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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Sexy, Enduring Catwoman

Catwoman is a fictional character associated with DC Comics' Batman franchise. Historically a supervillainess, the character was created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, partially inspired by Kane's cousin, Ruth Steel, as well as actress Jean Harlow. 

Jean Harlow, wearing leopard

The original and most widely known Catwoman, Selina Kyle, first appears in Batman #1 (Spring 1940) in which she is known as The Cat. '

The First Appearance of "The Cat", 1940

She is usually depicted as an adversary of Batman, known for having a complex love-hate relationship with him. In her first appearance, she was a whip-carrying burglar with a taste for high-stake thefts.

For many years Catwoman thrived, but from September 1954 to November 1966 she took an extended hiatus due to the newly developing Comics Code Authority in 1954. 
These issues involved the rules regarding the development and portrayal of female characters that were in violation of the Comics Code. Since the 1990s, Catwoman has been featured in an eponymous series that cast her as an anti-heroine classy cat burglar rather than a traditional villain. The character has been one of Batman's most enduring love interests.

A popular figure, Catwoman has been featured in most media adaptations related to Batman. Actresses Julie Newmar, Lee Meriwether and Eartha Kitt introduced her to a large audience on the 1960s Batman television series and the 1966 Batman motion picture. Michelle Pfeiffer portrayed the character in 1992's Batman Returns. Halle Berry starred in a stand-alone Catwoman film, 2004's Catwoman, which was a box-office flop, and bears little to no resemblance to the Batman character. Anne Hathaway portrayed Selina Kyle in the 2012 film The Dark Knight Rises.

Did you know.....

Selina Kyle is never referred to as Catwoman, instead being referred to only by her name, although she is referred to as "The Cat" in a newspaper. Bruce Wayne calls her a cat burglar, and Selina asks Daggett if a cat has his tongue as she pins him against a wall. Catwoman is only used in the film's novelization and merchandise.

Catwoman was ranked 11th on IGN's "Top 100 Comic Book Villains of All Time" list, and 51st on Wizard magazine's "100 Greatest Villains of All Time" list.  Conversely, she was ranked 20th on IGN's "Top 100 Comic Book Heroes of All Time" list, as well as 23rd in Comics Buyer's Guide's "100 Sexiest Women in Comics" list.

From where did she originate?

Selina Kyle is Catwoman, a costumed adventurer who's been both super-hero and super-villain. Beginning her career as a thief and enemy to Batman, she later turned to crime-fighting and became part of the Batman Family. Despite her villainous nature, she works hard to protect the East End of Gotham City.


Selina Kyle's early life was defined by tragedy. When she was just a girl, her brutalized mother Maria committed suicide and her violent father Brian drank himself to death soon after. 

Separated from her younger sister Maggie and remanded to the Sprang Hall Juvenile Detention Center, an abusive state home for orphaned or delinquent girls, she opted instead to take her chances on the streets of Gotham City.

Halle Berry starred as Catwoman in the 2004 American superhero film directed by Pitof Comar.  The movie is often regarded as one of the worst films ever made.

Michelle  Pfeiffer, in Tim Burton's Batman Returns (1992) - Purr-fection.

Eartha Kitt stepped in after Julie Newmar left her role as Catwoman, in the television series, Batman in th 1960's.  Kitt was the third actress to portray a live-action Catwoman, following Julie Newmar and Lee Meriwether.

Beautiful, talented and full of sarcasm... no one did it like Eartha.... (January 17, 1927 – December 25, 2008) 

On the silly side....

Hair-raising bomb - Destroys the hairdos of any women in the area.


Kitty Car - A green vehicle made to look like a cat.

Cat's whiskers - Thin ropes used to tie someone up, they contract when in contact with body heat.

Julie Newmar:  The first Catwoman, Julie Newmar played Batman's crime-stopping partner in the original TV series. "With her false eyelashes and heavy, winged shadow, Julie was a prime example of the makeup trends of the '60s. Even her eyebrows had attitude."

Lee Meriwether:   Meriwether portrayed Catwoman for the 1966 Batman movie, she also appeared in two episodes of the Batman TV series in 1967 as Lisa Carson, a love interest to Bruce Wayne in the episodes 'King Tut's Coup' & 'Batman's Waterloo', at the end of which she offered Bruce Wayne a nightcap of 'Milk & Cookies'.

Anne Hathaway The Cat is a name that world-class cat burglar and mistress of disguise Selina Kyle is known, in the film, The Dark Knight Rises.  She’s cunning, devious, and cynical, but is in search of a fresh start in life. She targets Gotham’s wealthiest in her schemes. Her weapons usually include infrared goggles, bladed high-heel boots, and a belt filled with lock picks. She was portrayed by Anne Hathaway in The Dark Knight Rises.


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