Catwoman: Guardian of Gotham, is a Batman Elseworlds story based on the premise of what Gotham would be like if Selina Kyle, not Bruce Wayne, had become its masked vigilante protector.
- Adaptational Name Change: As a result of Catwoman being in Batman's place, her parents are Thomas and Martha Kyle instead of Brian and Maria.
- Adaptational Villainy: In a world where Catwoman and Batman have switched places, with the former becoming a vigilante superhero after her wealthy parents were killed, you'd think Batman would be a mere Gentleman Thief who often flirts with the female protagonist... he's more of a deranged Serial Killer who murders the Joker in his first scene before offing the rest of Catwoman's Rogues Gallery to prevent them from stealing his spotlight. He's also revealed to be the one to have killed Selina Kyle's parents For the Evulz. The whole Dating Catwoman angle is invoked when Bruce seduces and marries Selina, then murders her best friend before trying to kill her as well.
- Babies Ever After: The story ends with Selina visiting her parents' grave, telling them they're going to be grandparents.
Selina: (in tears) It's a girl.
- Bat Signal: Of course, Catwoman's superhero signal features a snarling cat.
- Combat Stilettos: The heels on Catwoman's thigh-high boots are very pointy.
- Crazy Cat Lady: Not crazy, but Selina does have a bunch of cats in the Catcave.
- Crimefighting with Cash: Selina lives in a huge villa with all the crime-fighting gadgets money could buy, much like the regular Bruce Wayne. The dozens of cats she hoards are new, though.
- Dating Catwoman: Inverted. Selina dates and marries Bruce thinking that he's a handsome, good-hearted man, and feels nothing but utter revulsion towards the psychotic Batman. Too bad they happen to be the same person.
- Dressed Like a Dominatrix: This Catwoman's suit is even more dominatrix-like than her mainstream counterpart's at the time, with belts and chains on top of her latex catsuit.
- French Maid: Where Batman has Alfred, a loyal Battle Butler who acts as Mission Control and patches his wounds, Catwoman had Brooks, a maid whose main purpose seems to be sexing up the story by wearing a skimpy French Maid Outfit, vaguely dusting the mansion while in suggestive poses, and encouraging Selina to get laid.
- Gender Flip: Most of Catwoman's Rogues Gallery is just female versions of Batman's.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Selina and Brooks.
- Make Way for the New Villains: Catwoman is chasing the Joker when she finds that he's already been murdered by the real Big Bad: Batman himself.
- Male Gaze: Catwoman spends much of her time imitating stripper poses.
Okay, if you want
to draw porn, why don't you just draw porn?
- Marrying the Mark: Batman himself is a depraved supervillain who discovers that Catwoman's Secret Identity is Selina Kyle. He woos her in his public persona as Bruce Wayne and even marries her, just so he could gloat about how she never suspected a thing when he decides to finally drop the act and kill her.
- Mythology Gag: Selina was pregnant by Bruce and is giving birth to a girl, just like their Earth-Two counterparts.
- Present Company Excluded: While Catwoman and Commissioner Gordon discuss about Batman.
Gordon: Sounds like some new self-appointed vigilante, maybe out to steal your thunder.
Catwoman: Vigilante, Commisioner Gordon? His victims were hardly choirboys, but he's still a ruthless killer.
Gordon: I didn't say a vigilante was a good thing, Catwoman... present company excepted, of course.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: The eyes on the evil Batman's suit are always blood red.
- Role Called: Catwoman, Guardian of Gotham
- Stocking Filler: Brooks wears fishnet stockings as part of her French Maid Outfit.
- Tears of Joy: Brooks, happy for the wedded Selina.