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Catwoman is a fictional character associated with Creator/DCComics' ''{{Franchise/Batman}}'' franchise. Historically a supervillain, the character first appeared as '''The Cat''' in ''[[ComicBook/BatmanNumberOne Batman #1]]'' (Spring, 1940), which means she shares her status as the second-oldest of Batman's long-term Rogue's Gallery with ComicBook/TheJoker, who was introduced that same issue. The code name Cat-Woman (sic) and the first of her cat-suits were introduced in issue #2. Her civilian identity of Selina Kyle wasn't introduced until Batman #62 (December 1950).

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Catwoman is a fictional character associated with Creator/DCComics' ''{{Franchise/Batman}}'' franchise. Historically a supervillain, the character first appeared as '''The Cat''' in ''[[ComicBook/BatmanNumberOne Batman #1]]'' (Spring, 1940), which means she shares her status as the second-oldest of Batman's long-term Rogue's Gallery RoguesGallery with ComicBook/TheJoker, who was introduced that same issue. The code name Cat-Woman (sic) and the first of her cat-suits were introduced in issue #2. Her civilian identity of Selina Kyle wasn't introduced until Batman #62 (December 1950).

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She also left her sister Maggie at the orphanage in the Narrows so that Maggie would have a normal life.

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* LoveInterest: To Bruce/Batman.


* {{Everyone has Standards}}: Despite being AmbiguouslyEvil, she's completely disgusted with most of Batman's other foes.

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* {{Everyone has Standards}}: Despite being AmbiguouslyEvil, she's completely disgusted with most of Batman's other foes.foes with the exception of ComicBook/{{Harley Quinn}} and ComicBook/{{Poison Ivy}}.


* EvenEvilHasStandards: Despite being AmbiguouslyEvil, she's completely disgusted with most of Batman's other foes.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: {{Everyone has Standards}}: Despite being AmbiguouslyEvil, she's completely disgusted with most of Batman's other foes.


[[caption-width-right:350:Catwoman by Stanley 'Artgem' Lau]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Catwoman by Stanley 'Artgem' 'Artgerm' Lau]]


%% * DatingCatwoman: The TropeNamer. Though from her side of the relationship, shouldn't it be "Dating Batman"?

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%% * DatingCatwoman: The TropeNamer. Though from her side of the relationship, shouldn't it be "Dating Batman"?Batman"?
** Her Golden Age appearances always had her flirting with Batman or else giving him an easy means to escape her death-traps. Subsequent appearances retained that flirtation to where she either becomes a reliable ally and SecretKeeper, or at least a WorthyOpponent who'll give Batman a kiss on the lips on the way out the museum door with a priceless cat statue.


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[[caption-width-right:350:Catwoman -- in Action! As drawn by [[http://www.justsayah.com/ Adam Hughes]].]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Catwoman -- in Action! As drawn by [[http://www.justsayah.com/ Adam Hughes]].]]
Stanley 'Artgem' Lau]]


* TheBusCameBack: A 2020 storyline saw Selina cross paths with [[ComicBookTheNewGuardians Snowflame]] of all people.

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* TheBusCameBack: A 2020 storyline saw Selina cross paths with [[ComicBookTheNewGuardians [[ComicBook/TheNewGuardians Snowflame]] of all people.


On the film front, the character was portrayed by Creator/MichellePfeiffer in the 1992 film ''Film/BatmanReturns''. In 2004, a standalone Film/Catwoman2004 movie starring Creator/HalleBerry was released, but the movie was a flop that had [[InNameOnly little in common]] with the comic character. She's been played by Creator/AnneHathaway in 2012's ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', although she's only ever named on screen as "Selina Kyle" and "The Cat", with the name "Catwoman" only being used in merchandise and other supplemental materials - perhaps to [[OldShame sever ties from the aforementioned Halle Berry flop]] or possibly just because of the trend in both the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse and ''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy'' that ComicBookMoviesDontUseCodenames. She will be portrayed by Creator/ZoeKravitz in Creator/MattReeves' 2022 ''Film/{{The Batman|2022}}'', opposite Creator/RobertPattinson's Bruce Wayne; she previosly voiced the character in ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOBatmanMovie''.

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On the film front, the character was portrayed played by Lee Meriwether in TheMovie [[Film/BatmanTheMovie of the Adam West series]], then in a more supernatural interpretation by Creator/MichellePfeiffer in the 1992 film ''Film/BatmanReturns''. In 2004, a standalone Film/Catwoman2004 ''Film/{{Catwoman|2004}}'' movie starring Creator/HalleBerry was released, but the movie was a flop that had [[InNameOnly little in common]] with the comic character. She's been played by Creator/AnneHathaway in 2012's ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', although she's only ever named on screen as "Selina Kyle" and "The Cat", with the name "Catwoman" only being used in merchandise and other supplemental materials - perhaps to [[OldShame sever ties from the aforementioned Halle Berry flop]] or possibly just because of the trend in both the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse and ''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy'' that ComicBookMoviesDontUseCodenames. She will be portrayed by Creator/ZoeKravitz in Creator/MattReeves' 2022 ''Film/{{The Batman|2022}}'', opposite Creator/RobertPattinson's Bruce Wayne; she previosly voiced the character in ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOBatmanMovie''.

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* TheBusCameBack: A 2020 storyline saw Selina cross paths with [[ComicBookTheNewGuardians Snowflame]] of all people.


* ParentalSubstitute: Selina mothers her friend Holly, her sister Maggie, the Alleytown Kids, and Kitrina Falcone, among others.

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* ParentalSubstitute: Selina mothers her friend Holly, her sister Maggie, the Alleytown Kids, and Kitrina Falcone, among others.and even the younger members of the Batfamily on occasion.


* ''Series/BirdsOfPrey''

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* ''Series/BirdsOfPrey''''Series/BirdsOfPrey2002''


* CostumeEvolution: In her early appearances in the 1940s, [[NotWearingTights she didn't actually have a standard costume]], instead relying on [[MasterOfDisguise disguises]]. The SpyCatsuit was [[CanonImmigrant popularized by the 1960s TV series]]. Modern depictions have drawn influence from [[UsefulNotes/NavySeals Navy SEAL]] wetsuits, adding some tactical gear to make it look more high-tech. CyberPunk influences are [[DependingOnTheArtist occasionally]] worked in.

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* CostumeEvolution: In her early appearances in the 1940s, [[NotWearingTights she didn't actually have a standard costume]], instead relying on [[MasterOfDisguise disguises]]. The SpyCatsuit was [[CanonImmigrant popularized popularized]] by the [[Series/Batman1966 1960s TV series]]. Modern depictions have drawn influence from [[UsefulNotes/NavySeals Navy SEAL]] wetsuits, amphibious "frogsuits", adding some tactical gear to make it look more high-tech. CyberPunk influences are [[DependingOnTheArtist occasionally]] worked in.


* ParentalSubstitute: Selina mothers her friend Holly, her sister Maggie, the Alleytown Kids, and Kitrina Falcone, among others, and not content with that, she at one point tells Dick Grayson that he is not being subtle encouraging her to hook up with Bruce and become his stepmom.
* ParentWithNewParamour: The Batkids' reactions to her relationship with Bruce varies ''greatly.'' Dick encourages the relationship, Tim and Cass are civil but don't really care, Jason is initially suspicious and hostile but warms to her over time, and Damian... calls her "the harlot."

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* ParentalSubstitute: Selina mothers her friend Holly, her sister Maggie, the Alleytown Kids, and Kitrina Falcone, among others, and not content with that, she at one point tells Dick Grayson that he is not being subtle encouraging her to hook up with Bruce and become his stepmom.
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* ParentWithNewParamour: The Batkids' reactions to her relationship with Bruce varies ''greatly.'' Dick encourages the relationship, Tim and Cass are civil but don't really care, Jason is initially suspicious and hostile but warms to her over time, and Damian... calls her "the harlot.tramp."

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