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Who Was the Sexiest Catwoman Ever?

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An avid comic collector and fan for nearly 20 years, Vic started collecting comics around eight years old. Comic investing since the 2000s.

Who Was the Sexiest Catwoman of All Time?

There's no doubt that Catwoman is one of the most popular DC characters and Batman villains ever in comic book history. There's also no doubt that she is one of the sexiest, so sexy that even Batman has a hard time not falling for her charms.

Now, with new Batman movies coming out every few years, each actress has a lot to live up to in terms of the other extraordinary and sexy ladies who've donned that catsuit and played the character.

This article will take a look back on all the past ladies who've stepped into the Catwoman role on both television and in the movies. It's also my tribute to them.

We'll talk about the sexiest in terms of costume outfit, capturing the character's alluring seductive qualities, and who looked the best in that get-up.

These wonderful ladies brought the Catwoman character to life! Be sure to cast your vote on who you think the sexiest Catwoman is at the poll after looking at the exquisitely beautiful candidates.

The Original Catwoman Julie Newmar

I was too young to see the Batman television series when it first aired in 1966 to March 14, 1968, but there were a lot of reruns, and I was sure to catch every episode.

What would a Catwoman list be without the original Catwoman Julie Newmar? Yes, she is the first actress ever to don the famous catsuit, but no matter what era, that outfit is just sexy, and very few wear it better than Julie Newmar.

Newmar actually designed and constructed the outfit herself. The costume was made of black Lurex fabric.

It's safe to say that guys of all ages were smitten by Julie Newmar and her portrayal of one of comics' most fascinating female characters! To me, Julie Newmar as Catwoman has to be one of the absolute sexiest versions ever portrayed on film.

However, even though Julie Newmar was amazingly sexy as Catwoman, was she the sexiest? I don't know. She's got a lot of tough competition here, as you'll find out below.

Lee Meriwether

The second beauty to don the Catwoman outfit on-screen was Lee Meriwether. When the Batman television show producers realized that Julie Newmar would be unable to return to the role due to other commitments, they cast Lee Meriwether to take up the mantle.

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As I said earlier that not too many can look good in Julie Newmar's Catwoman costume, but Lee Meriwether was one of those few. Would you expect the Miss America winner not to?

However, her only performance as Catwoman was in the 1966 Batman and Robin tie-in movie to the television series. She never did play Catwoman in the T.V. series, but she did a spectacular job for the movie.

There's no doubt that Meriwether added a more seductive attitude and sexier voice to the character. Many fans believe that Meriwether was definitely sexier than Julie Newmar as Catwoman, but I think that's entirely debatable.

I do have to say that her portrayal of Catwoman was a bit more villainous and sultry than Newmar's performance. The sexiest Catwoman, however? I don't know about that.

Eartha Kitt

Halle Berry wasn't the first woman with African American ancestry to play the villainous feline. Eartha Kitt was the third to ever step into the role on the third season of the Batman television series in 1967.

Extremely sultry, Kitt brought sensual moxie to the role, taking Catwoman even further as a feline femme fatale. The most memorable aspect of her portrayal was how she used speech to provide an incredibly sexy approach to the character. She prolonged the rolling "r" in words and prolonged the "s." This was a great effect.

I don't think anyone ever noticed her speech had great pacing and timing in the role. This added even more sensuality and sexiness to the role. Eartha Kitt definitely wore the costume purr-fectly, but there were so many other quirks that made her performance timelessly sexy.

Many fans argue that Eartha Kitt is the best Catwoman out of Julie Newmar and Lee Meriwether because she seemed to put more effort into the role. Maybe she is the best, or perhaps she isn't. All I know is that she was a damn sexy Catwoman!

However, there are still more to go!

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Michelle Pfeiffer

In the sequel to Tim Burton's 1989 Batman movie Batman Returns, the character hits the silver screen for the very first time in a big-budget movie with Michelle Pfeiffer as the Catwoman. I remember most comic fanboys getting all excited and panting that Michelle would play this character.

I have to admit that the version of Catwoman that was written for her is probably the one that strays quite a bit from the comic. The Batman Returns Catwoman was more of a psycho, and the character in the comic is just a sexy and sultry jewelry thief. Sexy and sultry psycho or sexy and sultry thief?

Even her costume is some sort of stitched-up monstrosity. Yes, Michelle was sexy in it, but it's not one of my favorite costumes.

Did she portray Catwoman as sultry, seductive, and sexy? Yep, she absolutely did. You can tell she definitely pushed that line far more than the previous actresses to play the role, but that also had to do with the times. Things were a lot more censored back then.

Is Michelle the sexiest Catwoman?

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Halle Berry

Okay, put aside the fact that this movie was terrible. The question is, was Halle Berry a sexy Catwoman, and is she the sexiest?

The costume definitely went the rock n' roll and the "if you got it, flaunt it" motif. These leather pants have strategically placed rips to show just enough flesh, a leather bra, a cowl, and some leather gloves.

The more modern approach to the costume definitely screams sexy, and Halle Berry wears it to perfection. Going back to the character's roots of just being a cunning jewelry thief, Halle Berry definitely captures sultry and seductive in a nonpsychotic way.

She definitely let those hips sway a lot more in her performance, along with more sensuous poses than in previous performances of the character. Is she the sexiest Catwoman, though?

Anne Hathaway

When Anne Hathaway starred as Catwoman in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises, it was no secret that she had big shoes to fill after Michelle Pieffer's take in the role. However, the reviews for Hathaway were fantastic, and she looked even better while doing it.

After completing a heist, the iconic "oops" then dropping out of the window will send goosebumps down your arms. Unlike other Catwomen, Hathaway's portrayal had a more "good girl" attitude than others. She wasn't outwardly psychotic or sensual, but she still managed to push the message that she was a sexy villain.

In a review, the Post’s Ann Hornaday says, “Hathaway is the sensational secret weapon of this production, a tart, leggy operator who can turn on a dime from damsel-in-distress to canny kitten-with-a-whip.”

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Zoë Kravitz

Admittedly, I have not seen Matt Reeves's The Batman movie that just recently came out in 2022.

However, there have been good reviews about Zoë Kravitz's rendition of Catwoman in this film. Despite other opinion pieces on this subject, Julie has beaten out Anne Hathaway and even Michelle Pfeiffer, who is often toted as the best Catwoman in cinema. However, this is a vote on the sexiest Catwoman in cinema to date, and "sexy" encompasses a lot more than just looks.

Also, keep in mind that many have yet to see The Batman since it was recently released in theaters. Does Zoë as Catwoman dethrone Julie Newmar? Let's see!

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With so many gorgeous actresses who've stepped into the role of Catwoman, it's definitely a tough decision. Nevertheless, only one can reign supreme in capturing the ultimate allure, sensuality, charm, attitude, and sexiness that the character has had throughout so many years.

Who do you think is the best? Cast your vote down below!

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Comments

Dale Anderson from The High Seas on September 24, 2020:

Well crafted title indeed. You can't really scroll past a hub with such a provocative title and not stop to read. I must admit that I anticipated heated debates over individual opinions here.

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on December 17, 2019:

watch out, goons !

Gadfly from Olde London Towne on December 14, 2019:

Fighting fit and ready for action !

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on December 14, 2019:

DANGEROUS IN THE EXTREME !

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on December 11, 2019:

I sense a hint of the Dominatrix in the Catwoman character !

Gadfly from Olde London Towne on December 10, 2019:

Catwoman on the prowl !

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on December 09, 2019:

Be very afraid !

Gadfly from Olde London Towne on December 09, 2019:

Catwoman owns everything !

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on December 03, 2019:

Those portrayals of Catwoman were incredible to say the least.

Gadfly from Olde London Towne on November 29, 2019:

never underestimate the power of woman !

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on November 23, 2019:

Must be the year of the cat !

Gadfly from Olde London Towne on November 21, 2019:

They could take over the world if they were inclined !

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on November 19, 2019:

With Catwoman making her Debut in 1940 as Selina Kyle and at this juncture she has not been brought to justice I am inclined to believe Catwoman may be on the winning team !

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on November 14, 2019:

Deadlier than the mere male !

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on November 04, 2019:

THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES IS MORE DEDLY THAN THE MALE !

Gadfly from Olde London Towne on November 01, 2019:

ENTER HER LAIR

IF YOU DARE !

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on October 31, 2019:

Greetings my little Darklings.

Imagine all of them descending upon us, with fang and claw.

Sweet dreams.

Gadfly from Olde London Towne on October 05, 2019:

A story that needed to be told.

Gadfly from Olde London Towne on October 04, 2019:

Not in the sexual genre, more like exterminators of vermin !

Gadfly from Olde London Towne on October 02, 2019:

NEVER UNDERESTIMATE Grrrl POWER EITHER !

Gadfly from Olde London Towne on September 24, 2019:

Q. What do women want? A. Power over men !

kato the slave. on September 23, 2019:

NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF WOMAN !

Gadfly from Olde London Towne on September 21, 2019:

The female of the species is more deadly than the mere male !

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on September 19, 2019:

Lee Meriwether; from Miss America 1955 to Catwoman in a Batman movie and t.v. series.

Limpet. on September 13, 2019:

Julie Newmar in addition to being an actress famed for zany / crazy roles happened to be a singer, dancer, and shrewd business woman with the entrepreneurial flair. Catwoman was a great role play for Ms Newmar.

Gadfly from Olde London Towne on September 12, 2019:

"OUCH" !

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on September 12, 2019:

Correct spelling of the name; Eartha Kitt ! Fifty lashes for the limpet.

Limpet on September 12, 2019:

EARTHA KIT portrays the ultimate 'Femme Fatale' who lures her male victims to destruction.

Gadfly from Olde London Towne on September 11, 2019:

They prowl by stealth.

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on September 11, 2019:

Be very afraid !

Gadfly from Olde London Towne on September 10, 2019:

All of them ! They will go for the jugular vein. play with you then tear you to shreds.

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on September 06, 2019:

Just goes to prove that WOMAN is a force to be reckoned with !

Gadfly from Olde London Towne on September 06, 2019:

Would like to visualise Catwoman a crime fighter along side the likes of Wonder Woman and Bat Woman.

kato the slave. on August 29, 2019:

Femininity does exude 'feline' traits !

Gadfly from Olde London Towne on August 24, 2019:

Watch out creeps ! Cat woman on the prowl.

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on April 16, 2019:

The essence of her character is of a 'feline' nature and on the prowl constantly, a certain feminine trait if i may say so !

Ian Stuart Robertson from London England on February 27, 2019:

EARTHA KITT.

trusouldj on January 08, 2014:

The catwoman movie was only bad for me, because halle didn't portray Selina Kyle. But if she had ... and had worn either the Julie Newmar, Michelle or hathaway costume while doing it ... oh me oh my ...

Vic (author) on April 08, 2013:

Heya mts1098...yeah, this poll was created before pictures of Anne Hathaway in the Catwoman suit were even released and way before Dark Knight Rises hit theaters. I figured Hathaway would be voted the sexiest to date. Her role is the best interpretation of the character in modern comics in film to date, but I still have to go with the original Julie Newmar. Thanks for chiming in and the vote up...always appreciated!

Vic (author) on April 08, 2013:

Heya mts1098...yeah, this poll was created before pictures of Anne Hathaway in the Catwoman suit were even released and way before Dark Knight Rises hit theaters. I figured Hathaway would be voted the sexiest to date. Her role is the best interpretation of the character in modern comics in film to date, but I still have to go with the original Julie Newmar. Thanks for chiming in and the vote up...always appreciated!

mts1098 on April 06, 2013:

from this list I have to go with Lee Meriwether because I still remember the original Batman movie with Lee as Catwoman...I did see The Dark Knight Rises and would pick Anne Hathaway as the sexiest...cheers...voted up and awesome

Vic (author) on April 16, 2012:

It is great that Julie Newmar is still recognized as one of the sexiest Catwomen in film and TV. Glad I could Steve and thanks for stopping by again!

Steve Lensman from Manchester, England on April 14, 2012:

Ooh Julie Newmar still has plenty of fans, that's nice.

Your hub reminds me that there was a Catwoman film starring Halle Berry, I forgot all about it. So there are 4 women playing Catwoman in the movies. I will amend my hub. Cheers.

Vic (author) on April 14, 2012:

Julie Newmar catching up to Michelle Pfeiffer in this poll...thank god!

Be sure to cast your vote on who you think the sexiest Catwoman was!