The Many Lives of Catwoman Moments, Week Six: Secretaries, Sidekicks, and Schemes

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In advance of my new book The Many Lives of Catwoman: The Felonious History of a Feline Fatale officially coming out on July 1 (and already available now at several stores and online retailers!), I’ve been posting key moments from Catwoman’s unique history on Tumblr. It’s a random assortment of comic book panels and film stills, some fun and silly, some important and significant, and many that are both. Each offers a sneak peek at all of the different, intriguing incarnations of Catwoman that the book covers. And this week, with the book’s release date so near, we moved from daily posts to two a day, doubling our Catwoman fun!

Last week, the ten moments we looked at included:

And finally, my favourite Catwoman moment of the week as shown above, is Michelle Pfeiffer as Selina Kyle in Batman Returns. Her Catwoman was phenomenal, of course, but a big part of what made that villainous turn so good was how well Pfeiffer played Selina as a mousey wallflower as the film began. In just a few short scenes, Pfeiffer captured the secretary’s lonely, downtrodden nature perfectly, added just enough hints of charm to make her later transition into Catwoman a believable change. It was a brand new take on Selina Kyle, and one that could have come off clichéd or tacky in the wrong hands, but Pfeiffer made it work spectacularly, grounding her in a string of sorrows while adding a bit of camp to fit the odd tone of the Burton films. Everyone remembers her fantastic take on Catwoman, but her Selina Kyle was marvelous as well.

You can check out all of the Catwoman moments here, and follow along for more Catwoman fun! Two a day posts will continue for the next few weeks, so be sure to check that out. And you can order the book now as well to learn all about this fascinating feline fatale!

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2 Responses to “The Many Lives of Catwoman Moments, Week Six: Secretaries, Sidekicks, and Schemes”

  1. Darci Says:

    Because it’s so problematic, the story in The Brave and the Bold #131 has been relegated to Earth-32. I wonder if artist Jim Aparo chose that costume because that’s what Catwoman wore in Wonder Woman #201?
    Thanks!

    • Tim Hanley Says:

      Yeah, Catwoman wore that outfit a few times in the early 1970s, but by 1976 she’d returned to her classic purple gown from the 1950s in a handful of Batman comics. The entire issue seems to be an editorial mess, from getting her name wrong to using the wrong costume, not to mention the total mischaracterization!

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