Anne Hathaway at the Rio Event | © 2011 Sue Schneider

Anne Hathaway at the Rio Event | © 2011 Sue Schneider

Well, now we know: The two villains that will square off against Christian Bale’s gravelly-voiced Gotham City crusader in the third Christopher Nolan-helmed Batman film DARK KNIGHT RISES will be Catwoman (purrfect) and Bane (snap!) played by Anne Hathaway and Tom Hardy, respectively.

With a fan base not only devoutly dedicated to the many years of continuity in the Bat-comics, but impressed by Nolan’s unique, some might even say pseudo-realistic take on the surreal shenanigans of the cowled one and his extensive rogues’ gallery, how exactly do you handle reintroducing both of these antagonists in a way sure to please as many moviegoers as possible?

Maybe we need to start with some basics, like the elements of their personalities or storylines from their pasts that make these characters what they are, so here we present a few things to keep in mind as we witness their latest incarnations coming to life on the silver screen (see our companion article for more on the man that broke the Bat by CLICKING HERE).

1) She’s an Original – Selina faced off against Batman for the first time in Batman #1 (1940) as “The Cat,” so she’s one of his very first villains. You don’t mess with a classic, so there’s no need to radically reinvent her…or add a lot of leather straps. Halle Berry, I’m looking at you.

Two Catwomen face off. | ©2011 Warner Bros. & DC Comics.

Two Catwomen face off. | ©2011 Warner Bros. & DC Comics.

2) She’s Sexy and Empowering – Despite (sometimes) being a villain, she’s often linked with Wonder Woman and Batgirl as iconic female characters that represent independent, powerful women. That makes her sexy for everybody, so let’s keep her that way.

Catwoman knows what she wants. | ©2011 Warner Bros.

Catwoman knows what she wants. | ©2011 Warner Bros.

3) She’s Morally Ambiguous – This will look familiar when you also read the Bane article. Selina is usually in it for herself, so this often puts her on different sides…preferably whichever one gets her as close to Batman as she can get.

Selina goes for it. | ©2011 DC Comics.

Selina goes for it. | ©2011 DC Comics.

4) She’s Had Many Looks – She didn’t even really have a distinctive costume in the very beginning, but now there are generations that grew up with either Julie Newmar, Michelle Pfeiffer, or the Adrienne Barbeau-voiced cartoon version. They all have one thing in common: skintight duds. Take note, Nolan.

Julie Newmar as Catwoman. | ©2011 Warner Bros.

Julie Newmar as Catwoman. | ©2011 Warner Bros.

5) She’s Down to Earth – Nolan’s vision of Batman’s world is far more realistic than most, but that makes it a purrfect place (sorry, hard to resist) for this slinky cat burglar to strut her stuff.

Catwoman is eyeing you. | ©2011 DC Comics.

Catwoman is eyeing you. | ©2011 DC Comics.

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