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'Batman' Julie Newmar on modern Catwoman: 'She's so dark'

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Julie Newmar has suggested that Catwoman has changed a great deal since she played the role on the 1960s Batman series.

Newmar - who was known for her campy portrayal of the villainess - reflected on how "dark" Catwoman was in Tim Burton's Batman Returns and now director Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises.

Julie Newmar as Catwoman

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The Dark Knight Rises - Catwoman

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"I think that we had so much fun in the '60s - 1966 to 1968. And then Vietnam came and things got darker and darker and darker," the actor told The Yo Show.

She added: "I do admire [Batman Returns's] Michelle Pfeiffer as an actress and I haven't seen the new show, I haven't seen Anne [Hathaway] yet and I'm sure she's divine."

Newmar also expressed her belief that Adam West is the best actor to have portrayed the Caped Crusader.

Batman (60s TV series)

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Batman (60s TV series)

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"I think [Adam] fit the part better than anyone. What with all the costumes that they have to wear now, there's a lot that you can't see anymore," she said. "You know, when you have everything sort of padded out and they're very macho and all that sort of thing, it's as if the costume acts for you."

Newmar was the most frequent actress to play Catwoman in the 1960s Batman series, but she did share the role with Eartha Kitt.

Lee Meriwether stepped in to play the part in the 1966 movie adaptation when Newmar was busy with other film projects.

Dark Knight Rises star Hathaway has said that her own Catwoman was partly inspired by legendary actress Hedy Lamarr.

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