Gotham: Selina Kyle's Mystical Catwoman Transformation, Explained

Selina Kyle on Gotham

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for the latest episode of Gotham, "Trespassers," which aired Thursday on Fox.

Bruce Wayne isn't the only character on Gotham who's been inching closer to embracing his destiny. While the young hero has been on a journey to becoming Batman, Selina Kyle has traveled a parallel path, placing her within reach of the Catwoman mantle.

However, going into the fifth and final season, Selina was shot by Jeremiah Valeska, and left paralyzed from the waist down. It would, therefore, take a miracle for her to not only heal, but to become the acrobatic Catwoman. But in this week's episode, "Trespassers," Selina's transformation is complete, courtesy of some mystical help from Poison Ivy.

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In the Season 5 premiere, Bruce was told by a nurse that someone referred to as the Witch was the only person who could help Selina walk again. In this episode, Bruce sets off to find this mysterious character, only to discover she's none other than Poison Ivy. There, Bruce explains that their once-mutual friend is in need of help -- and it turns out that Ivy has the cure: a mystical seed.

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Ivy explains that ever since Gotham City was cut off from the mainland, the park where she has taken refuge has been changing, and plant life she never knew existed began to grow. Under the oaks, there is an ancient, magical seed that possesses healing properties. However, Ivy as explains it, with this seed, "the darker angels of our nature are unlocked and set free."

Bruce returns with the seed to Selina, who consumes it and then begins to convulse. But later that night, once Selina is stable and should be sleeping, Bruce instead finds her walking again. She insists she has never felt better in her entire life, before her eyes transform into that of a cat, as we saw in Gotham's Season 5 trailer.

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In the comic books, Selina is merely a cat burglar with impressive acrobatic and fighting abilities. However, Gotham has taken the character in a new direction, perhaps borrowed from Tim Burton's Batman Returns. The 1992 film implied that the transformation of Michelle Pfeiffer's Selina Kyle into Catwoman may have had an otherworldly element.

But Gotham has given us a new origin for Catwoman. Thanks to Ivy's seed, Selina's darker angels have been set free, and it looks as if they will bring with them a few enhanced abilities.

Airing Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox, Gotham stars Ben McKenzie as James Gordon, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne, Robin Lord Taylor as Penguin, Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle, Erin Richards as Barbara Kean and Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth. The fifth and final season premiered on Jan. 3, and will run for 12 episodes.

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