|“||When people try to kill me, I don't hop in bed with them a tick later. I just kick their ass. I'm funny like that.||„|
|“||We are not in control. Every now and then life likes to reiterate that little point. Some people find such reminders disconcerting. They spend their lives in breathless pursuit of meaningless goals, hoping to forget everything they know about their own mortality. Some people anchor themselves to something larger. Religion, Art, Justice. Anything they deem significant in a life that's not. We are not in control. If we were, surely we'd know better than to care about anything.||„|
|“||Everyone feels that way. Everyone not from there. They just see Gotham as a flood of chaos. And now it's neat and clean. So what if people die? What if villains ruin their live? What if they're all slaves kept in fear? None of it matters. Let Gotham rot...as long as it rots quietly. No one gives a damn.||„|
|~ Prime Earth Catwoman.|
Catwoman (real name: Selina Kyle) is a fictional character in DC comics and its universe, and an anti-heroine and Batman's main love interest and on and off enemy and ally.
Although typically thought and reproduced as a villain, Catwoman repeatedly in a heroic capacity, and, in the most modern comics, is a hero as often as a villain, and even when a villain shows consistent moral standards and far more restrictions and scruples than any of Batman's other great enemies. Since Selina Kyle's origins are obscure, she can also be portrayed as based in Gotham's red light district, implying a history of prostitution.
She spent most of her life training herself to be a professional thief, stealing only high-level targets instead of petty assaults. Because of his more or less harmless methods, Batman allows her to slip through the roots. Catwoman would become an on and off ally of the Dark Knight, and later his love-interest. She also became a member of the Birds of Prey, the Outsiders, and later the Justice League of America.
She was created by the late Bill Finger and the late Bob Kane, and she first appeared in Batman # 1 in spring of 1940.
- 1 Biography
- 2 In other media
- 3 Abilities
- 4 Portrayals
- 5 Quotes
- 6 Trivia
- 7 See Also
- 8 Navigation
Selina Kyle is the daughter of Brian and Maria Kyle, and the older sister to Maggie Kyle, and her childhood was defined by tragedy. Maria later committed suicide and Brian was abusive, and later drank himself to death soon after. Selina was separated from Maggie when she was sent to the Sprang Hall Juvenile Detention Center, which was an abusive state home for orphans and delinquents.
She eventually escaped from the center and joined a carnival circus group outside of Gotham City, and learned contortionism, acrobatics, magic, trickery and improved her pick pocketing skills. When the carnival owner died in a tragic accident, Selina decided to go to the streets of Gotham and become a thief.
Becoming a petty thief, Selina found herself working as a prostitute in the East End to get by, and watched over Holly Robinson, an underage girl. After being viciously beaten by a pimp named Stan, she passed our near the Immaculate Virgin Mission, and was sent to the hospital. Detective George Flannery visited her, and told her of Ted Grant, a man who could teach her to fight and defend herself. While training, Selina met Bruce Wayne when walking through the East End with Holly, and rejected her advances. Stan began to berate Holly, causing Bruce to attack the pimp before Selina was knocked out when trying to protect Holly. Later on, Selina returned to Ted, and asked him to train her in the use of a bullwhip.
One night, Selina was woken up by the news that Batman was being corned by police, and went to Robinson Park with Holly to see for themselves. Seeing Batman in action gave Selina an idea to become a creature of the night like him, and returned to Stan to beat him up. She declared that she was going to change her line of work, and decided to become a cat burglar named Catwoman to rob others. Her first heist was robbing local mob boss Carmine Falcone, and decided to claw the face of her victims to leave her mark.
Selina would later defeat Stan after he kidnapped Maggie, whom she reunited with when returning to the nunnery to saved her. Some time later, Holly was beaten by Ethan Strunk, a corrupt police officer, and Batman stopped her. Batman attempted to convince Catwoman to let the justice system deal with Strunk, but Catwoman believed that Gotham was too corrupt. After escaping Batman, Selina left Holly with Maggie to be protected. Due to the Zero Hour story, which caused a distortion of the time stream, Selina's history as a prostitute was erased and replaced with the continuation of her as a petty thief.
In other media
Batman (1966 Series)
Catwoman appeard on the 1966 Batman TV show , played by Julie Newmar in the first two seasons and Eartha Kitt in the third season, but in the 1966 Batman film , she was played by Lee Meriwether.
|“||You make it so easy, don't you? Always waiting for some Batman to save you. I am Catwoman. Hear me roar.||„|
Catwoman was played by Michelle Pfeiffer in Batman Returns of 1992. In this version, Selina Kyle is a frustrated assistant to Max Shreck. When she finds some incriminating documents, Shreck pushes her out the window. Selina falls to her apparent death, only to be revived with 8 extra lives. Selina goes home, destroys her apartment and creates a tight jumpsuit to better reflect her inner beast.
Catwoman antagonizes Shreck and Batman. She also establishes an uncomfortable alliance with the Penguin , who tries to kill her after she rejects his advances. Meanwhile, Selina developed a romance with Bruce Wayne, which leads to the discovery of each other's identity. Catwoman spends most of her life, apparently committing suicide by the end of the film, only to have her silhouette seen at the end.
|“||The day I died was the day I started to live.||„|
|~ Patience Phillips.|
She was also played by Halle Berry in the titular ill-received 2004 film, Catwoman. Instead of being Selina Kyle, she was an independent character named Patience Phillips taking revenge on a cosmetics company.
The Dark Knight Rises
|“||I started out doing what I had to. Once you've done what you had to, they'll never let you do what you want to.||„|
|~ Selina to Bruce Wayne.|
Catwoman was played by Anne Hathaway in the 2012 film The Dark Knight Rises. Selina Kyle is a professional thief who steals Bruce Wayne after being blackmailed by a business rival. She develops an uncomfortable alliance with Batman, whom she takes to Bane . After Bane defeats and imprisons Bruce, Selina is arrested by Blake and sent to Blackgate Penitentiary.
During the disturbances in Gotham, Selina flees and joins a newly revived Batman. When Bane almost kills Batman again, Selina shoots him with the cannons in the bat cycle. Selina runs away with Bruce after faking his death, and they find a new life in Florence, where they can leave their tragic past and secret identities behind.
|“||Rule number one: Look after number one. That's you.||„|
|~ Selina to Bridget Pike.|
A younger representation of Selina Kylie, also known as "Cat", appears on the TV show Gotham , which takes place years before Bruce Wayne takes on the mantle of Batman. She is played by actress and dancer Camren Bicondova and is portrayed as anti-heroine and friend of Bruce Wayne.
DC Animated Universe
|“||I am the cat who walks by herself.||„|
The Catwoman appeared in Batman: The Animated Series, The New Batman Adventures, The Batman 2004 Batman: The Brave and The Bold , DC Super Hero Girls and their 2019 TV series.
- Main article: Catwoman (Arkhamverse)
|“||Perfect. What little girl doesn't dream of being bait for her strapping Dark Knight?||„|
Catwoman doesn't appear in the Batman: Arkham Asylum , video game , but she has an unlocked profile after you solve a puzzle that revolves around her. The profile states: Orphan who learned to survive on the streets of Gotham City, Selina Kyle took the robbery to survive ... but determined to do it in style, she learned sexual arts and trained extensively to perfect her cat theft skills. 'Her criminal activities are often tempered by a reluctant altruism, making her a fickle villain and an occasional heroine. 'She regularly escapes capture by the Dark Knight and maintains a complicated and contradictory relationship with Batman, who often becomes flirtatious and, occasionally, legitimately romantic.
However, in the second game, Batman: Arkham City, she is a playable character and has her own story in the game after downloading it. She is voiced by Gray DeLisle.
Catwoman appears in the crossover, Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe.
- Expert thief and steath: Catwoman is one of the most steathy and skilled thief in the universe. She can steal the most densely-guarded jeweleries or valuable objects with ease. As a matter of fact, hardly can guards or even Batman can catch up with her.
- Master combatant and weapon user: Catwoman was trained by the Armless Master in martial arts and by Wildcat in boxing and street-fighting. She is a dangerous, clever and resourceful fighter, known for precise, agile attacks and speedy getaways. Her formidable hand-to-hand combat skills are augmented by her cat-like speed, agility, reflexes, balance, and flexibility. Catwoman can use various kinds of weapons, from whip to firearms
- Master acrobat: Catwoman is skilled in acrobatics. She was trained to be adapted to her cat-like fighting style: flexible and dangerous. She can easily flip, roll or leap through buildings to buildings, escape a group of men. Acrobatics helps her a lot in battle, making her more agile, dangerous and adaptable to many situations.
- Master disguise: Catwoman is a master of disguise. She can either turn into a nerdy-looking scientist to an attractive bartender or a foxy star on the red carpet. Thanks to this ability, Catwoman is almost unrecognisable in a certain location and she can hide and accomplish any goals without being seen.
- Feline empathy: Catwoman has a strong affinity for cats. Feline species tend to flock to her, accepting her almost immediately, recognizing somehow that she is not an enemy but a friend. This allows her to calm injured cats, train them, befriend them, and form strong bonds with them. These animals will even sometimes come to her defense when she is attacked. This has proved most beneficial, especially when it has involved big cats.
- Seduction and flirting skills: Being a cunning and intelligent women, Catwoman always has the solution to manipulate her victim using her seduction and flirting skills. By showing her curvy and toned body and speaking attractively, she can manipulate a man easily and cause them having sexual interactions with her, then she will use him on her own purpose. She knows many flirting skills, using them in the suitable situation. She killed her childhood friend's killer by undressing her shirt then approach him. When she stayed at a penhouse and Batman approached her, she rushed into him and undress both of them
- In Batman Returns, she was portrayed by Michelle Pfeiffer, who also played Caroline Hubbard in Murder on the Orient Express, and Angela de Marco in Married to the Mob.
- In the titular 2004 film, Catwoman, she was portrayed by Halle Berry, who also played Storm in the X-Men films, Jinx in Die Another Day, Jordan Turner in The Call, and voiced Cappy in Robots.
- In Batman: Year One, she was voiced by Eliza Dushku.
- Dushku reprised her voice for the character in DC Showcase: Catwoman.
- In The Dark Knight Rises, she was portrayed by Anne Hathaway, who also played Mia Thermopolis in The Princess Diaries series, Ella of Frell in Ella Enchanted, White Queen in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland series, and voiced Red Puckett in Hoodwinked and Jewel in the Rio series.
- In Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, she was voiced by Tress MacNeille, who also voiced Daisy Duck in numerous media, Anastasia Tremaine in the Cinderella series, Gadget Hackwrench in Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, Chip Potts in House of Mouse, Petunia Rhubarb, Junior Asparagus and Madame Blueberry in the VeggieTales series, Miranda in the animated Wizard of Oz, Babs Bunny in Tiny Toon Adventures, Mama Swimmer in The Land Before Time series, Callie Briggs in SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron, Felix in Lilo & Stich, Hello Nurse and Dot in Animaniacs, Lady Liberty in Clayfighter: Sculptor's Cut, Maya and Lindsey Naegle in The Simpsons, .
- In Lego Batman: The Movie - DC Super Heroes Unite, she was voiced by Katherine Von Till.
- Till reprised her voice for the character in Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes.
- In Gotham by Gaslight, she was voiced by Jennifer Carpenter, who also played Ángela Vidal in Quarantine and voiced Juli Kidman in The Evil Within.
- In Batman Ninja, she was voiced by Ai Kakuma in Japanese and Grey Griffin in English. Kakuma also voiced Machi Kuragi in Fruits Basket, Edelgard von Hresvelg in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Lenalee Lee in D.Gray-man, Rossweisse in Highschool DxD, Julis Riessfeld in The Asterisk War, Ruko Kominato in WIXOSS, Rabirin in Healin' Good♥Pretty Cure, Rana in Vocaloid. Griffin also voices Daphne Blake in the Scooby-Doo series, and voiced Mandy in The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Sam Manson in Danny Phantom, Asajj Ventress in Star Wars: Clone Wars, Frankie Foster and Goo in Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends, Dorthy Gale in Tom and Jerry & the Wizard of Oz, Kitty Katswell in T.U.F.F. Puppy, Nova Terra in StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, Jackie Lynn Thomas in Star vs. the Forces of Evil, Lola, Luna, and Lily Loud in The Loud House, Carmelita Fox in Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time and PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, Karen Crawford in Paradise P.D., Lizzie Devine in Codename: Kids Next Door, Roxanne in House of Mouse, A Little Pig in Wonder Pets, Tooth Fairy and Tootie Roberts in Fairly OddParents, Riley Daring in The Replacements, Frida Suárez in El Tigre, Kimiko Tohomiko in Xiaolin Showdown, Yumi Yoshimura in Hi Hi Puffy Amiyumi, Wubbzy in Wow! Wow! Wubbzy, Emily Elizabeth Howard in the Clifford the Big Red Dog series, and Kitana in Mortal Kombat: Scorpion's Revenge.
- In Batman: Hush, she was voiced by Jennifer Morrison, who also played Emma Swan in Once upon a Time and Allison Cameron in House.
- In The Lego Batman Movie, she was voiced by Zoë Kravitz, who will portray the character in the upcoming 2021 film, The Batman. As for Catwoman was being filmed in the upcoming 2021 The Batman film being spotted in Liverpool and Chicago Illinois for chase scenes with Batman.
- In the 1960s Batman series, she was portrayed by Julie Newmar and the late Eartha Kitt.
- Newmar reprised her voice for the character in Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders and Batman vs. Two-Face.
- In The Batman/Superman Hour, she was voiced by the late Jane Webb, who also voiced Sabrina Spellman in the 1970s animated series, Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
- In The New Adventures of Batman, she was voiced by Melendy Britt.
- In the DC Animated Universe, she was voiced by Adrienne Barbeau.
- Barbeau reprised her voice for the character in Gotham Girls.
- In Batman: The Brave and the Bold, she was voiced Nika Futterman, who voices Luna Loud in The Loud House, and also voiced Asajj Ventress in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Alissa Vincent in Dead Space: Downfall, Chelsea Keezheekoni in Clarence, Sticks the Badger in Sonic Boom, Nightfall in Syklanders, and Olga Pataki in Hey Arnold!
- Futterman reprised her voice for the character in Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
- In DC Nation, she was voiced Stephanie Sheh, who also voiced Lady Guan in Dynasty Warriors series, Rebecca Chambers in Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles and Resident Evil 5, Kyrie in Devil May Cry 4, Yaya Panda and Megumi in Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled, Ember in Skylanders, Mikan Tsumiki in Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, Himawari Uzumaki, Hinata Hyūga, Hanabi Hyūga and Rin Nohara in the Naurto series, Orihime Inoue in Bleach, Flora in the Winx Club film, Metis in Persona 3, Lotte Jansson and Jasminka Antonenko in Little Witch Academia, Eureka Thurston in Eureka Seven, Miria Harvent in Durarara!, Yui Hirasawa in K-ON!, Mikuru Asahina in Haruhi Suzumiya, Kaguya Sumeragi in Code Geass, Megumi Shirakawa and PawnChessmon in Digimon Data Squad, Josephine Rabbit in season one of Peter Rabbit, Jinafire Long and Jane Boolittle in Monster High, Duchess Swan in Ever After High, Share Bear, Secret Bear and Baby Tugs Bear in Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot, and Renée Honda in the Barbie franchise.
- In Gotham, she was portrayed by Camren Bicondova.
- In DC Super Hero Girls, she was voiced by Cristina Purcelli, who voices Luan Loud in The Loud House, and voiced Sunny Emmerich in the Metal Gear Solid series.
- In the 2019 reboot, DC Super Hero Girls, she is voiced by Cree Summer, who also voiced Abigail Lincoln in Codename: Kids Next Door, Susie Carmichael in the Rugrats series, Kim in The Care Bares Movie, Christy in Care Bears II: A New Generation, Penelope in the Barbie franchise, King Louie in Jungle Cubs, Valerie Gray in Danny Phantom, Penny Gadget in the first season of the Inspector Gadget animated series, Kida Nedakh in Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Cynder in the Legend of Spyro series, Cleo in Clifford the Big Red Dog, Dulcy the Dragon in Sonic the Hedgehog, Mena in Bambi II, Ms. Green in the M&M commercials, Roller Brawl in Skylanders, Hippolyta in the DC Animated Film Universe, Foxxy Love in Drawn Together, Ace in Dinotrux, Lenne in Final Fantasy X-2, Madame Web in the Marvel Animated Universe, Mary Melody in Tiny Toon Adventures, and Penelope Young in Batman: Arkham Asylum.
- In Harley Quinn, she is voiced by Sanaa Lathan.
- In Batman Black and White, she was voiced by Janyse Jaud, who also voiced Sarah in Ed, Edd n Eddy, Claire and Metalmena in Galaxy Express 999, and Margery Daw in Shakugan no Shana.
- In the 2004 video game based on the film, she was voiced by Jennifer Hale, who voices Gabby McStabberson in the reboot of DuckTales, and also voiced Commander Shepard in the Mass Effect series, Naomi Hunter in the Metal Gear Solid, Cinderella in the direct-dvd sequels and Ralph Breaks the Internet, Ms. Marvel in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Gladys in The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Flora in Tak, Shiver in the PC of Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus, Elektra Ovirowa in Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door, Sheena Fujibayashi in Tales of Symphonia, Aliyah-Din in Scooby-Doo in Arabian Nights, Thorn in the Scooby-Doo series, Numbuh 86 in Codename: Kids Next Door, Bastila Shan and Satele Shan in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Sam in Totally Spies!.
- In Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, she was played by Brenda Barrie and voiced by P.J. Mattson.
- In Lego Batman: The Videogame, she was voiced by Vanessa Marshall, who also voiced Hera Syndulla in Star Wars: Rebels, Black Canary in Young Justice, Eva in Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops, Sarah Kerrigan in Heroes of the Storm, Mouse in Fish Hooks, Irwin in The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy.
- In DC Universe Online, she was voiced by Kelley Huston.
- In Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, she was voiced by Laura Bailey, who also voiced Lust in 2003s Full Metal Alchemist, Maka Albarn in the Soul Eater series, Tohru Honda in the Fruits Basket series, Kushina Uzumaki and Kurotsuchi in the Naruto series, Anko Mitarashi in Naruto/Naruto Shippuden, Jean in Claymore, Tokine Yukimura in the Kekkaishi series, Trunks in the Dragon Ball Z series, Isara Gunther in Valkyria Chronicles, Beastmon in Digimon Fusion, Marta Lualdi in the Tales series, Tia Harribel in Bleach, Emily in Glitter Force, Rise Kujikawa in Persona 4, Lagoona Blue, Elle Eedee and Skelita Calaveras in Monster High, Melody Piper in Ever After High, Princess Odette in the middle four films of The Swan Princess, Rayne in the BloodRayne series, Jaina Proudmoore in the World of Warcraft series, Huepow in Klonoa: Door to Phantomile, Chun-Li in the Street Fighter series, The Female Courier in Fallout: New Vegas, Serana in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim DLC Dawnguard, Blaze the Cat and Omochao in the Sonic series, Lucina in Fire Emblem: Awakening, Helena Harper in Resident Evil 6, Ninjini in Skylanders, Serah Farron in the Final Fantasy series, Abigail "Fetch" Walker in Infamous: Second Son and Infamous: First Light, Fiona in Tales from the Borderlands, Kait Diaz in the Gears of War series, Nadine Ross in the Uncharted series, Eltariel in Middle-earth: Shadow of War, Supergirl in Injustice 2 and Mary Jane Watson in Marvel's Spider-Man.
- Bailey reprised her voice for the character in Telltale's Batman series.
- In The Lazarus Syndrome, she was voiced by Lorelei King.
|“||My world is all just shades of grey, Batman. That's why you'll never really understand me.||„|
|~ Catwoman to Batman.|
|“||Just goes to show there are more honest ways of making a dishonest living. But I like my style the best.||„|
|“||I have to admit... I've missed this. The adrenaline rush. The action. The knowledge that money stolen is always better than money earned.||„|
|~ Prime Earth Catwoman.|
- Ranked 20th on IGN's "Top 100 Comic Book Heroes of All Time" list.
- Ranked 11th on IGN's "Top 100 Comic Book Villains of All Time" list.
- Ranked 51st on Wizard magazine's "100 Greatest Villains of All Time" list.
- Ranked 23rd in Comics Buyer's Guide's "100 Sexiest Women in Comics" list.
- Catwoman's alias, Irena Dubrovna, was inspired by the main character of the 1942 film, Cat People.
- Apparently the catsuit Selina wears as Catwoman (or at least one version of it) is actually a modified version of one she wore during her days as a prostitute.
- Selina Kyle is bisexual, something which had been suspected in the comics for a long time. However this fact wasn’t confirmed until the Post-Flashpoint continuity.