Thomas Blake was the leader of a cat cult.
Thomas Blake ran a cat cult who caught Catwoman after she stole a very valuable cat statue. When Batman came to her rescue, he was almost eaten by Blake's pet, a ferocious, genetically-engineered clone of a Smilodon. Blake then fought him, and ended up seriously wounded, landing him in a hospital.
In the DC Comics, Thomas Blake is an adventurer and costumed super-villain called Catman.
He has been a Batman villain since the fifties but recently has become portrayed as a fat has-been turned quasi-reformed mercenary antihero protagonist.