"The Dark Knight Rises"
ANNE HATHAWAY as Selina Kyle in Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures action thriller THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, a Warner Bros. Pictures release. TM & © DC Comics.Through the years, many beautiful women have taken on the cat ears and the mask. Take a look at the many "Catwomen" who took on the Caped Crusader, Batman.
Julie Newmar was the first actress to play the feline vixen in the 1960s âBatmanâ television series. She took on the Catwoman role from 1966-1967. She was replaced by Eartha Kitt for the third and final season of the show. And Lee Meriweather portrayed the character in the 1966 âBatmanâ movie, opposite Adam West. (Photo credit by AP Photo)
*** FILE *** Eartha Kitt poses in character as Catwoman for the television show "Batman" in this 1967 file photo. Kitt, a sultry singer, dancer and actress who rose from South Carolina cotton fields to become an international symbol of elegance and sensuality, died Thursday Dec. 25, 2008 in Connecticut of colon cancer, a family spokesman said. She was 81. (AP Photo/File)
Lee Meriwether played Catwoman opposite actor Adam West in the 1966 "Batman" movie. (Photo credit by CBS/YouTube)
Although actress Sean Young never played the female lead on the silver screen, she did wear the costume in an unsuccessful campaign to win the role for "Batman Returns." (Photo credit by CBS/YouTube)
Michelle Pfeiffer eventually starred as Catwoman and her alter ego Selina Kyle in Tim BurtonÕs 1992 sequel "Batman Returns." (Photo credit by AP Photo)
Halle Berry played the character in the 2004 flop "Catwoman," costarring Benjamin Bratt and Sharon Stone. (Photo credit by AP Photo)
Anne Hathaway is the next actress to offer a new interpretation of Catwoman in Christopher Nolanâs "The Dark Knight Rises," opposite Christian Bale. First Images of Anne Hathaway as Catwoman from "The Dark Knight Rises". As seen in the production stills just released by Warner Bros, Anne Hathawayâs Catwoman character in "Dark Knight Rises" is a complete and total departure from the Catwomen of Batman films past.Gone is the slinky sexiness exuded by â60â²s villainesses Julie Newmar, Lee Meriwether and Eartha Kitt. Thereâs also nary a trace of the goth-themed Michelle Pfieffer Catwoman from "Batman Returns." And as for Halle Berryâs Razzie Award-winning version? Well, the less about that, the better. (Photo credit by CBS/Warner Bros.)
Going by the photos, it appears this Catwoman will be more of the "pull no punches" physical variety than the purring sexpot seen in previous films. While the skin-tight outfit seems to have endured, there are no stiletto heels, no bullwhip and no fake ears found on HathawayÕs version; replaced instead with a more streamlined hair-pulled-back Ôdo and a pair of LED-lighted masking sunglasses as she straddles a very muscular-looking motorcycle similar to the one ridden by the Caped Crusader in "the Dark Knight."The internet has been abuzz with commentary Ð both positive and negative Ð over the choice of Anne Hathaway to portray such an iconic comic book and film villain. Prior to the announcement of her casting, the rumor mill (and fanboys everywhere)Õs leading frontrunners were Angelina Joile and Megan Fox.
Anne Hathaway (Dark Knight Rises)
Anne Hathaway as Catwoman in "Dark Knight Rises"Early estimations of Hathaway as Catwoman have been less-than-stellar, but the same was said three years ago when it was announced that late Aussie actor Heath Ledger would play the Joker in "The Dark Knight." His uncharacteristic, frenetic performance reversed the opinions of all the naysayers and ultimately resulted in a posthumous Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Ledger. ItÕll be another year before anyone can be proven either right or wrong on HathawayÕs performance: "The Dark Knight Rises" isnÕt due in theaters until next summer. (Photo credit by CBS/Warner Bros.)
"The Dark Knight Rises"
L-r: CHRISTIAN BALE as Bruce Wayne and ANNE HATHAWAY as Selina Kyle in Warner Bros. Picturesâ action thriller âTHE DARK KNIGHT RISES,â a Warner Bros. Pictures release. TM & Â© DC Comics.