Why Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman is the best part of The Dark Knight Rises

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:

Why Catwoman is the Best Part of The Dark Knight Rises