Did you love Anne Hathaway's Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises? Would you like to see her grace the screen again? So would we. After all, nothing could possibly go wrong with a Catwoman spin-off movie, made after the franchise has already officially ended. Cough. Cough cough.
But Anne Hathaway would love to reprise the role again, according to a recent interview with Access Hollywood. While promoting her upcoming musical Les Miserables, makes it clear that "nobody has talked to me about it" before adding, "I would love it. I actually, it’s so embarrassing, I was at a press Q & A thing the other night for a screening of The Dark Knight, and the moderator asked me, ‘So what was it like to say goodbye to the character?’ And I burst into tears, because I miss her,” the 30-year-old said. “It just makes me cry. I miss her. I love Selena so much and I love her presence in my life and getting to… I’m crying again.”
"So assuming there was enough Kleenex in the world," Hathaway concludes, "I would love to do a spin-off."
Naturally, there is a big difference between wanting to make a movie and actually making one, particularly when you're not the driving creative force behind a franchise. What Anne Hathaway has done is just put the idea out into the universe, making sure Warner Bros. executives are fully aware that she'd like to come back to work as Christopher Nolan's most compelling female character. Maybe they'll take the bait.
But should they? If you've seen The Dark Knight Rises, and statistically speaking you probably have by now, you know that Catwoman's story ends in such a way that putting her back on screen would be a serious problem. If nothing else, she'd have an obligatory co-star who might not work in the second fiddle position. Or you'd have to completely undo the ending of The Dark Knight Rises, and say that that one thing that happened didn't turn out as well as Christopher Nolan wanted you to believe, which would be really depressing and retcon a movie that many consider to be one of the best films of 2012.
Then again, if Joseph Gordon-Levitt does end up playing Batman in the near future, maybe keeping the most recent Catwoman in an all-new franchise wouldn't be out of the question either.