Female Robin who's also Catgirl and Batgirl
First appearance: Graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns, 1986
Though not considered a “canonical” part of DC Comics, Carrie Kelley made a memorable appearance as Robin in the 1986 graphic novel, The Dark Knight Returns. Her first TV appearance took place in the memorable 10 October 1998 episode of
The New Batman Adventures.
Fifteen years later, she reappared as Catgirl in Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again. Her outfit looks like something Cheetah might wear … but not quite.
We are informed that Carrie Kelley's creation was to show Robin as being a "girlie" character. Our opinion is that the inspiration for Carrie Kelley came from none other than Molly, the character Jill St. John played in the pilot episode of the 1966 Batman series. Less skilled as Robin than Dick Grayson, Jason Todd or Tim Drake, Carrie Kelley nonetheless manages to do something none of the male Robins do: See more intimate sides of Batman.
Carrie Keene Kelley, of course, would play the first female Robin. Her character was aged 14 at the time. In 2004, Spoiler played the Robin role before her character was killed off.
As Catgirl, Carrie Kelley appeared the same year as the revamped Feline Fatale. 2001 was indeed a revolutionary year in that respect.
Catwoman/Selina Kyle does appear in The Dark Knight Returns, though her appearance is less than flattering.
A video version, made in two parts, was made in 2012 with Peter Weller as Batman and Ariel Winter as Carrie Kelley/Robin. Part 1 was released on 25 September 2012, and Part 2 was released on 29 January 2013.
Carrie Kelley made her debut in the mainstream Batman comics, in Batman and Robin #19, April 2013. She also appears in issue #20, released on 8 May. Currently, she is appearing in the series DK III The Master Race, both in the Robin role and as Batgirl.
Fan series planned
Carrie Kelley made an appearance in Batman 1969. She is scheduled to have her own fan series, tentatively titled Carrie's World, with the start date to be determined. As of this writing, preparations are being made for the start of the fan series, to be filmed in Toronto, as well as in Upstate New York and in New England.
This section updated 10 January 2017.