Welcome to this week’s installment of Geek Girl Authority Crush of the Week. Every week, we will highlight an awesome female character from, or a creator of, geeky media.
Created for Batman #1 (1940), Selina Kyle has gone through many iterations, origin stories, film appearances and especially costumes over her 78 years in comics and media. As Batman’s most enduring love interest, she’s become one of the most recognized female heroes (and villains) of the modern age.
The Real Deal:
No matter what her origin story contains for her past, she is always a thief first and foremost. Though she steals from the rich and has an affinity for diamonds, she never really seems like the villain. She’s not out to really hurt anyone (unless they’ve harmed her cats), she’s in it for the thrill. She’s teamed up with two other bad girls of Gotham, forming the Gotham City Sirens. She’s been a member of the Justice League of America AND Injustice League, showing that Catwoman is true to herself and her motives.
She has an arsenal of weapons but favors a whip and is an expert in hand-to-hand combat. And with her gymnastics skills, she flips her way around Gotham’s rooftops to avoid The Caped Crusader. Kyle is also extremely intelligent, using a variety of tech for hacking, robbing and self defense. While the moniker of Catwoman has been used by two other characters, Selina Kyle is the most associated with the cat ears.
Why Does She Matter:
Catwoman is a poster example of an independent woman. She prefers to do things for herself and will only trust in herself to get things done. That’s not to say that she won’t go to others for help, but she’d rather do it for herself. She’s also not afraid to be sexy, being comfortable in her own skin and her abilities to get whatever she wants. Her example of getting out there and getting what you want is inspiring to someone with fear of going after their wants. And at least for me, being comfortable in your skin is a huge deal!
Her relationship with Batman is one that I’ve always looked up to. While they each have their own demons, they can still come together in their similar nature. They may break apart, but they usually come back together. I always find their chemistry to be palpable. And though they’re on opposite sides of the law, they share a respect and love for one another. And to confess my bias, they’re two of my favorite comic characters so seeing them together is just a joy.
She’s a character I can look to for confidence, sex appeal, and so, so many cat puns.
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