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Batman: The Caped Crusader has gotten fans excited about Bruce Timm’s novel take on the Dark Knight. The animated show will take Bruce Wayne and other aspects of the Batman mythos and set them in the 40s, a time when Batman’s modern gadgets and gizmos simply did not exist.


Batman: Caped Crusader

Apart from Batman being stripped of all his gadgets, Caped Crusader will also be giving its other characters a slick 40’s makeover, among which is Selina Kyle, also known as Catwoman. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Bruce Timm, co-creator of the show, revealed how the design of Catwoman was made distinct from her previous iterations.

Batman: Caped Crusader did not want to ape Batman: The Animated Series

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Bruce Timm talked about how the characters that he and his team were introducing Caped Crusader needed to be different and feel as dated as the time they were in. This would require a significant amount of change in the costumes of the characters, which is what they did, as Tim revealed to Entertainment Weekly:


We didn’t want to do the B:TAS Catwoman or the version that Ed Brubaker and Darwyn Cooke did in the early 2000s with the practical leather jumpsuit, which has become her default look in the comics and movies.

That’s great, I love that, but we wanted to do something different. So we thought, well, let’s go all the way back to the beginning. I love the original look that she had in the ’40s. It’s purple!

The 40’s suit that Catwoman wears is markedly different from the one that has become the norm. Batman is one of the few modern superheroes that have a history that stretches back to the 1940s, as most of  Batman’s contemporaries either came later or fell through the cracks of the comics industry. This allowed Bruce Timm and his team to peruse the comics of the time, which depicted the characters very differently as compared to how fans are familiar with them today.

Catwoman in Batman: Caped Crusader took inspiration from Barbara Stanwyck’s The Lady Eve

The first look of Bruce Timm’s Batman: Caped Crusader from Amazon Prime Video

Character Designer James Tucker revealed that the Catwoman of this show takes direct inspiration from The Lady Eve, a 1941 screwball comedy that starred the legendary Barbara Stanwyck as Jean Harrington, who is a con artist. Selina Kyle is described as being playful and charming in the show but is not to be underestimated by viewers or Batman. Bruce Timm, with regards to the episode she appears in, said:

That episode is very fun, but it also has moments that are really serious and dark. It’s the juxtaposition of those two things that make that episode really cool.

The show also gave characters like Clayface a classic retro vibe and decided to have more archaic takes on characters like Harley Quinn, who was not introduced into Batman mythos before the 1990s, in Timm’s Batman: The Animated Series.


The show will be taking Batman in a novel direction. By stripping the character of all the tech that has come to define him, the story can refocus on what distinguishes Batman from any other person in a Batsuit.

“}]] Bruce Timm has been hard at work adapting Batman for a 40’s aesthetic for his Caped Crusader animated series, along with Catwoman.  Read More