Catwoman Animated Short to Premiere at New York Comic Con - Plus Three New Images

Warner Home Video will present the world premiere of Catwoman, the latest addition to the DC Showcase Animated Shorts series, as part of its DC Universe Animated panel on Friday, October 14 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in the IGN Theater at New York Comic Con.

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Catwoman is included in the October 18 Blu-ray/DVD release of Batman: Year One, the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies.

The panel includes animation legend Bruce Timm, nine-time Emmy Award-winning dialogue director Andrea Romano, and the fan favorite voice of Batman, Kevin Conroy. The panelists will discuss the Catwoman short, the upcoming release of Batman: Year One, and next spring’s release of Justice League: Doom.



The world premiere of the Justice League: Doom trailer is another New York Comic Con exclusive to be unveiled during the panel.

Catwoman/Selina Kyle is voiced by Eliza Dushku, well known for her television roles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Tru Calling and Dollhouse. The 15-minute short is penned by respected comics/animation writer Paul Dini.

The short finds Catwoman posing as an “entertainer” in a strip club to get close to black market diamond smuggler Rough Cut – who doesn’t take kindly to Catwoman’s interference in his business, leading to an all-out battle through the streets of Gotham City.

“When Alan Burnett and I first started discussing the idea of a Catwoman short, we both agreed that we wanted to make the story and the settings as adult as we could,” Dini explains. “The world of burlesque has returned in a big way to the contemporary consciousness, and that proved to be a very natural setting for this Catwoman story. At the time I wrote the initial screenplay, I didn't know the short would be paired up with Batman: Year One, but the steamy setting that Selina inhabits in that book also proved to be ideal for the short.”



For the short, Dini created the character Rough Cut, a villain whose smuggling interests beyond diamonds catches Catwoman’s attention.

“I liked the idea of a villain who was obsessed with diamonds, but as this story takes place in the down and dirty side of Gotham, I felt the bad guy couldn't be too glamorous,” Dini says. “I came up with the name Rough Cut both to describe the man and the kinds of crude, unfinished diamonds he pedals. There's always a market for industrial diamonds, but lately Rough Cut has been feeling the economic pinch, so he's smuggling more precious cargo. That's what brings Catwoman into the picture.”

Dushku was very happy to return to her Batman: Year One role, having already taken equity in the part of Catwoman/Selina Kyle. Dushku has definitely found a clear understanding of her character’s emotional make-up.



“A lot of people are familiar with the characters I’ve played – these strong and vicious women who are, very deep down inside, really wounded women with an entirely unexpected side, so there’s nothing black and white about them,” Dushku says. “I think people identify with the characters I play because even though they do terrible things, there’s a humanity there. They’ve got lots of layers. They’re not just good or evil. Selina is a prostitute, and she’s abrasive and in your face, but she also has this maternal, protective, loyal quality to her. Her relationship with Holly is a perfect example – it shows a side you might not expect.”
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ksommer - 10/13/2011, 8:40 AM
Spot on Tea... Spot on... :)
deadpoolstaco - 10/13/2011, 8:47 AM
oh man paul dini...awesome
HelaGood - 10/13/2011, 8:50 AM
now why couldnt they get an actress to fill out the suit like that???

instead they have anne ironing board hathaway... who looks like she lost way too much weight for the role.
SuperFrost - 10/13/2011, 8:57 AM
Just watched Batman Year One..... Not really impressed, it was actually very boring. Catwoman was cool, but just like All-Star Superman, the movie was Meh! I do think it's nice that they made it, but if they never did I would be ok with it.
Chillrazor - 10/13/2011, 9:26 AM
Looks promising, very promising...
BlueScarab - 10/13/2011, 9:28 AM
Teabag i feel this need some boobie pics uploads some will you
thewolfx - 10/13/2011, 10:07 AM
seems like every image of catwoman i come across looks leaps n bounds better then what we are gettin in TDK rises



god nolan sucks at design
comicb00kguy - 10/13/2011, 10:16 AM
Thewolfx: Totally agreed!

A Catwoman short scripted by Dini? They found a way to make Year One even cooler. I'm definitely buying this when it comes out next week.
SpiderFan35 - 10/13/2011, 10:18 AM
Nice! Looks just like Anne Hathaway...bwahaha.
MissMystique - 10/13/2011, 10:40 AM
Oh eliza from dollhouse!!!! She could have been a awesome catwoman (dont get me wrong, Anne is amazing too)
Batman5 - 10/13/2011, 10:40 AM
watched this and year one last night. the catwoman short was AMAZING! Year One was great too, not my fav of the batman animated films, but it was damn good.
TheSoulEater - 10/13/2011, 11:12 AM
Looks like what i wanted for TDKR
headlopper - 10/13/2011, 11:13 AM
Here's an example where reality should imitate art.
(koff-!Hathaway)
Demonslayerwolf - 10/13/2011, 11:21 AM
Now that's the catwoman we should be seeing in the DKR!
headlopper - 10/13/2011, 12:02 PM
Ya know , I saw the clip and the breasts were definitely and deliberately featured.
Here in the U.S. , society has a hang-up with boobs and I just don't get it cuz' in Europe and Japan, it's not a big deal. Doesn't make sense.
TyrannicalOverlord - 10/13/2011, 12:02 PM
Eliza Dushku could have PLAYED Catwoman. That would have been highly gratifying.
JackBauer - 10/13/2011, 1:10 PM
Photobucket
THEMIGHTOFTHOR - 10/13/2011, 1:27 PM
dang tea bag!! who's the 1st chick oooohyyeaaaaa my type
NextHero08 - 10/13/2011, 5:24 PM
Now THATS Catwoman, I swear Marvel and DC look for the most flat chested and boney females they can find to fill their roles.
allwalledup - 10/13/2011, 6:56 PM
see, this is why i love tea bag.
blue18 - 10/13/2011, 7:06 PM
This movie looks great! DC/WB have always impressed with these direct-to-DVD films, and there's no reason to suspect that this one will be any different. The short films included on the DVDs are also very interesting and entertaining. I'm really liking the artwork for both the film and the short.
RobinNumbah6 - 10/13/2011, 8:23 PM
@JackBauer, a @Teabag wanna-be.
TyrannicalOverlord - 10/14/2011, 9:34 AM
@JackBauer, Keep 'em coming dude!

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