As far as Catwoman being a movie that can be taken seriously? Absolutely not. It’s a steaming pile of cinematic cat**** from start to finish, no two ways about it.
I remember reading interviews with Pitof (the director) and Halle Berry in assorted genre magazines (Starlog and the like) before the movie came out about how their take on Catwoman was “fresh” and brought a “new perspective to a legend”. As Edna Krabappel was fond of saying “HA!”.
Given how much effort Pitof and Ms. Berry spent in trying to get us to buy their “fresh” bull****, they could have expended less effort and just made a real Catwoman movie instead, with breath to spare.
As far as Catwoman being an absolute joy to rake over the coals MST3K style, the movie is great in that regard. The Catwoman movie is a gift to garbage filmmaking, and those of use who love to make fun of genuinely ****ty movies.
In every other regard, Catwoman was a lazy effort to cash in on a household name and an insult to one of the greatest female characters in the history of pop culture. Bar none and without argument, Catwoman is far and away the absolute worst live action DC movie and easily one of the worst comic book based movies of all time.
I’m just glad that when I saw Catwoman in theaters, I spent exactly nothing to see it. I used the free tickets that came in the then recently released Batman: The Animated Series volume one and Challenge of the Super Friends Season One DVD sets for my buddy and I to see it.
I was happy to give Warner Brothers Home Video (as Warner Home Entertainment was known then) money for those fantastic DVD sets. I was equally happy to give them nothing for their lazy Catwoman movie.
Halle Berry’s outfit was a pile of cat crap too. When Jim Lee couldn’t even make it look cool on the cover of the Catwoman movie adaptation comic, you knew it was a mess.
Over the years, I’ve owned every DC movie (from Warner Brothers as well as those from other studios) on assorted home video formats. Except Catwoman. When I worked in a video store during Catwoman’s initial DVD release, I genuinely felt sorry for people that bought it.
The optimist in me thought “Maybe they’re going to roast it MST style and then frisbee the DVD into the street for an incoming street sweeper to suck up.”
To sum it up, the Catwoman movie sucks. It’s a cautionary tale about why some characters don’t need to be and should not be meddled with.