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.
We have to wait a little longer to see Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises, and NerdBastards’ Matthew Jackson is dealing with the wait by filling his head with as many other Batman tales as possible. In the six weeks leading up to the flick’s release, he’ll be revisiting all six Batman franchise films so far (yes, even the crap ones) and writing retrospective essays on what worked, what didn’t, and what each film means to the franchise at large.
After my essay on Batman last week, a reader theorized that the biggest problem with the Tim Burton-era Batman films is in fact Tim Burton. After all, he’s been rather publicly dismissive of comic books overall, and he’s always more interested in the visual aspect of his films than the characters that populate them. While it might be the most powerfully distilled version of a Tim Burton superhero movie, and that may be a big problem for some viewers, Batman Returns is a fascinating, darkly gorgeous entry in the franchise with far fewer and (mostly) shallower flaws than its predecessor.
My lesbo-senses are tingling…Michelle Pfeiffer speaks!
While some of you may be wondering what the hell I’m talking about, let’s just clarify that I have a hard core girly crush on Michelle Pfeiffer, she had me at “Meooow” Anyways back to the news at hand, Michelle Pfeiffer, while being interviewed by Empire Magazine, discussed highlights from her role as Tim Burton’s iconic Catwoman.
I was halfway through the script when I said yes. Someone else was cast in the part and I remember being absolutely devastated and calling my agent and saying, ‘How have I not had a meeting about this? Why have I not heard about it?’ It was one of those things where Tim had someone in mind and went directly to them. So I was really bummed, but it was okay. When she [Annette Bening] fell out of it I was just leaving the country and got a call to say Tim wanted to meet me. So I went and he gave me the script and I got halfway through and said yes. But you know, honestly, I would have done it anyway, even without reading the script. But I was very happy that she was actually very well written.”
Now of course being the Queen of All Pussycat’s, Michelle Pfeiffer has claim to express her opinions on Christopher Nolan’s rendition of the character. She had this to say about Anne Hathaway’s rendition of Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises:
“Oh, I think she’s great. I’m actually very much looking forward to seeing her in the role. I’m a big fan of hers and I think she has everything you need for that role. She has the humour, she can go to dark places, she’s obviously very talented. I think she’s going to be really good.”
Sooo for all those like me who were thinking it,would she have played Catwoman for Christopher Nolan if given the chance? She said, “Oh sure. I definitely would have done it.” Catwoman is a dark and sensual character, and so far it seems that Anne Hathaway is getting thumbs up all around for her upcoming role. If you can’t tell I’m excited you are sillier than coconut milk trying to be orange juice. The Dark Knight Rises is set to release July 20th, 2012.
Comic book movies require a suspension of disbelief to really work well. And in some of the great ones, you’re so sucked in that you don’t notice little problems here and there. But in the not-so-great ones, there are often moments of cataclysmic failure; either special effects that are more like special defects or gigantic plot holes, or worse, an apparent lack of familiarity with the character. These will take you right out of the movie and most likely will piss you off to the point that you rant and rave to your friends for months on end about how damn stupid the scenes are.
Here are a few moments of fail from superhero movies. Pop that blood-pressure medication now; you will need it later. (more…)