ZATANNA : The Mistress of Magic

ZATANNA : The Mistress of Magic ZATANNA : The Mistress of Magic

"Hey, pay attention to me! I'm fascinating." --ZATANNA Zatara

With Smallville ending, it is time to look back at the heroes they helped brought to life, and take a look at their comicbook roots.

Feature Opinion
By PollMaster - May 12, 2011 07:05 PM EST
Filed Under: DC Comics
Source: DCMU

The daughter of a powerful golden age magician John Zatara. She is a homo magi, a sub-race of magic-using humans, ZATANNA followed her father's footsteps in using the magical arts. She cast her spells by saying or writing the words backwards.

ZATANNA Zatara is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. Created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Murphy Anderson, ZATANNA first appeared in Hawkman vol. 1 #4

first appearance

In her first appearance ZATANNA is dressed in a traditional magician's outfit complete with a top hat, yellow cummerbund, coattails, and fishnets. This is the default costume of the character.

ZATANNA hides her magical abilities in plain sight by masquerading as a stage magician. Her audience thinks that she uses tricks to achieve the illusions she makes.

ZATANNA's early adventure is the search for his missing father. During this time she met several superheroes who helped her on her quest until she found his father.

In Justice League of America #161, she is welcomed to be a part of the league, but during this time her powers where limited only to controlling the four basic elements. She also wore a new costume, which was derived from the outfit of her mother.

Wanting to emerge from the shadows of both her parents, ZATANNA came up with a costume that is uniquely her own, a combination of flowing robes and thigh-high boots, which she would continue to wear throughout her tenure with the original JLA.

The costume is inspired by a magician's tux, with a unique red headress, red flares on the sides of her face, frisbee-sized earrings adorned with a "Z" and huge, billowy bell sleeves.

One controversial storyline that involves ZATANNA is in 2004's Identity Crisis, when she mind wipes the villainous Dr Light and altered his personality to becoming some sort of a buffoon. Batman, walked in while she and other league members where in the middle of the process, not wanting Batman to be involved in what they done, ZATANNA mindwiped that particular memory out of Batman.

In her mini-series which is part of th Seven Soldiers of Victory event, ZATANNA's past guilts haunt her, she begun suffering from a complete lack of confidence. With the help of her new apprentice, Misty Kilgore, she slowly regained it.

In the event called Blackest Night, ZATANNA faced off with a Black Lantern version of his father. She defeated his father, but this left her an emotianal wreck.

After years of guesting in other books, ZATANNA is finally rewarded with her own on-going series. She is seen wearing her classic outfit.

Now… ahem…a montage…

ZATANNA is a recurring character in the tv show Smallville, she is portrayed by actress Serinda Swan. The character first appeared late in season eight, in the episode "Hex". She is described as the daughter of the deceased John Zatara, "the world's greatest magician."

Note: Due to the nature of comicbooks being an on-going tale, the character's powers along with his appearance, is in a constant state of flux.

Sorcery: ZATANNA is a homo magi, a human born with the affinity to manipulate magic. Her unique genetic structure allows her to use the magic she was born with as well as learned magic. As a tribute to her father, and as a focus for her spells, she casts spells by speaking backwards.

AbilitiesPrestidigitation: ZATANNA is skilled in stage magic, performing simple tricks and elaborate illusions.

Good Combatant: She has also been taught conventional fighting skills by the Justice League, but favors using magic in place of them.

Occultist: as Chronicler of Magic she possesses an extensive understanding of Occult lore due to her Mystic Background


Improvisation: She prepares specific spells (a couple of hundred) but improvises a good bit for the unpredictable situations she encounters.

Multi-lingual: Able to speak English, Spanish, and "Backwards Speech". As noted throughout the comics, she doesn't show any difficulty in speaking backwards when performing spells. It seems she can speak backward speech without hesitation and with clarity. Backwards Speech is most commonly known as Mnemonic Incantations.

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gandalf550 - 5/12/2011, 7:28 PM
Loved Serinda Swan as Zatanna!!! There should be a spin-off with just her!!!! :)
BlackSands - 5/12/2011, 7:47 PM

She can cast a spell on me ANYTIME ...'nuff said.
UncleDrew - 5/12/2011, 7:53 PM
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ClarkFarley2012 - 5/12/2011, 8:09 PM
She was smokin hot in Smallville.
StuckInPanels - 5/12/2011, 8:14 PM
Finally I was waiting for this LOVE Zatanna....she is soooo sexy and beautiful.....I would love to be a part of her stage act....IDC if I get maimed, just being around her would be my
Spock - 5/12/2011, 8:14 PM
nice i would like to see Nate Grey thou he has only been potrayed in comics. But I would settle for Dr. Fate!
Deadpool101 - 5/12/2011, 8:34 PM
goood lord she is bangin.... dat ass man
Triptheorist - 5/12/2011, 11:38 PM
She was great in Smallville. If any character could pull off a spin-off it would be Zatana, with Ms. Swan in the titular role. I've been watching her on Breakout Kings, and honestly she's awful. I don't know if it's the character, or maybe she needs hand holding when it comes to acting... but she should drop out and film a pilot for this Asap, because for some reason she makes everything work with it. Anyways, that is one sexy Homo Magi ;)
LEEE777 - 5/13/2011, 3:04 AM
Cool article @ POLL m'man! ; )

Movie version =

Herosave - 5/13/2011, 3:52 AM
Yup, I also believe a Zatanna Spin-off show would work, or heck, even a movie.
marvel72 - 5/13/2011, 4:27 AM
zatanna the only good thing ever to come from the shit that is better known as smallville.
soaponapope - 5/13/2011, 5:57 AM
one of my favorite "B" characters, identity crisis and seven soldiers are some of my favorite stories
hunterelf - 5/13/2011, 8:08 AM
please do a war machine article !
cosmicstranger - 5/13/2011, 9:57 AM
Zatanna cast a spell on me with her hotness. Yet another excellent character description, Pollmaster.
CoolioVids - 5/13/2011, 10:29 AM
@grif ya that sums it up
Rhys - 5/13/2011, 11:40 AM
Could you pretty please do one of these on Toad? :D
emilyella - 5/13/2011, 11:49 AM
Woot. My fav chracter full stop and way before Smallville. I think Serina was OK as Zatanna but yeah Julia Voth could be interesting. <3 her
VictorHugo - 5/13/2011, 12:34 PM
Gosh, now i want a Zatanna action figure!
golden123 - 5/13/2011, 1:28 PM
Her ongoing series is one of the best series DC currently has. I don't want a movie about her, though, she doesn't have the mythos to make a movie. I want to see her build up her mythos in the comics, and a movie would just add to much.
superbatspiderman - 5/13/2011, 2:39 PM
MEHHH not one of my favorites but she is an alright character. Do Deathstroke next I have been asking this forever so please do it.
Fastestmanalive - 5/18/2011, 1:20 PM
How did I miss this one? I usually c these "know ur superheroes" articles. and of all heroes Zatanna, my old time fav, heroine that is, Flash is still on the top, she is so damn sexy. love her.
Ironically my favorite version of her is not from a comic or movie/tv show but in the Justice League Heroes video game shes so awesome. Oh and did i mention super hot!!!
I apologize for my "passion" but thats what Zee does to me ;)
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