I vividly remember watching Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman in Batman Returns in second grade. I may have been in elementary school, but even then, Catwoman seemed so cool in my book. What can I say, I am a fan of a great villain, especially one that appreciates jewelry as much as I do.
When it was announced Anne Hathaway would be taking on the role of Selina Kyle in The Dark Knight Rises, the final installment in Christopher Nolan's trilogy, many were a bit skeptical. Although Anne is a talented actress, could she really pull off the role?
Yes. The answer is yes.
Anne's rendition of the cat burglar in The Dark Knight Rises was my favorite part of the movie. From her kick ass accessories to her cunning lines and fantastic fight scenes, I enjoyed every second of her performance.
Of course, this blog wouldn't be mine if I didn't touch upon her wardrobe.
Costume designer Lindy Hemming shared the basis of her suit was to imitate Batman's in that the technology was built in the fabric. Unlike Michelle's costume in Batman Returns, the goal with Anne's outfit was to be sleek and light — "something functional but you wear when you're trying to creep about in the dark."
Lindy also shared the story behind Selina's cat ears, which were inspired by jewelers: "Christopher Nolan and I were trying to work out how we were going to keep it modern and trendy and cool. We started making our version of night-vision goggles — or magnification goggles — when she's doing her cat burgling. We made it so that when it goes up, it falls into ears."
My favorite part was, naturally, her shoes! More than an accessory, they were downright weapons.
Even when Selina wasn't geared up, her wardrobe was minimalist, while serving a bit of Audrey Hepburn.
Oh, and her hair was perfect in every scene.
For those who may wish Anne's Selina was a bit more aligned with renditions of the past, Anne's attitude is that "each Catwoman – and this is true in the comics as well – is defined by the context of the Gotham City created around her." Spoken like a true "It" Girl.