The first time we saw a live-action Catwoman, it was Julie Newmar
and she made an impression that solidified the comics character's
stature forever as the woman in Batman's life, the enemy who
won his heart. The Dark Knight Rises paid its homage, of a
sort, in mimicking her look. It's a shame they didn't take
"For me, the initial attraction was
the sheer fun that she had being bad. She was who she was, she
wanted what she wanted, and she was going after it.
She obviously reveled in the power she had from her own sensuality. And
there is just nothing sexier than that confidence: you know who you
are, you like who you are, so you be that 100%. Women who are like
that are just incredible to be around. They are more alive, and that
intensity of life and passion is just contagious. You want some, so
you want them.
It's woman and cat: this is me, and Iím not toning it down for
anybody. You canít handle it, you better go someplace else and find
what you can handle." ~Chris Dee
Whenever the Batman '66 Facebook page shares a picture of her, it
immediately scores more likes than any other villain, or any other
actress's Catwoman. When the new Batman '66 comic puts her on
the cover, it sells more. Time and again, the truth makes
itself apparent, no matter how DC Comics tries to deny it:
Catwoman is the favorite (and Julie is the favorite among
The first two-part episode hits the cat theme
over the mutual attraction: Catwoman (the name Selina Kyle was never
the series) steals a pair of gold cat statues, and the cliffhanger
forces Batman to choose between "the lady or the tiger" (although,
alas, the Dark Knight is no great thinker in this series and there
is no logic in his choice, no attempt to solve the riddle.)
The two cat statues create a treasure map which lead
Catwoman and the Dynamic Duo to a cave where, too greedy to let go
of her plunder, Catwoman apparently falls to her death.
The only real allusion to the attraction between man and woman is
after her fall when Batman wipes a tear.
Fear not, Bruce/Selina fans, things get better.
Tune in next time, Same Bat/Cat Time, Same Bat/Cat Channel.