Hard to believe its been 20 years since Michelle Pfeiffer put on tight black vinyl to play Catwoman in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns. It’s even more hard to believe that she wasn’t actually the first choice for the role. Annette Bening was originally cast as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, but she had to bow out when she became suddenly pregnant before shooting began.
But this year, Anne Hathaway takes up the role in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, so does that preclude the possibility that Pfeiffer might never don Catwoman’s heels and whip ever again. Well, interestingly, for the 54-year-old actress all anyone has to do is ask.
“Probably, if they asked me,” Pfeiffer told E! UK at the Los Angeles Film Festival premiere of her new film People Like Us. However she adds, “It’s unlikely that they’re going to ask me.”
Pfeiffer was once upon a time supposed to make a Catwoman spin-off movie with Burton, but it languished in development hell for eons, and we all know what happened next.
There will be one condition though if Pfeiffer were to return, a costume that’s a little less, shall we say, “vacuum packed.”
“It was probably really unhealthy and it would literally just start to squeeze my skin,” Pfeiffer recalls. “I was only allowed to wear it for so many hours.”
It’s an intriguing idea, even if there’s extreme doubt that such an event would ever come about.