Selina Kyle
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Alias(es) Catwoman
Appeared in Batman Returns
Actor Michelle Pfeiffer
"Life's a bitch, now so am I."
―Selina Kyle[src]

Selina Kyle was a secretary for Max Shreck in Batman Returns. She was pushed out of the window of her apartment by Shreck and became Catwoman after being revived by cats.


Batman ReturnsEdit

Mysteriously revived by alley cats after Max Shreck pushes her out a window, Selina Kyle's repressed rage allowed her to transform into the clever supervillainess Catwoman. Shortly following her transformation, she joined forces with The Penguin.

As a masked figure operating under the guise of a theatrical public identity, Catwoman found a reflection of herself in Batman. In a ballroom masque, to Siouxsie & the Banshees' "Face to Face", the two masked crime fighters, Batman and Catwoman, dressed as their alter-egos, Bruce and Selina, discovered their dual personalities.

She electrocuted Shreck by kissing him with a Taser in her mouth; Batman never found her body.

After Bruce found her cat, Miss Kitty, he drove away, wondering what had become of his girlfriend. Perched atop a rooftop nearby was Catwoman, who rose to look at the Bat-Signal in the sky.

Batman ForeverEdit

A couple years later, Dr. Chase Meridian revealed to Batman that she had learned of the attraction between himself and Catwoman, noting that he liked "strong women with skin-tight vinyl and a whip".


When Patience Phillips, chosen as the new Catwoman, does some researches on the previous women who shared the identity, she also looks at a picture resembling Selina Kyle in her costume.




  • Bruce and Selina discovered their dual personalities, thus exposing one of Burton's main themes — duality — in the film.
  • Catwoman has never been seen since Batman Returns, which is consistent with each of Batman's various girlfriends only appearing in one movie each. Her fate is left unknown, though she only has one of her nine metaphorical lives left by the end of this film. With this "reality", and her attempted murder avenged, Selina may have chosen to protect herself, and given up her dangerous activity as Catwoman. It is possible she sought out Bruce. He was again single at the end of the events of Batman & Robin, seemingly taking place only five years after the events of Batman Returns.
  • When Tim Burton was set to direct a Catwoman spinoff film, it prevented the character from appearing in Batman Forever. However, Catwoman was briefly mentioned by Dr. Chase Meridian in the film.
  • The Catwoman costume of Batman Returns was used in one of Christina Aguilera's costume changes in her music video for "Keeps Gettin' Better" and the Live action TV show Birds of Prey.


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