Through the beauty of YouTube, you can also see how the character has evolved through time. From Julie Newmar's original television portrayal to whatever that was Halle Berry was doing in the 2004 film. With Anne Hathaway stepping into the catsuit this Friday as the mysterious Selina Kyle, I am seriously excited to see where this character is going.
I know it can't be worse than the last time she was on film.
Julie Newmar (1966-1967): As the first woman to step into the role, she set the tone for the sultry character opposite Adam West on the television show, Batman. Newmar brought the sex appeal, but she didn't skimp on the powerful aspects of Selina Kyle.
Eartha Kitt (1967-1968): Although she was only in five episodes of the television show, taking over where Newmar left off, Kitt's is probably the most memorable television portrayal. She kept some of the sultry, but her Catwoman was the ultimate bad girl. Just watch her totally diss Batgirl in this video.
Lee Meriwether (1966): She only appeared as Catwoman in a Batman film, but Meriwether brought an intelligence to the character that hadn't been seen before. Meriwether's feline villain wasn't afraid to show the men that she was the smartest in the room.
Michelle Pfeiffer (1992): Her Catwoman was the ultimate feminist with a witty personality and a violent temperament. Unlike those who donned the costume before her, Pfeiffer had the opportunity to show the character's transformation into Catwoman, which gave some welcome perspective to the femme feline.
Halle Berry (2004): I will give her props for trying, but a mediocre script and poor character development doomed this version of Catwoman to a shamed existence. Berry even received a Razzie, which celebrates the worst in film, for worst actress for this role.
Who's your favorite Catwoman? How do you think Anne Hathaway's portrayal will stack up against the competition?
Brianti Downing is the Editor-in-Chief of Feather Magazine and the Blog Editor for Ruffled Feathers. You can read her personal blog and follow her on Twitter.