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DC Showcase: Catwoman, also titled as simply Catwoman, is a 2011 short animated film starring Catwoman. It is directed by Lauren Montgomery and written by Paul Dini. The film was released in 2011 as a bonus feature on the Batman: Year One DVD, and character design and voice casting would imply that they take place in the same continuity.

In it, Catwoman attempts to track down a mysterious cargo shipment that is linked to a Gotham City crime boss called Rough Cut.

This short contains examples of;

  • Author Appeal: Written by Paul Dini? That explains so much.
  • Absolute Cleavage: Occurs when Catwoman zips down her catsuit.
  • Big Bad: Rough Cut.
  • Badass Normal: Catwoman of course.
  • Bling-Bling-BANG!: Roughcut has a gold plated pistol.
  • Clothing Damage: Catwoman's suit receives a pretty hefty helping of this by the end.
  • Continuity Nod: The art style is identical to that used for the Batman: Year One animated film, although the setting is more modern. The end of the film demonstrates that Selina has the same shaved haircut and Holly Robinson appears in her Year One design.
  • Dance Battler: Catwoman briefly demonstrates this in the club.
  • Dirty Harriet: Catwoman poses as a stripper in order to get close to Rough Cut.
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  • Fanservice: Probably the highest amount out of all the movies and shorts so far. For one thing, a good portion of the first half takes place in a strip club (with even Catwoman herself getting in on the act, if only as a ruse).
  • For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: Catwoman briefly pretends to be an exotic dancer in a Catwoman costume in order to get closer to Rough Cut.
  • Hero Stole My Bike: After Rough Cut manages to escape from the club in a getaway car, Catwoman notices a lone biker outside the entrance. She seductively walks up to him, grabs his collar, and leans in as if to kiss him... then pushes him over, takes his bike and drives off.
  • Hotter and Sexier: Even by DCU animated standards, this sets a new bar.
  • Human Traffickers: Catwoman goes after a small-time diamond smuggler who has taken up human trafficking. In the end, it's revealed that they kidnapped Selina's teenage friend Holly Robinson.
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  • Made of Iron: Selina takes quite a beating from Rough Cut and gives as much as she gets.
  • Mama Bear: Part of the reason Selina goes after Rough Cut is to rescue Holly.
  • Punny Name: He's named Rough Cut due to his diamond teeth and diamond smuggling operation.
  • Roaring Rampage of Rescue: Catwoman is busting up the Human Traffickers because they kidnapped her friend Holly Robinson.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Sort of. Rough Cut ignores most of the girls at the club and is only mildly amused by the first dancer, but he's immediately taken with Catwoman.
  • She-Fu
  • Show Some Leg: The entire point of Catwoman's "dance".
  • Skintone Sclerae: As with Batman: Year One, all of the character design sport these.
  • Stupid Evil: Admittedly, it was not a smart move for Rough Cut's thugs to try and shoot a cat in public and onto a busy street.
  • Under the Truck: Catwoman slides her stolen motorcycle under a truck while chasing Rough Cut. For bonus style points, the truck is tipping over at the time.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Selina retrieves her whip and a golden cat collar from inside her suit by way of her undoing her top. This is quite impressive considering just how tight we see the suit really is.
  • Whip It Good: As usual, this is Catwoman's weapon of choice.