Michelle Pfeiffer claims she would play Catwoman again in a “heartbeat,” if given the chance. Pfeiffer made the role of Selina Kyle/Catwoman her own in Tim Burton’s 1992 blockbuster ‘Batman Returns.’
Halle Berry and Anne Hathaway have both brought the character to life in following live-action films, but Pfeiffer’s performance is widely regarding as the most iconic take on Catwoman on the big screen.
The character still holds a special place in the actress’ heart, and when asked in a recent interview if she would have reprised the role for a solo movie, there is no hesitation. Pfeiffer said:
“Are you kidding me? In a heartbeat. I loved that part. I felt like I was just getting comfortable and getting used to the claws and the mask, just figuring out how to move in all of that. There was a little bit of talk about that, then that kind of faded away.”
While ‘Batman Returns’ now resounds with fans, the dark tone of the film was met with backlash upon release. Warner Bros. decided to make ‘Batman Forever’ more family friendly as a result, but they felt a solo adventure with Catwoman might be worth pursuing. Both Pfeiffer and Burton were interested, and a script was developed where Selina, who suffers amnesia following the events of the first film, ends up in a Vegas-style city run by male superheroes. She has to save the day when a threat emerges the other heroes can’t handle.
This fairly dark script arrived around the same time ‘Forever’ hit big, which seemingly proved audiences wanted something lighter and more family friendly. Burton and Pfeiffer lost interest, and the project lingered in purgatory for years until it emerged as the infamous 2004 ‘Catwoman’ movie starring Halle Berry. There was talk of Pfeiffer making a cameo in ‘Batman Unchained,’ Joel Schumacher’s planned fifth movie. Catwoman would appear in a hallucination sequence alongside other iconic villains like Jack Nicholson’s Joker and Danny DeVito’s Penguin. Warner Bros. ultimately decided to cancel this sequel following the reaction to ‘Batman & Robin.’
It’s a shame this solo movie never came to be, but perhaps it was simply before its time. Today, with the market inundated with spin-off movies, the sequel may have had a better shot!