Welcome to the second ever Batman Character of the Week! This week’s character is the Zatara’s daughter Zatanna. This blurb on Zatanna’s origin is quoted from the DC Comics Database. Read the full article on Zatanna here.
Zatanna Zatara is the daughter of magician Giovanni “John” Zatara and Sindella, a member of the mystical Homo Magi race. Zatanna is a direct descendant of the artist and magician Leonardo da Vinci, and is related to Nostradamus; Alessandro Cagliostro; the noted alchemists Nicholas Flamel and Evan Fulcanelli; and Lord Arion of Atlantis. Her cousin, Zachary Zatara, is also a magician.
Zatanna was a successful stage illusionist before she discovered her true magical powers while investigating the disappearance of her father. With the help of Batman, the Atom, Elongated Man and others, she was successfully reunited with him. Their time together was short, and unfortunately, both of her parents were killed on separate occasions while saving her life.
Zatanna has been portrayed as a Gotham Girl, and a good friend of Batman’s. On an episode of Justice League Unlimited called This Little Piggy she is revealed as an old friend of Batman from before his days as the Dark Knight, and someone he trusts enough to help him with what he considers a personal and private issue. As I mentioned in the post I did about her father in the first Batman Character of the Week, as a teenager Zatanna had a huge crush on the young Bruce, and as an adult seems a little wistful that he never seemed to notice her.