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Cat Vibe Villain

Bob Kane who created the femme fatale known as “Catwoman” was inspired by his cousin as well as by 1930s film star Jean Harlow as she “seemed to personify feminine pulchritude at its most sensuous.” Kane and Co-Batman-creator Bill Finger introduced “the cat” to appeal to female readers and give their comic a little more sex appeal with a “friendly foe who committed crimes but was also a romantic interest in Batman’s rather sterile life”. Kane and Finger chose a cat vibe villain since cats to them were “kind of the antithesis of bats” and her intriguing yet taunting chess game-like behavior resembles their belief that “cats are as hard to understand as women are”. Kane’s reasonings for his character development does not stop there. Kane also goes on to explain, “You always need to keep women at arms length. We don’t want anyone taking over our souls, and women have a habit of doing that. So there’s a love-resentment thing with women.”. I’m not sure if I’m pissed or proud.

Photograph of Jean Harlow

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