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Giganta
Giganta
Information
Species: Altered gorilla
Hair: Red
Eyes: Blue
Base: Metropolis
Affiliations: Secret Society;
Legion of Doom
Rogue of: Justice League
Abilities: Size-shifting
Voiced by: Jennifer Hale

"Wouldn't hit a woman, would you?"[1]

Giganta was a super-criminal with the ability to increase or decrease her size at will. She befriended Grodd and became a member of his Secret Society.

History

According to a story Grodd told Clayface, Grodd transformed Giganta from an ape into a human woman with the power to increase her size to tremendous heights, with a proportionate increase in her strength. For this, she was hopelessly devoted to Grodd, and the member of the Society most loyal to him.[1]

It is unknown what happened to Giganta after the Society was defeated by the Justice League, but she resurfaced as a member of Grodd's Legion of Doom. She accompanied a Legion team to Norway assigned to steal the corpse of the Viking Prince. However, the Justice League intervened. In an effort to expedite the battle, J'onn J'onzz attempted to read Giganta's mind and learn their plan, but the fail-safe implanted in all Legion members' minds was activated and Giganta was instantly incapacitated.[2] In her absence, her position as Grodd's girlfriend was usurped by Tala.

She later recovered from her condition and got out of jail. Going to rejoin the Legion, she learned of Grodd's new relationship. This may have been a reason she supported Lex Luthor during the mutiny led by Grodd against his leadership. Surviving the mutiny, and Darkseid's destruction of the Legion's headquarters, she accompanied the surviving members to Earth, where she was one of the loudest voices demanding that the Legion be allowed to help defend it from Darkseid's invasion.

During the battle, she fought Darkseid's parademons alongside The Flash and Green Lantern in Paris. After the battle, she and the other Legion members were given a five minute head start to run before being rounded up and returned to jail. Giganta gave up a few precious seconds to plant a goodbye kiss on the Flash (hinting that she harboured a secret crush on him).[3] It is unknown what happened to her after that.

Powers and abilities

Normally standing somewhere over six feet tall, Giganta could greatly increase her size, becoming gigantic, and proportionately strong and heavy. In her enlarged state, her strength was nearly a match for Superman.

Background information

In the comics, Giganta is a human scientist, Dr. Doris Zuel, who develops the ability to increase her size at will.

Her animated portrayal differs in many ways from her comics one. In the comics, she often wears a giant leopard skin (similar to a female version of Tarzan) or, more recently, a full-body gray suit with leopard print details, and has a rough, brutish personality and a slight muscular build which may or may not be a side effect of the elixir she drank when she was a teenager. In the series, she is extremely feminine, even delicate, and not as likely to get into a fight if her chances of winning were reduced. In the episode, "Ultimatum" she surrendered without a fight when confronted with Long Shadow's ability to grow to a height greater than her own.

In the Justice League Unlimited episodes "Alive!", Giganta is one of the 12 surviving members of the Legion of Doom. This could be a tribute to the fact that she was a member of the original Legion in the Hanna-Barbera TV show Challenge of the Super Friends.

Jennifer Hale said in an interview that she loved playing Giganta as such a "girly" character, despite her size and strength, in opposition to her other Secret Society role, Killer Frost, who bordered on being sadistic.

Appearances

Justice League

Justice League Unlimited

Footnotes


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