Batman and Catwoman Trade Romance for All-Out War in DC's Next Crossover Event
Batman and Catwoman appear to be heading to war with one another in DC's next big crossover event, "Showdown!"
Batman artist Jorge Jiménez posted a teaser image for "Showdown!" on his Twitter account. The artwork, which was created by Jiménez, sees the Bat-Symbol scratched out by one of Catwoman's claws. Creators involved with the crossover include Batman writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Jiménez and Catwoman writer Tini Howard and artist Nico Leon.
The "Showdown!" event is part of the "Dawn of DC" yearlong publishing initiative, which began in Jan. 2023 and encompasses a number of new series, crossovers and other developments. Most recently, the publisher showed off the first look of Tom King and Daniel Sampere's Wonder Woman reboot, Mitch Gerads' creepy Batman: The Bold and the Braveartwork and more at WonderCon 2023. More details about the "Showdown!" crossover are expected to be revealed at a later date.
Batman and Catwoman's Recent Adventures
In the current Batman solo series, Bruce Wayne/Batman has found himself trapped in a different version of Gotham City following a climatic fight with a new robotic enemy called Failsafe. Within this version of Gotham, Bruce has encountered a Two-Face who is addicted to Venom and acts as the city's judge, jury and executioner, a Riddler with a completely different costume and more. The most recent issue in the series, Batman #131 (by Zdarsky, Mike Hawthorne, Adriano Di Benedetto, Tomeu Morey and VC's Clayton Cowles) ended with this world's version of Selina Kyle/Catwoman leading Bruce into a series of underground caves so that she can bring him to Red Mask, a new villain who runs the city and appears to be a different version of the Joker.
Catwoman, meanwhile, has landed herself in prison following a major battle with Punchline in Catwoman #50 (by Howard, Leon, Veronica Gandini and Lucas Gattoni). During the fight, Catwoman killed her most recent love interest, Valmont, in an effort to save Batman's life. She's since been struggling to cope with the trauma but has managed to keep herself busy assembling a team of superpowered vigilantes within Gotham County Corrections. While Selina is locked away, Eiko Hasigawa -- a character created by Genevieve Valentine and Garry Brown who first appeared in 2014's Catwoman #35 -- has been filling in as Gotham City's Catwoman and recently debuted a brand-new costume.