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Catwoman is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly in association with the superhero Batman. The character was created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, and she made her debut in Batman #1 , in which she is known as "the Cat". Catwoman has traditionally been portrayed as a supervillain and adversary of Batman, but since the 1990s, she has been featured in an eponymous series that depicts her as an antiheroine rather than a traditional villain. Catwoman is known for having a complex love-hate relationship with Batman and has been Batman's most enduring love interest.

Catwoman
Adam Hughe's Catwoman.jpg
Cover of Catwoman vol. 3, #48
Art by Adam Hughes
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Batman #1 (Spring 1940)
Created by Bob Kane
Bill Finger
In-story information
Alter ego Selina Kyle
Team affiliations Batman Family
Outsiders
Injustice League
Justice League of America
Gotham City Sirens
Partnerships Batman
Holly Robinson
Notable aliases The Cat, Irena Dubrovna
Abilities
  • Expert burglar
  • Highly skilled gymnast
  • Highly skilled hand-to-hand combatant
  • Utilizes bullwhips, razor-sharp retractable claws, and steel spring-loaded climbing pitons
Catwoman
Cover of Catwoman vol. 2 #1 (September. 1993). Art by Jim Balent.
Series publication information
Publisher DC Comics
Schedule Monthly
Format (vol. 1)
Limited series
(vols. 2, 3 & 4)
Ongoing series
Publication date (vol. 1)
February – May 1989
(vol. 2)
September 1993 – July 2001
(vol. 3)
January 2002 – October 2008
(vol. 4)
September 2011 – May 2016
Number of issues (vol. 1)
4
(vol. 2)
96 (including issues numbered 0 and 1000000), 4 Annuals
(vol. 3)
82
(vol. 4)
52
Main character(s) (vols. 1, 2, & 4)
Selina Kyle
(vol. 3)
Selina Kyle
Holly Robinson
Creative team
Writer(s)

Catwoman (Selina Kyle) is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly in association with the superhero Batman. The character was created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, and she made her debut in Batman #1 (Spring 1940), in which she is known as "the Cat". Catwoman has traditionally been portrayed as a supervillain and adversary of Batman, but since the 1990s, she has been featured in an eponymous series that depicts her as an antiheroine rather than a traditional villain. Catwoman is known for having a complex love-hate relationship with Batman and has been Batman's most enduring love interest.

The original and most widely known Catwoman is Selina Kyle. The character was partially inspired by Kane's cousin, Ruth Steel, as well as actress Jean Harlow. In her first appearance, she was a whip-carrying burglar with a taste for high-stake thefts. For many years the character thrived, but from September 1954 to November 1966 Catwoman 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, a code which is no longer in use. In the comics, two other women have adopted the Catwoman identity, apart from Selina: Holly Robinson and Eiko Hasigawa.

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 critical and commercial flop, and bears little to no resemblance to the Batman character. Anne Hathaway portrayed Selina Kyle in the 2012 film The Dark Knight Rises and, most recently, a young version of Kyle is played by Camren Bicondova on the 2014 television series, Gotham.

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.

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