The iconic character of Julie Newmar as Catwoman is still alive
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The iconic character of Julie Newmar as Catwoman is still alive

Los Angeles : CA : USA | Jul 27, 2012 at 9:16 PM PDT
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Favorite Female Characters Of The Week (Catwoman/Selina Kyle) (Contains Spoilers)

No matter how many Catwomen come and go, be it Anne Hahtaway, Halle Berry or any other actress, one thing is for sure; after all these years, most Batman fans are still unable to take the image of Julie Newmar’s Catwoman character off their minds.

With Julie Newmar playing the first Catwoman ever in the 1960’s television series, Batman, it comes as no surprise that the earlier actresses donning the similar character are being compared with the original Catwoman. Newmar played Selena Kyle aka Catwoman as Batman’s on again and off again love interest in the TV adaptation of the comic book series and with her pnce perfect hour glass figure she has urged fans to send her mails even after 50 years. Newmar confesses that most of the emails are from guys who say “You made me realize I was a boy”.

Newmar hit the road to success with her iconic debut character, which she later on complemented with films like “The Marriage Go Round” and “Li’l Abner”. Newmar, who is 5’11 and had the perfect figure to allure men belonging to any age, was a natural choice for the creators of the first Batman adaptation.

The now 78 year old actress recalled in a 2002 interview that she was about to hang up on the call that offered her the role had she not followed her brother’s advice, reports Inquisitor. “Actually…when the call came, I said, ‘Batman? What’s that?’ But my brother John leaped off the couch and said, ‘Do it!’”

After that there was no questioning about the big hit that she made and now years later, the same role has allowed actress Anne Hathaway to receive similar applause for portraying the character so well. One fan, Kelsea Stahler, writer for Hollywood.com believes that while Newmar’s role was extraordinary, Hathaway relates better to the modern day women.

“Hathaway’s Kyle is no picnic. And she’s certainly no role model. She is, however, a woman that most contemporary audiences can truly relate to and understand. On one hand, she spends her time using men as playthings in her scheme to better her life. But on the other, she sees her role as almost modern day, feminist Robin Hood,” Stahler writes.

It is said that Hathaway took her character in the third and final part of the Batman, “The Dark Knight Rises”, very seriously and even refused to slip into the Catwoman’s dress until she had explored all aspects of her new role.

Wendy Zachary is based in Texas, Texas, United States of America, and is a Reporter for Allvoices.
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