robin (Tim Drake). Although Batman believed her techniques to be too unpredictable and violent, he nevertheless sponsored her membership in the Justice League, if only so that he could keep an eye on her. In the end, however, he had her resign when she almost 'crossed the line' by attempting to kill a villain on one of their missions. She is currently involved with both Oracle and Black Canary in the comic series Birds of Prey.
In the television series Birds of Prey, the Huntress is Helena Kyle, the 23-year-old illegitimate daughter of the Batman and Catwoman. Her mother died when she was 16, at which point she went to live with Barbara Gordon (Oracle). Unlike previous Huntresses, Helena Kyle possesses cat-like superpowers, as in the Birds of Prey version of the DC Universe, Catwoman had superpowers, too.
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