Anne Hathaway didn’t land the part of Thalia in the upcoming “Dark Knight Rises” flick like rumors had it. Instead, she clawed her way to an even better role–Selina Kyle, better known as alter ego Catwoman. A lot of people seem upset about this news. The fanboys are worried that the “Devil Wears Prada,” “Bride Wars” and “Princess Diaries” star won’t stand up next to Christian Bale as Batman and Tom Hardy as the villain Bane.
So, can she? To find out we took a look back a few previous Catwomen to see if Hathaway can actually fill that skintight suit with the same assets they did.
It’s hard to compare to the original. Julie Newmar crept into the role of Catwoman in the “Batman” TV series back in 1967 and wielded the cat o’nine tails like no one could. We could actually see Hathaway being just as handy, but not nearly as underhanded.
Could Anne be better? Not a chance.
Kitt may have replaced Newmar as Catwoman in the third and final season of “Batman,” but she was more than just a stand-in. Kitt brought more sex appeal than television producers knew what to do with. “She was a cat woman before we ever cast her as Catwoman,” producer Charles Fitzsimons has said. “She had a cat-like style. Her eyes were cat-like and her singing was like a meow.” Unfortunately for Hathaway, she’s just a kitten in comparison to Kitt.
Could Anne be better? Only if she spends a few years in a biker gang before filming.
Meriwether stepped up in a big way in the 1966 “Batman” movie, luring Bruce Wayne into a trap while disguised as the Soviet journalist Miss Kitka–just one of Catwoman’s many skills. Unfortunately, she wasn’t the box office bombshell everyone expected. We don’t expect Hathaway to have that problem.
Could Anne be better? At being Catwoman? Sure. At laying on top of desks? Highly doubtful.
Here’s where Catwoman took a turn. The 1992 film “Batman Returns” depicts Catwoman, played by Michelle Pfeiffer, as a lonely, frustrated, yet dutiful secretary who’s mysteriously resuscitated by a group of alley cats after she falls out of an office window. Along with a few superpowers, the writers also equip her with a temper that’s beyond belief. There’s a chance Hathaway will perch on her level but only if she can channel the carefully contained rage.
Could Anne be better? We’d like to see her in the above outfit before answering.
This is where Catwoman totally tripped over her tail and fell flat on her pretty little face. The 2004 film “Catwoman” starring Halle Berry just goes to show that Catwomen are not meant to be lead characters. Berry played Patience Phillips, a woman who eventually became Catwoman after a near-death experience. So, yeah, nothing to do with with Batman or Gotham City. Yawnfest 2004.
Could Anne be better? Ann-Margret could be better. So Anne Hathaway should have no problem.