The much anticipated summer blockbuster The Dark Knight Rises has descended upon us and Anne Hathaway is getting a lot of attention for portraying the multiple faces and facets of Selina Kyle, better known to all of us as Catwoman. Never explicitly referred to as Catwoman but, rather, as a cat burglar, she's a character who knows how to make her mark in a dark city overrun with men.
I think Anne steals the film (pun intended). And there are a few pointers in there for women who want to succeed in a “man-made” world. Here's what makes her so fierce…
1) She knows what she wants: Selina operates with clear intentions. She knows what she wants and what she has to do to get it. Then she gets it done. Even physically, she is strong and agile and moves with precision and deliberate, delicious gestures.
2) She works well in a partnership: She can hold her own and she's loyal… when it comes down to it. She is also wise enough to accurately assess a situation and play up or play down her strengths as required, from feigning the role of a damsel in distress to decimating an adversary.
3) She knows how to make an entrance: And, perhaps more effectively, an exit. Her first grand departure in the film is simple but thrilling. And that's among the many inventive and awe inspiring little tricks she pulls (some only realized after she's long gone) that remind you that it's always good, in your own way, to leave your mark.
4) She has fabulous and practical style: Moonlighting as a maid, attending a masquerade ball, or just going to the airport – and especially in her stealth Catsuit, her look is a consistently glamorous. It's a bit of a nod to the 1960s TV Catwoman. With her perfectly kept hair and slash of crimson lipstick, she offers a good reminder that if you're going to do something, you should look good doing it.
And she's also practical… her “cat” ears are actually flipped-up goggles that she uses and she's inventive with her everyday wardrobe as means of getting out of tricky situations. And then there are those boots. I'll save the spoiler, but they're a great symbol of the d0-it-all woman.
5) She questions herself: Are her actions in the right, or in the wrong? Everything is not so black and white. As she struggles with some of her choices, we are challenged to identify our own values. She shows us that we are allowed to change our minds and change our values – just as long as we question ourselves. She's not too proud to acknowledge damage she has done and isn't afraid to admit to her mistakes and then take action to correct them.
So, even though you may not be able to don the skintight suit, you can still kick some ass by embracing the inner Selina Kyle/Catwoman in yourself.