the mask of matches malone!

Idea: Jazz, Autobot!Steeljaw and Knockout working together to catch a Decepticon.

I like the episode “The Mask of Matches Malone” from Batman: The Brave and The Bold, especially the part where Huntress, Catwoman and Black Canary sing the Birds of Prey song.

I would expect a bunch of Steeljaw and Knockout “flirting” and Jazz getting pretty left out. Also, Bee just letting them do their thing in the musical part and actuaçlly enjoying their song.

Catwoman in Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2011)
“The Mask of Matches Malone,” season 2, episode 24

When a magical cloak turned Batman evil, Catwoman (voiced by Nika Futterman) teamed up with Black Canary and the Huntress to stop his criminal behavior and eventually turn him back. During the course of their mission, they infiltrated a night club where they posed as the Birds of Prey, a singing group that poked fun at male superheroes while extolling the virtues of female superheroes. It was a memorable and amusing episode penned by Gail Simone, the best known writer of the Birds of Prey comic book.

**The Many Lives of Catwoman: The Felonious History of a Feline Fatale is out July 1**

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Just wanted to remind people that this exists and never aired in the US.

Batman and Catwoman’s Top 10 Flirtiest Moments

If there’s one thing Batman and Catwoman are known for its getting their flirt on. And why not, they’ve been doing it since the beginning. Astonishingly this is something that endured the last seven decades and in their 75 years together their flirting has ranged from innocent and playful to downright sexual (cover those eyes Robin!). It’s hard to pin down the range of their romantic liaisons into a single post but here are some of their most distinguished dalliances for your viewing pleasure.

10. Batman: The Brave and the Bold “The Mask of Matches Malone” 

Somehow an attempt to intercept Catwoman’s thieving turned into Batman and Catwoman play fighting and rolling around on top of each other. The thing that’s so great about this scene is that the intensity of Batman and Catwoman’s chemistry was so strong Batman felt guilty about it, even though he wasn’t actually doing anything wrong.

9. Batman (v1) #1

But he was tempted. Even though Catwoman spent most of this issue dressed as an elderly woman Batman was still attracted to her enough to briefly consider her offer (and threaten to spank her) and then lets her run away or at least Robin seemed to think so. Batman and Catwoman would go on to have many games of cat and mouse (or cat and bat) but nothing beats the original.

8. Catwoman (v3) #11

What’s funny about this scene is that Bruce was trying to find common ground with Slam Bradley (who was secretly in love with Selina at the time) while him and Selina are simultaneously hanging all over each other. Body language is flirting!

7. Batman (TV Series) “The Bat’s Kow Tow”

Somehow this went from Catwoman trying to kill Batman to them agreeing to go on a date. This is was pretty raunchy for 1960s television, and judging by the sheer amount of heat in this scene it’s easy to see why the rules of the Comic Book Code Authority forced Catwoman out of comics at the time.

6. JLA: Crisis of Conscience

Although Catwoman is usually the one taking the lead the flirting is always so much better when Batman reciprocates. But it seems like every time he starts to get into it they end up getting interrupted. In this case J’onn J’onnz.

5. Worlds’ Finest (v3) #29

Maybe this is insidious because this was more foreplay than flirting. This is exactly the type of batcat courtship I would expect from Paul Levitz: fun, funny, and filled with puns. Supes shows up making it the fourth flirtus interuptus on this list and I think Clark’s utter confusion at the whole affair really goes to show that Batman and Catwoman’s relationship is so uniquely their own, only they can really understand it.

Caveat: Things are about to get hot

4. Batman Returns

3. Batman, Inc. (v1) #1

…Okay so they’re actually talking about something kind of important in this scene but whatever they’re multi-taskers they can make plans, work out, and feel each other up at the same time. Despite the obvious chemistry between Batman and Catwoman that I have spent this entire post demonstrating they are rarely depicted in a way that indicates that they do indeed have sex (other than that Judd Winick monstrosity), which is just nonsense.

Thanks to Grant Morrison we can finally prove that Batman and Catwoman are having all the sex. ALL OF IT!

2. Batman (v1) #392

Holy innuendos, Batman!

Batman dated a lot of women in his Pre-Crisis days both as Bruce Wayne and as Batman, and Doug their relationship got turned on and off more times than a light-switch but they always found their way back to each other.

1. Batman: The Brave and the Bold “Inside the Outsiders!

A.K.A. “Flirterers!”

I think this episode is more known for being one big Batman and Catwoman flirt fest than for whatever was actually going on. I dare you not to giggle every time Batman offers to “rehabilitate” Catwoman in that suggestive, husky tone. Even their “fight” scene was really just more witty banter and play fighting. Even on a campy children’s program Catwoman gets Batman hot under the collar.

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3 of the most gorgeous heroines in the DCU, 3 of some of the best VA’s in the business, singing a song filled to the brim with innuendo and looking hot doing it! What is not to love? It was so good, that the Censors caught on and they didn’t air this episode a second time. XD Thank God for the internet and Gail Simone for creating this gem of an episode for us. XD