Not too long ago, Anne Hathaway was asked about her thoughts on Catwoman popping up in the DCEU. Before I get into her response, let’s take a trip down memory lane. In case you’ve forgotten or have been sleeping under a rock, The Princess Diaries star played Selina Kyle in the final chapter of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises.
Hathaway endured a ton of skepticism when her role as Catwoman was announced. To her credit, she silenced most of the overzealous critics with her performance, which embodied many of the characteristics that make Catwoman the sexy, slick, smooth, strong, cat burglar both Batman and I have grown to love. The Oscar winner was dark, sensual and mysterious in her portrayal of DC’s sexiest feline (sorry, Cheetah). So, what did she think about squeezing back into the latex and strapping on the goggles? According to CinemaBlend, Hathaway had this to say:
"I loved that character and I had such a blast playing her. I'm not sure how it would work because I think the Chris Nolan chapter of the Batman story has been wrapped up and I'm part of that, but I love the DC Universe and it would be fun to take a trip back."
However, she did admit that it was the director’s vision that made the role of Catwoman so worthy. According to comicbook.com, Hathaway admitted:
“For me, the thing that made doing that part particularly fun was that she existed in his Gotham. Without him I don’t think it would be the same thing.”
Unfortunately, The Dark Knight Trilogy died with the rise of Robin John Blake.
Personally, I think Hathaway shouldn't reprise her role as Catwoman — let that be a role she played for Nolan's vision. But not all is lost. She did express her love for DC, leaving the door wide open for her return to the ranks alongside Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, et al. in the DCEU. With that being said, let’s explore what roles she’d be purrrfect for (y'see what I did there?).
4. Kate Kane, A.K.A Batwoman
Originally known as Kathy Kane, Batwoman first appeared in DC Comics Golden Age of Comic Books back in 1956, thanks to Bob Kane, Edmond Hamilton and Sheldon Moldoff. Kathy was much more of a cliché; a crimefighting vigilante with her sidekick Batgirl, who was swooning over Batman. However, Kathy would enjoy a big change in the Modern Age. Katherine "Kate" Kane grew up a socialite and heiress to a wealthy Gotham family. Kate's time in the US Military Academy, where she was ranked top of her class, was cut short after it was revealed that she was in a same-sex relationship with another student. Inspired by and operating separately from Batman, Kane would take up the alias of Batwoman and help the Dark Knight clean up Gotham, as depicted in DC’s animated film Batman: Bad Blood.
What makes Kathy Kane a great role for Hathaway is Batwoman’s feminism and the unique qualities that would make for a Nolan-style story. With Hathaway wearing the mask, Batwoman would be great at operating across from Batman in a feature role, as in Bad Blood, or she could excel in a solo movie. Indeed, Kate’s team-up with Renee Montoya — a.k.a the Question — to take down organized crime syndicate Intergang makes for a great one-off story.
An added bonus would be her relationship with former Batman sidekick Dick Grayson, who helped her adjust to the life of a hero, providing Batwoman with her very first batarang. An even better story would be if filmmakers merged Kathy and Kate Kane’s stories and had Hathaway lead the secret operative group known as Spyral. Indeed, the actress would make Batwoman memorable, even in limited appearances.
3. Barbara Gordon/Batgirl
Barbara Gordon is a librarian by day, crimefighter by night. Like every hero, Barbara’s origin went through a ton of changes within the various different eras. Technically, she’s the second Batgirl after Bette Kane, but she’s easily the most recognized Batgirl of the six women to hold the title.
The adopted daughter of Commissioner Gordon, Barbara caught the attention of Batman after she prevented the Dark Knight from being Bat-napped by Killer Moth. What makes Barbara such a memorable character is the tragedy that befell her in 1988’s The Killing Joke. In an attempt to drive Commissioner Gordon insane, the now-retired Batgirl was tormented and eventually shot by the Joker, consequently leaving her paralyzed. Confined to a wheelchair, Barbara regains her itch to fight crime, which eventually leads her to become the orchestrator of the Birds of Prey under her new alias Oracle. However, The New 52 switched things up a bit, giving Barbara the ability to walk again and subsequently retaking the mantle Batgirl.
Early on, Jena Malone was rumored to be playing Barbara Gordon. However, it was later revealed that the actress would actually be playing Dr. Jenet Klyburn in the DCEU. So this gives Hathaway free rein to take the mantle of Batman’s first female sidekick. At 33, Hathaway is 11 years younger than Ben Affleck, and she’s young enough to play J.K. Simmons’ Commissioner Gordon daughter, and also old enough to have been retired from Batgirl in the DCEU. Once you look past something as unimportant as hair color, you’d see Hathaway’s ability to play damaged and vulnerable, as evidenced in Les Misérables. Plus, she’s had plenty of movies that lend themselves to Barbara Gordon outside of the Batsuit. A name like Hathaway being attached to the upcoming Harley Quinn film — which may or may not feature the Birds of Prey — brings an even bigger draw and gets me excited just thinking about it.
Zatanna Zatara was created in 1964 by DC’s Gardner Fox and artist Murphy Anderson as the daughter of their magician hero John Zatara. Through her early years, Zatana was no more than a supporting heroine with interesting relationships, including her long-time friendship with Bruce Wayne, and romantic relationships with John Constantine and her protégée Timothy Hunter. She received a big push in 2010 when DC allowed writer Paul Dini to create a 16-issue solo series for the magician. In The New 52, Zatanna is a member of Justice League Dark. She's been featured in a number of DC projects; check her out in this Young Justice Season 2 "The Invasion" montage:
DC is developing a Justice League Dark film, to be directed by Edge of Tomorrow's Doug Liman. Since the group of supernatural heroes are relative unknowns, having someone like Hathaway in the cast gives the movie some star power and credibility. She’d be able to provide the necessary sexiness and strength needed to make Zatanna’s big-screen depiction worthwhile. As the sexy practitioner of magic, Hathaway would be the perfect actress to carry the mantle of Zatanna for a solo JL Dark movie that would feature a veteran hero joining forces and leading the supernatural heroes alongside John Constantine. Even more so due to Zatanna’s team-ups with both Batman and Superman or her part in Justice League of America, this role would definitely suit Hathaway.
1. Carol Ferris/Star Sapphire
There have been a number of Star Sapphire characters in DC, but Carol Ferris is the most notable version. Carol and Green Lantern/Hal Jordan’s lives are very much intertwined. After the fatal plane crash of Hal’s pilot father, Carol’s father was guilt stricken and ultimately fell ill. With her father out of commission, Carol's dreams of being a pilot were forsaken and she was forced to take over as CEO of the family business, Ferris Air. Hal had pulled away and the two soon lost contact with one another.
After discovering Hal was her employee, the two began an on again/off again relationship, until Hal once again disappeared after becoming the Green Lantern. The lovers of the violet crystal, the Zamarons saw this as an opportunity to prove to the Guardians that not only were men inferior to women, but the power of love is stronger than that of will, thus giving the Zamarons a wearer of their Star Sapphire gem in Carol Ferris.
Against her will, Ferris was controlled and forced to battle Hal. Fueled by the power of love, Carol was the most powerful Star Sapphire and eventually became the leader of the Star Sapphire Corps. As an enemy of the Green Lantern Corps, Carol would often battle the will-empowered heroes, yet she’d always spare the life of Hal. Carol would eventually gain control of the violet gem and later become a full-time hero in her own right. For better or worse, Blake Lively gave us our first live-action depiction of Carlo Ferris in Green Lantern.
I know actress Christina Wren has been playing Carol in Man of Steele and Batman v Superman, but maybe she’s just a stopgap. If so, Hathaway could become the starter in a much larger capacity. If the DCEU is truly looking to go galactic and explore a film that would feature multiple Green Lanterns, then having them face off against their rival, the Zamarons’ Star Sapphire, would truly be epic.
Hathaway kinda has some intergalactic experience in Interstellar as Dr. Amelia Brand; she has set up shop somewhere on Saturn, so she’d be very comfortable in space. And having the actress as a throwaway villain and pop-up heroine would be perfect for the busy new mom.
So let's make it happen! Let's get Anne Hathaway in Affleck's untitled Batman reboot, which is due to hit cinema screens in 2018!