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I started out doing what I had to. Once you've done what you had to, they'll never let you do what you want to.
~ Selina Kyle explaining to Bruce Wayne why she became a thief

Catwoman is the anti-heroic deuteragonist of The Dark Knight Rises, the final chapter of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy. Though initially a cynical thief, her sense of honor and morality ultimately wins out and she aids Batman in his battle against Bane and Talia al Ghul. She started out as the secondary antagonist but eventually became an anti-heroine. She is the love interest of Bruce Wayne.

She was portrayed by Anne Hathaway, who also played Mia Thermopolis in the Princess Diaries films, Red Puckett in HoodwinkedJewel in the Rio films, White Queen in Alice and Wonderland and Ella of Frell in Ella Enchanted.

Biography

Selina Kyle first appears disguised as a maid at Wayne Manor. While no one is looking she attempts to steal from Bruce Wayne and succeeds in making off with his mother's pearl necklace. It is later learned that Selina has grown tired of her life as a criminal and desires to go straight, but due to so many past arrests and convictions feels that the world will not grant her a second chance. Knowing that Wayne possesses a means by which she can give herself a clean slate, Selina attempts to steal it, also crossing paths with his alter-ego Batman.  

When Bane makes his presence known, Selina fears for her life and in desperation sells Batman out to Bane, though is also shown to be disturbed and unsettled by the savage beating Bane gives the Dark Knight. As Gotham City descends into chaos and anarchy, Selina at first attempts to leave Gotham but is arrested again by Detective John Blake. She is not locked up for long before Bane causes a mass prison break, allowing Selina to flee. Though she initially revels in the ability to take what she feels is owed to her, she becomes remorseful upon seeing the devastation caused by Bane's actions, at one point taking up residence in a building that she notes once belonged to an innocent family. When Batman returns, she reluctantly aids him but also plans to leave as soon as possible. Batman appeals to her inner goodness, and Selina, rather than flee Gotham when she has the chance, chooses to instead return, arriving just in time to save Batman's life from Bane, who she kills via the Bat-Pod's cannons. Right before Batman seemingly sacrifices himself, Catwoman kisses him, also noting that they're "both suckers". She is later seen by Alfred living a new life with Bruce Wayne, the two finally able to start fresh and be together.

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  • Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley, Kate Mara, Jessica Biel, Blake Lively, Lady Gaga, Gemma Arterton, and Charlotte Riley were all considered for the role before Hathaway was cast.
  • Anne Hathaway has revealed that during her audition, she thought that she was auditioning for The Joker's on again-off again girlfriend/partner-in-crime Harley Quinn. It was only after she had a discussion with Christopher Nolan that she found out that she was auditioning for Catwoman.
  • She is one of the more heroic versions of the character.
  • Her alias Catwoman was never mentioned in the film. However, a newspaper headline does refer to her as "The Cat".

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Batman Begins: Batman | Alfred Pennyworth | James Gordon | Lucius Fox | Rachel Dawes | Thomas Wayne
The Dark Knight: Batman | James Gordon | Harvey Dent | Alfred Pennyworth | Lucius Fox | Rachel Dawes | Anthony Garcia
The Dark Knight Rises: Batman | James Gordon | John Blake | Catwoman | Lucius Fox | Alfred Pennyworth | Harvey Dent | Rachel Dawes | Anthony Garcia | Thomas Wayne
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: Batman | Superman | Wonder Woman | Alfred Pennyworth | Lois Lane | Calvin Swanwick | The Flash | Aquaman | Cyborg
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The Batman (2022): Batman | Catwoman | Alfred Pennyworth | James Gordon

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Batman vs. Robin: Robin | Batman | Nightwing | Alfred Pennyworth | Thomas Wayne | Martha Wayne
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Beware the Batman: Batman | Katana | Alfred Pennyworth | James Gordon | Metamorpho | Manhunter
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