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Who Was the Sexiest Catwoman in Film & Television?

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Avid comic collector & fan for nearly twenty years, Vic started collecting comics around eight years old. Comic investing since the 2000s.

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There's no doubt that Catwoman is one of the most popular DC characters and Batman villains to ever hit the pages of comic book history. There's also no doubt that she is one of the sexiest as well, so sexy that Batman has a hard time not falling for her sexy charms.

Now, with the new Batman: The Dark Knight Rises coming to theaters soon and it's been known for quite some time that Anne Hathaway will play Catwoman in the film, it can be said that she has a lot to live up in terms of the other wonderful and sexy ladies who've donned that catsuit and played the character.

This hub is a look back on all the past ladies who've stepped into the Catwoman role on both television and in the movies. It's also my tribute to them.

Which one was, indeed, the sexiest in terms of costume outfit, capturing the character's alluring seductive qualities, and whom just looked the damn best in that get up?

Since we've yet to have a glimpse of Anne Hathway in action as the sultry Catwoman, she won't be on this list.

So here they are - The wonderful ladies who've brought the Catwoman character to life! Be sure to cast your vote on who you think the sexiest Catwoman is at the poll after looking at the exquisitely beautiful candidates.

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The Original Catwoman Julie Newmar

Hey, I was too young to see the Batman television series when it first aired in 1966 to March 14, 1968, but there was a heck of a lot of reruns when I was a little pepper, and I was sure to catch every episode.

What would a Catwoman list be without the original Catwoman - Julie Newmar! Yes, she is the first actress to ever don the famous catsuit, and played the role for the 1st two seasons of the famous Batman television series. No matter what era, that outfit is just sexy and very few wear it better than Julie Newmar.

Newmar actually designed and constructed the outfit herself. The costume was made of black Lurex fabric. One of the three Catwoman costumes tailored for Julie Newmar is part of the collection of the Smithsonian Institution.

I'm pretty sure it's safe to say that a lot of guys of all ages were..uh hum...smitten by Julie Newmar and her portrayal of one of comics most alluring female characters! To me, Julie Newmar as Catwoman has to be one of the most absolute sexiest versions ever portrayed on film. There would only be two ladies to play the role of the 1966 Catwoman.

However, even though Julie Newmar was amazingly sexy as Catwoman, was she the sexiest? I don't know. She's got a lot of tough competition here as you'll find out below.

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Lee Meriwether

The second beauty to don the Catwoman outfit on screen was Lee Meriwether. When producers of the Batman television show realized that Julie Newmar would be unable to return to the role due to other commitments, they cast Lee Meriwether, to take up the mantle.

As I said earlier that not too many can look good in Julie Newmar's Catwoman costume, Lee Meriwether was one of those few. Would you expect the Miss America winner not to?

However, her only performance as Catwoman was in the 1966 Batman and Robin tie-in movie to the television series. Meriwether is the second actress to play the 1966 Catwoman before the end of that year. She never did play Catwoman in the T.V. series, but she did a spectacular job for the movie.

There's no doubt that Meriwether added to the character a more seductive attitude and sexier voice. Many fans believe that Meriwether was definitely more sexy than Julie Newmar as Catwoman, but I think that's quite debatable.

I do have to say that her portrayal of Catwoman was a bit more villainous and sultry than Newmar's performance. The sexiest Catwoman, however? I don't know about that. We shall see! There's still a lot more lovely vixens who've stepped into the character's heels.

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Eartha Kitt

Halle Berry wasn't the first woman with African American ancestry to play the villainous feline. Although she is not a 1966 Catwoman, Eartha Kitt was the third to ever step into the role on the third season of the Batman T.V. series in 1967.

Extremely sultry, Kitt brought a sensual moxie to the role, taking Catwoman even further as a feline femme fatale. What I remember that was memorable to her portrayal was how she used speech to provide an extremely sexy approach to the character. She prolonged the rolling "r" in words as well prolonged the "s". This was a great effect.

I don't think anyone ever noticed her speech had great pacing and timing in the role. This added even more sensuality and sexiness to the role. Eartha Kitt definitely wore the costume purr-fectly, but there were so many other quirks that made her performance timelessly sexy.

Many fans argue that Eartha Kitt is the best Catwoman out of Julie Newmar and Lee Meriwether, because she seemed to put more effort into the role. Maybe she is the best or maybe she isn't. All I know is that she was a damn sexy Catwoman!

However, there's still two more to go!

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Michelle Pfeiffer As Catwoman!

In the sequel to Tim Burton's 1989 Batman movie Batman Returns, the character hits the silver screen for the very first time in a big budget movie with Michelle Pfeiffer as the Catwoman. I remember most comic fan boys getting all excited and panting that Michelle was going to play this character.

I have to admit that the version of Catwoman that was written for her is probably the one that strays quite a bit from the comic. The Batman Returns Catwoman was more of a psycho, and the character in the comic is just a sexy and sultry jewelry thief. Sexy and sultry psycho? Sexy and sultry thief?

Even her costume is some sort of stitched up monstrosity. Yes, Michelle was sexy in it, but it's not one of my favorite costumes for the character.

Did she portray Catwoman as sultry, seductive and sexy. Yep, she absolutely did. You can tell she definitely pushed that line far more than the previous actresses to play the role, but that also had to do with the times. Things were a lot more censored back then.

Is Michelle the sexiest Catwoman?

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Halle Berry As Catwoman

Okay put aside the fact that this movie was terrible. The question is was Halle Berry a sexy Catwoman, and is she the sexiest?

The costume definitely went the rock n' roll and the "if you got it, flaunt it" motif. This leather pants has strategically placed rips to show just enough flesh, a leather bra, a cowl, and some leather gloves.

The more modern approach to the costume definitely screams sexy and Halle Berry wears to perfection. Going back to the character's roots of just being a cunning jewelry thief, Halle Berry definitely captures sultry and seductive in a non psychotic way.

She definitely let those hips sway a lot more in her performance, a long with more sensuous poses than in previous performances of the character. Is she the sexiest Catwoman, though?

With so many gorgeous actresses who've stepped into the role as Catwoman, it's definitely a tough decision. Nevertheless, only one can reign supreme in capturing the ultimate allure, sensuality, charm, attitude and sexiness that the character has had throughout so many years.

After The Dark Knight Rises movie comes out can we truly see if Anne Hathaway stacks up to these ladies as the ultimate "Bad Girl" that Batman, as well as us, just can't seem to get enough of.

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Comments

Dale Anderson from The High Seas on September 24, 2020:

Well crafted title indeed. You can't really scroll past a hub with such a provocative title and not stop to read. I must admit that I anticipated heated debates over individual opinions here.

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on December 17, 2019:

watch out, goons !

Gadfly from Olde London Towne on December 14, 2019:

Fighting fit and ready for action !

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on December 14, 2019:

DANGEROUS IN THE EXTREME !

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on December 11, 2019:

I sense a hint of the Dominatrix in the Catwoman character !

Gadfly from Olde London Towne on December 10, 2019:

Catwoman on the prowl !

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on December 09, 2019:

Be very afraid !

Gadfly from Olde London Towne on December 09, 2019:

Catwoman owns everything !

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on December 03, 2019:

Those portrayals of Catwoman were incredible to say the least.

Gadfly from Olde London Towne on November 29, 2019:

never underestimate the power of woman !

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on November 23, 2019:

Must be the year of the cat !

Gadfly from Olde London Towne on November 21, 2019:

They could take over the world if they were inclined !

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on November 19, 2019:

With Catwoman making her Debut in 1940 as Selina Kyle and at this juncture she has not been brought to justice I am inclined to believe Catwoman may be on the winning team !

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on November 14, 2019:

Deadlier than the mere male !

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on November 04, 2019:

THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES IS MORE DEDLY THAN THE MALE !

Gadfly from Olde London Towne on November 01, 2019:

ENTER HER LAIR

IF YOU DARE !

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on October 31, 2019:

Greetings my little Darklings.

Imagine all of them descending upon us, with fang and claw.

Sweet dreams.

Gadfly from Olde London Towne on October 05, 2019:

A story that needed to be told.

Gadfly from Olde London Towne on October 04, 2019:

Not in the sexual genre, more like exterminators of vermin !

Gadfly from Olde London Towne on October 02, 2019:

NEVER UNDERESTIMATE Grrrl POWER EITHER !

Gadfly from Olde London Towne on September 24, 2019:

Q. What do women want? A. Power over men !

kato the slave. on September 23, 2019:

NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF WOMAN !

Gadfly from Olde London Towne on September 21, 2019:

The female of the species is more deadly than the mere male !

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on September 19, 2019:

Lee Meriwether; from Miss America 1955 to Catwoman in a Batman movie and t.v. series.

Limpet. on September 13, 2019:

Julie Newmar in addition to being an actress famed for zany / crazy roles happened to be a singer, dancer, and shrewd business woman with the entrepreneurial flair. Catwoman was a great role play for Ms Newmar.

Gadfly from Olde London Towne on September 12, 2019:

"OUCH" !

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on September 12, 2019:

Correct spelling of the name; Eartha Kitt ! Fifty lashes for the limpet.

Limpet on September 12, 2019:

EARTHA KIT portrays the ultimate 'Femme Fatale' who lures her male victims to destruction.

Gadfly from Olde London Towne on September 11, 2019:

They prowl by stealth.

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on September 11, 2019:

Be very afraid !

Gadfly from Olde London Towne on September 10, 2019:

All of them ! They will go for the jugular vein. play with you then tear you to shreds.

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on September 06, 2019:

Just goes to prove that WOMAN is a force to be reckoned with !

Gadfly from Olde London Towne on September 06, 2019:

Would like to visualise Catwoman a crime fighter along side the likes of Wonder Woman and Bat Woman.

kato the slave. on August 29, 2019:

Femininity does exude 'feline' traits !

Gadfly from Olde London Towne on August 24, 2019:

Watch out creeps ! Cat woman on the prowl.

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on April 16, 2019:

The essence of her character is of a 'feline' nature and on the prowl constantly, a certain feminine trait if i may say so !

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on February 27, 2019:

EARTHA KITT.

trusouldj on January 08, 2014:

The catwoman movie was only bad for me, because halle didn't portray Selina Kyle. But if she had ... and had worn either the Julie Newmar, Michelle or hathaway costume while doing it ... oh me oh my ...

Vic (author) on April 08, 2013:

Heya mts1098...yeah, this poll was created before pictures of Anne Hathaway in the Catwoman suit were even released and way before Dark Knight Rises hit theaters. I figured Hathaway would be voted the sexiest to date. Her role is the best interpretation of the character in modern comics in film to date, but I still have to go with the original Julie Newmar. Thanks for chiming in and the vote up...always appreciated!

Vic (author) on April 08, 2013:

Heya mts1098...yeah, this poll was created before pictures of Anne Hathaway in the Catwoman suit were even released and way before Dark Knight Rises hit theaters. I figured Hathaway would be voted the sexiest to date. Her role is the best interpretation of the character in modern comics in film to date, but I still have to go with the original Julie Newmar. Thanks for chiming in and the vote up...always appreciated!

mts1098 on April 06, 2013:

from this list I have to go with Lee Meriwether because I still remember the original Batman movie with Lee as Catwoman...I did see The Dark Knight Rises and would pick Anne Hathaway as the sexiest...cheers...voted up and awesome

Vic (author) on April 16, 2012:

It is great that Julie Newmar is still recognized as one of the sexiest Catwomen in film and TV. Glad I could Steve and thanks for stopping by again!

Steve Lensman from Manchester, England on April 14, 2012:

Ooh Julie Newmar still has plenty of fans, that's nice.

Your hub reminds me that there was a Catwoman film starring Halle Berry, I forgot all about it. So there are 4 women playing Catwoman in the movies. I will amend my hub. Cheers.

Vic (author) on April 14, 2012:

Julie Newmar catching up to Michelle Pfeiffer in this poll...thank god!

Be sure to cast your vote on who you think the sexiest Catwoman was!

Vic (author) on February 04, 2012:

Cammiebar, I couldn't have said it any better concerning Eartha Kitt. She really did capture more feline qualities. Thanks for voting and your comments are always appreciated :-)

Vic (author) on February 04, 2012:

Thanks for voting and commenting Steve...always good to hear your opinion. I enjoyed looking for the youtube clips of the various Catwoman. Brought back a lot of memories and the television series made me chuckle. Thanks for the vote up as well.

Vic (author) on February 03, 2012:

WayneDave, Lee Meriwether was undeniably a sexy Catwoman...she among one of my favorites. Great choice and thanks for casting your vote! Yep, it is quite a hard choice concerning all the lovely ladies who has played the character over the years.

Vic (author) on February 03, 2012:

So whom did you vote for SPomposello?

gabrielthomas72, I agree about Halle Berry, but Halle Berry was sexier to me than Michelle's version. I still voted for the original Catwoman - Julie Newmar. I love that classic beauty look she has.

Cammiebar from Upstate New York on February 03, 2012:

Eartha Kitt simply brought in the primal nature of cats. They purr when they get what they want, but as soon as they are displeased, they hiss at anything. She also was set on decadence, which is how I view cats--spoiled and decadent.

I can't wait for your next hub!

Vic (author) on February 03, 2012:

Heya Cammiebar, thanks for voting, and thank you for bringing up Eartha Kitt. I think the actresses who would later play Catwoman based a lot of the character off Eartha Kitt's portrayal.

Steve Lensman from Manchester, England on February 03, 2012:

I voted for Pfeiffer, I really enjoyed her Catwoman in Batman Returns, sexy and mad. :)

When I was younger it had to be Julie Newmar, a great body and very pretty too.

Another enjoyable hub rabbit75 and the video clips were great too, cheers.

Voted Up and Awesome.

WayneDave from Leeds, England on February 03, 2012:

I went for Meriwether, but it was a tough call. Nice work!

gabrielthomas72 from Shrewsbury, England on February 03, 2012:

Michelle Pfiffer hands down. Her portail of Catwoman was fantastic!

As for Hally Berry, deinitely a beautiful woman, but an unfortunate role to pick in a terrible film.

SPomposello from NY on February 02, 2012:

Ummm.... definitely not Halle Berry's costume.

Cammiebar from Upstate New York on February 02, 2012:

I had to vote Michelle Pfeiffer for sexist. Her psychotic behavior just broke down a seductive barrier that was put in place by sanity. But Eartha Kitt is a very close second and has always been a close second for me. Interesting hub!

Vic (author) on February 02, 2012:

Thanks Rahul...glad you enjoyed it...as for Anne Hathaway being the sexiest Catwoman...we'll have to see when the movie comes out. Thanks for voting!

Jessee R from Gurgaon, India on February 02, 2012:

nice hub!

i believe Anna Hathaway will be the sexiest catwoman, but from the past Mitchell Pfeiffer would have to be the sexiest. :-)

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