Christopher Nolan likes to do horrible things to his female characters, especially those romantically entangled with his heroes: rape, torture, insanity, death and death and death. … But the Selina Kyle of The Dark Knight Rises is a welcome and long overdue departure from all of those tropes. She’s a protagonist in her own right, with problems and motivations unrelated to the hero or to the actions of men in her life; she’s the hero of her own story, which overlaps with Batman’s but doesn’t rely on it.
I can’t overstate how much I was dreading seeing a Nolan-written, Anne Hathaway-acted Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises. (Seriously, the dread started the night I saw The Dark Knight, four years ago.) Yet somehow she became the best part of the movie. I wrote about why in a guest post at Indiewire’s Women and Hollywood blog: