Who Is The Best Catwoman?

There have been six actresses to play the iconic role of Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman. The Cat (which was the original name of Catwoman) premiered in the Batman comics in 1940, and she left an impact as the villainous woman that played with Batman’s emotions (and he did very little to stop her). Catwoman made her first premiere on television on the 1960s show Batman, which had Julie Newmar (see photo 2) and Eartha Kitt (see photo 3) star as the feline antihero, and she then leaped onto the silver-screen in the 1966 Batman movie, played by Lee Meriwether (see photo 4). Then, Michelle Pfeifer (photo 5) played the campiest, most promiscuous version of the character to date in Tim Burton’s 1992 film, Batman Returns (radioactive cats licking a body back to life, really?). After that (huge flop), Halle Berry (see photo 6) took up the cat ears in the 2004 film Catwoman, which had little to no association with the Batman character besides the title. Catwoman disappeared from pop culture (besides the Batman comics, cartoons, and the Arkham City video game) until this year’s The Dark Knight Rises, in which Catwoman was played by Anne Hathaway (see photo 7).

Personally, I think Anne Hathaway is the best Catwoman, because she added an emotional depth to the character and made her a strong, modern female, rather than stereotype. I felt that Hathaway was able to give Selina a proper motivation without being obvious, and made the audience question who she will side with in the end. But, with the variety of actresses that have played this character, there are a variety of opinions. Such as, my mother feels that no one has played Catwoman better than Eartha Kitt (she says that the way Kitt pronounced “perrrrfect” on the show epitomized the character for her). But I have a close friend that identifies Catwoman with Michelle Pfeifer, and no one else.

What do you think? Who do you think is the best Catwoman?

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4 thoughts on “Who Is The Best Catwoman?

    • It is a tough decision and I had to rewatch each interpretation before coming to a decision. I judged each performance on the character’s development, portrayal, and costume before deciding that I liked Hathaway as Catwoman the most. I hope that they will make a costume version of Hathaway’s Catwoman or atleast base the Halloween costumes on the 1940s and 1950s comic book costumes.
      Please let me know what you think of each interpretation when you can. Thanks for commenting.

  1. This is great! I certainly can’t pick, but I can’t wait for more Catwomen. Some day, we’ll have 9 interpretations so we can do the “Nine Lives of Catwoman” with these pics. I hoping for a movie version in a costume like the one in the front of the comic book pic 1 with the goggles. It’s her most recent look, designed by the awesome comic book god, Darwyn Cooke.

    • I agree that it will be epic when we have more Catwomen. It is always interesting to see each new interpretation of the character! That would be interesting to see a more comic based costume– we will just have to see the next time she appears. Thank you so much for commenting!

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