YMMV / Catwoman

YMMVs for the comics:

  • Broken Base:
    • Probably the biggest split in her fandom is between fans of her 90's ongoing and fans of the one from 2000's. There are of course fans of both, but you'll rarely hear from them.
    • Frank Miller's Batman: Year One Catwoman origin subplot that gives her a past as a professional Dominatrix. Quite a lot of people consider it sexist and blatant Author Appeal that is best ignored, but some argue it is a good addition to her history (if more for what later writers did with it than the original story), that makes her a rare example of a positive, non-stereotypical portrayal of sex workers in fiction.
    • Catwoman being bisexual in the New 52. Some people believe it was handled well and enjoy Selina's relationship with Eiko, others feel it should have done this with other characters, with larger Homoerotic Subtext and LGBT Fanbase, in order to avoid the obvious pandering to Girl-on-Girl Is Hot.
  • Dork Age:
    • Her New 52 book prior to Genevieve Valentine's run is wildly considered to be one as well.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Catwoman is the most popular love interest of Batman due to her classy cat thief nature and her noble traits.
  • Internet Backlash: "I am Suicide" had the premise that, among other things, Selina Kyle had killed over 200 people and was scheduled to be executed, with Batman being the one who brought her in for the murders. Her fans, and fans of the Bat/Cat ship, were not amused, with insults and threats being hurled at writer Tom King, and fans were just puzzled on what would lead Selina to kill so many people, even after it was revealed that the people were terrorists who blew up her old orphanage. Funnily enough, while he didn't condone the behaviour, he did encourage the Fanon Discontinuity and Fridge Logic taking place, as this was the mindset that Batman himself had, and in fact, it's revealed she didn't kill anyone; she was covering for Holly Robinson.
  • Newer Than They Think: Despite being her iconic outfit, she's only worn a black catsuit in the comics since her redesign by Darwyn Cooke in the early 2000s. Prior to that in the post-Crisis era, she usually wore a purple catsuit, and her Golden Age and Bronze Age versions often wore dresses, or leotards over tights. However, her Batman TV incarnations all did wear black leather catsuits, and that probably created the image.
  • Uncanny Valley: Her third appearance and first costumed one has her costume as a dress, cape, and a full mask/helmet with the appearance of a very realistic furry cat head. It's not so much sexy as deeply creepy.

YMMVs for the film:

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Tom, the detective, is established as being completely oblivious to the fact that his girlfriend and Catwoman are the same person. But, it's actually very possible that he knew they were the same person all along before The Reveal. This is mostly evident by his serious investigation to find out if Patience and Catwoman are the same person and subsequent disappointment after learning the truth.
  • Ass Pull:
    • Patience gains her powers as Catwoman after she dies and has life breathed into her by an Egyptian cat. Thus gaining the abilities of a cat. Although this was meant to be a Shout-Out to Batman Returns, it was considered to be even more unbelievable in the main story.
    • Laurel is able to put up a fight in the climax because she's used the killer make-up so much it's made her skin "like living marble." Except at the end of the fight, it just doesn't anymore for no reason.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: A film about Batman's longtime nemesis Catwoman with no Batman in it was bound to be this. Not helping was the film's higher priority on cat-related puns, Halle Berry's sex appeal, and a scheme involving a very dangerous facial cream.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Catwoman is this in her own movie. Either you'll think she's a surprisingly great, entertaining original character or an insultingly cartoony replacement for an incredible comic book character.
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: It was clear that the film was riding on Halle Berry's star power and sex appeal to win over audiences, made even more so with the unforgettably stripper-resque catsuit. As brilliantly summed up by Roger Ebert:
    Roger Ebert: Catwoman is a movie about Halle Berry's beauty, sex appeal, figure, eyes, lips and costume design. It gets those right. Everything else is secondary, except for the plot, which is tertiary.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Naturally Catwoman falls under this trope, but Sharon Stone's villainous character comes to a close second.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Many people pointed out that Patience's boyfriend Tom was an incompetent cop who made a simple investigation needlessly overcomplicated. However, since Tom went to great lengths to see if Patience and Catwoman were the same person it's very possible he took his time solving the case because he didn't want to learn the truth. He was afraid of the possibility that the love of his life was a notorious criminal so he went to extreme lengths to see if it was true because he feared destroying his relationship with her.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Halle Berry playing a woman who is ignored by everyone and looked down upon by others can be seen as harsh since after this film was released Berry's career took a serious hit.
    • Catwoman not gaining a happy romantic relationship with Tom is a lot less entertaining when Batman: Arkham Knight has Batman and Catwoman's relationship sinking at the end of the game as well, with the heroine more heartbroken than in the film.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Patience is often criticized for being Catwoman in name only. When The Dark Knight Rises came out in 2012, Anne Hathaway played a version of Selina Kyle, who never uses the "Catwoman" name despite wearing a feline-themed costume.
  • Idiot Ball: The infamous "handwriting comparison" subplot. Patience and Catwoman's handwriting had minor differences, but to any lay observer (the audience) looks the same. A handwriting expert clears her due to a couple different loops in the lettering.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Catwoman's costume has been labeled as the worst superhero costume ever.
    • Catwoman purrs during sex.
  • Misaimed Fandom: Ironically, the film was aimed at women to inspire them with a female superhero. Most of the people who watched the film were not female and clearly seeing it for different reasons.
  • Moral Event Horizon: The security guards pass it by flooding the sewer pipe with Patience still inside of it in order to kill her.
  • Narm: The film tries so hard to make an example against sexism (a heroine starring without her usual male counterparts from the comics, a leitmotif about female independence and a mentor who preaches against male academia) that the fact its villains are a cosmetics corporation that plans to sell toxic skin cream becomes unintentionally hilarious, if not downright offensive. It makes it look like, after so much effort, the writers still didn't believe a female audience would get into a plot unrelated to stereotypically feminine interests.
  • Signature Scene: The basketball scene. Tons of jump cuts and wide angle shots, along with suggestive actions being performed in front of children, and characters who don't seem to know how basketball is played.
  • Snark Bait: One has to watch the film to get why people poke fun at it.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Some people would argue that the movie is this. Others would say it's either great or terrible.
  • Special Effect Failure:
    • Every single scene with the CGI Patience is terrible. And they did a lot of CGI. It was so bad, they caked makeup on Halle Berry's skin in an attempt to make it look as textureless as the CGI version.
    • It gets no better with the cityscape or with many of the cats featured onscreen, both of whom are also frequently seen in CGI.
    • When Catwoman lets Sharon Stone fall to her death, she is very clearly replaced by a dummy as she tumbles down.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Yes, there was a video game made of this. X-Play said it was like Prince of Persia, "if Prince of Persia sucked." Gametrailers.com had a review saying that it was so bad, it will make you want to drown kittens. Gaming magazines in general were already dreading it in previews and poking fun at EA's attempts to hype the game. Yes, their very press releases were Snark Bait.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Patience was not fully utilized as a suitable replacement for Selena Kyle, as her debut story had her mostly faffing about, with only the occasional hint of the moral ambiguity displayed by Ms Kyle.
    • The villain has a backstory remarkably similar to at least one version of Clayface (disfigured and given superpowers due to overuse of makeup that contains dangerous chemicals) but just ends up being ridiculously bland and unmemorable.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The film could have had Batman in it, but they chose to have an expy of him instead. The fact that much of the plot of this film had actually been done better already- in the Batman TAS episode Feat of Clay- probably didn't help any because of how poorly those copied elements were handled in this film.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Patience's mentor is a crazy cat lady who claims that her theories about Catwomen warriors were shot down because of... male academia. It's probably not the fact that it'd be hard to believe that dead women can be resurrected by cats into becoming superheroes. She never assumed that her theories were shot down because of how she made it sound and instead blames sexism for her troubles.
  • Unnecessary Makeover: For Halle Berry.
  • WTH, Costuming Department?: Halle Berry's rather stripper-esque leather ensemble and enlarged cat ears have been singled out as such by many fans and critics. The hat in particular was often compared to a Mickey Mouse cap.