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Anne Hathaway – The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

1. Anne Hathaway – The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

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I know, I know—Catwoman in both top spots?  It is how it is. So many actors and actresses have given to “phoning it in” for super hero roles in recent years.  Comic books have grown more popular, and thusly, more profitable in recent years. Studios are pumping out movies left and right with big budgets.  A-listers are taking these roles at full asking price, turning in a passable performance, and then moving on to passion projects where their real talent will come out.  Christopher Nolan seems to get these performances out of actors and actresses in his blockbusters.  Just as she did in Batman Returns, Selina fell for Bruce and Catwoman fell for Batman (and vice versa on both accounts), but Nolan chose to visit the character’s comic book origins as a burglar. Anne Hathaway served as a wild card and a catalyst all throughout the compelling conclusion to The Dark Knight trilogy: she piques Bruce’s interest to get him out of the house, introduces Batman to Bane, gets detained and interrogated by Blake, kidnaps a politician, saves the day, and saves the Batman. In the end, Selina proved to be a more suitable match for Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne than Rachel Dawes.  The actress confessed she sought the same inspiration for her performance as the team who created Catwoman: Hedy Lamarr.

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