History of Batman and Catwoman's Complicated Romance | CBR
Catwoman first appeared in Batman#1 way back in In her first meeting with So now that the backstory is out of the way, onto the trust issue. I would say. Batman #50 is Batman and Catwoman's wedding issue, but it's ignited a storm about spoilers, twists and the New York Times. Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle (out of costume) develop a the same issue implies that the two have an ongoing sexual relationship.
Bruce Wayne has proposed to Selina Kyle, fittingly, in his costume, on a Gotham rooftop As such, Bruce popping the question in Batman 24 is anything but a left field moment for those of us who have been playing along at home. What is it about Batman that has kept him out of a long term relationship for so long? And how does this marriage proposal fit into his legacy? Selina was one of three characters introduced to the canon in that first story, alongside The Joker and Hugo Strange, though her role as a villain was considerably less extreme than her cohorts.
Still, the damage had been done. The constant reworking, re-imagining, and reorganizing of very loose Silver and Bronze Age continuity left the nature of their relationship hard to pin down, especially as Bruce slid further and further into camp icon infamy and the complicated multiverse system of the DCU reached critical capacity.
First introduced as a female counterpart for Batman, Batwoman developed into a romantic partner in the Silver Age, where many Imaginary Stories featuring Kathy and Bruce getting married were published. Batwoman's love for Batman was never reciprocated and he only saw her as a good friend.
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In the New Earth continuity, Kathy Kane was romantically interested in Batman in a couple of stories by Grant Morrisonwho liked to use Silver Age content as reference in his works. A character adapted from the Batman serialLinda Page was introduced into the comics during the Golden Age as a romantic partner for Bruce Wayne. A former socialite, she dedicated her time as a nurse for the elderly, disproving the stereotype that rich women were spoiled and lazy. She dated Bruce for a few issues, but later fell between the cracks and disappeared.
It was love at first sight as Bruce was able to find peace when he was with her for the first time since his parents' murder. However, after his encounter with the Joker and realizing that there would be more enemies like him, he broke off their relationship to protect Lorna. Lorna later left the city, feeling that Gotham wasn't safe anymore because of Batman and The Joker.
Mallory, the daughter of mob boss Lew Moxonknew Bruce as a child and the two briefly dated as children before drifting apart. They later met again in adulthood, and Bruce dated her while suspecting that she was continuing her father's criminal operation, but he never found conclusive proof. Natalia suffered from a rare "light sensitivity" disease and her skin was bleached white.
Nocturna was said to use a special narcotic as a perfume, which caused every male to fall deeply for her. Batman was no exception, and the two of them started a relationship as they were both equally fascinated by the other. Eventually, Batman realized his love for Nocturna was an obsession caused by the drug and he struggled to stop thinking about her. Nocturna disappeared during the Crisis on Infinite Earthsafter being stabbed by her brother, floating into the crimson sky of the Crisis in her balloon.
She was presumed dead, although other versions of the character have appeared since, however they are different from the Pre-Crisis Nocturna. A Ukrainian concert pianist and girlfriend of Bruce Wayne, Natalya grew frustrated with Bruce's closed-off demeanour, until he was urged by Alfred to reveal to her his secret identity. Shortly after, Natalya was abducted by the Mad Hatter who attempted to torture her into revealing the identity of Batman. Natalya refused to divulge Bruce's secret and was thrown by the Mad Hatter from a helicopter to her death.
Pamela Isley Poison Ivy: Ivy kisses Batman Poison Ivy is a villain who often relies on seduction and the manipulation of pheromones to drive men around her to obey. This is no different with Batman, who initially confused the lust and desire caused by Ivy's methods for love. There are elements of lust between them, but there is little real love or romantic interest on either side. In the Batman and Robin film, Poison Ivyportrayed by Uma Thurmanacts exactly as her comic book counterpart, relying on chemicals to hypnotize men and force them to lust over and fight for her, including Batman.
Year TwoBruce Wayne fell in love with Rachel. Unfortunately, Rachel's father moonlighted as a murderous vigilante who committed suicide. Discovery of her father's evils drove Rachel to pay her father's penance on his behalf by enrolling in a nunnery and breaking off her engagement with Bruce Wayne, who had prepared to end his crimefighting career to marry her.
Assigned as Bruce Wayne's bodyguard, Sasha deduced that Bruce was Batman and briefly fought at his side. She was framed for the murder of Bruce's girlfriend Vesper Fairchild and later joined Maxwell Lord 's Checkmate organization.
Featured in the storyline Strange Apparitions from the late s, Silver St. Cloud was a socialite who dated Bruce Wayne and managed to deduce the secret of his alter ego.
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However, she couldn't handle being involved with someone in such a dangerous line of work. Dark DetectiveSilver returned to Gotham years later. She and Bruce tried to make a serious relationship work, but things fell apart after she was kidnapped by the Joker. Silver was later tragically murdered by the villain Onomatopoeia.
Shondra was a psychic and the half-sister of Benedict Asp.
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She had a brief love affair with Batman, having been brought in to help him when Bane broke his back. Before Bruce could officially commit to her, Benedict kidnapped her and turned her abilities to evil use.
Batman eventually defeated Benedict, but the damage to Shondra's mind was too great. Selina survived a plane crash but was knocked on the head and this removed all her memories and inexplicably made her want to commit crimes.
This insane story was later retconned to be an insane story that Selina made up, but for decades it was her actual origins. There was no anti-hero nonsense or her playing both sides against the middle -- Selina was full-on fighting crime. In the course of this heroic turn, Selina met Kitrina Falcone yes, the name was just that unsubtle. Kitrina was the was the youngest daughter of the Falcone family and Catwoman saved her life. Kirtina became Catgirl and stood side-by-ridiculous-side with Catwoman.
Kitrina was an obvious and very lame Robin clone that, thankfully, the New 52 wiped Catgirl from existence -- but not before Batman offered to ship Kitrina to a boarding school for girls, an offer the troubled youth eventually accepted. Only Batman can have child soldiers in Gotham.
Yet many still consider the definitive version of Catwoman to be the one that Michelle Pfeiffer played in Batman Returns, even if her origins are even more insane than some of the comics.
Batman Returns was the last time Tim Burton was behind the camera for a Batman movie, but he wanted to continue with a direct sequel and maybe even a Catwoman spin-off. Catwoman has had flings with several characters of both genders. In the comics and the cartoons, Catwoman has shown a lot of interest in Nightwing. Selina Kyle, a confirmed bisexual character, even had a rather long love affair with Eiko Hasigawa. Batman and Catwoman always find their way to back to each other, given the cyclic nature of comic books.
Yet the comics have been rather stringent on Batman being a pacifist and hating anyone who kills, no matter the reason, but the big exception seems to always be Catwoman.
Instead, she was covering for her friend Holly Robinson. This inspired Catwoman to go after him and eventually Catwoman confronted Black Mask and shot him in the head, killing him. Catwoman did regret the action, almost immediately. She retired from being Catwoman and tried to rebuild herself but Batman honestly cared very little, as it seems that the Cat really can do no wrong in his eyes.
Hush, who is a surgeon and a childhood friend of Bruce Wayne, kidnaps Catwoman and removes her heart from her body. This keeps her alive but without a heart. Yet there have also been multiple women to take over the pointy mask of Catwoman.