Warning: Spoilers for Future State: Catwoman #2!
Catwoman‘s rescue of Batman in the action-packed climax of Future State: Catwoman draws parallels to another finale ripped straight from a similarly structured movie in Bong Joon-ho’s adaptation of the French graphic novel, Snowpiercer. Catwoman and Batman probably didn’t have the luxury of seeing this film before the Magistrate took over their city, but best believe they’re taking cues from it whether they know it or not.
In a near future that sees Gotham City taken over by a fascist regime called the Magistrate, Catwoman has become a shining beacon of hope for the people she protects and a constant thorn in the side of the people who want to see her dead. But knowing Catwoman, a couple of high-tech goons and a speeding train headed to what is only known as a Reformatory are hardly hurdles for a vigilante that can go toe to toe with the best of them, Batman included.
Taking place in the last issue of Future State: Catwoman by Ram V and Otto Schmidt, Catwoman has been on a mission to stop the evil Magistrate forces from bringing a train full of Gotham City residents to a location that promises to reform them into good, law abiding citizens. This is a vaguely similar premise to Snowpiercer in the sense that there is a “lower class” of people rising up against the “upper class” to take back what is rightfully theirs, in both cases that being their own freedom. Concurrently, Catwoman also has a second, ulterior motive for hijacking the train: her lost love in the original Batman, Bruce Wayne, is being held captive on the train with no hope of escape unless their plan goes off without a hitch.
Beating down goon after goon as she coordinates with her ragtag team of “strays” to hopefully finish what they started, Catwoman is at her breaking point as fatigue sets in and her battle wounds begin to slow her down. Helped by returning villain Onomatopoeia and Ra’s al Ghul’s daughter, Talia al Ghul, Bruce is freed from his prison and brought up to speed on what exactly is going on around him.
Allowing themselves a brief moment of expressed love (after a well deserved slap from Catwoman), Bat and Cat get their inner Snowpiercer on by not only blowing up the location that powers the train, but leap-frogging off of the Magistrate’s fail-safe that would see the entire train explode in a fiery ball of twisted metal and debris. Uncoupling the back parts of the train to keep the people of Gotham onboard safe, Batman reluctantly parts ways with Catwoman as the final moments of Snowpiercer make an appearance. Similar to how the revolting passengers of Snowpiercer blew the doors off the front-most cab of their train to escape only to have the entire vehicle derail in the process, the Magistrate’s explosives act in the same way by completely obliterating their train, sending it flying off the rails and into the snowy landscape around them.
So with Catwoman and Batman finally getting a win in a future where there are very little of them to go around, the Snowpiercer similarities are just icing on the bat-cake. Blowing up and derailing trains might not be the usual way these two do things, but regardless of timeline, mission, or current relationship status, Bat and Cat will always have each other’s backs, and that’s saying something.