Now that we have a Batman standalone movie coming, we can seriously start talking about the casting of the most famous female character in the DC universe NOT named Wonder Woman.
Created in 1940 by Bob Kane, Catwoman has been a constant in the life of The Dark Knight, providing the air of seduction, and the appeal of a toxic relationship with a good girl gone very bad. Inspired by actress Jean Harlow from the 1930s, Bob Kane made the following remarks about his femme fatale:
“I felt that women were feline creatures and men were more like dogs. While dogs are faithful and friendly, cats are cool, detached, and unreliable. I felt much warmer with dogs around me—cats are as hard to understand as women are. Men feel more sure of themselves with a male friend than a woman. You always need to keep women at arm's length. We don't want anyone taking over our souls, and women have a habit of doing that. So there's a love-resentment thing with women. I guess women will feel that I'm being chauvinistic to speak this way, but I do feel that I've had better relationships with male friends than women. With women, once the romance is over, somehow they never remain my friends." - Bob Kane
The women who have played Selina Kyle over the years have all brought that sensual, feline sexuality that defines this iconic character. The next actress chosen to bear the whip that beats the heart of the Bat will be no different. Now, since Ben Affleck plays an older Bruce Wayne who has patrolled the streets of Gotham for over 20 years, the actress who is cast for Selina Kyle must also fit that profile of maturity with a gravity to her personality able to stand next to the Dark Knight in combat while playfully teasing Bruce Wayne in his arms.
SO, with all that said, lets talk about the women who can play Selina Kyle/Catwoman alongside Ben Affleck's BATMAN in this new universe.
1) Amy Bailey
The Vikings actress most certainly fits the description to play Selina onscreen. The 40 year old Texas native can play an alluring and vicious Catwoman indeed. Her run on Vikings as Kwenthrith, a crazy, voracious Queen with a never-ending sexual appetite, is over; now is the perfect time to snatch her up for the role.
2) Lana Parilla
Once Upon A Time fans will know why the 38 year old Brooklyn native is perfect for the role of Catwoman. My god, it's almost a perfect match. She makes the evil queen captivating and capturing while filling you with a fright for your life. We can see her teasing Ben Afflecks Bruce Wayne with ease.
3) Shannym Sossamon
The 37 year old Hawaii native, coming off season 3 of Sleepy Hollow playing the evil Pandora, has shown she has the acting chops to play a DC character on the big screen. Shannyn would wear the skin of Selina well, and work the whip of Catwoman with expertise.
4) Priyanka Chopra
Priyanka is an Indian actress, singer, producer and philanthropist. She is winner of the Miss World pageant of 2000 and one of Bollywood's A-List, high-profile celebrities. Priyanka has been called one of the world's sexiest Asian women. She has received numerous awards, including a National Film Award, and five Filmfare Awards, and was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, by the Government of India in 2016. She currently plays Alex Parrish on ABC's Quantico.
Priyanka would definately spice up the role, and make the role uniquely her own.
5) Eva Green
Lastly, the 35 year old French actress Eva Green would be perfect to play Selina Kyle. With an acting resume that needs no review, Eva has the looks and experience to play the iconic character onscreen. Big parts in Hollywood blockbusters is nothing new to her, and she has met the expectations of those roles well.
Any one of these actresses can slide into the skin tight leathers worn by the sexiest cat in the DC universe. Whether we see Selina in the new standalone movie is yet to be heard, but we know the day is coming soon when we will see the CATWOMAN prowl the streets again.