Michelle Pfeiffer says she’d love to play Catwoman again, 25 years after she first played the iconic DC Comics villain in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns. Also known as Selina Kyle, Catwoman is one of the most recognizable villains in Batman lore, first played by Julie Newmar and followed by Eartha Kitt in the 1960s Batman TV series (and Lee Meriwether in 1966’s Batman: The Movie) before she pranced onto the big screen for the first time in Batman Returns.
And while Anne Hathaway’s turn as the character in Christopher Nolan’s 2012 blockbuster The Dark Knight Rises was impressive enough to erase the memories of Halle Berry’s 2004 disaster Catwoman, Pfeiffer to this day is considered by many as the best big-screen Catwoman of them all.
Now, with Pfeiffer’s forthcoming return to the superhero genre as Janet van Dyne in 2018’s Ant-Man and the Wasp, the role has the three-time Oscar nominee reminiscing about her first comic book movie role. In an interview with Variety, Pfeiffer said she’d love to play Catwoman again, but would prefer to take advantage of using CGI this time around after putting a live bird in mouth. “I can’t believe I did that. I could have gotten a disease,” she said.
Noting the longevity of Batman Returns, which starred Michael Keaton as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Danny DeVito as The Penguin/Oswald Cobblepot and Christopher Walken as the villainous industrialist Max Shreck, Pfeiffer credits the director for the film’s success. She says:
“It was all Tim Burton. He was able to bring this heart and darkness and humor to it.”
While Pfeiffer appears game to slip back into Catwoman’s suit, it may be a while before she gets the opportunity again. Coming off a busy year that included the pivotal role of Ruth Madoff opposite Robert DeNiro’s Bernie Madoff in the HBO biographical drama The Wizard of Lies, and a supporting turn in Darren Aronfsky’s horror thriller mother!, she’ll next appear in director Kenneth Branagh’s star-studded ensemble for the remake of Murder on the Orient Express.
As busy as Pfeiffer is at the moment, it’s great to hear that she’s still interested in playing Catwoman. Clearly Batman Returns is one of the highlights of her illustrious career, and the fact that action figures of her in the guise of the character are still being produced 25 years after the film’s release exemplifies the longevity of her performance. Even if she doesn’t prowl as Catwoman again on the big screen, there’s no question her first turn as the character is one for all time.
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