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Cher As Catwoman In Next Batman Movie?

I'm sure your immediate response was very similar to mine - HUH???? April Fools' day was almost 5 months ago!

Alas, it just might come to fruition, and might even make sense, once you get the rest of the story.


According to the UK Telegraph, "the 62-year-old singer and actress is reported to be in talks to play Catwoman opposite Christian Bale in the third Batman film from British director Christopher Nolan."

The article quotes a studio executive as saying that Cher is Nolan's first choice to play Catwoman. "He wants to her to portray her like a vamp in her twilight years... the absolute opposite of Michelle Pfeiffer and Halle Berry's purring creations."

So, essentially, Catwoman post her active, leotard wearing, whip lashing days? Sounds intriguing actually, but doesn't that stray from the established characterization of Catwoman in all the comic books and previous cartoons and movies? She has always been portrayed as parallel to Batman, within his age group, evolving as he evolved, much like the Joker, and has even been somewhat of a love interest. If the Telegraph's report is accurate, new rules would have to be developed regarding her character's career, motivations and relationship to Batman, as well as her alter ego's (Selina Kyle's) relationship to Batman's alter ego, Bruce Wayne. Maybe she'll be something like a cougar!! :o)


Regardless, anything would be better than the Catwoman Halle Berry gave us a few years ago. We need something to erase that vision from memory. Might it come in the form of Cher? I haven't seen much of her lately, but she's always been one to maintain near-perfect physical form, so I'm sure that's still the case, even at 62, and donning some black tights and high heels, brandishing a whip, might actually look just fine on her! Her last prominent role was in 1999's Tea With Mussolini. She's done some TV work since then, but for the most part, she's been invisible.

Thoughts?

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2 comments:

  1. Anonymous said...
     

    The term "cougar" is so played out! Especially since the younger men are making most of the advances these days. I'm just sayin'...lol.

    Anywho. I think Cher as Catwoman could be pretty cool if the character is really "dark" and sexy ...and it's not done in a really campy way. She's got the whole goth Morticia Adams thing going. It just might work.

    - P

  2. UK Black Chick aka Wendy said...
     

    Actually, my immediate response wasn't very similar to yours at all. Not sure why she hasn't been considered for the role before.

    I think she'll easily bring a lot more to the role than either Michelle Pfeiffer or Halle Berry, neither of whom quite had that feline haugtiness that Cher could muster with just one shake of her mane.

    Comic book characterisations of Cat Woman just don't work so well in live action... Cats aren't about being sexy, they're about being superior, self-possessed, confident, indignant and almost downright condescending! Which, of course, makes them all the more alluring (maybe even sexy).

    Cher, as long as she's still in fine form, should be brilliant.

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