Batman Returns: Michelle Pfeiffer Made A Crucial Change To The Catwoman Costume
Batman Returns officially turns twenty-five years old today, with many regarding the Tim Burton-directed film to be one of the most iconic live-action outputs about to the caped crusader.
Much of that is thanks to Michelle Pfeiffer, who captivated audiences in her portrayal of Selina Kyle/Catwoman. Pfeiffer's portrayal - and the costume she wore during it - have grown to be beloved by fans in the years since.
But as the actress recently revealed, the Catwoman suit presented a fair amount of challenges during filming. While speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Pfeiffer revealed all of the ways that the suit was unpleasant to don - starting with the process of stepping into it.
"It was the most uncomfortable costume I've ever been in." Pfeiffer revealed. "They had to powder me down, help me inside and then vacuum-pack the suit. They'd paint it with a silicon-based finish to give it its trademark shine."
According to Pfeiffer, wearing the suit posed another noteworthy problem - one that led to a significant change to the suit itself.
"Originally, they didn't leave me a way to use the restroom in the suit." Pfeiffer explained. "So that also had to be remedied as well."
But apparently, the uncomfortable features of the suit didn't stop there.
"I had those claws, and I was always catching them in things. The face mask was smashing my face and choking me. We had a lot of bugs to work out."
Despite the wardrobe issues, the actress was honored to step into the role of the popular DC Comics character in Batman Returns, replacing the initially-cast Annette Bening.
"As a young girl, I was completely obsessed with Catwoman." Pfeiffer revealed. "When I heard that Tim was making the film and Catwoman had already been cast, I was devastated. At the time, it was Annette Bening. Then she became pregnant. The rest is history. I remember telling Tim halfway through the script that I'd do the film, that's how excited I was."
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