Gallery Spotlight: Roxy RocketMarch 25, 2013
Roxanne Sutton, aka Roxy Rocket. When I did a Blogtalk interview a few years back, I learned Roxy was intended to be “the next Harley Quinn” when she was introduced in Batman: the Animated Series. It was news, but I wasn’t particularly surprised. When something is successful, it’s natural to try to do it again – but to pull it off, you need to understand what made the original successful. It’s not unusual for Batman-related efforts to blow it on that last part. It’s not unusual for creators to reproduce the wrong elements of a successful character or storyline. Poor Roxy.
Harley Quinn was created for and voiced by Arleen Sorkin, which brought a lot of fun and quirkiness to the party which had been all but outlawed in Post-Crisis, Burtonized Gotham. More importantly, appealing as she was, she was not burdened creating her own star power. She walked in alongside the biggest name in the Rogues Gallery, and it was her interactions with Joker, and later with Poison Ivy, that gave the character room to develop.
Not so Roxy, who was just tossed out there without any connections to anyone or anything. If she’s had a better run in Cat-Tales, it’s because of her interactions with the established Rogues. Her inherited daredevil recklessness complimented by a burning desire to achieve that stature as one of them (as her creators intended) and lurking insecurity because she hasn’t…
Sleeping with Oswald Cobblepot (Knight Before Christmas), posing as Jervis’s respectable non-criminal fiancé to fool his Aunt Maud (Something Borrowed), and most memorably, getting into an epic girl-on-girl dust up with Poison Ivy – maybe the best instance of how Roxy can go off when her fragile position among the rogues is threatened. An episode that was so rip-roaringly loaded with visuals wanting to be seen, our resident Poser artist Thundering Monkey became a Poser artist – literally taught himself the program – just to make this slideshow filmlet happen.