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Eliza Dushku’s ‘Catwoman’ to Join ‘Batman: Year One’ Animated Feature

It looks like Dollhouse star Eliza Dushku will be voicing Catwoman overtime this fall. TV Guide has revealed that the upcoming direct-to-video animated adaptation of Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli’s Batman: Year One will be coupled with a Catwoman short.

Clocking in at 15 minutes, the Catwoman short written by Batman The Animated Series alum Paul Dini and directed by Year One’s Lauren Montgomery will pit her Catness against new character Rough Cut (John DiMaggio) as she chases down a “mysterious cargo shipment” through Gotham City. This adventure follows the character’s somewhat humble origin interwoven with Batman’s earliest attempts at heroism in Year One.As pictured, it looks Catwoman will be rocking her modern costume designed by Darwyn Cooke. Between the costume’s relative presence in October’s Arkham City videogame and its rumored potential to be donned by Anne Hathaway in The Dark Knight Rises, the goggled look could be getting a lot of mileage across multimedia.

TV Guide also seems to confirm that Catwoman’s origin as a Gotham prostitute — often a point of contention among fans of her various incarnations — will be retained not only in Year One, but also in her solo short. No matter where you stand on the matter, whatever happens in this animated tale will be 10,000X better than 2004’s live action Catwoman film starring Halle Berry.

Dushku describes her take on the character in TV Guide:

“I found the attitude for this character deep down in the Eliza Dushku archive of bad girls,” the actress says with a laugh. “They’re in there somehow, somewhere for some reason, and I tap into them when I need them. They’re characters with an edge.”

Batman: Year One and the Catwoman short arrive on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download October 18.

[Via TV Guide]

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