To Catch a Thief

After 70 years of shape-shifting, a Catwoman for the 99%

Ron Phillips/(c) 2011 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Anne Hathaway as Catwoman in Dark Knight Rises.

Anne Hathaway remembers the night Catwoman changed her life. It was 1992, she was 9 years old, and she'd gone with her father and brother to see Tim Burton's Batman Returns. Michelle Pfeiffer was playing Batman's foil, commanding the screen with her shiny latex catsuit and malicious smirk. "When we left the theater, it was a full moon," Hathaway says, "and I kept doing that head roll-up that she did in the last scene"--when Catwoman unfolds her body and gazes into the sky at the Bat-Signal--"until my dad told me to stop messing around and get in the car. I'd never...

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