The Cat’s Meow: Why Lee Meriwether was the Best Catwoman in the 1966 Batman TV Series


When it comes to the iconic 1966 Batman TV series, there’s a lot to remember and love. From the campy humor to the unforgettable theme song, the show remains an indelible part of our pop culture history. One of the most memorable aspects of the show was the rogues’ gallery of colorful villains. Among them, the seductive and cunning Catwoman stands out, portrayed by three different actresses during the series’ run. Julie Newmar, Lee Meriwether, and Eartha Kitt all brought their unique spin to the character, but it was Lee Meriwether who arguably made the most lasting impression, despite only portraying Catwoman in the 1966 Batman Movie. In this blog post, we’ll make a case for why Lee Meriwether was the best Catwoman in the 1966 Batman TV series.

  1. Lee Meriwether’s Catwoman: A Seamless Blend of Danger and Allure

While Julie Newmar and Eartha Kitt were undeniably talented and captivating in their portrayals of Catwoman, Lee Meriwether brought a unique combination of danger and allure to the role. Her performance in the 1966 Batman Movie showcased a Catwoman who was equal parts seductive and cunning. She possessed the ability to outsmart Batman and Robin at every turn, while also luring them into her web of deception. This made her not just an entertaining villain, but a formidable adversary for the Caped Crusader.

  1. A Rich and Layered Performance

Lee Meriwether’s portrayal of Catwoman in the 1966 Batman Movie was not a one-dimensional caricature. She brought depth and nuance to the role, providing a more complex and intriguing character. In the movie, she played a dual role as both Catwoman and Russian journalist Kitka, seducing Bruce Wayne and attempting to manipulate him for her own gains. This added layer allowed Meriwether to showcase her acting range and gave the audience a glimpse into the mind of a cunning and intelligent villain.

  1. A Fresh Take on an Iconic Character

When Lee Meriwether took on the role of Catwoman for the 1966 Batman Movie, she had big shoes to fill, as Julie Newmar had already made her mark as the character in the TV series. However, Meriwether rose to the challenge and managed to bring something fresh and exciting to the role. Her interpretation of Catwoman was not a mere imitation of her predecessor, but rather a distinct and captivating portrayal that resonated with fans of the show and movie alike.

  1. A Timeless Appeal

Lee Meriwether’s Catwoman continues to captivate fans, even decades after the 1966 Batman Movie was released. Her performance remains a touchstone for fans of the character and the series, proving that she made a lasting impact with her portrayal. This is a testament to the strength of her performance and her ability to bring the character to life in a way that resonates with audiences across generations.

  1. Chemistry with the Cast

One of the key aspects of any great performance is the chemistry between the actors. In the 1966 Batman Movie, Lee Meriwether displayed an undeniable chemistry with Adam West (Batman) and Burt Ward (Robin), as well as with the other iconic villains she shared the screen with. This on-screen dynamic elevated the movie and made it even more enjoyable for fans. The chemistry between Meriwether and West was particularly notable, as it lent credibility to their characters’ interactions and allowed the audience to become even more invested in their story.


While Julie Newmar and Eartha Kitt both made significant contributions to the legacy of Catwoman in the 1966 Batman TV series, it is Lee Meriwether who truly stands out as the best Catwoman. Her seamless blend of danger and allure, her rich and layered performance, her fresh take on an iconic character, her timeless appeal, and her undeniable chemistry with the cast all combine to make her portrayal one for the ages.

It’s important to note that each actress brought something unique to the role of Catwoman, and their individual contributions should not be discounted. However, Lee Meriwether’s performance in the 1966 Batman Movie was so powerful and captivating that it transcends the fact that she only played the character once. Her interpretation of Catwoman stands as a testament to her talent and her ability to make a lasting impact on audiences.

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