When I think of Anne Hathaway, I mostly think of the wide-eyed, sweet-faced girl that starred in those Princess Diaries movies. I realize she's held plenty of other roles, including being honored by People as their top 'breakthrough star' in 2001 and one of the 50 Most Beautiful People (according to People). Oh, and I know she starred in Love and Other Drugs, which reportedly included a lot of Nekkid Sexy-Time Anne.
Still, I can't quite imagine her as a fetishy feline fatale, slinking around in a latex bodysuit wielding a leather whip.
It seems Warner Bros. can, though, because they've just announced that Hathaway has officially been cast as Selina Kyle, AKA Catwoman, in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises.
The casting choice brings to an end the slew of rumors that have been flying over who would play the antihero Cat to Christian Bale's Bat. Keira Knightley, Rachel Weisz, Blake Lively, Emily Blunt, Jessica Biel, and Natalie Portman have all reportedly been in the running; wilder speculation included Cher and Megan Fox. Julie Newmar, the definitive 1960s Catwoman, insisted in an interview with the New York Daily News that Angelina Jolie would "own the part."
I tend to agree with Newmar, personally. Overrated or not, there aren't many actresses can pull off ass-kicking sloe-eyed evil like Jolie.
Actually, I can think of about fifty actresses I'd have cast in this particular role before Hathaway, but perhaps she'll surprise us all. Although her other bit of upcoming news, which is that she's signed on for a cameo on Glee as the lesbian aunt of Kurt (Chris Colfer), sounds a lot more up her alley.
I mean, take a look at this video of her appearance on Sesame Street and ask yourself: Batman adversary known for wicked sex appeal and bondage-inspired costumes ... or Gleek?
What do you think of Anne Hathaway as Catwoman?
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