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In The Dark Knight, Anne Hathaway's Selina Kyle is imagined as more cat burglar than an actual cat, but the look does include a few feline touches — her night vision goggles look like cat ears when resting on top of her head. ''We were only referencing earlier suits as much as they were skintight, and they were more athletic than sexual,'' costume designer Lindy Hemming told Time magazine. ''I think that's the most important thing, that it should never look like a sex garment.''
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''The first day I saw the costume, I said, 'You don't expect me to wear this, do you?''' Halle Berry told People of the revealing costume she wore in 2004's much-ridiculed Catwoman. ''It's basically slashed-up leather pants and a very bare top.'' Berry's rock-hard abs couldn't carry the movie, which received negative reviews from critics and audiences alike, but the actress gamely showed up to accept the prize for worst actress at the 2005 Razzie Awards.
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Michelle Pfeiffer had us at ''Meow'' when she shimmied into a latex S&M suit with stitching detail for her turn as the iconic character in 1992's Batman Returns. ''I have to be frivolous and off-the-cuff and over-the-top, and it isn't my nature to be any of those things,'' the actress told People of assuming Catwoman's identity.
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In 1966, former Miss America Lee Meriwether sparkled as Catwoman — and her alter ego Miss Kitka — in the first theatrical release of the Batman franchise.
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Eartha Kitt took the role to new heights when she stepped in to replace Julie Newmar for the third and final season of Batman. Though the costume remained largely unchanged, Kitt, who was celebrated for her cat-like eyes, certainly did justice to the iconic eye mask and the sex kitten persona.
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The first actress to bring Catwoman to life, Julie Newmar, blazed a trail — and became a pop culture icon — with her portrayal of the catty Selina Kyle in the 1960s small-screen series Batman. ''Catwoman was a perfect fit for my personality,'' Newmar told Entertainment Weekly in 1992. And the catsuit, which she made herself, was the perfect fit for her hourglass figure.