Starring: Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito
Directed by: Tim Burton
Cat Out of the Bag Alert! This review contains some spoilers for this film!
Synopsis: An unscrupulous businessman named Max Shreck (Christopher Walken) teams up with the Penguin (Danny DeVito) to carry out a plot to steal all of Gotham City’s power, unless Batman (Michael Keaton) can stop them despite interference or help from the mysterious Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer).
Kitty Carnage Warning! At the beginning of the film the Penguin is born. As a child he is portrayed as a vicious creature which is never seen but is obviously loathed by his parents. In one shot the couple are looking at a small box in which the infant is enclosed. A white cat is sniffing around outside the box.
Suddenly a small deformed hand reaches out and grabs the cat’s tail, pulling it quickly inside the box. It’s obvious in this shot the cat is fake.
Cat Cattle Call: Catwoman begins as a mild-mannered secretary named Selina Kyle who works for the nefarious Shreck. She lives a lonely life with only a black cat named Miss Kitty as a loving friend.
Unfortunately Selina accidentally uncovers the plans behind Shreck’s power-stealing scheme and he pushes her out a window to her death. As she lies on the ground, cats appear from everywhere and surround her. Reportedly tuna and a clicker were used to draw the cats who were released simultaneously from their kennels.
Selina wakes up suddenly.
Returning home, Selina is a changed person. Cats begin to convene in her apartment.
She sews together a cat suit and Catwoman is born.
In one scene Catwoman meets with Penguin to scheme against Batman. The black cat who was with her in the beginning of the film appears again in this scene.
Catwoman throws Penguin’s bird into her mouth and so Penguin threatens to kill her cat. She quickly releases the bird.
At the end of the film Bruce Wayne is being driven home by Alfred (Michael Gough) and he thinks he sees Catwoman. He gets out of the car but only finds the black cat.
Bruce Wayne returns to the car and they drive away, Bruce holding the cat on his lap.
Final Mewsings: Both cats and women are complicated creatures.
Many thanks to our friend T.j. Dotson for reminding us of this film!