|Occupation:||Secretary / Anarchist|
|Appeared In:||Batman Returns|
|Played by:||Michelle Pfeiffer|
Selina Kyle was a lonely, frustrated woman pushed over the edge into obsession and crime after her boss, tycoon Max Shreck tried to kill her to keep her from revealing his plot to build a power plant that would steal Gotham City's electricity.
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.
When Patience Phillips, chosen as the new Catwoman, does some research on the previous women who shared the identity, she also looks at a picture resembling Selina Kyle in her costume.
Catwoman was never seen again after 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 Batman Forever, his intention was to use The Riddler as the main villian and possibly have Catwoman return. As Burton was replaced, this never came to pass.
Bruce and Selina discovered their dual personalities, thus exposing one of Burton's main themes — duality — in the film.