Rachel Dawes
General Information
Real name: Rachel Dawes
Aliases: N/A
Alignment: Good
Affiliation: Bruce Wayne (Friend)
Carl Finch (boss and boyfriend)
Alfred Pennyworth (Friend)
Characteristics: Gender - Female
Hair - Brown
Eyes - Green
Portrayed by: Katie Holmes
Emma Lockhart (Child)
Appearances: Batman Begins
"It's not who you are underneath, but what you do that defines you."
―Rachel to Bruce[src]

Rachel Dawes was a childhood friend of Bruce Wayne, who fought crime as Batman. She had been close friends with Bruce ever since they were children. As she grew into a young woman, Rachel became a bold, and crusading assistant D.A. in Gotham City that was under the thumb of powerful crime lords. Although Rachel truly cared about Bruce, she was convinced that the trauma of seeing his parents killed had changed him forever, and wondered if it was justice or revenge that Bruce sought.


Batman BeginsEdit

Early LifeEdit

"Justice is about harmony. Revenge is about making yourself feel better, which is why we have an impartial system."
―Rachel to Bruce[src]

Rachel as a child.

Rachel was a childhood friend to Bruce Wayne. Rachel's mother worked for Bruce's parents, Thomas and Martha Wayne and the two often played together on the grounds of Wayne Manor. After Bruce's parents were murdered by Joe Chill, Rachel's mother sought other employment and left Wayne Manor with Rachel. Rachel and Bruce remained close even after he fell in the future Batcave, but their friendship was never the same.

Rachel enrolled in law school and got an internship at Gotham's District Attorney's Office during her first year. After Chill was murdered for testifying against Mafia boss, Carmine Falcone, Bruce revealed to Rachel that he intended to kill Chill himself. Rachel was horrified, and told Bruce that his late parents would have been ashamed of him. Soon afterward, Bruce left the United States and Rachel continued her studies in law school. Years later, she became Assistant District Attorney. Rachel also had a brief relationship with her boss, District Attorney, Carl Finch.

Working with BatmanEdit

Rachel: “You could die. At least tell me your name.
Batman: “It's not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me.
―Rachel and Batman[src]

Rachel dedicated her career to eliminating crime in Gotham , which made her enemies of both Falcone and Dr. Jonathan Crane, Arkham Asylum's chief psychiatrist, who was in Falcone's pocket. Falcone eventually sent two thugs to kill her. Rachel apparently anticipated that Falcone attempted to kill her and carried a taser on her, which she threatened to use on one of the thugs in front of her, although the thug fled mostly because his partner (who had followed her off the train) was beaten down by the arrival of Batman. She was rescued by Gotham's mysterious vigilante, Batman, who also supplied Rachel with incriminating photographs that were related to a judge so she'd have the method of ensuring that Falcone was sent to jail when the time came. Around the same time, Bruce returned to Gotham. Rachel was surprised that he didn't call her, and was later disappointed that he apparently became a selfish playboy.

Later, Crane drugged Rachel with his Fear Toxin at Arkham Asylum while she evaluated Falcone, who had suffered a psychotic breakdown. Batman rescued her again, administered an antidote, and told her that Crane worked with a terrorist organization that was called the League of Shadows. He then gave her instructions for a plan to save the city from the League's attack. Rachel delivered samples of an anti-toxin to Batman's ally, GCPD Detective Sgt. James Gordon. The League started a riot in one of Gotham's slums, and Rachel was trapped. Crane, who assumed the criminal alter ego of "The Scarecrow", attacked her again. She defended herself and a boy who was caught in the riot by firing a taser at Crane. Soon, Gotham was overrun by Arkham's inmates, whom the League had released, and Rachel and the boy were surrounded by lunatics who were led by Falcone's henchman, Victor Zsasz. Batman saved them at the last minute, however, and gave Rachel a hint to his secret identity. As Rachel realized that her masked savior was Bruce, he left to save the remaining innocent bystanders.

One morning, after the riot was over, Rachel went to the ruins of Wayne Manor, which was burned down by the League, and reconciled with Bruce. Despite their mutual attraction, Rachel decided that they couldn't be together if Bruce was determined to lead a double life. She kissed Bruce goodbye, left him to fulfill his destiny, and hoped that he would come back to her when Batman was no longer needed in Gotham.

The Dark KnightEdit

See: Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal)

Maggie Gyllenhaal replaced Katie Holmes as Rachel in The Dark Knight.

Behind the ScenesEdit

  • Rachel's eyes went from dark brown (Emma Lockhart), to hazel (Katie Holmes), and to blue (Maggie Gyllenhaal).

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