From the creators of DC Comics comes another complicated female comic book character who is both sexy and violent in nature. Although she switches back and forth between good and evil based on her mood and what seems fun to her in the moment, Catwoman has grown to become a sex symbol in the comic book universe, in television appearances, and in big budget films.
In her debut in the first Batman comics in the 1940’s, Catwoman graced the pages of the comic book with an outfit that was revealing and confusing for a character that channeled the essence of a cat.
Her appearance showed she had a strong body with black knee-high boots under a purple floor length gown/cape/jacket that had two high slits to emphasize her powerful leg muscles. The dress moves up into a long sleeved silhouette that displays much of her chest with a deep plunging neckline. Her dress has an attached hood with two pointed cat ears, yet her blue flowing hair can be visibly seen jutting out through the hood. She wears a black mask that covers the top half of her face and she has a long green cape clasped around her throat that flows down to the ground.
Although this is the extravagant outfit comic book designers were looking for to entice buyers in the early stages of comic book history, her cat-like image is only emphasized in her hood.
In 1966 Catwoman evolved into Julie Newmar’s Catwoman in the television series, Batman. In her role, Newmar wore a skin tight sparkly black jumpsuit with long black gloves, tall black boots, a thick gold belt and a gold chain necklace with a small cat-ear headband and no mask. Here, Catwoman transformed from muscular foe to sexy vixen.
With this sexy change, several actresses took over the role of Catwoman with similar ensembles. Lee Meriwether wore the same outfit, but added a thick black mask in the 1966 movie adaptation of Catwoman.
When Newmar left Batman after the first season, she was replaced with Eartha Kitt who wore the same costume as Meriwether.
After almost thirty years, Catwoman emerged again in the 1992 film Batman Returns with Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman. Her ensemble was less sexy and more psychotic. She wore black leather with white stiches running throughout the outfit as if she were Frankenstein’s monster coming alive again.
In the early 2000, Halle Berry took a stab at the role of Catwoman donning the sexiest Catwoman costume, but also the most confusing one. She wore black leather pants that attached to a black leather bra by two criss-crossing belts across her abdomen. Even though it was a sex symbol statement, the costume did not seem very practicle for fighting or much of anything a cat would wear at all unless they were a dominatrix.
Even with this blunder, Catwoman returned to film again in the Dark Knight Rises with Anne Hathaway playing the feline role. Her all black ensemble looked battle ready as if it were skin-tight body armor protecting her from those who opposed her.
For Catwoman’s final evolution, she turned into a street cat played by Camren Bicondova in the new series, Gotham. She wears black army boots, ripped black skinny-legged pants with black fish net stockings undereneath, a black biker jacket with cut out black gloves, and a grey hoodie sitting underneath the jacket with goggles on top covering her short, manic curly hair.
Catwoman is always changing with the times whether she is the premier superhero, a sex symbol, a psychotic feline, or a street thug. Even with all her changing looks, she is still an iconic comic book phenomenon.