16 August 2011

Onscreen History of the Female Furies

Under the tutelage of Granny Goodness, the Female Furies are a special forces team of sorts serving Darkseid on Apokolips. The most prominent members of the team are the insane Mad Harriet, big booted Stompa, and bandage wielding Lashina.The vile villainesses first appeared in 1972's Mister Miracle #6 and although they got a late start to the party they have made a number on onscreen appearances over the past decade.

The Furies first appeared onscreen in 1998 during Superman: The Animated Series in the episode Little Girl Lost which pitted Kara Zor-El against the other worldly assassins. The Female Furies later appeared during the shows two-part finale, Legacy.

The Furies were seen again in 2006 during the penultimate episode of Justice League Unlimited joined by team member Bernadeth. 

In 2009, a pair of Furies payed a visit to Batman: The Brave and the Bold in the episode Duel of the Double Crossers! Rather than Granny Goodness, the duo of Stompa and Lashina were led by Mongal, sister to the space tyrant Mongul.

In the episode, Lashina proves to vulnerable to Jonah Hex's good looks, running off with him to escape the gladiatorial War World.

The Furies were showcased during the 2010 animated movie Superman / Batman: Apocalypse in which Darkseid had ordered Granny Goodness to recruit a new Captain of the Furies to replace the former leader turned hero Big Barda (featured in her own onscreen history installment). This time, the trio of Stompa, Lashina, and Mad Harriet was matched with Fury Gilotina.

Early in the film, the Female Furies made quick work of aspiring warrior Treasure (inexplicably receiving a name change from Precious in the comic).

After the fall of Treasure, Darkseid kidnapped and brainwashed Kryptonian Kara Zor-El, hoping she would be a worthy Captain of the Female Furies.

But even four Furies proved no match for returning team member Big Barda with ally Wonder Woman.

Late in 2010, the Furies finally made their live action debut during Smallville's final season. In that continuity, the Furies were brainwashed orphans, raised by Granny Goodness to serve the Darkness aka Darkseid.

Although the identities of the Furies were not confirmed, a crazy one with a claw weapon was called Harriet and another one who really loved whips was presumably Lashina.Alas, no Stompa this time. But I imagine its only a matter of time before we see even more of the Female Furies.


  1. So confused by the Treasure part. Why not make 1 of the current members the leader & then replace a subordinate? What made them think they could find someone good enough to beat all FOUR of them at the same time?

    1. Jeph Loeb isn't that good of a writer now. What you suggested would have normally happened under a good writer for the New Gods rather then turning them into punching bags for Superman & friends. But as I said Loeb wouldn't have had a conflict if that happened. Ignoring history that when Barda left Bernadeth or Lashina are usually seen as the Captains of the Furies.

  2. Speaking of Lashina, she was pretty useless in this movie. She really seemed to suck at fighting compared to everyone else in the battle royale.