- Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman from Batman Returns remains a beloved and iconic portrayal of the character.
- Pfeiffer’s Catwoman was a pivotal reinvention of the character in live-action, paving the way for future interpretations.
- Despite only appearing in one film, Pfeiffer’s Catwoman continues to be highly recognized and appreciated in pop culture today.
Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman from Tim Burton’s Batman Returns comes to life through an incredible DC cosplayer. Batman and his mythology have been reimagined numerous times for the big and small screens over the last few decades, allowing multiple actors to portray the Dark Knight, his supporting characters, and villains. One of the most iconic Batman movie villains is Michelle’s Pfeiffer’s Catwoman, though Selina Kyle has appeared in multiple Batman movies and allowed the character to shine outside the comics.
Pfeiffer’s version of Catwoman in Batman Returns, which opened in theaters over 30 years ago, set the benchmark for Selina Kyle as a gothic femme fatale. Even though she only got to do one movie, Pfeiffer’s take on Selina was one of the most well-received aspects of Batman Returns. To show her admiration for Pfeiffer’s Catwoman, inoecosplay shared a new gallery on Reddit of her rendition of the iconic DC character, which can be seen below:
Why Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman Is Still So Popular Today
While Batman Returns was the first and last time the world saw her suited up, Pfeiffer’s Catwoman almost had a spinoff movie happen, which led to the infamous Halle Barry film that became one of the most critically panned comic book projects of all time. However, that hasn’t stopped her Catwoman from being highly recognized in pop culture to this day. It’s key to remember that when Batman Returns came out, it was during a time when the comic book movie genre was still very limited, especially for female heroes and villains.
The last time Catwoman had appeared in live-action was in the 1960s Batman, which was a more comedic take on the DC character’s mythology. Julie Newmar, Lee Meriwether, and Eartha Kitt’s contribution to Catwoman is still appreciated to this day, but in many ways, Pfeiffer’s performance was a reinvention of the character in live-action, which is how later movie and TV versions were able to exist today. Batman Returns also took some interesting departures from the comics while paying tribute to the source material, including the iconic Catwoman costume.
Currently, Zoë Kravitz is the ongoing Catwoman in Matt Reeves’ The Batman universe, and time will tell when James Gunn’s DC Universe will introduce their version of Selina. It will certainly be interesting to see what future DC movies have in store for Catwoman in both franchises. Until then, the world can always relive Pfeiffer’s Catwoman from Batman Returns.