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OTRC: Julie Newmar, original Catwoman, sounds off on 'Dark Knight' franchise

Julie Newmar appears in a still from the 1966 ABC 'Batman' series. / Anne Hathaway appears in a still from 'The Dark Knight Rises.' (ABC / Warner Bros. Entertainment / Ron Phillips)

The original Catwoman, Julie Newmar recently opened up about the "Dark Knight" trilogy, her infamous cat suit and her favorite predecessor.

Newmar, who portrayed Catwoman on the ABC series "Batman" from 1966 through 1968, said that "in a way," she doesn't care for Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight" franchise.

"It's dark," Newmar told Michael Yo of Yahoo's "The Yo Show" of Nolan's take on the character. "I think that we had so much fun in the 60's - 1966 to 1968. And then Vietnam came and things got darker and darker and darker."

While the 78-year-old actress hasn't seen "The Dark Knight Rises," she did eventually admit that she did admire one actress who took over the character of Catwoman.

"I do admire Michelle Pfeiffer as an actress and I haven't seen the new show, I haven't seen Anne yet and I'm sure she's divine," Newmar said.

Julie Newmar portrayed the character in a 1960s "Batman" series, as did Eartha Kitt, who died in 2008. Lee Meriwether took on the role in a 1966 television film. Michelle Pfeiffer played Catwoman in the 1992 film "Batman Returns." Halle Berry portrayed Catwoman in a 2004 film by the same name that flopped at the box office.

But while Hathaway trained hard for months to perform most of her own stunts in "Dark Knight Rises," Newmar recalls taking it easy during "Batman" battles.

"I remember sitting back in the fight scenes - Catwoman would just sort of sit back in the fight scenes and file her nails like that, you know, she couldn't be bothered with all that nonsense," Newmar laughed.

Newmar also had a hand in styling her Catwoman costume, which was considered to be risque at the time.

"Let's just say I re-designed it. I put the gold belt around my hips, because it just looked better there," Newmar said. "The neckline was up to here [points to throat] I didn't think it was very revealing at all."

Though Newmar was coy about who she thought was the best Catwoman, she had no pause when asked who the best Batman was and remained loyal to her co-star.

"I think [Adam West] fit the part better than anyone," Newmar said. "What with all the costumes that they have to wear now, there's a lot that you can't see anymore. 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."

Of the honor of being the first to don the Catwoman costume, Newmar said succicintly, "It's nice to be immortal."

In addition to the "Batman" series, Newmar has appeared on series like "Twilight Zone," "My Living Doll," "ChiPs," "Fantasy Island" and "According to Jim." She also appeared in films like "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," "Mackenna's Gold" and "Ghosts Can't Do It."

Watch Julie Newmar's interview on "The Yo Show" below.

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