The Tim Burton/Michelle Pfeiffer Catwoman spinoff that almost was

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Dec 17, 2012

It's hard to think happy thoughts about the phrase "Catwoman movie" after the 2004 bomb that was hard for even its star to love, but it wasn't always that way. In fact, the much more fondly remembered Catwoman Michelle Pfeiffer claims Tim Burton was so up on the character after Batman Returns that he almost put together a spinoff.

Pfeiffer still remembers her time in the catsuit fondly, so much so that she says she'd even suit up again if Christopher Nolan asked her to (not that she wants to step on Anne Hathaway's toes). But she almost didn't get the part at all. Burton's original choice for Selina Kyle in Batman Returns was Annette Bening, but when she left the production Pfeiffer jumped at the chance to snag the role for herself.

"I was halfway through the script when I said yes," Pfeiffer said. "Someone else was cast in the part and I remember being absolutely devastated and calling my agent and saying, 'How have I not had a meeting about this? Why have I not heard about it?' It was one of those things where Tim had someone in mind and went directly to them. So I was really bummed, but it was okay. When she [Annette Bening] fell out of it I was just leaving the country and got a call to say Tim wanted to meet me. So I went and he gave me the script and I got halfway through and said yes. But you know, honestly, I would have done it anyway, even without reading the script. But I was very happy that she was actually very well written."

Burton left the Bat-franchise after Returns, but according to Pfeiffer he was at least briefly into the idea of taking Catwoman on a solo outing.

"For a while, like a brief time, Tim was interested in maybe doing a Catwoman movie, but that didn't really last very long," she said.

So Michelle Pfeiffer's Catwoman and Tim Burton's directing style together again, minus Batman. What do you think? Flawed idea or greatest comic book movie that never was?

(via Comic Book Movie)

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