26 July 2011

Onscreen History of Zatanna

She loves speaking backwards to cast her spells, its time for the "Yrotsih Neercsno" of Zatanna. The magician mistress Zatanna Zatara first appeared in 1964's Hawkman #4. Usually seen with her trademark top-hat and tails, Z first appeared onscreen in Batman: The Animated Series in the 1993 episode bearing her name.

In the 2000 Gotham Girls web series, Mistress of Magic Zatanna found herself first at odds, then in league with the felonious feline Catwoman.

Also in 2000, Zatanna was briefly scene in the Batman Beyond episode Out of the Past as an aged Bruce Wayne browsed through pictures of his old lovers.

Zatanna returned in Justice League Unlimited in which she helped Batman find Wonder Pig, a pig that had been transformed by Circe.

Around 2004, a pair of episodes of Warner's Cartoon Monsoon features a "teenage witch" take on Zatanna. Unfortunately, the episodes have all but disappeared and I know very little about those appearances. If you know where they can still be seen, please post a comment.

Zatanna made her live action appearance in Smallville's season eight episode Hex in 2009.  She would return in the ninth season episode Warrior and in season 10 would be the cause of the series riff on The Hangover. 

Although unnamed, a likeness of Zatanna was revealed in Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths an evil Zatanna counterpart within the alternate Earth Crime Syndicate.

Most recently, Zatanna appeared in 2010's Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode Chill of the Night! where she teamed with Batman to bring down Abra Kadabra.

But it is likely we won't have to wait long to see more of Zatanna who is rumored to appear in an upcoming episode of Young Justice. The Young Justice series which focus on the (don't call them sidekicks) young partners of DC Justice Leaguers. Zatanna's comic book father Giovanni AKA John Zatara has already appeared on the show, paving the way for his daughter to join the fight.

Oh, and if she were to appear on Young Justice, Zatanna would probably look a little like this, as revealed in Comic Con 2011 released concept art.

UPDATE October 2011

And here she is.

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