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Top Five Catwoman Costumes

Top Five Week is still going on (check here to see an archive of all the top five lists featured so far)! Here are the top five costumes for Catwoman (suggestion courtesy of Mer)!! Enjoy!

HONORABLE MENTION

This Batman Animated Series version really isn’t different from her late 80s/early 90s costume. Barely enough to even count it differently – which is why it’s only an honorable mention, as I’m not even sure if it really COUNTS as a different costume.

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This green catsuit barely looks feline at all.

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5. The original

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I probably should have the silly green catsuit over this one, as at least that one sort of seemed like a costume.

I mean, a SKIRT?

That is so bizarre. Even more bizarre that it was still used in the 1980s!!

4. The Balent costume

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I am not a fan of purple period for Catwoman, but I would prefer one solid color either way…

3. The post Balent/pre-Brubaker costume

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That is why I like the ALL purple version slightly better.

2. Year One/Mini-Series costume

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Going to an all grey costume was a great idea.

It was a much stronger look than all of Selina’s colorful costumes, and I really don’t get the idea of how they went FROM this look TO the purple one.

1. Current costume

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Darwyn Cooke is awesome.

What a cool looking design. There’s basically nothing to improve here.

That’s my list! Agree? Disagree? Let me know!!

28 Comments

Man the relatively brief window when that book was not unreadable was awesome.

The goggles! They do nothing!

(Sorry, but that’s my one complaint about the current Catwoman costume.)

Totally agree with your picks. The current costume is by far the most practical one for a thief. The goggles? I think they’re eye protection at the least. Plus they’re probably also night vision lenses when they need to be, like Bats. And wrapping the whip around her waist is a great idea.

Tom Fitzpatrick

October 27, 2007 at 6:05 am

What?!? No mention of the movie costume(s)worn by Michelle Pfeffer and Halle Berry (meow!)? ;-)

I’m surprised the Julie Newmar/Lee Meriwether/Eartha Kitt costume didn’t at least warrant an honorable mention.

Much as it pains me to say something decent about Balent, I would swap 3 and 4. I like the hair out, no tail better. And #2, though it looks more cat-like for sure…also looks sillier. I would’ve stuck the movie and TV versions in there for sure.

I think the purple costume in the comics was an outgrowth of the purple catsuit on the 60’s show.

Ian:
“I’m surprised the Julie Newmar/Lee Meriwether/Eartha Kitt costume didn’t at least warrant an honorable mention.”

The green catsuit was based on the tv costume. One of the few times when a live-action superhero outfit actually looked *better* than the drawn version!

I’d probably put the Cooke jumpsuit at #1 as well. I do like this outfit she wore briefly in the ’70s, though:

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Odd that you’d use a Cooke picture for that costume and not one from Jim Lee who designed it.

Odd that you’d use a Cooke picture for that costume and not one from Jim Lee who designed it.

Given the choice between Lee and Cooke, I don’t think it’s much of a choice at all.

Ian: “Odd that you’d use a Cooke picture for that costume and not one from Jim Lee who designed it.”

Brian: “Given the choice between Lee and Cooke, I don’t think it’s much of a choice at all.”

Plus there’s the fact that Jim Lee didn’t design it. I was Cooke, from ideas by Brubaker & his wife. Quoted from an interview with Brubaker that I found online:

“QUESTION: What influenced the way you designed the new Catwoman costume?
ED BRUBAKER: Snoopy and Emma Peel, sort of.
For a few months after I knew I was taking over the book, and before I actually started work on it or met Darwyn, my wife, Melanie and I would bounce ideas back and forth about the redesign. The only idea I had at first was the aviation helmet with the googles, like Snoopy or Enemy Ace wore – I thought, let’s put her in something that a person could conceivably wear, something with a buckle under the chin. I figured, aviation helmet with ears on it – feels more modern, like something you could see on TV – like on Buffy or Angel – but I couldn’t figure out what else to do. Then one day while driving, Melanie suggested putting her in an Emma Peel cat-suit, and I said, “Catsuit? That thing is called a cat suit? Then we have to.”
When I met Darwyn and got him onboard, I told him this initial basic idea (which my editor had liked as well), and he ran with it, taking the rudimentaries and creating what I think is the coolest costume redesign I’ve ever seen. That whip as a belt is about the sexiest idea I’ve ever seen, and I love that 70s zipper ring, too.”
(from interview at http://www.geocities.com/selina_revamped/webpages/interview.html)

I even remember seeing an interview with Lee where he talked about adjusting to the new costume that had recently been established in Catwoman’s own book. Where on earth did you get the impression that Lee designed it?

Yeah, I thought it was common knowledge that Cooke designed the costume. It really is the best one she’s ever had.

I agree that the Cooke suit is the best. But I’d have to put the Michelle Pfieffer costume a close 2nd. Before that movie, I didn’t have a leather fetish…

Yeah, I thought it was common knowledge that Cooke designed the costume. It really is the best one she’s ever had.

As did I, but I figured Ian might have had some better info.

Either way, when it comes to choosing an example of the cover, I’d go Cooke over Lee any day.

As a point of trivia, the animated Catwoman suit was also worn by Cat*man* in one of the Batman Adventures titles.

Catman is portrayed with his “ineffectual loser” characterization, and the unmodified (other than being sized to fit him) suit is funny. That costume isn’t overtly “feminine” at first glance, but looks pretty damn goofy on a male figure.

That ’70s outfit seems to have stuck around for a pretty long time, and turns up in a lot of licensed material. It’s an odd costume, which like the green one, doesn’t do much to suggest “cats.”

The original “purple dress” outfit makes sense for a Golden Age villainess. I don’t think she got very “physical” back in those days, so putting a premium on looking feminine made sense by the standards of the times….

How can anyone say Lee designed the current costume? There’s no visible thong! Duh!!

Actually, Lee mentioned in interviews for “Hush” that he actually hated the current Catwoman costume and found it incredibly hard to draw (I’m guessing because it lacked a thong), so I doubt he designed the thing.

Sorry Brian, but I think you kinda blew it.

#3 and #4 are basically the same costume with minor “hair vs. tail” alterations.

And the Julie Newmar costume is costume is considered a Classic in many circles.

Hell, even the Hally Berry costume can be considered sexy if worn by the right person.

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And finally,

I would go as far as to say that the second version of the Animated Catwoman costume (and even the one currently seen in the CW’s “The Batman”) are an improvement over the original gray.

Those two purple period costumes ARE the same – she just cut her hair.

The goggles! They do nothing!

(Sorry, but that’s my one complaint about the current Catwoman costume.)

The goggles are Waynetech. They do have features built in, such as night vision, distance focusers, and the stuff that you’d expect to find in goggles developed for standard black ops military applications.
Somebody hasn’t read all their Darwyn Cooke now, eh?

Darwyn Cooke rocks.

I wonder if they’ll make Catwoman toys based on the cooke brubaker run. I’m probably dreaming.

Slam Bradley toy Ahoy!
Having them based on the Stewart run would be pretty awesome too.

The Hush Catwoman toy was pretty good, but her arm broke because her proportions were too thin.

Some people didn’t think the cook brubaker redesign was sexy enough. They’ve been blinded by softcore porn comics and Greg Horn covers.

you also forgot to mention the new adventures of superman batman redesign.

The Blue tint on her skin was a nice touch.

What´s cool about the current costume is that she doesnt look like a BDSM practice.

By the way, where´s Jim Balent? – i had a love/hate relationship with his art over the years…

By the way, where´s Jim Balent? – i had a love/hate relationship with his art over the years…

He’s been doing his creator-owned work, Tarot, for many years.

Tarot is basically a two-man operation, between Balent and his wife. And it has a very dedicated following.

Dang, when I saw the title of this post I was hopping that it would be a Halloween themed post with a bunch of women dressed up as Catwoman!

I have to say, I’d probably reverse the order of the numbered list, but that’s because I freaking love the imperious impracticality of the skirt and cape. And in general I prefer when her long hair shows. Plus, well, that was the Catwoman I grew up with.

The Michelle Pfeiffer costume gets no love? Really, now? Like the Penguin in Batman Returns, the movie Catwoman didn’t have much to do with her comics counterpart, but it was a nice costume.

The only think I don’t like about Cooke’s redesign are the boots: clunky Doc Martens don’t say “catlike” to me.

I was looking up costumes for comic-con when I stumbled upon this entry. (The Psylocke one first.)

The grey costume under Honorable Mention was my favorite until I saw her the purple costume under #4. Although purple IS my #1 favorite color, the color alone was not what made me like the costume. Her overall appearance in that particular purple tights series was simply beautiful and sexy

#3 and #4 – I hated the tail and her face. Odd though that sometimes the tail is absent in both her purple costumes and sometimes the tail is present. The tail and the whiskers are just…stupid.

Another costume of hers I love is her Guardian of Gotham costume. Basically, it’s a revised version of #4’s costume. You may like that one too because the her outfit isn’t so plain and purple all over.

Btw, I liked Psylocke’s purple costume too. Lengthy reason for that one as well. Ha. Long story short… Sexy characters in sexy outfits are appealing as long as the costumes are not ridiculous – for example, bulky costumes only characters like Magneto can fight in and obviously Catwoman and Psylocke can’t, and costumes like Vampirella’s – admittedly, it’s a sexy outfit, but the first thought that comes to mind is her titties flying out of her “sexy swimwear” – it needs a string underneath where her breasts lie to keep her outfit together in extreme physical circumstances.

Snoopy goggles on Catwoman? No wonder it looks absurd.

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