Sofia Falcone
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Sofia Falcone in Batman: Dark Victory #1 (December 1999).
Art by Tim Sale.
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceBatman: The Long Halloween #6 (May 1997)
Created byJeph Loeb
Tim Sale
In-story information
Full nameSofia Falcone
Notable aliasesThe Hangman

Sofia Falcone is a DC Comics villain associated with the character Batman. Debuting in the 1996-97 comic book limited series Batman: The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale, she is introduced as a member of the Falcone crime family, who assists her father Carmine Falcone in unearthing the identity of the "Holiday Killer"--later revealed to be Sofia's own brother Alberto Falcone, a mass-murderer who had been indiscriminately killing Gotham City's citizens in correlation with holidays in the yearly calendar. In the 1999-2000 limited series Batman: Dark Victory which served as a continuation of the arc established in The Long Halloween, Sofia is revealed as the identity behind the murderer known under the alias the Hangman, who had spent over a year targeting and eliminating various members of the Gotham City Police Department, notably in association with former district attorney-turned criminal, Harvey Dent / Two-Face, who ends up killing her during a lengthy confrontation with Batman himself.

The character made her live-action debut in the television series Gotham, portrayed by Crystal Reed.

Publication history

Sofia Falcone first appeared in Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale's 1996 miniseries Batman: The Long Halloween as the daughter of crime lord Carmine Falcone.[1] She returned in the sequel Batman: Dark Victory, where she became the Hangman killer to avenge her father's death.[2]

Loeb stated in an interview that he paralleled the Falcone family to that of the Corleone family, with Sofia's temper matching that of Sonny Corleone.[citation needed]

Fictional character biography

The Long Halloween

When the Holiday killer started killing members of the Falcone family, Carmine has his daughter Sofia released from prison early to help him find who the killer was.

In the end the killer was apparently revealed to be Alberto Falcone, Carmine's son and Sofia's brother. Afterwards, Carmine was killed by Gotham's district attorney Harvey Dent, who became Two-Face after having his face splashed with acid, and Sofia fell out of the Falcone's penthouse window after being attacked by Catwoman.

Dark Victory

Sofia is revealed to have survived her fall, now in a wheelchair and wearing a neck brace, and is the new head of the Falcone family. Meanwhile, a new serial killer known as the Hangman is killing the cops of Gotham City with a noose, all of whom had a connection to Harvey Dent.

In the end, Sofia is revealed to be the killer, having faked her paralysis. She kills her brother Alberto for being a "disappointment" to the family, and then tries to kill Two-Face, but Batman stops her. While she is battling him, Two-Face shoots her in the head.

In other media

Television

Film

Video games

See also

References

  1. ^ Greenberger, Robert (2008). The Essential Batman Encyclopedia. Del Rey. pp. 146–147. ISBN 9780345501066.
  2. ^ Cowsill, Alan; Irvine, Alex; Manning, Matthew K.; McAvennie, Michael; Wallace, Daniel (2019). DC Comics Year By Year: A Visual Chronicle. DK Publishing. p. 273. ISBN 978-1-4654-8578-6.
  3. ^ Pedersen, Erik (22 July 2017). "'Gotham' Season 4 Trailer: Crystal Reed Cast As Sofia Falcone – Comic-Con". Deadline.com=. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  4. ^ "A Dark Knight: Queen Takes Knight". Gotham. Season 4. Episode 11. December 7, 2017. NBC.
  5. ^ "Batman: The Long Halloween Part Two - Exclusive Trailer Debut". IGN. May 18, 2021. Retrieved May 19, 2021.