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Michelle Pfeiffer goes VIRAL in behind-the-scenes clip showing whip skills on Batman Returns

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Michelle Pfeiffer goes VIRAL in behind-the-scenes clip showing whip skills on Batman Returns

Michelle Pfeiffer goes VIRAL in behind-the-scenes clip showing her incredible whip skills as Catwoman on set of Batman Returns

Batman Returns came out nearly three decades ago.

But Michelle Pfeiffer’s legendary turn as Catwoman went viral again last week because of a tweet by Netflix social media manager Jarett Wieselman.

The post contained a staggering bit of on-set footage of Michelle showing off her sensational skills with a whip while in character.

Terrific: Michelle Pfeiffer’s legendary turn as Catwoman went viral again last week because of a tweet by Netflix social media manager Jarett Wieselman

In an exhilarating flourish she used the whip to slice ‘the heads off those four mannequins IN ONE TAKE,’ as Jarrett phrased it over his video, which as of this Wednesday has had more than five million views.

Between the third and fourth mannequin she had a little fun with her character’s weapon, twirling it playfully over her head.

When her work was done Michelle – still playing Catwoman – began using her whip as a jump rope and bounding cheerfully away.

Her moves were so spellbinding to the people in the room that after the take was over the crew could be heard bursting into applause.

Amazing: The post contained a staggering bit of on-set footage of Michelle showing off her sensational skills with a whip while in character

Amazing: The post contained a staggering bit of on-set footage of Michelle showing off her sensational skills with a whip while in character

Making it happen: In an exhilarating flourish she used the whip to slice 'the heads off those four mannequins IN ONE TAKE,' as Jarrett phrased it

Making it happen: In an exhilarating flourish she used the whip to slice ‘the heads off those four mannequins IN ONE TAKE,’ as Jarrett phrased it

Wow: Between the third and fourth mannequin she had a little fun with her character's weapon, twirling it playfully over her head

Wow: Between the third and fourth mannequin she had a little fun with her character’s weapon, twirling it playfully over her head

Virtuoso: Between the third and fourth mannequin she had a little fun with her character's weapon, twirling it playfully over her head

Virtuoso: Between the third and fourth mannequin she had a little fun with her character’s weapon, twirling it playfully over her head

Michelle trained hard for the 1992 movie – not just with a bullwhip but also doing doing yoga, kickboxing and gymnastics.

In a profile for Rolling Stone to support the movie she revealed that her physical abilities were in a way fueled by stage fright.

‘Fortunately, I have a real strong survivor instinct. I’m so terrified that I will do not to embarrass myself,’ the Scarface actress said.

Hop to it: When her work was done Michelle - still playing Catwoman - began using her whip as a jump rope and bounding cheerfully away

Hop to it: When her work was done Michelle – still playing Catwoman – began using her whip as a jump rope and bounding cheerfully away

Blow a kiss, take a bow: Her moves were so spellbinding that after the take was over the crew could be heard bursting into applause

Blow a kiss, take a bow: Her moves were so spellbinding that after the take was over the crew could be heard bursting into applause

Meanwhile her director Tim Burton gushed: ‘She was better than her stunt people. She made the whip beautiful, kind of an art form.’

Michelle played Selina Kyle aka Catwoman opposite Michael Keaton as the title character whom he had previously portrayed in the 1989 film Batman.

Catwoman has been played by a host of well-known actresses ranging from Eartha Kitt on TV to Anne Hathaway on film.

Lenny Kravitz’ daughter Zoe of Big Little Lies fame is now playing the character in an upcoming Batman film starring Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader. 

Throwback: Michelle played Selina Kyle aka Catwoman opposite Michael Keaton as the title character whom he had previously portrayed in the 1989 film Batman

Throwback: Michelle played Selina Kyle aka Catwoman opposite Michael Keaton as the title character whom he had previously portrayed in the 1989 film Batman

Looking ahead: Lenny Kravitz' daughter Zoe of Big Little Lies fame is now playing the character in an upcoming Batman film starring Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader

Looking ahead: Lenny Kravitz’ daughter Zoe of Big Little Lies fame is now playing the character in an upcoming Batman film starring Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader

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