Arguably the third most popular character out of DC's Batman franchise, Catwoman hasn't had any luck when it comes to telling her own story on film. She was a featured player in the Adam West Batman ensemble, and was primed for a solo film after Michelle Pfieffer's performance in 1992's Batman Returns, but when that finally came true in 2004's Catwoman it stunk up cinema worse than week old kitty litter.
But fans and critics agre — Catwoman remains a goldmine in film. And with news that Christopher Nolan is bringing in the character for the upcoming film The Dark Knight Rises, there's more than a chance that if Anne Hathaway plays her role right then a solo Catwoman film would be in store. So let's explore that.
Note that this edition of Remake & Reboot teeters far on the ledge of speculation, but if Catwoman's appearance in The Dark Knight Rises excels as much as people hope then Hollywood needs to be ready.
While the details of Catwoman's role in The Dark Knight Rises is under wraps, there's still room for speculation on where it could take her next. What if you skipped the origin and went straight into a standalone heist movie featuring Anne Hathaway as Catwoman? I'd take pages (literally!) from Darwyn Cooke's Catwoman: Selina's Big Score graphic novel and craft a crime caper that mixes crime noir with the theatrics of Ocean's Eleven. Add in an aged mentor named Stark, a former beau in Slam Bradley and the best friend in Holly Robinson and you'd be set. Catwoman doesn't need to be dark like Batman; Selina Kyle has a whole range of styles and settings that film-makers could take advantage of. And make sure you use Cooke's redesigned Catwoman costume from 2001.
The director of Catwoman needs to be many things: someone with experience filming action movies and a good rapport with stunt coordinators, someone who can control an action-based film from turning into a senseless action movie, and someone with the ability to shape and excel at a female-led film. For my money (or Warner's, rather), I would go with Len Wiseman. He's a self-made man who rose to fame directing a story he co-created in Underworld. He directed 2007s' fourth installment in the Die Hard franchise, and while it didn't live up to the heightened expectations of the franchise it is still the most successful of the previous 3 films. He's currently working on a remake of Total Recall, but putting Wiseman in the director's chair for Catwoman would be a wise move for both the director and the studio.
Selina Kyle / Catwoman — Anne Hathaway: Hathaway's already a lock to play Selina in Nolan's next Batman flick, and a solo Catwoman film would be the cat's meow for this young Hollywood player. She has the good-girl vibes with real acting chops as shown in Rachel Getting Married and Love and Other Drugs. She'd be the eighth actress to play Catwoman on screen, but the first to lead up a successful Catwoman film.
Stark — Vincent Cassel: Although he's probably best known for his roles in Ocean's Twelve and Black Swan, Cassel is the heir apparent in french cinema after his crime movie Mesrine a few years back. This forty-four year old actor can convey the dangerousness and the allure that would attract a woman like Selina Kyle.
Slam Bradley — John Slattery: An old-school private eye who's a throwback to DC's crime comics roots — who better than John Slattery? Yes, he's already make his comic flick debut in Iron Man 2 as Tony Stark's father, but if Ryan Reynolds can play in both the DC and Marvel sandbox then so can Slattery. He has the familiar mix of old-school charm with the ability to seem like he's been the ringer — did you see his performance in 30 Rock last year?