Gotham City’s Feline Fatale

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Catwoman cosplay by MissMimiako

I’ve made it clear, many times, that I don’t like costumed (male) superheroes, and, that I am not a DC or Marvel fanboy. I do, however, love Catwoman, but, I only recently started to appreciate this character with  DC‘s The New 52 re-launch. I recently picked up Vol. 4: Gotham Underground (2014), which followed Vol. 3: Death of the Family (2013), Vol. 2: Dollhouse (2013), and Vol. 1: The Game (2012). I happen to like this series a lot, and, it has convinced me to move on to the Ed Brubaker series which has recently been re-printed as Vol. 1: Trail of the Catwoman (2012), Vol. 2: No Easy Way Down (2013), and Vol. 3: Under Pressure (2014). Oh, and I’ve also been meaning to check out Gotham City Sirens [Vol. 1: Union (2010), Vol. 2: Songs of the Sirens (2010), Vol. 3: Strange Fruit (2011), and Vol. 4: Division (2012)].

Catwoman (aka Selina Kyle) is a sultry cat burglar who was introduced in Batman #1 (1940) as The Cat. She became one of Batman‘s most popular adversaries as well as his love interest. I love that Selina Kyle/Catwoman is a strong, independent woman. She loves Batman, for sure, but, she doesn’t need him. I also love that Catwoman, like Batman, has no superpowers – she’s like a sexy ninja, with cat ears and a bullwhip! And, I love that Catwoman constantly blurs the line between right and wrong, which makes her even more human. But, everybody knows Catwoman, and, I can’t say anything about the comics I’ve read that hasn’t already been said better by countless other comic book fanboys and bloggers, so, instead, let’s watch some short animated films featuring Gotham City’s feline fatale (which, I’m sure, you’ve already seen) …

First up is Catwoman: Chase Me (2003). This delightful short was based on The WB’s animated series  The New Batman Adventures (1997-99), and, was included with the series’ direct-to-video feature film Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman (2003). The film, sans dialogue, follows Batman as he chases Catwoman across Gotham City after Bruce Wayne witnesses her stealing a bag of money. Watch the film here …

Chase Me was co-written by Paul Dini who, with Bruce Timm, introduced the character of Harley Quinn in Fox’s Batman: The Animated Series (1992-95).

Next up is DC Showcase: Catwoman (2011). This longer short film, with dialogue, was included with the direct-to-video feature film Batman: Year One (2011). Actress Eliza Dushku [Fox’s Tru Calling (2003-05) and Dollhouse (2009-10)] provides the voice of Catwoman who follows the trail of gangster Rough Cut and uncovers a human trafficking ring. Watch the film here …

Catwoman, also written by Paul Dini, is an action-packed thrill ride! In addition, this version of Catwoman is one of the sexiest ever, animated or otherwise! Obviously, this cartoon is not for kids unless, of course, other kids’ cartoons have strip club scenes! Now, if only a live-action Catwoman movie could get made and be as cool as this short film!

Catwoman has been portrayed in TV and films by many high-profile actresses with varying degrees of sexiness and authenticity, like  Julie Newmar and Eartha Kitt [Batman TV series (1966-68)], Lee Meriwether [Batman movie based on the TV series (1966)], Michelle Pfeiffer [Batman Returns (1992)], and Anne Hathaway [The Dark Knight Rises (2012)]. I left out Halle Berry in Catwoman (2004) for obvious reasons. My sister-in-law, by the way, graduated from Bedford High School with Halle Berry. They weren’t good friends, but, she knew her. I graduated, a year earlier, from the rival school, Maple Heights High School. Anyway, my choice for the next Catwoman, in a stand-alone movie, is the Nationwide Insurance cat burglar Jana Kramer.

Finally, let’s talk about Gotham Girls

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Gotham Girls: Harley Quinn, Catwoman, Poison Ivy

Gotham Girls was a Flash animation web series that ran for 3 seasons (2000-02). Each season had 10 episodes (with interactive content), and, each episode was 2-5 minutes. The website is no longer online, but, the individual Flash episodes can still be viewed via the Warner Brothers server, or on YouTube. The complete Gotham Girls web series is also included as a bonus feature on the DVD for The WB’s Birds of Prey TV series (2002-03).

Birds of Prey was a wonderful TV series that, with only 13 episodes, was cancelled way too soon! I did a post on this series on my other blog, before I started this blog, because the original theme song was I’d Start a Revolution (If I Could Get Up in the Morning) by female rocker Aimee Allen. However, I loved the show for so many other reasons, including the adorable Ashley Scott as Helena Kyle/Huntress, daughter of Batman/Bruce Wayne and Catwoman/Selina Kyle; the well-choregraphed fight scenes; and, the playful flirtation between Huntress and good cop Det. Reese (Shemar Moore). Birds of Prey is a series that you must own on DVD! Anyway …

The equally wonderful Gotham Girls web series (without the interactive content) is, as I said, included as a bonus feature on the Birds of Prey DVD, and, that is where I watched it. The series (mostly) follows the misadventures of Catwoman (aka Selina Kyle), Harley Quinn (aka Dr. Harleen Quinzel), Poison Ivy (aka Dr. Pamela Lillian Isley), and Batgirl (aka Barbara Gordon). The seductive voice of Catwoman comes courtesy of the very lovely Adrienne Barbeau. She also voiced the character in Fox’s Batman: The Animated Series (1992-95) and The WB’s The New Batman Adventures (1997-99). Sex symbol Barbeau starred in ex-husband John Carpenter‘s The Fog (1980) and Escape From New York (1981), and other sci-fi/horror films, including Mike Mendez‘s awesome The Convent (2000) in which she kicked demon ass! Anyway …

My favorite episode of the Gotham Girls web series is “Cat -n- Mouse -n- Cat -n- Mouse -n-“ [season 2, episode 5] in which Catwoman, while attempting to steal a prized statue, gets caught in a bootstrap paradox. Watch the episode here, over and over and over again …

[Bastards! Watch the episode by clicking here.]

DC produced a 5-issue Gotham Girls comic miniseries (2003), based on the web series, with Catwoman, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and Batgirl; followed by a 3-issue Batman: Harley and Ivy comic miniseries (2004) with only Harley and Ivy; and, finally, the 26-issue series Gotham City Sirens (2009-11) with Catwoman rejoining Harley and Ivy. So much to read, so little time. That’s what I get for avoiding DC and Marvel for so long.

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Catwoman cosplay by Yaya Han [photo by Bryan Humphrey]

Note: Yaya Han wore the Catwoman costume above on the episode of Heroes of Cosplay that aired June 10. It was the same episode in which lovely Chloe Dykstra kissed Jessica Merizan.

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