Batman Returns' Michelle Pfeiffer Would Play Catwoman Again

Catwoman in Batman Returns

Michelle Pfeiffer wouldn't mind donning the catsuit again to reprise her film role as Catwoman.

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The actress, who will co-star as Janet Van Dyne in Marvel's Ant-Man and The Wasp, recently revealed she'd love to reprise her role as Selina Kyle from 1992's Batman Returns. However, she has no desire to revisit one memorable scene, created in an era before CGI, in which she placed a live bird in her mouth.

Michelle Pfeiffer in Batman Returns

"I can't believe I did that," Pfeiffer told Variety. "I could have gotten a disease."

The three-time Academy Award nominee also expressed how pleased she is that Batman Returns is widely considered one of the best films in the franchise. "It was all Tim Burton, she said. "He was able to bring this heart and darkness and humor to it."

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Following the success of Batman Returns, Pfeiffer was intended to reprise her role as Selina in a Catwoman spinoff, with Burton attached to direct. However, the film labored in development hell, no doubt complicated by the release of the more family-friendly Batman Forever and then by the franchise-derailing Batman and Robin. The Catwoman that ultimately arrived in 2004, with Halle Berry in the starring role, bore little resemblance to the earlier planned spinoff or, indeed, to the character played by Pfeiffer in Batman Returns.

Pfeiffer will next be seen in Murder on the Orient Express, which opens Nov. 10. Marvel's Ant-Man and the Wasp arrives July 6, 2018.

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