1 Sep

Happy Birthday Selina Kyle

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target I’ve had plenty of discussions about Selina Kyle. I’m the biggest Batman nerd. To this day, I try my hardest to absorb some of the history of the DC legend. Also to this day, I love the history of the many weird and unusual villains of Gotham City. Back in Batman 101, one of the first villains you learn of is the Joker. The second is always Selina Kyle aka Catwoman. Created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, Selina Kyle has always been the opposite to Batman. But… not in an opposing way that Joker is to Batman. She’s the thief in the night. The ying to his yang. Let’s put it like this. If Batman were in Black Panther, Shuri would laugh at him uncontrollably for freezing.Selina’s comic life origins have been retconned a couple of times, but something that sticks with every story is her early life. Selina started off a life of complete ups and down but more down and out. It’s incredible how opposite she lived from Batman (or Bruce’s) lavish lifestyle and how they found true love in a hopeless place like Gotham. Selina’s home life was brutal. She survived a father who drank, a separation from Maggie, her sister and a mother who died tragically from suicide. She’s also been to juvie. After she left, she was offered a job at a carnival after pickpocketing one of the guests. She would go on developed more of her skills before a tragedy at the carnival forced her to head back to Gotham and start thieving for life.We can go into more of her tragedy, but let’s get into some good stuff, shall we? Her first appearance came in 1986, Detective Comics #569. Batman and Robin take down some criminals with the help of Catwoman, but Joker in the worst criminal decline he can go through decides it would be good to catnap Catwoman after seeing Batman almost happy for once. He hires Doctor Moon, an evil scientist to mindwipe Catwoman. There honestly seemed to be no actual motives behind this besides boredom form the Joker, which just makes so much sense.Besides being mindwipes in her first issue, Selina has long since developed a long list of skills. Both from her life at the carnival, but also from living on the streets of Gotham for so long. She’s mastered acrobatics, martial arts, boxing. She’s long since become a master of disguise with stealth. Between the tragedy that comes to her, Selina has always remained strong and dominated figure in the Batverse. She’s not afraid to tell her what on her mind. She’s seductive, stunning and complex. She may come off cold on the surface. However, she carries one of the biggest hearts on her shoulders. This is shown by her relationship with Holly “Go-Nightly” Robinson, a close friend and second Catwoman and with Batman, Bruce Wayne, who she’s destined to marry!If there’s a comic I’d love to suggest from her multi-fantastical run, I’d highly to recommend both Hush and Gotham City Sirens. Hush, written by Jeph Loeb and illustrated by Jim Lee, has to be the most prominent and epically satisfying (if not heartbreaking and somewhat frustrating) run that includes Batman and Catwoman on a level where she’s used as leverage. Please follow this up with Heart of Hush where that leverage because tenfold. (Also, Hush is the BEST villain, don’t you @ me.)After reading Hush, follow it up with Gotham City Sirens. GCS, written by Paul Dini with art by Guillem March, is everything that is delightful about being a female villain in the time of free for all. Selina combines forces Harley Quinn and Pamela Isley (Poison Ivy). They take justice into their own hands, but things don’t turn out like they’re supposed to. Think of Friends, but with cool lady villains going off to vigilante at night. Yeah, it’s that cool!Selina Kyle is also portrayed by some supremely gorgeous actresses over the years. Julie Newmar (1966) and Earth Kitt (1968) for the Batman: TV Show. Lee Meriwether (Batman, 1966), Michelle Pfeiffer (Batman, 1992), Halle Berry (Catwoman, we don’t speak of this) and Anne Hathaway (Dark Knight Rises, we speak of this a little), Camren Bicondova (Gotham) for movies, TV shows and spin-offs inside Batman universes. We haven’t touched the surface of voice acting for the gorgeous cat with talents like Zoe Kravitz, Eliza Dushku, and Tress MacNeille to name a few.I think it’s safe to say that this cats future has been steadily securing her future, both in the comics, film, tv and in our hearts. She’s come a long way from a tragic history to being a woman that is independently slaying every single day but also winning the hearts of billionaires as a side gig.Happy Birthday, Selina Kyle, you are truly one of the coolest and most beautiful cats around. We ten-thousand meow salute you!View as: One Page Slides1. Faith BerlinSee It Here2. Jason OakesSee It Here3. Tom HallSee It Here4. Meghan O’ConnellSee It Here5. Princess Luna StudioSee It Here6. Lainey RamirezSee It Here7. Ron JensenSee It Here8. Steve BaierSee It Here9. Algirdas PadleckisSee It Here10. NkanjoeSee It Here11. Iren HorrorsSee It Here12. Rachel EleseSee It Here13. Mro16See It Here14. Diego SouzaSee It Here15. Stupid KrapSee It Herecenter_img This Anime-Centric Star Wars, Predator, Terminator, and Other Classic Sci-FPotter Birthday Magic! Here’s to Harry’s 38th last_img read more