Belle Reve Penitentiary is a fictional prison and sanatorium appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The prison first appeared in Suicide Squad #1 (May 1987), written by John Ostrander and art by Luke McDonnell.
Art by Tony Daniel and Sandu Florea
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Belle Reve Federal Penitentiary is a special prison for metahumans and other supervillains located in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana. Being the prison for many supervillains, it was chosen by Amanda Waller as the base of operations for the Suicide Squad. Criminals can have their prison sentences reduced if they take part in the deadly missions of the Suicide Squad. Some of the more untrustworthy ones are required to carry devices that will cause maiming or death if they try to escape.
Many, but not all of the staff, work both as prison employees and facilitate Suicide Squad operations. Some of the staff are friends with the more level-headed Squad members. Mechanics work on Squad vehicles. Prison doctors treat prisoners and Squad staff alike. The existence of the Squad brings the facility under attack many times.
The prison has been the focus of many governmental investigations, as it would be a scandal to learn that the United States is using murderous supervillains to further its own ends. Noted reporter Lois Lane did an investigation, only partly turned away by a fake warden installed to divert attention away from Suicide Squad activities. Amanda Waller herself served time in Belle Reve when she was convicted on charges stemming from her Suicide Squad operations.
A Belle Reve prison riot is calmed by Superman and the time traveling Kal Kent in DC One Million #1 (Nov. 1998).
Belle Reve was the site of a Mageddon-caused riot in JLA #34 (Oct. 1999), in which many guards and other prison staff members were killed, including the warden. It is not made clear if the warden who was killed was the same one featured in the pages of Suicide Squad. The villain Hector Hammond had been taken over by an emissary of Maggedon, which influenced much of the riot. Members of the Justice League, namely Aquaman, Green Lantern, Zauriel, and Plastic Man, managed to calm things down. Most of the riot was stopped by Plastic Man, who used his shape-changing abilities to fool the prisoners into thinking Batman was on the scene.
During the Day of Judgement storyline (1999), one of the many portals to Hell opened near the prison. Plastic Man and some of the prisoners worked together in containing the situation.
Belle Reve appears in Flashpoint. Heat Wave is imprisoned at the end of the Flashpoint mini-series, due to his defeat by Cyborg, and is later confronted by his former partner Eel O'Brian in his new cell.
A Streetcar Named Desire is a play written by Tennessee Williams that opened on Broadway on December 3, 1947. The play dramatises the life of Blanche DuBois, a southern belle who, after encountering a series of personal losses, leaves her aristocratic background seeking refuge with her sister and brother-in-law in a dilapidated New Orleans tenement.
A Streetcar Named Desire is Williams' most popular play, is considered among the finest plays of the 20th century, and is considered by many to be Williams' greatest work. It still ranks among his most performed plays, and has inspired many adaptations in other forms, notably producing a critically acclaimed film that was released in 1951.Belle Reve Farm
Belle Reve Farm is a horse farm in Versailles, Kentucky, owned by actor William Shatner. It breeds American Saddlebred show horses.Black Spider
Black Spider is the name of several fictional characters who are DC Comics supervillains. The first two were both primarily the enemies of Batman.Brick (comics)
Brick (Daniel "Danny" Brickwell) is a DC Comics villain and enemy of Green Arrow. Although his origin has not been revealed, Brick is a metahuman with a reddish, stony skin that grants him invulnerability and super-strength. His success as an underworld kingpin is due to his brilliant criminal mind rather than his superhuman powers.
Vinnie Jones portrays Brickwell as a recurring character on The CW television series Arrow.Donna Moore (horse trainer)
Donna Moore (1931-2014) was an American Saddlebred horse trainer. She trained horses for William Shatner at his Belle Reve Farm, and owned her own stables near Versailles, Kentucky.Forever Evil
"Forever Evil" is a 2013–2014 crossover comic book storyline published by DC Comics that began in September 2013 and ended in May 2014, consisting of an eponymous, central miniseries written by Geoff Johns and art by David Finch. It is the first line wide crossover since The New 52 reboot of the DC Universe, and focuses on all the villains of the DC Universe. The miniseries spins out of the events in "Trinity War". Johns revealed in August 2013, that the Crime Syndicate, an evil version of the Justice League from Earth-3 in the Multiverse, are the true villains of the event and not the previously thought Secret Society. The event was originally scheduled to end in March with Forever Evil #7, yet ended in May 2014, after the final issue got delayed to April, and eventually again to May. The final issue's delay was due to Johns realizing he needed more pages to conclude the story than originally intended.James Gordon Jr.
James Worthington "J.J." Gordon Jr. is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly as an adversary of the superhero Batman. Created by Frank Miller and Dave Mazzucchelli, the character first appeared in Batman #407 (May 1987).
He is the son of James Gordon and Barbara Eileen Gordon, and the adoptive brother (or biological brother, depending on the continuity) of Barbara Gordon, who later tries to bring James Gordon Jr. to justice as Batgirl.Kanto (comics)
Kanto is a fictional extraterrestrial assassin published by DC Comics.List of Suicide Squad members
The Suicide Squad's roster has always been one of reformed and/or incarcerated felons promised commuted sentences in return for participation in high-risk missions. The Squad's lineup has changed many times over the years, since its creation in 1959, and this list groups membership by the team's various eras and incarnations. Bolded names indicate current Suicide Squad members.
First appearance is the issue where the character first appeared as a member of a particular Suicide Squad incarnation. It is not necessarily the first appearance of the character in print, nor the story depicting how the character joined the Squad. The Squad was made up by five members.List of Young Justice characters
The following list is of characters that appear in Young Justice.Manhunters (DC Comics)
The Manhunters are a fictional race of extraterrestrial robots that appear in titles published by DC Comics.Ocean Master
Ocean Master (Orm Marius) is a fictional supervillain and in some cases an antihero appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Created by Bob Haney and Nick Cardy, the character first appeared in Aquaman #29 (September 1966). He is an enemy of his half-brother Arthur Curry, otherwise known as Aquaman, and is commonly depicted as an adversary of the Justice League, the superhero team of which his brother is a founding member.
The character has been substantially adapted from the comics into various forms of media, including the Justice League cartoon television series, the animated movie Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, and several DC-related video games. Ocean Master made his live-action debut in the 2018 DC Extended Universe film Aquaman, portrayed by actor Patrick Wilson.Professor Ivo
Professor Anthony Ivo (pronunciation: Eiy-voh) is a fictional character, a mad scientist in DC Comics.
Anthony Ivo appeared in the second season of Arrow played by Dylan Neal.Professor Ojo
Professor Ojo is a DC Comics supervillain. His main enemies are Richard Dragon and Green Lantern. Ojo is the Spanish word for "eye".Robert Crichton (comics)
Robert Crichton is a supporting character in various media based on DC Comics series. He is typically established as the warden of a prison or mental hospital.
Crichton appeared Warden of Gotham Prison in several episodes of the 1960s Batman series played by David Lewis. One such episode is "Fine Feathered Finks" (1966). Much like Commissioner Gordon and Chief O'Hara, he was depicted as a well-intentioned official, if somewhat dependent on Batman.
Crichton was not seen in Batman: The Animated Series but a document seen in the episode Double Talk mentioned him as the warden of Arkham Asylum.
He has also been established in some adaptations as the warden of Belle Reve.
Warden Crichton appears in Batman '66 as the warden of Gotham Penitentiary. In contrast to the original depiction of the character, this version of Warden Crichton is an African-American woman.Stanley Kowalski
Stanley Kowalski is a fictional character in Tennessee Williams' play A Streetcar Named Desire.Suicide Squad
The Suicide Squad is the name of a fictional supervillain team appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The first version of the Suicide Squad debuted in The Brave and the Bold #25 (September 1959) and the second and modern version, created by John Ostrander, debuted in Legends #3 (January 1987). One of the two teams saves the world from a threatening race of savages.
The modern incarnation of the Suicide Squad is Task Force X—a team of incarcerated supervillains who carry out secret missions in exchange for reduced prison sentences. The Suicide Squad's name alludes to the dangerous nature of their missions. The team is based out of Belle Reve Penitentiary under the directorship of Amanda Waller.
Various incarnations of the Suicide Squad have existed throughout the years as depicted in several self-titled comic book series, from its origins in the Silver Age, to its modern-day Post-Crisis reimagining, to the current version that was introduced in the 2016 DC Rebirth continuity reboot. The current incarnation of the team appears in the fifth volume of the Suicide Squad comic series, and the recurring members include Captain Boomerang, Deadshot, Enchantress, Harley Quinn, Katana and Killer Croc.
The group has appeared in various adaptations, including television series and an eponymous 2016 feature film.T. O. Morrow
T. O. Morrow is a comic book supervillain published by DC Comics. He is responsible for the creation of the Red Tornado, Red Inferno, Red Torpedo, Red Volcano and Tomorrow Woman androids, the last of these with the help of Professor Ivo.
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