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Catwoman is the tertiary antagonist in the 1960s Batman TV series and the quaternary antagonist of the 1966 film.

Catwoman was played by Julie Newmar in the show's first and second seasons and by the late Eartha Kitt in the third and final season (who would later voice Yzma from The Emperor's New Groove). Lee Meriwether portrayed Catwoman in the 1966 film (which played in theatres in between Seasons One and Two) due to Newmar being unavailable at the time to play the role.

Catwoman (1966 Batman)

This version of the character was given neither a background nor an alter ego, but focused instead on her costumed aspects. The costume created for the series was similar to the green catsuit appearing in the comics at the time, though it was constructed by Newmar from black Lurex fabric. One of these costumes tailored for Newmar is part of the collection of the Smithsonian Institution.

Notes

  • This is one of the most evil adaptions of Catwoman in film or television and one of the only ones never portrayed as an anti-hero or neutral character.
  • This is also one of the few adaptions in which she is a full on villain, as opposed to a simple thief.
  • Julie Newmar made a return as Catwoman in the 2016 animated film Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, this time as the changing antagonist being the tritagonist.
  • It is possible that The catwoman in the third season played by Eartha Kitt is not the same catwoman from the previous two seasons due to unlike the catwoman from the first two seasons this catwoman has a different skin colour and has no romantic interest in batman.

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