February is Black History Month, a time to celebrate the legends of Black history. Here we honor the late great Eartha Kitt’s incomparable portrayal of Batman villain Catwoman!
Based on DC Comics’ iconic superhero, 1966 television series ‘Batman’ brought The Caped Crusader, The Boy Wonder, and their extensive gallery of colorful villains to ABC’s lineup. Starring Adam West as Batman with Burt Ward co-starring as Robin, Eartha Kitt assumed the role of Catwoman in the third and final season of the show’s 120 episode run.
Created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger in the 1940s, Kitt’s live-action version of the sexy comic book villain was less campy and more threatening than its previous Julie Newmar and Lee Mariwether portrayals.
Catwoman was already influential. Adding the costume to Kitt’s curves, coupled with her Tony-nominated Broadway experience, took the villainess further than Kane, Finger, and ABC television could have imagined.
Kitt’s version of the cat suit remains a popular wardrobe choice of women today. Her performance also inspired Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman in director Tim Burton’s 1992 film ‘Batman Returns’ and Halle Berry’s star turn as the lead character in 2004’s ‘Catwoman’. |
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