Open Post: Hosted By Michelle Pfeiffer Nailing Catwoman’s Whip Stunt In One Take

February 20, 2021 / Posted by:

Two movies starring Michelle Pfeiffer came out in 1992: Love Field and Batman Returns. Michelle got a Best Actress Oscar nomination for Love Field (she lost to Emma Thompson who won for Howard’s End) but was disgustingly robbed by not getting a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for Batman Returns. That Oscar went to Marisa Tomei for My Cousin Vinny and some believed that presenter Jack Palance pulled a pre-La La Land oops by reading the wrong name (he did not). But if Jack Palance didn’t even bother opening up the envelope and instead said, “And the Oscar goes to… Michelle Pfeiffer for Batman Returns,”┬ámany of us would’ve stood up and declared that she deserved it even though she wasn’t nominated! Because Michelle Pfeiffer delivered a fucking Catwoman for the ages, and yesterday, an old clip made the rounds on Twitter and proved that once again.

Tim Burton cast Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman after his original choice, Annette Benning, got pregnant and had to drop out. While my favorite Catwoman performance will always be Sean Young’s Catwoman audition on The Joan Rivers Show, Michelle is a very close second. Michelle did all her own whip stunts and Tim Burton told Rolling Stone in 1992 that she was better than her stunt doubles. And bullwhip master, Anthony DeLongis, who trained Michelle for the movie, co-signed Tim Burton’s comment and said that none of the stuntwomen came close to mastering the whip like Michelle did. Case in point: this clip of Michelle decapitating four mannequin heads with her whip and doing it one take while wearing that suffocating Catwoman suit, which she was vacuum-sealed into. The behind-the-scenes clip is from the Batman Returns DVD, so it’s been seen before, but it went viral yesterday after Netflix’s social media manager, Jarett Weiselman, reminded everyone of Michelle’s greatness:

And of course, some hating hos commented on that clip, claiming that there were crew members behind the mannequins who pulled the heads off as Michelle cracked her whip. Michelle needs to grab her whip again and knock those lying comments out of Twitter.

Here’s the finished scene:

And in 2019, Michelle showed us that she’s still got it:

And somewhere in England, current Catwoman Zoe Kravitz frantically started texting her whip trainer for more lessons before stopping herself after realizing that the year is 2021 so they’re going to CGI the shit out of her action scenes no matter what.

Pic: YouTube

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