DC Comics appears to have killed off one of its best-known female characters in an event with potentially cat-astrophic results.
The lady super-being in question is Catwoman and DC’s “Justice League of America, # 4” published this week contains the rather off-putting scene of the super-feline getting shot right through the noggin (Kiddies, go peruse Archie or something for a little while until the adults are done talking, OK?) The website Bleeding Cool had one of the first looks at the tragedy.
Talk of why a comics publisher under severe pressure to deliver results would eliminate one of its best-known properties (Catwoman was featured regularly in the old “:Batman” TV series as well as her own silver-screen feature) aside, seeing this sort of treatment of female characters is a little shocking from the old-school publisher of the Flash, Supergirl and Green Lantern.
DC has come under fire several times for its depictions of women in costume – most infamously, perhaps, for this episode of “Green Lantern” in which the superhero’s girlfriend is killed and stuffed into a fridge (hence the title of this rather esoteric little blog post). Other alarming sights over the years have included the Elongated Man’s wife being sexually assaulted, Batgirl being shot and subsequently paralyzed by the Joker and, in a less serious vein, Power Girl’s rather revealing top.
It’s true, DC has killed off male characters in equally ruthless fashion. Anyone remember Blue Beetle being shot through the skull in 2005’s “Infinite Crisis”?
Theories abound online – in Newsarama, for instance – that the Catwoman depicted being killed is not the “real” Catwoman comics readers have come to know and love (to say nothing of Batman – wink, wink). So the lady may still be in play.
Whether she’s alive or dead, DC seems to be exploiting the scene of her death for buzz and sales, not the most heroic thing for the owner of Superman to be doing.
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