Selina Kyle
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Alias(es) The Cat
Appeared in The Dark Knight Rises
Status Alive
Actor Anne Hathaway
"Do you think this is gonna last? There's a storm coming, Mr. Wayne. You and your friends better batten down the hatches, because when it hits, you're all gonna wonder how you ever thought you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us."
―Selina Kyle[src]

Selina Kyle, also known as the Cat, is a world-class cat burglar and mistress of disguise.


The Dark Knight Rises

Selina Kyle, working for John Daggett, infiltrated Wayne Manor, disguised as a maid. She was ordered to deliver food to Bruce without touching anything, but instead, once in the room, she stole Martha Wayne's pearl necklace and, more importantly, Bruce Wayne's fingerprints for Stryver. Later on, it is revealed that she works for Bruce's adversary, Daggett, and she works for him so that her criminal record can be erased. But she is being betrayed, and flees from Daggett's henchmen.

She tried to retrieve what Daggett promised to her by herself, but was ambushed by Daggett's henchmen. Being outnumbered, she is saved by Batman because he believes that she is not a bad person, as she only steals from rich people and not the poor. Bruce Wayne later asked help from Selina to get him to Bane, only to be betrayed by her so that she can save herself. Selina is on the verge of her tears after seeing how Batman is brutally overpowered by Bane, but since she is not strong enough to defeat Bane, she left Batman.

She later tried to flee Gotham only to be caught by John Blake. She was imprisoned in Blackgate Prison. She is later freed by Bane with all of the other Blackgate prisoners, and left her previous apartment to live in a bigger house which belonged to a wealthy family before which was raided by the former prisoners of Blackgate. Although she said that the storm was coming, she doesn't feel right about all that happens in Gotham recently without Batman.

Later on, she saved a little boy who stole an apple from some thugs, only to be found by Bruce. Bruce once again asked her help and offers her criminal record to be erased if she helps him. She was surprised by Bruce's trust, despite her last betrayal. Batman asked her to make an escape route for the city, as she goes back to save Batman from being killed by Bane. She helps Batman to destroy Talia's convoy. She finally stops the convoy with Batman, and gives him a kiss before he sacrifices himself to save Gotham, as she thinks that they have a lot of similarities with each other. After Batman is declared dead, it is revealed that she and Bruce live together, far away from Gotham.



Selina Kyle is a master thief and a mistress of disguise. She can crack safes thought to have been uncrackable, and uses tools such as high-tech goggles. As a grifter, she uses her sex appeal to con wealthy men. Her agility and flexibility are assets in her fights, in which she can hold her own while aided by her bladed high-heel boots. She can learn new skills quickly to adapt to her environment.


  • Infared Goggles
  • Batpod
  • Pistol (formerly)


Behind the scenes

  • Before Anne Hathaway won the role of Selina Kyle. Eva Green, Angelina Jolie, Blake Lively, Rhona Mitra, Charlize Theron, Abbie Cornish, Vera Farmiga, Jessica Biel, Natalie Portman, Gemma Arterton, Kate Mara, Charlotte Riley, Emily Blunt, Lady Gaga and Keira Knightley all auditioned for the role of Selina Kyle. After the initial audition process, Biel and Mara all screen tested.
  • Anne Hathaway, who plays Catwoman, had been cast as Felicia Hardy (who becomes Black Cat in the comics) in Spider-Man 4 that was going to feature the Vulture and Vultress before production shutting down and Sony rebooting the Spider-Man franchise although Hardy would not have transformed into the Black Cat, as in the comics; instead, Raimi's Felicia was expected to become a brand-new superpowered figure called the Vulturess.
  • To prepare for her role as Catwoman, Anne Hathaway worked out five days a week on a regime that involved vigorous exercise, stunt training and dancing. She called it her most physically demanding role to date.
  • In an interview Hathaway, she revealed that she thought she was auditioning for Harley Quinn.


  • Selina Kyle is never actually referred to as "Catwoman" in the entire film.
  • Kyle never receives any sort of backstory, such as how she was trained to become a skilled fighter and infiltrator or how she got her high-tech equipment. All that is known is that she broke out of prison at age 16.
  • Anne Hathaway has stated that she would like to see a Catwoman spin-off, although this was just a thought and nothing solid.


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