Michelle Pfeiffer Is 'Sad' She Only Played Catwoman Once: 'I Was Just Getting Comfortable'
Michelle Pfeiffer reflects on Batman Returns and Catwoman while promoting her new fragrance on the TODAY show
The actress, 60, posted a few Instagram videos flaunting the unforgettable prop, which made its big screen debut in 1992’s Batman Returns. And Pfeiffer looked more than comfortable channeling her former character, cleverly captioning one video, “Just like riding a bike.”
Pfeiffer was asked about the Instagram posts — and whether she’d ever slip on a catsuit again — during an appearance on Monday’s TODAY show.
“Oh, gosh. I mean, that would be incredible,” Pfeiffer told TODAY anchor Hoda Kotb. “I was sad when that ended.”
“I was just getting comfortable with everything that I had to deal with and beginning to have some fun with it and then it was over,” she continued.
The look, which featured head-to-toe black leather, a matching face mask and bright red lipstick, was a major fashion statement — it also made Pfeiffer’s perfectly sculpted figure pretty hard to ignore. She’s since been considered a classic Hollywood beauty, even gracing the cover of PEOPLE’s first-ever Most Beautiful issue. But Pfeiffer previously revealed that it wasn’t until long after retiring the catsuit that she started implementing an anti-aging routine and focusing on her overall health.
“I smoked cigarettes, ate whatever I wanted and used bar soap on my face. People were horrified,” she told PEOPLE in 1999. Now all she cares about “is that I’m able to age gracefully and that I don’t ever look like a wax figure of myself.”
However, it wasn’t Pfeiffer’s costume that solidified her Catwoman character as one of the best villains in the history of the Batman franchise; it was her ability to bring complexity to the sexually charged role. The portrayal earned critical acclaim at the time.
Batman Returns scored Oscar nominations for achievement in visual effects and makeup, and grossed more than $160 million in North America. Despite the film’s success, Pfeiffer stepped away from Hollywood shortly after its release. In 2017, the actress told Interview that she spent the break raising her two children, Claudia, 26, and John, 24.
“I’ve never lost my love for acting,” Pfeiffer said. “I’m a more balanced person, honestly, when I’m working. But I was pretty careful about where I shot, how long I was away, whether or not it worked out with the kids’ schedule. And I got so picky that I was unhireable. And then . . . I don’t know, time just went on . . . I disappeared, yeah.”
Pfeiffer burst back onto the Hollywood scene in 2017 with an ambitious undertaking of three films: mother!, Murder on the Orient Express and Where Is Kyra? And the next few months are shaping up to be busy as well. Pfeiffer will reprise her Ant-Man and the Wasp character Janet Van Dyne in this summer’s Avengers: Endgame. She’s also set to appear in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil out later this year.