What happened to Catwoman in Gotham’s Future?
Batman Beyond has shown the fate of a number of famous Gotham faces, but Catwoman’s is still one of the most mysterious.
Between his long animated series prints and his many comics, Batman beyond has become one of the most popular versions of The Future of Gotham, where Terry McGinnis continues Bruce Wayne’s war on crime. Like Wayne himself, several characteristics of Bruce Wayne’s Dark Knight have survived or been echoed in this world, including some of Gotham’s other famous residents. The original animated series revealed the tragic end of Mr. Freeze and the strange fate of the immortal Ra’s al Ghul, but not all of the main characters appeared on screen. Although Dick Grayson was mentioned, he only met Terry McGinnis Batman beyond continued in the comics.
And even though a new character rose to take her place, Selina Kyle’s final fate, Catwoman, remained even more uncertain.
Selina is one of Batman’s greatest loves, so, of course, that romance made its way into the DC animated universe. Although there has been a lot of flirtation in Batman: The Animated Series, it never got past that, not coming close to the relationship the two now have in the comics. At time Batman beyond, Selina Kyle was just another in a long list of lost loves for retired Batman.
Her photo was with Zatanna, Lois Lane and Barbara Gordon in the episode “Out of the Past” which saw the return of old flame Talia al Ghul. A model of her can be seen in “Black Out” alongside those of many other Gotham rascals. Finally, Bruce mentioned her by name once, as he gives Terry advice on dealing with his own criminal love interest – Ten of the Royal Flush Gang.
Besides these cameos and references, Selina Kyle’s fate in the Beyond universe has yet to be revealed. However, that doesn’t mean that Catwoman’s legacy didn’t continue in Neo-Gotham. Terry McGinnis met his own feline thief in Batman Beyond: Silence Beyond by Adam Beechen, Ryan Benjamin, John Stanisci, David Baron and Travis Lanham.
In this story, the new Catwoman had no connection with Selina Kyle, Batman, or any other famous face in Gotham. Although Terry had his hands full fighting a new version of Hush, he eventually learned the true identity of this version of the Cat Burglar. She was the secret daughter of the villain of Firestorm Multiplex and shared her father’s ability to create duplicates of herself. The reason she chose the name Catwoman despite having no connection to the original is that unlike her father who had no limits on her powers, she can only make nine copies of herself, which literally gives her nine lives.
Like the original Catwoman, she was highly skilled in acrobatics and was able to escape the new Batman. Another thing she shared with Selina Kyle was her moral ambiguity. Although she was happy enough to fly, she also helped Terry and Dick defeat the new Hush. But unlike Selina, the new Catwoman had no romantic interest in her Batman.
Batman beyondCatwoman hasn’t returned in the comics since her first appearance, however, that doesn’t mean she can’t reappear in the future. Sadly, her existence still doesn’t illuminate Selina Kyle’s fate in Neo-Gotham. However, the Batman Beyond 20th Anniversary panel at SDCC 2019 asked series co-creator Bruce Timm to reveal abandoned plans for a direct-to-video film that would have revealed what happened to Selina in DCAU’s future.
In the film, Selina is said to have been a wealthy businesswoman and the story’s main villain. It was also reportedly revealed that she cloned Bruce Wayne to create Terry McGinnis, essentially making her Terry’s mother. Of course, this idea was reworked in the Unlimited Justice League “Epilogue” episode where Amanda Waller is revealed to be the creator of Terry, also using Bruce’s DNA.
The fact that the abandoned plans for Selina no longer correspond to Batman beyondThe established tradition of means that his fate in this future is still a mystery.
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