Selina Kyle

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Name: Selina Kyle
previously known as The Cat
Occupation: antiheroine, cat burglar
Relationships: Bruce Wayne (Batman, love interest),
Helena (daughter), Helena Wayne (Earth-Two!AU daughter), Helena Kyle (Huntress, BOP!AU daughter),
Kitrina Falcone (Catgirl, protégé)
Fandom: DC Comics, Batman (1966), Batman Returns, DC Animated Universe, Birds of Prey, The Batman cartoon, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, The Dark Knight Rises
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Selina Kyle, also known as Catwoman, is a character from DC Comics. She has appeared in comics, TV, animation, and movie versions.



Catwoman first appears in Batman #1 (1940) in which she is known as 'The Cat. Some of the classic Catwoman stories include When In Rome, Selina's Big Score, The Dark End of the Street and subsequent volumes by Ed Brubaker, as well as Gotham City Sirens. Selina was confirmed bisexual in 2016 in Keeper of the Castle written by Genevieve Valentine.

Batman (1966)

Catwoman appeared in the three-season TV series and 1966 spin-off feature film, Batman. In the first two seasons, she was portrayed by Julie Newmar and in the third season by Eartha Kitt. In the film version, Lee Meriwether portrayed Catwoman.

Batman Returns (1992)

Selina Kyle was a main character in the film Batman Returns, in which she was portrayed by Michelle Pfeiffer

DC Animated Universe

Selina was prominently shown in the Batman: The Animated Series and The New Adventures of Batman, voiced by Adrienne Barbeau. She is also seen in Gotham Girls, a flash animation webseries about the women of Gotham.

Birds of Prey (TV Series)

Selina makes an appearance in a flashback with her daughter Helena Kyle (who she had with Bruce Wayne) in which Selina is killed. The series follows her daughter's adventures. This version of Selina is a metahuman with cat-like abilities, which her daughter had inherited as well.

The Batman (2004 cartoon)

Selina was voiced by Gina Gershon.

Batman: The Brave and The Bold

Selina was voiced by Nika Futterman.


Selina Kyle/Catwoman makes her first debut in the Nolanverse in The Dark Knight Rises (2012) portrayed by Anne Hathaway.


Selina, known as "Cat" on the the series Gotham, is portrayed by Camren Bicondova.

The Batman (2022 film)



Selina is most commonly shipped with various members of the Batfamily.

In the Nolanverse fandom, she's been shipped with Bruce, John Blake, and The Joker.

Common Tropes in Fanworks

  • Feline Connections: Selina has a a special connections to cats, how this is displayed varies depending on the canon, but it can be shown in fanworks as Selina recusing and caring for stray cats, and may occasionally lead to her meeting well known fictional cats
  • Ivy and Harley: she often portrayed as friends with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, the trio comprising the Gotham City Sirens
  • Crossover: usually within the DC universes, or Marvel


Fan fiction

  • Cat Tales by Chris Dee. Let’s say nearly everything you’ve ever read in a comic book is wrong. The identities are correct: Bruce Wayne is Batman, Selina Kyle is Catwoman. They live in Gotham City. There is a Wayne Manor, a Batcave and Batsignal, etc. But the rest is all exaggeration, distortion, and often the outright lies of a tabloid called The Gotham Post, otherwise known as DC Comics. Long series of Bruce Wayne/Selina Kyle stories with artwork and supplementary material by other authors, downloadable as several e-books. Also on line (stories only, no longer updated) at, Works by Chris Dee
  • The League of Extraordinary Women by Diane Castle and sequels. Hermione Granger has to recruit six women to help her stop an army of monsters before her world is overrun. But none of the women are even in her dimension… Start of a multi-fandom crossover series, A Brane of Extraordinary Women; Selina Kyle (the version described in Chris Dee's Cat tales) is one of seven women recruited for a war against demonic invaders.

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