Saturday, April 8, 2017

The New Batman Adventures - CATWOMAN!

The New Batman Adventures #39 - Catwoman - DC Collectibles 2017

The redesign of Catwoman between Batman: The Animated Series in 1992 and The New Batman Adventures in 1997 was the most drastic physical change of all the bat-ladies. The slinky black outfit and creepy blue-hued skin was a far cry from the original gray catsuit. I really appreciate both designs, but I must concede that this look is cooler and more catlike. I have always said that Catwoman has had an unprecedented array of costumes over her 77 year comic history. Her career in animation started in 1968 and has been been equally diverse (with several unique designs that have never appeared in the comics). I obsessively made a timeline graphic of her animated evolution later in this review. Of all her varied costumes though, this New Batman Adventures look is one of my overall favorites. I've been waiting for this action figure since this line was first announced, and she does not disappoint. Irene Matar has once again perfectly translated a 2-D style into 3-D. Let's check out Catwoman below!

Catwoman comes with a Whip, Three Sets of alternate hands, and her cat Isis.

Here is Isis with the BTAS gray version.

It's been a while since I've made an infographic like this. Here are all the animated Catwomen over the years (excluding uncostumed "Selina" appearances and Lego appearances). Much thanks to the artist who drew the 1968 and 1972 versions. I have the DVD boxsets of those animated series and spent hours trying to get a decent full-body screenshot of them, but it's basically impossible. This artist used the scrapped DC Super Friends style guide Catwoman from the 80s as a base which lends a great air of authenticity.

And here are updated versions of two similar graphics I have made: for Batgirl and Poison Ivy.

Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!

Here she is with the BTAS Version from 2014.

And the three TNBA Gotham City Sirens together: Harley Quinn, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy.

Add Batgirl and you have the Gotham Girls.



  1. I have discovered your blog and I am in love! It is totally the type of project I could have seen myself doing if I had thought of the idea first. I'm going to be going through your back posts, so don't be surprised to see new comments on posts from a few years ago!

    I have this on pre-order so it should be in soon! I generally prefer the BTAS designs from the 1992 series best, although I've been buying both. I definitely think that the 1997 look more animated.

    1. Glad you found my site! I just posted my 882nd review, so you have a lot of clicking ahead of you. haha.

      I really appreciate both the BTAS and TNBA designs and nothing has me more excited that completing the main 4 girls in each style by the end of the year. Then of course I am going to be craving a Mystery of the Batwoman and JLU Huntress. It will never end :)

    2. I will eventually read all 882. And probably discover a bunch of figures I didn't know I needed - lol.