Catwoman’s next on the list, assuming she doesn’t steal it!
Catwoman was a very popular foe of Batman’s from the earliest days, sharing a debut (in separate stories) with the Joker in Batman #1 (Spring 1940, by Bill Finger and Bob Kane), and she followed the Joker as a Mego action figure as part of the 1974 Supergals assortment (along with Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Batgirl). Strangely, though, not the purple outfit Selina Kyle wore in the comics, or even the catsuit preferred by TV’s Catwomen (Julie Newmar, Lee Meriwether and Eartha Kitt), but instead a costume that had really only appeared in Batman #210 (March 1969, by Frank Robbins and Irv Novick, and when she faced Wonder Woman, where Diana wasn’t in her usual costume either! Still, that’s what Mego ran with even though, at the time, it wouldn’t even have been Selina’s current costume…it’s made a few more appearances since then).
Mattel hasn’t followed suit with an adaptation of this Mego figure, but instead has given us a few other of Catwoman’s many lives…starting with the Catwoman that echoes her current look for the Mattel DC Super Heroes line (that being the black leather suit, currently close to what Catwoman wears – and maybe slightly inspired by Marvel’s the Black Cat, a Spider-Man foe…inspired by Catwoman no less!). Mattel even adapted this (by coloring it purple) for a five-pack exclusive at Wal-Mart (along with Superman, Batman, a recolored purple and orange Two-Face and a Legion of Doom version of Lex Luthor). Mattel has also supplied a more classic Catwoman for its Batman:Legacy line, that of the Golden Age/Silver Age Catwoman (that being the darker purple with a cape outfit that was one of Selina’s longest running costumes). Catwoman has also come back as a two-pack (twice) with an adaptation of her current outfit (packaged along with Batman), and it comes in a regular version, and a strangely all-white version. Maybe Catwoman had the color scared out of her by Scarecrow…an early Batman villain that she also faced during her comic series a few times (and he was one of the first of the Mattel DC Super Heroes figures!). And, Catwoman also faced a few other Batman foes as well, like Poison Ivy and Black Mask (both of whom are included in Mattel’s current Club Infinite Earths subscription for 2012), and even has the most current Dark Knight Rises movie version by Anne Hathaway, which looks like a throwback to the 1960s TV version (unlike the previous two movie Catwoman, Michelle Pfeiffer and Halle Berry). And, Catwoman has separated herself from Batman, with a few series all her own in the DC Universe over the years (though her attraction for Batman pulls her back…or nearer to other femme fatals like Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn in Gotham City Sirens). This cat sure has nine lives!