|Name:|| Selina Kyle|
previously known as The Cat
|Occupation:||antiheroine, cat burglar|
|Title/Rank:||at various points member of Batfamily, Outsiders, Birds of Prey, Secret Society of Super Villains, Injustice League, Female Furies, Justice League of America|
|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.
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.
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) where she 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.
Selina was voiced by Gina Gershon.
Batman: The Brave and The Bold
Selina was voiced by Nika Futterman.
Selina is most commonly shipped with various members of the Batfamily.
- Selina Kyle/Bruce Wayne - with whom she has had a canonical off-and-on relationship, and is her most popular pairing.
- Selina Kyle/Dinah Lance
- Selina Kyle/Dick Grayson
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, and although this has some basis in canon, it is expanded upon in fanworks. Fan Art often portrays the three of them together, most likely because they are the three main female antagonists to Batman
- Crossover: usually within the DC universes, or Marvel
- 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 fanfiction.net, 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.
- showTime by shiny-shadows-Art
- Catwoman by vancamelot
- Catwoman the cat lady by caanantheartboy, Selina with cats from various other fandoms
Archives and Communities
- Works tagged Selina Kyle on Archive of Our Own
- Selina Kyle and Catwoman at FanFiction.net
- Catwoman Home Page (defunct)
- CATscratches, a LiveJournal community
- Catwoman Fanclub
- The Catwoman Rules
- Catwoman Bondage
- Selina Kyle search
- Catwoman search