One of Gotham City’s most sensuous criminals on the fantasy adventure BATMAN/ABC/1966-68. Wearing a tight black skin of leather, Catwoman attempted to pull off a variety of “Purrrfect” crimes. Catwoman’s real name was Selina Kyle.
Occasionally, Catwoman teamed with other nefarious no-goods as the Penguin or the Riddler to defeat their arch enemy, the caped crime fighter Batman and his sidekick the Boy wonder.
Note: Julie Newmar who formerly starred as the curvaceous female robot on the sci-fi comedy MY LIVING DOLL/CBS/1964-65 was the original Catwoman. She was later replaced by Lee Meriweather and Eartha Kitt.
In the book “Back To The Batcave” (Berkley Books, 1994) Bob Kane the creator of the Batman comic character stated that Catwoman was originally modeled after Jean Harlow. He also related that he and writer Bill Finger chose cats as a motif not just because Catwoman was a cat burglar but also because felines were “as mysterious and unpredictable as women.”
Adam West (TVs Batman) once remarked that one of his favorite villains from the program had to be Catwoman because “she gave me curious stirrings in my utility belt.”
Other TV portrayals of Catwoman:
- On the TV series BIRDS OF PREY/WB/2002 after Catwoman is killed by the Joker, her daughter, Helena Kyle (played by Ashley Scott) battled crime with the powers inherited from her mother, including enhanced agility, strength, healing and a sixth sense for danger, as well as the ability to shift her eyes to a feline form.
- On GOTHAM/FOX/2014-2017 Camren Bicondova plays Selina “Cat” Kyle, the girl who will eventually grow up to be Catwoman.
In casting the part of Catwoman in the sequel motion picture Batman Returns (1992), spunky actress Sean Young, tried to audition for the role but her enthusiasm got her thrown off the Warner Brothers lot.
Not one to give up easily, she later donned a black mask and appeared on THE JOAN RIVERS SHOW where she unashamedly bid for the part on national television. The role of Catwoman, however, went to the beautiful Michele Pfeiffer.
Actress Halle Berry assumed the role of the feisty feline in the theatrical release Catwoman (2004). And in the movie The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Anne Hathaway assumed the role of the feline criminal.