SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Batman #44, by Tom King, Mikel Janin, Joelle Jones, June Chung, Jordie Bellaire and Clayton Cowles, on sale now.
Love is in the air, and before long, the wedding bells will begin to toll for Batman and Catwoman. It’s a moment that’s been years in the making, and one that even came to fruition once before, albeit on Earth-2, where the pair was married and had a daughter. Before Bruce and Selina officially tie the knot, though, Tom King, Mikel Janin and Joelle Jones accompany the future Mrs. Wayne on a trip down memory lane that highlights just how much the bride-to-be’s style has evolved through the ages, and also reveals just how much pre-Flashpoint continuity the Rebirth era is embracing.
Batman #44 begins with Selina sneaking out of Wayne Manor for a legally dubious late-night excursion -- she needs a wedding dress, after all, and she's not exactly the type of person to pay for one. However, it doesn’t take long for the story to shift gears, transporting us to the first of several flashback sequences.
Here, we see a retelling of Selina’s first appearance in June 1940’s Batman #1, back when she was simply known as The Cat. Sporting a plain green dress, Selina extends her leg as Batman prepares to remove a bandage from around her ankle. For those unfamiliar with the original issue, hidden beneath the bandage is a luxurious emerald necklace Selina had stolen, though we return to the present-day before seeing the Caped Crusader discover this for himself.
The next flashback comes from December 1950’s Batman #62, where Batman is in hot pursuit of a Catwoman who’s now sporting a purple dress and cat-like cowl, along with a flowing green cape. Having just broken out of prison, Catwoman does her best to avoid being recaptured by the Dynamic Duo. But when she notices some falling debris, she abandons her escape plan and saves Batman’s life before being knocked unconscious by a brick. The story ends with Selina helping Batman and Robin take down the villainous Mister X and officially retiring from her career as Catwoman.
After a brief return to the present, we once again revisit the 1950s – this time, Detective Comics #203, from January 1954. Having given up her life of crime, Selina, now wearing a plain red dress, is confronted by Batman after an article is printed in the Gotham Gazette recounting how he triumphed over the former Catwoman. Due to this story coming to light, an irate Selina decides to return to her criminal ways. However, unlike the previous flashbacks, which featured the Earth-Two iteration of Selina, the version we see in this flashback is from Earth-One.