The Arkham City Catwoman, also known as Selina Kyle, is a fictional character that Bill Finger and Bob Kane created. She appears in American comic books and is mostly related to Batman. The version of Catwoman is based on the popular Arkham video game.
Arkham City Catwoman in The Game
In the game, Catwoman sticks pretty close to what fans would come to expect from the character. She is an orphan who learns how to steal to get by. Catwoman takes things to another level by learning martial arts and being able to kick butt.
She never becomes a full-on villain because she also does well mixed in with her bad, making her the perfect match for Batman. She is bad, and Batman is constantly attracted to her ways. They tend to flirt a lot like a couple that knows they can’t be together.
The game made her Falcone’s adopted daughter. Meaning that she was raised in the streets. The entire Catwoman character was inspired by seeing Batman.
Catwoman ended up having to do time in Blackgate prison. She used the information she had gained about people suffering at Arkham to get Batman to reduce her prison sentence and get her moved to a different prison. From this point forward, Catwoman became an ally to Batman.
Personality of The Arkham City Catwoman
Catwoman is an amazing burglar and she is skilled in espionage. She is amazing and swooping in and doing her dirt and getting out just as quickly. Her favorite items are jewelry, particularly the kind that is expensive and rare.
Everything about Catwoman screams that she is in love with her pride and her feminine attraction. She is well aware of how attractive she is, and she uses it to her advantage.
It’s important to understand that Catwoman is not clinically insane like most of the villains. She is willing to kill and can not care about life, but she still has her own moral values. It’s these morals that allow her to help Batman and even care about him.
She is the bridge between a hero and a villain and can depend on how she is feeling. Catwoman knows what she wants from life, and she is willing to do whatever it takes to get it. She does not hold to a villain ego that will not let her step down from her ways.
First Appearance in Batman
The original Arkham City Catwoman made her first appearance in comics. She debuted as “the Cat” in Batman #1 (spring 1940); she is one of the Dark Knight’s most enduring foes.
However, Selina has also been depicted as an anti-heroine and is also known as Batman’s most recurring love interest. Many stories talk about their complex love-hate relationship.
Selina is a cat burglar and a high classes thief. She is an expert burglar. She is also skilled in hand-to-hand combat, a skilled gymnast. This helps her in the dangerous parkour-like movements she does.
How Arkham City Catwoman Operates
Catwoman utilizes bullwhips, has sharp retractable claws, and climbing pitons.
She is a Gotham city Burglar with a bullwhip for a weapon. She wears a one-piece outfit and a tight all colored black and is often characterized as a supervillain and an adversary of the Dark Knight.
They share a complex relationship in which a couple of stand-alone issues have been dedicated to this alone. She is often characterized as an anti-heroine. Oftentimes, doing the wrong things for the right reasons.
The character thrived right away but took an extended break from about September 1954 to November 1966 due to the developing Comics Code Authority in 1954. These issues involved the rules regarding the development and portrayal of female characters that violated the Comics Code. This is a code that is no longer in use anymore.
Several other characters have donned the Catwoman outfit apart of Selina Kyle. In the comics, Holly Robinson and Eiko Hasigawa have both adopted the Catwoman identity, apart from Selina Kyle.
Catwoman has been featured in several films, magazines, TV, games and comics since her debut. Most of these adaptations are one way or the other related to Batman.
Actresses Julie Newmar, Lee Meriwether, and Eartha Kitt introduced the character to a large audience in the 1960s Batman television series and the 1966 Batman film.
Michelle Pfeiffer also portrayed the character in 1992’s Batman Returns. Halle Berry also starred in a 2004 standalone movie for Catwoman.
This, however, was said to be a critical commercial flop and bears little similarity to the Batman character.
Other portrayals of the character includes Anne Hathaway portrayed Selina Kyle in the 2012 film The Dark Knight Rises.
A young version of Selina was played by Camren Bicondova in the recently concluded series. The 2014 television series Gotham although Lili Simmons portrayed an older Kyle in the series finale.
Zoë Kravitz has been confirmed that she will portray the character in the 2022 film, The Batman after previously voicing her in The Lego Batman Movie.
Bob Kane, the co creator of Batman was a huge movie fan and his love for the character would however lead him to create a lot of well to do characters in the Batman franchise. He is also responsible for creating Catwoman. The inspiration for the character was drawn from multiple actresses.
Kane and Finger wanted to create a unique character. They wanted to give her and their comic book a sex appeal as well as a character that would appeal to more female readers.
This led them to create Catwoman, a “friendly foe who committed crimes but was also a romantic interest in Batman’s rather sterile life.”
She was meant to be a love interest who engages Batman in a game of mental chess and with him trying to reform her. She was also created to be a different change of pace as opposed to the other killer villains. Catwoman was never meant to be evil, just doing the wrong things for the right and understandable reasons.
As for her appearance, Kane and Finger said that they saw cats as a “kind of the antithesis of bats.” A foe but not a fatal foe, so to speak.
In an Interview, Bob Kane had this to say about the character.
“I felt that women were feline creatures and men were more like dogs. While dogs are faithful and friendly, cats are cool, detached, and unreliable. I felt much warmer with dogs around me. Cats are as hard to understand as women are. Men feel more sure of themselves with a male friend than a woman.
It would help if you always kept women at arm’s length. We don’t want anyone taking over our souls, and women have a habit of doing that. So there’s a love-resentment thing with women.
I guess women will feel that I’m chauvinistic to speak this way, but I’ve had better relationships with male friends than women. With women, once the romance is over, somehow they never remain my friends.”
Catwoman has been featured in several stories with different origin stories.