In 1992's Batman Returns, Michael Keaton reprised his role as the Caped Crusader to face double the villainous threat of Danny DeVito's 'The Penguin' and Michelle Pfeiffer's sexy 'Catwoman'. Aside from a legion of penguins with rockets strapped to their backs, one of the most memorable things from Tim Burton's movie sequel had to be the shiny, slinky dominatrix-style catsuit worn by the whip-weilding villainess. I loved it.
Inspired by the DC Comics character, the black skin-tight latex costume was designed by Bob Ringwood and Mary Vogt, with the inclusion of the stitches the inspiration of director Tim Burton (you can see this influence in many of his other quirky character designs). The catsuit was made from a body cast of the actress, who had to be coated in baby powder each time she was sewn into the suit and once on the costume was brushed with thick liquid silicon to give it that shiny, fluid quality.
In the movie Catwoman's alter-ego 'Selina Kyle' starts as shy secretary, who discovers the plot by her business tycoon boss, 'Max Shreck' (Christopher Walken), to build a power plant to steal the electricity of Gotham City. To keep his secret he pushed her out a window seemingly killing her, but she was mysteriously revived by some alley cats, and she returned home to create her handmade catsuit to seek revenge on her killer.
Michael Keaton's costume also got an update in the sequel as has Bat-suit was much more angular, compared to the muscled version, whilst still retaining the iconic yellow bat emblem and utility belt to add some colour to the black ensemble.
in 1992's Batman Returns
Be sure to also compare this Bat-suit to the 1989 Batman costume and take a look at the Batmobile featured in the Tim Burton movies.
Stay tuned for a closer look at one of Danny Devito's costumes as The Penguin in Batman Returns.