“I am Catwoman. Here me roar.” Michelle Pfeiffer not only carried her own in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns against Michael Keaton and Christopher Walken, she was the scene-stealer! While not too many liked the 1992 version, due to its overly dark nature, it certainly had an exciting villain/love interest for Batman. Pfeiffer goes from being an under-appreciated secretary named Selina Kyle to one street-smart cat! She first appeared in Batman #1 in 1940 (pictured, left) as The Cat. Selina was originally a burglar and jewel thief who carried a whip, but her past has varied in different versions of Batman. In the 1950s, it is also learned that she’s a former flight attendant with amnesia from a plane crash she doesn’t remember. In 1986 her history was rewritten by Frank Miller to be a prostitute who learns to defend herself against her pimp to get away from him. She begins to steal in a catsuit that she had from her former pimp, and one day when she sees Batman in action, she decides to pursue the same kind of life. Selina was raised by an alcoholic father who drank himself to death, and an unstable mother who killed herself. Her and her sister, Maggie, end up in an orphanage and Selina goes to juvenile hall. Can’t imagine why she turned out so confused… Maggie is adopted right away, but Selina continuously gets in and out of trouble, eventually escaping the orphanage after blackmailing one of the administrators. (Which is why she ends up on the streets and enters a life of crime and prostitution.) While she and Batman annoy one another in costume, as Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle they have an on-again, off-again romance… She even saves him from getting killed by another bad-girl, Poison Ivy! Their feelings must be strong, because they eventually conceive a daughter in secret! Selina and Bruce have a child named Helena, which is the impetus for Kyle to stop her costumed antics for a bit. In Batman Returns, Catwoman doesn’t have a child, but she’s certainly got one feisty personality! After being killed my her evil boss, local cats bring Selina Kyle back to life by licking her wounds (don’t ask). A mousy secretary (pictured, above right) in brown suits and glasses is transformed into a sexy, wild-haired blonde. Tim Burton movies always have a particular wacky, yet fashionable style to them, and this version of Batman is no different. Selina’s catsuit is skin-tight black leather and with her bright red lips, she looks like the last woman to mess with! While her alter-ego’s costume is amazing, her everyday pieces make a big leap from her boring brown suits and round spectacles to dark and sexy! She’s got two great long coats (pictured, above left), lots of sleek skirts and one gorgeous sparkly, black gown (pictured, above left). The film’s costume designers were the Oscar-nominated Bob Ringwood and Mary E. Vogt. Even though the film was made in 1992, most of Selina’s pieces could still be worn today, even if some of them have an “end of the 80s” flair. While Michelle was certainly our favorite character of the early Batman series, we cannot wait to see what Anne Hathaway will do in the final film of Christopher Nolan’s trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises… We have a feeling a new feline will be giving Michelle some competition next year!
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Sunday is the last day of Comic-Con and the day we present our favorite antiheroine, Catwoman! Michelle Pfeiffer was just divine as Selina Kyle in Tim Burton’s dark version of her story, Batman Returns. Here, she is wearing a gorgeous backless black sparkly gown at a masquerade ball when she and Bruce Wayne figure out that while they have great chemistry as everyday citizens, their alter-egos are enemies. While the sleeves are a little loose and quite reminiscent of the late 1980s and early 1990s, it’s still beautiful and she looks fabulous with her blonde curls swept up and bright red lipstick on! Too bad she didn’t stick around for the other sequels…
“It’s a bird! It’s a plane!” No, it’s Lois Lane. She’s the only girl we’ve featured this week that doesn’t have some enormous secret identity, costume or superhuman strength, but she’s one of the most recognizable comic book characters of all-time. Lois Joanne Lane is the love of Superman’s life. She was created in 1938 in Action Comics #1 by Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Lois was based on a model named Joanne Carter (just like her middle namesake) who would later marry Siegel! Carter went on to work as a ship builder during World War II and unfortunately died earlier this year, but that is one romantic tribute! It’s no surprise Lois Lane is such a strong-willed lady, considering she’s based a real-life wonder woman! Lois was born to Sam and Ellen Lane who were originally farmers from Pittsdale, and in later comics were depicted as a military couple who taught Lois hand-to-hand combat. They also have another daughter named Lucy Lane. Lois works as a reporter at Metropolis’s Daily Planet, just like Superman’s alter-ego, Clark Kent. She is tough, intelligent, hard-working, and the top reporter in town! Although, for being an extremely bright writer, she’s a poor speller and… well, she hasn’t noticed that the love of her life also works with her everyday, despite a pair of glasses. After Clark admits who he truly is, he proposes and he and Lois are married, although she keeps her maiden name. (Can’t imagine why this was my ideal when I wanted to grow up and become a writer… a well-dressed, dark-haired feminist whose sister has the same initials as she, and dates the strongest and best-looking man on Earth! Gee, I wonder why I wanted to be her…) Onscreen, Lane has been portrayed by a bevy of different ladies, including Margot Kidder and Teri Hatcher, but her best clothes were in the 2006 Bryan Singer version Superman Returns. Played by Kate Bosworth (who probably wasn’t the best choice – she looks far more comfortable surfing the shores of Hawaii…), but still had a fantastic look. Costumed by Louise Mingenbach, who has alsoworked on the X-Men films, The Hangover and The Usual Suspects, she did a gorgeous job of maintaining the classic look of 1930s and 1940s Metropolis without looking too costumed. Mingenbach stated that she wanted to incorporate the prime decades that Lois Lane was around for. Her go-to items in this version are strings of white pearls, sophisticated leather handbags, a camel-haired trenchcoat, tailored skirted suits, black stiletto pumps, high-waisted pinstripe pants and the most stunning silk blouses. Our favorite item is the beautiful gown Lois gets to wear during the story arch (pictured, above left), which was today’s “Look-of-the-Day.” Bosworth got poor reviews for her performance as the most famous fictional reporter in modern history, but at least she got to dress well while doing so. The new reboot is set to premiere in 2013 with British hunk Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel with the perky Amy Adams playing another girl with an alliteration for initials – Lois Lane! Let’s hope she gets a wardrobe as accurate and fabulous as Mingenbach’s terrific job on this 2006 film! Lois Lane is one of the most popular pop culture characters of all-time and definitely our favorite human comic book girl! We can’t wait to see her reappearance in two years on the silver screen!
We’ve named some well-dressed ladies of the comic underworld this week, but none have donned a dress more glamorous than this! Here is Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane in 2006′s Superman Returns. On the night she’s supposed to win her Pulitzer Prize for her article “Why the World Doesn’t Need Superman,” Lois puts on this gorgeous black silk gown to collect the award – but of course, irony strikes and her article’s truthfulness is destroyed when Clark Kent has to come save his favorite girl while she’s in this get-up! Costume designer Louise Mingenbach described this look as “pure Art Deco 30s.” The intricate beading and a touch of burnt orange in the surprise under layer of this gown is just stunning. Lois doesn’t make it to the Award Show, but at least she looks good in her pursuit of another story! Classic Miss Lane!
Considering Wonder Woman has always fought crime in her sexy high-heeled boots, it’s no surprise the shoe we picked for Comic-Con would be inspired by her! These cream and red crime-fighting stilettos are part of Jerome C. Rousseau’s Spring 2011 Collection. He has been featured in Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, and is quite the up and coming designer! We have no idea if Wonder Woman was the inspiration for these adorable shoes, but they certainly look like a modern version of pump Lynda Carter would be wearing today!
Wonder Woman is probably the world’s most popular female superhero, and honestly why wouldn’t she be? She’s sexy, strong, smart, patriotic, and well-dressed – the epitome of the modern feminist. Wonder Woman was first featured in All Star Comics #8 in December of 1941 – the same month as the Pearl Harbor attacks! It’s so surreal Wonder Woman has been around that long. She is a princess of the Amazons and is known as Diana of Themyscira, aka Diana Prince when she moves to the United States. Wonder Woman was created by William Moulton Marston, a psychologist famous for inventing the polygraph. He wanted to create a superhero that fought with love instead of fists. When he presented the idea to his wife, Elizabeth, she said “Fine. But make her a woman.” Marston wrote in 1943: “Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength, and power. Not wanting to be girls, they don’t want to be tender, submissive, peace-loving as good women are. Women’s strong qualities have become despised because of their weakness. The obvious remedy is to create a feminine character with all the strength of Superman plus all the allure of a good and beautiful woman.” Originally, Diana fought the Nazis and other Axis powers after saving an American intelligence officer that crashed on her Amazonian island. Wonder Woman has superhuman strength, agility, and speed. She is quite adept at fighting in hand-to-hand combat and military tactics. Her most famous onscreen portrayal is the television series starring Lynda Carter that aired from 1975 to 1979. In the series, Carter looked like the perfect embodiment of a strong and saucy brunette. Wonder Woman enlists in the United States Navy under the name “Diana Prince,” as a First Class Petty Officer. While Carter looks strong and powerful as her natural self, her human alter-ego looks much softer – even in her Naval uniform (pictured, above right). Diana’s round-rimmed glasses give her a much less-threatening appearance (even geeky in some shots), but when she’s in costume, there’s no messing with this woman! As Diana, she wears many soft-looking fashion items, such as the pink frock featured on today’s “Look-of-the-Day.” When out of either uniform, Diana wears her go-to spectacles, floral prints, vests and other trendy 70s items, in a conservative sense… Hell! She’s even wearing stockings and a kimono in her one-piece bathing suit! But when Diana is in Wonder Woman gear, she’s an entirely different person. She has an extremely patriotic red, white and blue strapless leotard to show off her beautiful Amazonian physique. Like any well-equipped soldier (or sailor, in this case), every accessory of Wonder Woman’s outfit can be used for other purposes: her tiara acts as a projectile, her gold cuffs with red stars are indestructible, and her Lasso of Truth forces people to be honest when tangled in it. And her knee-high red and white boots? Well those are just for looking good! (Although, she’s probably be wearing something similar to this “Wednesday’s Shoe” in the age of the stiletto…) We don’t particularly like the look of the new Wonder Woman pilot that’s yet to be picked up with Adrianne Palicki (her outfit just looks too cheap, and she doesn’t look comfortable in the role), but we certainly loved Lynda Carter in the role! (Maybe because our editors were raised by another strong, dark brunette named Linda who also juggled everything going on in her world…) Well, Wonder Woman is everything our editors admire in a person and she manages to do it with great style!
Finding a superhero for “Pink Wednesday” wasn’t an easy task, but finding this adorable outfit of Wonder Woman’s alter-ego, Diana Prince, was just perfect! Here, Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman, is tied up for some reason or another on the 1970s TV series. The very sexy brunette usually looks a little dorky in her human form with huge-rimmed glasses, but here she looks quite cute! Carter is wearing a soft pink and white loose-fitting 1970s mini-dress with bell sleeves. Even though she looks like a damsel in distress, we know she doesn’t need a man to get herself out of this mess!
“She’s pretty as a daisy but look out man she’s crazy, She’ll really do you in, Now if you let her under your skin, Poison Ivyyy…” Apparently female scientists become mad much faster than their male counterparts in comic books, because it seems a lot of them don’t lead peaceful lives (refer to yesterday’s featured Comic-Con character Dr. Jean Grey). Poison Ivy started out her life as Pamela Lillian Isley. She first appeared in Batman #181 in 1966 (pictured, left). Pamela was an orphaned botanist from Seattle seduced by a thief who steals an ancient Egyptian artifact full of herbs. Fearing she will tell, he tries to poison her with the deadly plants, but instead she builds immunity to all natural disease and toxins. Her early biography is changed later in the Batman comics to being seduced by a professor while she’s studying advanced biochemistry. In an experiment, the professor injects her with poison on several occasions, which almost kills her, but she’s driven insane by the tests. This makes her have violent mood swings and she drops out of college (bad move). Leaving Seattle, she goes to Gotham City to basically become an eco-terrorist. Poison Ivy interests include protecting the environment, growing plants in unexpected places and bothering Batman. In some issues, she actually has a romantic relationship with Batman – but beware! Her kiss can literally kill people! (Hmm… sounds like someone had a bad breakup with their hippie girlfriend in college when this was written!) Even though she’s generally evil, growing lovely green plants do help beautify the bad parts of Gotham and taking in 16 orphaned children to raise, due to her own tragic childhood, are some of the complex, compassionate characteristics of this villainess. On screen, she is portrayed in a far more evil light (ironic, considering the live-action film is more cartoonish than the cartoon…) Played by Uma Thurman in the 1997 box-office bomb, Batman and Robin, she is definitely the most interesting part of the movie. Also poisoned by an evil professor in the beginning of the film, Pamela Isley turns from a frumpy tree-hugger into a gorgeous chlorophyll-ed sexpot. She is generally dressed in shades of emerald, lime, pine, fresh-cut grass, and of course, vines of ivy. Her vibrant red hair is always nicely-complemented by her affinity for the color green. Her sexy appearance is due to the fact that her image was based on Bettie Page. Casting Uma Thurman would have been an odd-choice, considering she was generally a blonde waif in the 1990s, but she actually does have a gorgeous hourglass figure, so it was a natural fit. Poison Ivy’s lethal combination of sex, evil and nature makes us think she was based on another garden girl… named Eve? Ah, maybe religious roots and deep-seated sexism is a little too serious for this fashion blog! But Ivy does have some kick-ass digs. Her green tights, capes, bodysuits, vibrant scarlet hair and floral accessories make Poison Ivy one of the best-dressed girls of Gotham! This botanic babe’s movie wardrobe is one of the closest transitions from graphic novel to film screen. Even though she isn’t the nicest person, her clothing, confidence and chlorophyll make her one of our favorite comic book antagonists!
As Comic-Con 2011 approaches this weekend, we’ve been celebrating the best-dressed comic book characters on screen, and here is our first villain! Uma Thurman plays an insane scientist (common theme the last two days…) turned Batman nemesis named Poison Ivy. Batman and Robin completely bombed at the box office and with critics, but at least Uma got to wear some fun costumes! Here is our favorite outfit of the movie – an ivy covered leotard with green stockings, matching emerald cape and sheer sleeves. Hey, if it’s an outfit that can turn Chris O’Donnell and George Clooney’s heads, then it has to be sexy!
This sexy scientist redefines the word mad! Dr. Jean Grey is a from X-Men mutant with telepathic and telekinetic powers. She first appeared as Marvel Girl in September 1963 in X-Men #1. Jean discovered her powers as a child when she watched a friend get hit by a car. After mentally linking with her friend, she was also nearly killed by being left comatose. Charles Xavier saves her by blocking her powers until she is old enough to handle them. She was originally the team’s only female member, and falls for her fellow team member, Scott Summers (Cyclops). Jean also has a secret romantic crush on Wolverine… which is explored quite in depth in the film versions when she’s played by the dark, Dutch beauty Famke Janssen. (Fun Fact: Jean Grey studied psychology at Metro College in the comic books, but completed her Masters Degree at Columbia University. Famke Janssen also went to Columbia, majoring in literature and writing after years of modeling!) Jean Grey goes from a quiet, loving and nurturing woman to a supernatural force! After being exposed to massive amounts of radiation, Jean calls out to the sum of all life in the universe – the Phoenix Force. It saves her life, but she is turned into the Phoenix – basically going back and forth of being a pod person and an extremely powerful, freaky mutant with unlimited potential. In the movies, her drama is dialed back a bit (well at least, no children or actual marriage to Cyclops… probably because her evil alter-ego kills him…) Well, even though Dr. Grey completely loses control of her mind, she does so looking damn good. In the first movie, she is very much the strong and serious scientist. She has beautiful, long, dark reddish-brown hair and wears conservative clothing (just like today’s “Look-of-the-Day“). Pencil skirts, heels, swept-back hair, and lab coats are her go-to staples. When addressing Congress in the beginning (above, left) Jean actually has a very strong Sarah Palin-vibe going on in her red power suit, dark locks and sexy librarian spectacles. The most daring outfit she dons in the 2000 action flick is her X-Men team suit – 100% black leather! In the second film, after Wolverine has entered her life and she’s gained some battle experience, she gets far more daring with her two favorite colors – black and red. Leather jackets, silky shirts, bold silver necklaces and a brand-new, fun-loving chopped haircut gives Jean a little more street cred. In her final film, Jean has nearly lost her body and mind to the Dark Phoenix, and she destroys just about everything she loves (if not fatally, than emotionally. Now that we think of it, she actually is a pretty horrible superhero…) In X-Men 3 she’s pretty much gone, and so is her style. Her hair is very long and vibrant red (like the Phoenix’s in the comic books) and she’s always wearing horrible leather suits (note the maroon disaster, pictured left). Pair that with black eyes and it’s really not an attractive look. Well, Jean ends up dying in both her screen and book representations, but she gets reborn as the White Phoenix of the Crown (pictured, top left) and saves the day. Much better than the debacle she causes on film… Oh well, we’re sure she’ll rise again, as Phoenixes often do.