Summer Gleeson

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Summer Gleeson
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceBatman: The Animated Series
"Christmas with the Joker (November 13, 1992)"
Created byPaul Dini
Bruce Timm
Voiced byMari Devon
(Original)
Lonnie Leavitt-Barker
(Young)
In-story information
Alter egoSummer Gleeson
Supporting character ofBatman

Summer Gleeson is a fictional character on Batman: The Animated Series, voiced by Mari Devon.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Batman: The Animated Series[edit]

Gleeson is a reporter and talk show host for "Gotham Live", a news channel in Gotham City.

Gleeson is often seen on the show in cameo appearances, reporting on crimes as exposition for the audience. She has been taken hostage a few times by criminals, but usually by accident. Most notably, she was kidnapped by evil ninja Kyodai Ken in the episode "Night of the Ninja" and nearly discovered Bruce Wayne's secret identity as Batman while he rescues her. She was also featured in the episode "A Bullet For Bullock". In this episode, Harvey Bullock approaches her for help and implies that the two have a history together. In the episode "Lock-Up", moments before she is kidnapped by the titular vigilante, she is seen exiting a restaurant with Bruce, having just had dinner with him, but their dialogue implies that it was dinner over an interview about a Wayne Enterprises merger, and not romantic.

When Batman: The Animated Series was revamped as The New Batman Adventures, Summer Gleeson was mostly absent. Instead, Jack Ryder was used as Gotham's exposition-speaking reporter, mostly to set up for his eventual transformation into The Creeper. However she made cameo appearances in "Chemistry" and "Mad Love".

Batman Beyond[edit]

Though Batman Beyond takes place in the far future, Summer Gleeson makes a cameo in "Lost Soul" reporting on the death of Robert Vance, though the report takes place years before the events of the series.

Comics[edit]

Summer Glesson makes a small appearance in Mad Love. In The Batman Adventures comic book, she has been romantically pursued by Clayface and went on a date with him while he was in the form of a handsome young man. She is also pursued by Killer Croc in Batman and Robin Adventures. Croc tries to convince her to go out with him, but she is unaware of his affections. When he attacks Batman and Robin, she says he is acting like a monster, which causes Croc to turn himself in, allowing Batman to take him to prison.

Although Summer Gleeson has not appeared in the main DC Comics universe, she receives a byline in an article in Batman: No Man's Land Secret Files #1.

Spin-offs[edit]

Summer later made several speechless cameo appearances in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. Her final appearance was in the huge crowd scene addressed by Superman in the ending of "Divided We Fall".