Catwoman redesign.i think it’s pretty terrible on the gloves but i wanted her to have claws and black gloves so that only left grey for the claw parts but OH WELL I LIKE HER FACE AND THAT’S ALL I’M GOOD AT OH WELL.
i thought her hair could be like, sort of kitty ear shaped and that’s where she got her name and then she’s like “OK *add claws”
I remember in like 2007 interpunkt was like “wait what is Catwoman’s backstory” and we’re old enough where Catwoman sort of didn’t have a backstory for a thousand years she was just like “SHE’S A THIEF AND LIKES CATS”. When Tim Balent was doing Catwoman I remember there was a #0 issue and it showed a scene from Batman Year One. And I didn’t understand that scene for a really long time, she was just wearing a weird outfit and had a shaved head and lived in a bad apartment. I didn’t get that they were showing me a S&M hooker.
So I’m like “I think she had an abusive alcoholic dad and then she was in a bad school where they put her in a bag and drowned her and she survived and then she was a prostitute-“
"She was a hooker."
See it just like, went in my mind. Catwoman wasn’t always a prostitute. Frank Miller made her one in Batman Year One because he’s the worst. But I was at this age where when people retconned things like “YEAH THIS IS HOW SPIDER-MAN GOT THE SPIDER-CAR, YOU DIDN’T KNOW THIS BEFORE BECAUSE WE DIDN’T TELL YOU” I would just go “OH WOW, THEY FINALLY TOLD US THIS SECRET WOW”.
And it just planted in my mind and even as an adult it hadn’t occurred to me until I saw interpunkt’s horrified face that it was super weird and fucked up that this amazing character that had been so amazing to me my whole life had been made a prostitute. Not to bring awareness to sex-workers or anything, just in the most cheap, base, shitty way possible where Miller was like “THIS IS SEXY AND GRITTY AND COOL”. and suddenly her whip was REALLY creepy and gross to me. Like….she went form this sort of Indiana Jones whip user or like “lion tamer, get the fuck away from me” style to this fetishy bullshit.
The only new backstory thing I like is that she’s probably related to Carmine Falcone and therefore Sofia Falcone, who is the scariest motherfucker ever. Carmine Falcone can eat a million dicks, but Sofia is great, I wish she’d become a big Batman character.
When they finally give me Batman to write this is going to be Cat Woman’s Backstory:
She’s a child actress, also her mother’s Hispanic.
When she’s almost 18 she learns martial arts for a role. She decides that she likes Martial Arts better so she quits her acting carreer.
Her Jerk parents disown her.
She strikes out on her own working odd jobs and following the [whatever martial art she ends up doing] circuit.
things keep going wrong though, and after she starts looking into why her life sucks she realizes that her parents are paying to make her life miserable, hoping she’ll come back crying.
She decides to steal their stuff.
In the process she realizes that her parents have a terrible club of rich people that screw with other people and watch them fail.
She steals their stuff too.
Makes powerful enemies.
She thinks Bruce Wayne is part of the club so she tries to steal from him, Alfred makes her some coffee and explains that Bruce Wayne is in tibet and doesn’t have time to do that.
She decides to go by “Cat Woman” because “Gata” (the female form of cat) is a word often used to describe “the help” in some regions of Latin America. And her mom is always telling her she looks like a servant if she’s not done up. This might not fly, I might come up with a different cat reason.
She’s taking online college classes to get her degree in Egyptology.