Warner Home Video will present the world premiere of Catwoman, the latest addition to the DC Showcase Animated Shorts series, during its DC Universe Animated panel today (October 14) from 3 to 4 p.m. in the IGN Theater at New York Comic-Con. The 15-minute short will be included in the Blu-ray/DVD release of Batman: Year One—the latest DC Universe Animated Original Movie—due out October 18.
Starring Eliza Dushku, who also voices the sultry she-cat in Year One, Catwoman finds the feline fatale posing as a strip club “entertainer” to get close to black market diamond smuggler Rough Cut, who doesn’t take kindly to her interference, leading to an all-out battle through the streets of Gotham. The script was penned by comics and animation veteran Paul Dini.
“When [producer] Alan Burnett and I first started discussing the idea of a Catwoman short, we both agreed that we wanted to make the story and the settings as adult as we could,” Dini explains. “The world of burlesque has returned in a big way to the contemporary consciousness, and that proved to be a very natural setting for this Catwoman story. At the time I wrote the initial screenplay, I didn’t know the short would be paired up with Batman: Year One, but the steamy setting that Selina inhabits in that book also proved to be ideal for the short.”
The DC Universe Animated panel includes animation legend Bruce Timm, Emmy-winning dialogue director Andrea Romano and voice of batman Kevin Conroy. The panelists will discuss Catwoman, Batman: Year One and next spring’s Justice League: Doom. The event will also feature the world premiere of the Doom trailer.