Michelle Pfeiffer's career has been a long and storied one, full of everything from camp to Oscar-winning films. But if there's one film that seems to indelibly mark her in the pop culture mind of America and the world, it's her turn as Catwoman in Tim Burton's Batman Returns.
Speaking with Variety, Pfieffer credits Tim Burton with the success of the film. “It was all Tim Burton,” she says. “He was able to bring this heart and darkness and humor to it.” But there's something about her portrayal of Catwoman that feels unique to Pfeiffer only and, while Anne Hathaway's turn as Catwoman was certainly commendable, Pfieffer set the gold standard for the character.
When asked if she'd be interested in taking a turn in the catsuit again, she says she'd love to; however, there's one thing she regrets: putting a live bird in her mouth. “I can’t believe I did that,” Pfieffer says “I could have gotten a disease."
We are living in a CGI world now, so it's safe to say any live animal tricks of that nature could be re-created in a sanitary way, and she's gearing up to play Janet Van Dyne in Peyton Reed's Ant-Man and the Wasp, which puts her back in the comic book movie realm — so who knows? — it's possible the stars might align sometime in the future.
Even if they don't, we're glad to see her back in action, and we'll always have Batman Returns.