Written by Old Bluffer 19th Feb 2007
Selina Kyle is a timid PA for ruthless (and chauvinist) businessman, Max Shreck. She is belittled constantly by her boss, but deludes herself into thinking the job is good enough to put up with it.
When she is caught by Shreck going through confidential files though, her fate is sealed. "How industrious" Shreck says as she babbles on about assembling the notes for him - and as this is Christopher Walken, we can see that the dowdy Gotham secretary is doomed.
Having Christopher Walken as your boss would have to be the most stressful office job in the world!
Selina is oblivious to all this though, and continues to talk, revealing that she guessed her boss's password would be "Geraldo", after his creepy stuffed chihuahua! She also makes it quite clear that she knows all about Shreck's innovative designs for a power plant that actually works to suck power from Gotham City, stockpiling it for nefarious purposes.
This earns her a Walken thin-lipped-smile-of-impending-death.
"What did curiousity do, to the cat?" he asks her, herding her towards the window at the same time.
"How can you be so mean to someone so meaningless?!" Selina responds, playing the Helpless Female card, but when it becomes evident that Schreck is unmoved, she finds a bit of backbone:
"OK, go ahead, intimidate me. Bully me if it makes you feel big. I mean, it's not like you can just kill me!"
"Actually, it's a lot like that."
This smile doesn't mean that everything is going to be all right...
Shreck then moves ominously closer, before grinning and saying "Huh?! HUH?!" - the loveable old rascal, he was only joking with her!
Selina barely has time to laugh with relief when Shreck turns and hurls her forcibly through the window, where she falls hundreds of feet to the snow dusted street below.
Notice the typical Burton scenery in the lefthand pic.
What follows is open to interpretation, as Selina Kyle's powers aren't granted in quite as obvious a fashion as Gotham's other fantastic villains.
Pfeiffer's clothes were smeared all over with tuna for this scene!
As she lies bleeding in the snow, cats begin to emerge from the shadows, and each one blows some life essence into the dying girl's mouth. Presumably this happens nine times, with each cat giving one of its lives to save her. This has a side effect that we see later too, in that Selina is gifted with the agility and strength of a feline, allowing her to leap and fight far better than a normal secretary...
The cats then leap all over her body and even gnaw her fingers in order to revive her.
This bloodthirsty feline has no interest in helping and obviously just wants a snack!
We next see Selina back at her flat, looking wild and clearly unhinged from her strange rescue from the world of the dead.
She shrieks in rage at the sheer sappyness of her apartment and starts smashing it up. She then does what any self respecting Gotham personality would do, and sets about crafting herself a distinctive costume.
The next time we see her she is of course Cat Woman, an amoral, angry persona, not altogether unlike Batman.
This film shows the struggle between Selina and Catwoman in a sympathetic light - although she is capable of evil, there is still hope for her to master her dark side as Wayne has (mostly) managed to do.
It's amazing what you can knock up with some old bin bags and a sewing machine.