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Vicki Vale
General Information
Real name: Victoria Vale
Aliases: Vicki
Alignment: Good
Affiliation: Bruce Wayne (Lover)
Alexander Knox (Work Colleague/Friend)
Alfred Pennyworth
Characteristics: Gender - Female
Hair - Blonde
Eyes - Blue
Portrayed by: Kim Basinger
Appearances: Batman

"Oh, you're beautiful... in an old-fashioned kind of way. But I'm sure we can make you more today?"
―The Joker upon seeing Vicki in person at the Flugelheim Museum for the first time.[src]

Vicki Vale was a beautiful prize-winning photo journalist who attempted to uncover the secret of the mysterious Batman and inadvertently became the object of obsession for The Joker.


Corto Maltese RevolutionEdit

Vicki spent several weeks photographing the aftermath of the Corto Maltese Revolution.

Pursuing the BatmanEdit

Vicki joined the Gotham Globe where she teamed up with reporter Alexander Knox to track down the mysterious Batman. Vicki invited Alexander as her "plus one" for Bruce Wayne's charity benefit at Wayne Manor in the hope that they might get a lead on the existence of Batman from one of the guests, particularly Commissioner James Gordon, and did not suspect that their host for the night was, in fact, Batman.


Vicki in Bruce Wayne's Armory at Wayne Manor.

Vicki and Alexander found themselves lost inside the cavernous Wayne Manor, and eventually ended up in Bruce's Armory. Unbeknownst to Vicki and Alexander, a bemused Bruce quietly followed them as they made several snide comments about his armory collection. Bruce then introduced himself to a surprised Vicki, who had told her during the party earlier that he didn't know who Bruce Wayne was.

Bruce then asked Vicki out on a dinner date. During dinner at Wayne Manor, the two had trouble communicating as they each sat at the end of an incredibly long dining table. When Vicki asked if he liked eating in there, Bruce admitted that he had never been in the room before. He then suggested that they have dinner somewhere else, which Vicki gladly accepted. The two were later seen in a cozier room with Alfred Pennyworth, who told them stories about Bruce. After Alfred left, Vicki expressed her affection for Alfred, who reminded her of her grandfather and similar memories at another house. Vicki then admitted that she found it hard to associate Bruce with some of the objects that he possessed. Afterward, a "little drunk", amorous, and sexy Vicki walked with Bruce up a flight of stairs, and she staggered and started to take off her shoes. Bruce, a little tipsy too, took off her other shoe and kissed her passionately. The two then went to bed together, with Vicki completely asleep and Bruce sleepless. Vicki awoke in the middle of the night and saw Bruce training by hanging upside down (like a bat). Vicki then started to have feelings for Bruce. However, in order to keep Vicki at a distance, Bruce lied and told her he was leaving town. Feeling brushed off, Vicki became upset with Bruce and his secrecy. Vicki decided to follow him and her tailing lead up to an alley, where Bruce stopped and placed two roses in a precise point in the road. Meanwhile, the Joker discovered Vicki and developed an obsession with her. He arranged a fake date for Vicki at the Flugelheim Museum, in which Vicki thought that Bruce had made the date. After she arrived, the Joker murdered all of the patrons except for Vicki, who was given a gas mask beforehand. After Vicki rejected the Joker's advances, Batman crashed in, rescued her, and they escaped in the Batmobile while Joker's Goons chased after them in their two cars.


Vicki rescued by Batman at the Flugelheim Museum from the Joker.

During the ensuing fight between Batman and the Joker's henchmen, Vicki took pictures of Batman with her camera and put the film in her bra. Afterwards, Batman took her to the Batcave in the Batmobile where he gave her information to give to the press about the Joker's Smylex, which were chemically altered cosmetic products that caused the wearers to laugh hysterically until death, where they were left with ghastly grins on their faces. As Batman explained that to her, Vicki tried to get a closer look at his face, but he managed to avoid letting her get too good a glimpse. Vicki realized that Batman could have sent the information about Smylex to the press himself and suspected that there was something else that he wanted. When she asked Batman about that, he admitted that there was something else that he wanted. When Vicki asked what that was, Batman pulled her into an embrace and sedated her with sleeping gas, which caused her to fall unconscious. Vicki awoke the next morning in her bed at her apartment. After she felt her chest, Vicki realized that Batman had taken the film (which possibly had a picture of him unmasked) while she was unconscious.


Vicki receiving a visit from Bruce at her apartment.

Later, Bruce tried to reconcile with Vicki at her apartment. Bruce decided to tell her the truth about his dual life; however, the Joker arrived and shot Bruce when he tried to fight him. The Joker left, was upset by Vicki's "betrayal", and Vicki discovered that Bruce had blocked the bullet by using a decorative silver tray. She eventually learned of the alley where Bruce went before: It was the site of his parents' murder.

The Joker continued his reign of terror in Gotham City. In the Batcave, Bruce became obsessed with stopping the Joker, and believed him to be the murderer of his parents. At that time, Alfred let Vicki into the Batcave, with the hopes that she could convince Bruce that he didn't need to be Batman. They both admitted that they did love each other, before Bruce changed into the Batsuit, took off in the Batmobile, and destroyed the Joker's hideout: Axis Chemicals.

During that time, the Joker began to attract Gotham's citizen to Gotham's 200th Anniversary Parade, with promises of millions of dollars in cash.


Vicki taking pictures during Gotham's 200th Anniversary Parade.

Vicki and Alexander arrived to investigate the Joker. However, Joker used that opportunity to release Smylex, in his balloons, which would poison and kill everyone in Gotham.

Batman used the Batwing and safely removed the balloons. The Joker then took Vicki hostage and forced her to the top of the Gotham Cathedral. Batman followed them to the top, and fought off three of Joker's Goons, while Vicki used her feminine wiles to supposedly seduce the Joker in order to buy time for Batman. The Joker pulled both Batman and Vicki off of the Gotham Cathedral ledge. As they barely hung on, the Joker tried to escape via his Helicopter, but Batman wrapped his grapple around his ankle and connected it to a stone gargoyle. The weight of the gargoyle pulled the Joker down to the streets below, and killed him on impact.

As Gotham lighted the Batsignal for the first time, Vicki said good-bye to Alexander. Alfred waited for Vicki, and told her that Master Bruce might be late, in which she replied: "I am not the least bit surprised".

After BatmanEdit

It was revealed that Vicki and Bruce separated, due to the fact that Vicki was unable to deal with Bruce's duality. In Batman Returns, Selina asked Bruce if he had a girlfriend. Bruce mentioned that he recently dated a woman called "Vicki", to which Selina cheekily inquired: "ice skater or stewardess?". When Bruce confirmed that he and Vicki had ended their relationship because Vicki could not deal with Bruce's "difficulty with duality", Selina, who faced a similar dilemma, saw a kindred spirit in Bruce and began a romantic relationship with him.


Screen CapturesEdit

Promotional PhotosEdit

Production Stills (from by James Sawyer)Edit

Behind the ScenesEdit

Comic AdaptationEdit

Notes Edit


"Vicky" Vale.

  • In Batman, Vicki Vale's name on the cover of Time was spelled with a "y".

Behind the ScenesEdit

  • Sean Young was originally cast as Vicki Vale before she was forced to bow out due to a horseback riding-related injury. Ironically, the horseback riding scene was removed from Batman when Kim Basinger joined the production.
  • In Sam Hamm's draft of Batman Returns, Vicki would have returned, like Jack Napier (but the latter in flashbacks). However, when Tim Burton returned as director, that idea was scrapped.


  • The first draft of Batman Returns was intended to be a direct sequel to the previous film. As a result, subplots and continuity from the first film that would have been addressed included Bruce proposing to Vicki at the end.
  • Rosanna Arquette, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ellen Barkin, Robin Duke, Kate Capshaw, Glenn Close, Joan Cusack, Madonna, Geena Davis, Judy Davis, Denny Dillon, Christine Ebersole, Mia Farrow, Carrie Fisher, Bridget Fonda, Jodie Foster, Teri Garr, Melanie Griffith, Linda Hamilton, Daryl Hannah, Goldie Hawn, Mariel Hemingway Barbara Hershey, Holly Hunter, Anjelica Huston, Amy Irving, Diane Keaton, Diane Lane, Kay Lenz, Jessica Lange, Lori Loughlin, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Virginia Madsen, Kelly McGillis, Bette Midler, Catherine O'Hara, Tatum O'Neal, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Pfeiffer, Molly Ringwald, Meg Ryan, Susan Sarandon, Jane Seymour, Cybill Shepherd, Brooke Shields, Sissy Spacek, Mary Steenburgen, Sharon Stone, Meryl Streep, Lea Thompson, Kathleen Turner, Sela Ward, Sigourney Weaver and Debra Winger were all considered for the role of Vicki Vale after Sean Young, the original choice, had departed.
  • Sean Young was originally cast as Vicki Vale, but broke her collarbone while filming a horse-riding scene with Michael Keaton. The scene was subsequently written out of the script. Tim Burton suggested replacing Young with Michelle Pfeiffer but Keaton, who was in a relationship with Pfeiffer, believed that it would have been too awkward. Pfeiffer went on to portray Catwoman in Batman Returns. Jon Peters suggested Kim Basinger and she was cast.
  • In Sam Hamm's original script, the first time that we saw Smylex's effect (called Smylenol in the script) was on the two female models, who were only represented as cardboard cut-outs in Joker's commercial. The original scene had them in a bikini photo session with a photographer who urged them to smile more as he snapped away. The girls began to giggle, which at first, pleased the photographer, then their giggles became laughter, and then uncontrollable helpless hysterics, which had the photographer going from mild annoyance to complete horror as the exhausted girls expired from forced hilarity, with the ghastly Joker-like grins that were frozen on their faces. In the novel adaption of the film, the photographer was revealed to be Vicki Vale.
  • While actress Kim Basinger has blond hair, Vicki Vale was red headed in the comics. According to Batman creator Bob Kane, Vale was supposed to be blond in the comics, and her hair came out red due to a coloring error in her first appearance.
  • Vicki screamed approximately 23 times when she was in danger (or just when she thought that she's in danger) and gasped 6 times.



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