When I first heard of the rumour that there could potentially be a Catwoman spinoff, featuring Anne Hathaway reprising her role from The Dark Knight Rises, I, like many a rabid Bat-Fan, scoffed at the mere notion, however after giving it some thought the idea seems more and more appealing.
Perhaps the biggest stumbling block is making a story worth telling, luckily for everyone this story already exists in Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s excellent ‘Catwoman: When in Rome’. A story about Catwoman travelling to Rome to find out the identity of her father, who she believes to be crime lord Carmine Falcone, substitute Rome for Gotham and you have the beginnings on why Miss Kyle wound up in Gotham in the first place. The potential is there to also add to TDKR’s story by showing how Selina Kyle first turned to a life of crime and further explore her motivations in greater detail, as well as paralleling Bruce Wayne’s own story of a parentless adolescence.
TDKR is set 8 years after The Dark Knight…. 8 freaking years! That’s a lot of time and a Catwoman spinoff could show us what was going on in Gotham during these 8 years.
Another adventure set within the universe Chris Nolan created opens up the possibility of adapting villains from Batman’s rogue gallery that we never got to see in the Nolanverse. Whilst it is said that crime was down during the totalitarian enforcement of the Dent act ( I can’t get behind an act that abuses so many human rights no matter how hard I try!) the film can show the affects of Batman and The Joker and how they inspired other criminals to take that next step and up their game.
A SHARED DC UNIVERSE
A Catwoman film that fits inbetween The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises has the potential to retroactively fit Nolan’s Bat-Trilogy into a shared DC universe. We could have a news report on a certain caped wonder in Metropolis, or even a cameo from othe DC heroes…
ANNE HATHAWAY IN THAT CATSUIT
Don’t tell me you don’t want to see more of Anne squeezed into that skin tight costume!
Of course any film that attempts to fit within Chris Nolans much loved trilogy would have to tread very carefully and respect what has come before it or risk the wrath of fanboys everywhere.