The very first Catwoman appeared as Selina Kyle in a Batman #1 comic in 1940 where she was known as "The Cat."
She thrived for many years but due to the violations of female characters code of comics (yet another censorship group in the "free" USA) she took a hiatus until 1966 when the Batman TV series began.
There were three Catwomen to arise from the series;
Eartha, of course, was my favorite with her Purrrrrrrfectly gravely
voice and tough demeanor.
There was so much controversy ( shock! ) over the casting of a black actress to play the part that she became an overnight sensation.
Unfortunately, she made the mistake of hissing at Lyndon B. Johnson's running of the Vietnam war and her career dried up like kitty litter.
In the movies, there were also three;
Michelle Pfeiffer in Batman Returns
Halle Berry in Catwoman
Anne Hathaway in The Dark Knight Rises
If you have not seen "Batman; the Dark Knight Rises" you are missing out on a great movie.
Catwoman in Dark Knight is played by Anne Hathaway, who was the main character in one of my favorite movies "The Devil Wears Prada" where she plays a young woman looking for her big ticket in the fashion industry.
Anne is fantastic in Dark Knight. She is sleek, cunning, sexy and plays a bad girl/good girl role to the "T"
Now for the Dolls!!
Hot Toys of Hong Kong has finally revealed and set their release date for the 1/6th scale poseable figure Catwoman from the movie.
To my utter delight ( OK, I jumped up and down for 15 minutes! )
Sideshow Toys and Collectibles released Catwoman for pre-order this past Friday, and here she is!
Hot Toys really outdid themselves.
I snagged her up so fast my keyboard was scorched!
She is due for a March 2013 delivery. Of course this is my birthday month and thus my birthday present.
You can pick her up ( not literally...well...yah literally at some point I guess ) at www.sideshowtoy.com
There have been a myriad of Catwoman dolls over the years. Some good, some blah and some right down creepy!
One of my favorites is the Cy Girl Catwoman Comics version;
Her headsculpt, while not even close to the Dark Knight sculpt, is pretty amazing for an action figure/doll.
Her outfit and boots are killer!
There are also the Tonner and Barbie lines;
I am off to start my own OOAK Catwoman, hopefully it won't be a CAT-tastrophe!