Friday, January 21, 2011

Anne Hathaway to Play Selina Kyle

Warner Brothers has announced that Anne Hathaway (see picture at bottom) has been cast to play Selina Kyle opposite Christian Bale in the next Batman movie, entitled The Dark Knight Rises, the third and last to be directed by Christopher Nolan. I'm not sure why the rather coy use of Selina Kyle's name as opposed to just calling her Catwoman, which was Selina's secret identity. I think Anne is a terrific choice and will truly look forward to seeing her in a skin-tight cat suit, if that is what this bit of casting really means. I've met two of the women who have played Catwoman, Lee Meriwether (second picture), who was in the 1960s movie Batman with Adam West and Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar (top picture), who played Catwoman in the first part of the Batman series. Both were very nice ladies and both brought a lot of personality to the role, as did Earth Kitt, who played Catwoman at the end of the series run but who I never had the opportunity to meet. Catwoman has also been played by Michelle Pfeiffer in Batman Returns opposite Michael Keaton and Halle Berry in the almost universally panned Catwoman movie. I think the casting news is great and look forward to seeing the movie. It will also be interesting, with Nolan departing as director, where the franchise may go afterwards.

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