Catwoman (Batman Returns/Batman ’89) | Batman Wiki | Fandom


  • 1992

  • 2021

1992 2021

General Information

Real name:

Selina Kyle


The Cat

The Cat




( early pet )
Mrs. Kyle ( Mother )
( Former Ally )
( Former Boss )
Unnamed ex-boyfriend Batman / Bruce Wayne (Boyfriend) Miss Kitty (former pet)Mrs. Kyle (Mother) The Penguin (Former Ally) Max Shreck (Former Boss)Unnamed Ex-Boyfriend

Portrayed by:

Michelle Pfeiffer


Batman Returns
Batman ’89

I am Catwoman. Hear me roar.

Catwoman was a bandit and vigilante operate on in Gotham City. Initially the lonely and frustrated secretary of the collaborate baron Max Shreck, Selina Kyle was pushed over the edge after her bos tried to kill her to cover up his defile clientele plans. Fashioning herself as the ferocious bandit, she worked to take retaliation on her party boss. During these, Catwoman came into contact with the vigilante Batman, with whom she developed a love/hate relationship .


early biography

prior to her life of crime, Selina Kyle worked as a repository for the knock-down and pitiless Max Shreck, the owner of a business empire and the department storehouse Shreck’s. Despite being her character, Selina fancied herself american samoa more as an executive assistant since she helped out in more ways than the others seemed to appreciate, something which Shreck himself besides seemed to acknowledge. Residing in a alcoholic apartment, she lived with a black cat named Miss Kitty and fed many of the local anesthetic strays. She besides seemed to have a strained relationship with her mother and in a kinship with an nameless serviceman .
During Gotham ‘s Christmas celebrations after the Joker ‘s kill, Selina attended the meet between Shrek and Roscoe Jenkins on his proposal for a new powerplant. During it, she tried to offer advice, though they dismissed casually. As they left to attend the Lighting of the Christmas Tree Ceremony, Selina remained behind to clear up. During it, she found that Shreck had forgotten his manner of speaking and decided to take it to him. As she left, Selina found herself in the midst of an attack by the Red Triangle Gang. After Batman arrived on the setting, she herself was taken hostage by one of the clowns. When the Dark Knight took notice, he rescued Selina by grappling onto the rampart behind them and pulling a collocate of wall into the clown, knocking him out. Selina immediately became fascinated with Batman, who took his leave to help bring the site under control. After he left, Selina took her kill clown captor ‘s taser, planning to use it as a self-defense weapon in the future .

Discovering Shreck ‘s Secret

Returning to her apartment, Selina began to prepare herself, Miss Kitty and the local caterpillar dinner, during which she listened to unpleasant messages on her answer machine. The first gear from her mother, who expressed disappointment that she was not going home for Christmas, whilst the second from her boyfriend, who decided to spend vacation on his own on apparent advice from his psychologist. The third base was from herself as a reminder to prepare documents for Shreck ’ s meeting with Bruce Wayne. Having wholly forgotten, Selina returned to Shreck’s to prepare it. As she went through the files, Selina unwittingly discovered the plans for Shreck ‘s project office plant. Reading further, she discovered that it would drain power from Gotham City rather than create it, allowing the Shreck family to store it and effectively bring the city under their command. Shreck, having besides returned to the office, found Selina reading the information, leading her to confront him on the proposals. As Shreck revealed his motives, she tried to convince him she would not let it slip. however, Shreck, after concisely teasing her to his intentions, pushed Selina out of the window in order to silence her .

Becoming Catwoman

Falling through several of the build ‘s awnings, Selina miraculously survived what would have been the otherwise fateful fall, though was knocked unconscious with entirely a balmy concussion. As she lay in the alley, the cats she ‘d fed began to swarm and lick her, obviously reviving her. Though dazed, Selina returned base and began listening to messages on her answering machine again. After listening to an ad from Shreck’s, she ultimately snapped and suffered a mental breakdown, during which she ransacked the apartment and destroyed her possessions. Believing herself to be a modern person, Selina used her sewing equipment to create a homemade guy costume. With this, she took on the identity “ Catwoman ” and began planning her revenge on Shreck. several nights later, Catwoman happened on a mugger who attacked and attempted to rape a helpless woman. Making her presence known to them, she viciously beat a mugger, carving his face with her claw. As the manque victim attempted to thank her, Selina refused and chastised the womanhood for being unable to defend herself, leaving the scene before authorities arrived. The next sidereal day, Selina returned to Shreck’s covered in bandages but sporting a more assertive attitude. Interrupting Max ‘s merging with Bruce Wayne, she shocked him with her marvelous survival, though feign amnesia to put him at comfort. Selina besides talked with Bruce, instantaneously developing a reciprocal attraction with him. As Shreck regained his composure, she followed his orders to show Wayne out, during which they conversed about her function at Shreck’s .

Ransacking Shreck ‘s and Fighting Batman

During an attack on the city by the Red Triangle Gang, Selina decided to seize the opportunity as cover while she ransacked Shreck’s. After breaking in as Catwoman, she began ransacking the store with a newly acquired bullwhip, using it to behead the memory ‘s mannequins. When confronted by the store ‘s guards, Selina scared them away and rigged the shop ‘s ground floor to explode. As she fled before detonation, Catwoman discovered both Batman and the Penguin waiting external. When Shreck’s exploded, she used the opportunity to flee to the rooftops. Finding that Batman had given pursuit, Catwoman confronted him, landing several blows. After he landed a blow out, she pretended to surrender before relaunching her attack, knocking him off the rooftop and ensnaring him with her whip. Using the opportunity to taunt him, Catwoman failed to notice Batman grab a aristocratic caustic chemical encapsulate from his utility belt and throw it, catching her branch. Losing her foot, she was rescued by him and pulled to a ledge. storm Batman had rescued her, Catwoman became fascinated with him and began to flirt. however, she took to opportunity find weaknesses in his armor, finally finding one above his utility belt and stabbing him in the abdomen. In response, Batman knocked her off the rooftop, causing her to fall into a truck transporting sand. Having lost “ her moment biography ”, Catwoman decided to take vengeance upon the Dark Knight a well .

alliance with the Penguin

The follow day, Catwoman tracked the Penguin to his crusade build. Having deduced he was responsible for the attacks, she waited for him in the second floor, where she proposed an alliance between them to take her revenge on Batman. Learning of Penguin ‘s plans to kill Batman by rigging the Batmobile, Catwoman dismissed the plans, reasoning that Gotham would martyr him after death. alternatively, she suggested they damaged his repute and framed as a criminal. Brushing off Penguin ‘s intimate advances, she playfully threatened to eat his canary yellow, though let it go when Penguin threatened Miss Kitty with a concealed blade from his umbrella. Their alliance secured, the two devised a new design to frame him for kidnapping the Ice Princess and attacking civilians via remote control controlling the Batmobile .
On the day of the relighting the tree ceremony, Selina encountered Bruce at Gotham Plaza. Walking and talking together, she accepted an invitation for an early dinner at Wayne Manor. Over dinner, Selina and Bruce discussed his personal biography, including his previous girlfriend Vicki Vale. After he revealed his trouble with dichotomy, Selina began to recognize a kindred spirit in him, leading her to kiss him passionately. finally drawn away due to their attempts to cover up injuries, they noticed a news report informing them of the Ice Princess ‘s kidnapping at Batman ‘s apparent hands. Moments after Bruce excused himself in order to suit up, Selina besides decided to leave to carry out their plan. Leaving instructions with Bruce ‘s butler Alfred to give an excuse for her abrupt departure, she changed into her costume during her drive into Gotham. Arriving on the setting at the lapp clock as Batman, Catwoman engaged the Dark Knight in battle. finally pulling aside, she forcibly dragged the Ice Princess to the build ‘s roof. however, Penguin had engineered their hostage to fall off the build up and frame Batman pushed her. After Batman was shot off the rooftop by police, Catwoman approached him and pinned him down. Continuing to flirt with him, she taunted Batman over his failure to save her and the Ice Princess, suggesting that he should retire. When Catwoman attempted to stab him in the same place previously, Batman broke from her grip and revealed he ‘d prepared. The surprise Catwoman only watched as he fled the fit using a concealed glider .

Penguin ‘s Betrayal

Convening with Penguin on a nearby rooftop, Catwoman watch the chaos in Gotham Square as they drank champagne. Having been misled on his intentions for the Ice Princess, she expressed her dislike of his mangle, rejecting his farther advancements. Deciding to rid, Penguin tied Catwoman ‘s neck to his Helicopter Umbrella and sent her flying into the skies. finally freeing herself, Catwoman dropped into a greenhouse directly across from her apartment windowpane, once again displaying incredible fortune and using up another of her nine lives. After this, she presumably planned revenge on him next. During the Penguin ‘s beat up, Selina was among the crowd who attended the event, watching from a distance. During it, the speakers began playing recorded comments insulting Gotham ‘s citizens, causing them to turn on Cobblepot. Whilst crowd began to boo him, Selina left abruptly, knowing he carried his gun umbrella and would likely react violently .
With her alliance with the Penguin shattered, Selina devised a plan to kill Shreck herself at his annual Maxquerade Ball with a concealed gunman. During it, she encountered Bruce at the testis and took to the dancefloor. Though he intended to talk about their relationship, Selina revealed her gunman and intentions to him. As she began to breakdown, Bruce attempted to calm her. however, after they repeated comments they ‘d made to each other as Catwoman and Batman, they realized each other ‘s identities. Before they could leave to talk outside, the Penguin attacked, who revealed his plan to murder the firstborn sons of Gotham and took Shreck as a hostage in his son ‘s topographic point .

Killing Shreck at the Old Zoo

Whilst Bruce left to save the children from the Red Triangle Gang as Batman, Selina changed into her damaged costume and followed Penguin and Shreck to the former ‘s lair at the Old Zoo. Whilst the latter attempted to escape, Catwoman made her motion, throttling him with her whip and dragging him across the enclosure. finally, Batman intervened and attempted to convince her to hand Shreck over to the GCPD. however, she objected on the basis that he ‘d find a way to convince the no jury would ever convict Shreck. Batman finally unmasked himself and tried to implore Selina to abandon her vendetta. Though she expressed a desire to share a life with him, Selina refused Bruce ‘s offer, still determined to end it there. While the match debated, Shreck drew a pistol and shoot Bruce. rebelliously challenging him, Selina, silent believing she had nine lives, approached him and “ survived ” four shots. finally cornering him at Penguin ‘s generator with the gun empty, she equipped the taser she ‘d taken from the terrifying clown and “ kissed ” him with it, holding a cable television from the transformer over their heads. This induce the machine to clog and an explosive chain reaction. Though Shreck died, Selina survived the explosion, leaving only her former boss ‘ charred cadaver behind .

On the Prowl

In the aftermath of the incident, Selina fixed her costume and began prowling Gotham ‘s streets again. Bruce besides began searching the city for her, hoping to find an reading she ‘d survived. During one of his searches, Catwoman ‘s apparition was noticed in an alley. Fleeing before Bruce arrived, Selina left Miss Kitty behind for him to find as an apparent farewell gift. erstwhile late, Catwoman observed the Batsignal being lit from the Gotham rooftops, calling Batman on another deputation .

The Year Away

Though Bruce assumed she ‘d left the city, Selina actually stayed in Gotham and maintained a low profile. Her presence in Gotham was widely debated by the time of Harvey Dent ‘s campaign against Batman, with many citizens believing her to be an urban myth. [ 1 ] Over the following year, Selina began to change the Catwoman costume, integrating longer gloves, boots and a belt. Despite him assuming she was gone, Catwoman began following Bruce and Batman from afar, though never made contact with him for the adjacent year. [ 2 ] With her honest-to-god occupation gone, she began investigating white-collar crime and people in power, using her civilian identity infiltrate companies and investigate them from within. Rather than handwriting testify over to the patrol, she would regularly steal from her targets, using the profits to help finance herself and her operations. [ 3 ]

Reuniting with Bruce

When copycat criminals dressed as Batman set abstemious to the Royal Autobody, Catwoman attacked and subdued the criminals, scarring their faces with her claw to make tracking them easier. When a disguised Bruce arrive on the picture, she stayed behind to greet him. Whilst he returned to the setting to respond to the burn, she remained behind to seal the gang into a dumpster, alone asking for a kiss before he left her. [ 2 ] Catwoman remained on the scene, though only observed the view from the rooftops. Whilst Bruce gave his statement, he noticed her, prompting her to salute him and leave the setting. Whilst Bruce visited Harvey Dent at Gotham General Hospital, Selina slipped a notice on his car cryptically giving him the meeting spot of their rooftop where they first gear fought. Briefly engaging in a chase when he arrived as Batman, Catwoman was subdued ultimately subdued when he entangled her leg with a rope-attached Batarang. soon joined by Bruce, they quickly began flirting and romancing each early, where she revealed her “ work ” since they ‘d last suffer. When he expressed displeasure, Selina confronted him on his inaction investigating white-collar crime and how his actions merely affected the poor people of Gotham. She besides revealed that she was seeing a psychiatrist about their relationship, though claimed that her comments were n’t taken seriously. When an series of fires and explosions went off around the city, Catwoman and Batman to divert their attention to them. She separated with Bruce either during or after the consequence. [ 3 ]

GCPD Infiltration

Planning to steal information from the GCPD ‘s central processing unit, Selina infected their systems with the “ KitKat ” virus. Posing as an IT technician, she infiltrated the build, claiming she ‘d been sent to remove the virus. Selina was interviewed by Barbara Gordon, giving a partially fabricated employment history. During it, they discussed Shreck ‘s murder and the apparently unfinished probe. When Gordon was called away to help officers search for Dent, Selina continued the “ scan ”, in world copying files to a diskette magnetic disk. [ 1 ]

Gunfight at Gotham Park

Selina ‘s activities over the next respective weeks is unknown, though she was able to gain access to Bruce ‘ communications systems. When he and Drake Winston began tracking indent, she overheard their conversation and followed them. Catwoman shroud in the trees when Barbara Gordon attempted to arrest Dent. To ensure he escaped, she attacked the sergeant and told the former DA to flee. As she escaped the scene, Catwoman happened upon Drake and suggested he chased after Dent, claiming she ‘d follow them late. [ 4 ]

different Fates

You like strong women. I’ve done my homework. Or do I need skin-tight vinyl and a whip?
―Chase Meridian to Batman[src]

According to one bill, Catwoman left Gotham, though her exploits became well known. Dr. Chase Meridian besides learned of the attraction between her and Batman, by and by noting that he seemed to like strong women with “ skin-tight vinyl and a whip “. Another account suggests that Selina was one of many “ Catwomen ” to have existed throughout history, having obviously been resurrected by the messengers of Bast. A photograph of her was collected by Ophelia Powers and shown aboard some of her believed-predecessors to Patience Phillips .



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Behind the Scenes

Annette Bening was initially cast as Catwoman, but was forced to drop out ascribable to pregnancy. Jose Fernandez had already sculpted a cowl for Bening, which looked more animalistic, covering her nose and amphetamine brim. When Michelle Pfeiffer was chosen to replace her, it was decided to make a cowl that revealed more of her boldness. Pfeiffer trained at the Steeleboxer recoil boxing gymnasium two hours a day for six months. She besides practiced yoga, weight hoist and karate. additionally, she spent three months training with a 12-foot bullwhip .

inspiration from Comics

Despite claims to contrary, there are many similarities to the master Catwoman origin, in which she was depicted as Stewardess at Speed Airlines who turned to crime after suffering a lead injury during a flat barge in. The film switches the occupation to corporate secretary, but the symbolism remains the same increasing the sexism and patriarchal oppression .

Nine Lives motif

Catwoman displayed incredible luck in her brushes with end, leading her to believe she had nine lives. This is related to a coarse superstition about cats, due to their apparent speed and ability to escape potentially harmful situations. In the course of Batman Returns, Selina lost eight of her “ lives ” in the play along incidents :

  1. When Shreck pushed her out the window (before she became Catwoman).
  2. When Batman knocked her off a building and into a sand truck.
  3. When the Penguin tried to hang her on his umbrella-copter.
  4. When Shreck shot her left shoulder.
  5. When Shreck shot and grazed her right thigh.
  6. When Shreck shot and grazed her left thigh.
  7. When Shreck shot for a fourth time and missed completely.
  8. When she yanked a cable that caused the generator near them to explode, which killed Shreck.




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