The 2004 film. Patience Phillips (played by Halle Berry), is a shy secretary with few friends who works at the Hedare cosmetics company; she is killed by her boss' scheming wife Laurel after she learns that the company is developing an anti-aging cream that may give good results but comes with severe side effects. Patience is subsequently brought back to life and given special, cat-like abilities by Midnight, an Egyptian Mau she earlier encountered and attempted to rescue. Now she must stop Laurel and come to terms with the changes brought on by her abilities as Catwoman.Has little to do with the comic book character of the same name.
At the Opera Tonight: George Hedare takes his mistress to a Cirque du Soleil-style performance; After the latter gets bored and leaves, Catwoman takes her place and confronts him. When the security officers confronts Catwoman, she jumps off the balcony and on to the stage, then scrambles up the back wall; the audience of course, think this is all part of the show.
Cardboard Prison: During her Despair Event Horizon, Midnight appears to Patience by squeezing through the bars of the cell, which leads to Patience breaking out of jail by squeezing through the bars due to her cat-like powers.
"There are three good things in Catwoman: Halle Berry's face, Halle Berry's body, and Halle Berry's costume. Those are first-rate. Everything else in this movie is unbelievably bad."
Also, there's a scene toward the end where the Big Bad is lathering herself up with the poisonous makeup cream. Distractingly sexy.
Fountain of Youth: With a twist; continued use deadens the nerves and makes the skin like "marble," but if you stop using it, your face will decay.
Gender Flip: Oddly enough, the closest thing in the film to any DC Comics plot element is the resemblance between Laurel's arc and the original Batman comics origin story for Black Mask, the male C-list Batman villain who became comics Catwoman's personal Arch-Enemy.
In Name Only: Go read a Catwoman comic. AnyCatwoman comic. Then compare it to this movie. Other than the main character being a cat-themed antiheroine who dresses in black leather and wields a whip, there's almost no resemblance. The closest this film gets to having anything in common with the source material is an off-hand comment about "other people who have had such abilities", and one of the photos on the table is Selina from Batman Returns.
My Instincts Are Showing: Happens repeatedly to Patience after she is brought back to life. As to be expected, it freaks her out at first.
Obviously Evil: George Hedare, who is clearly established as an antagonist from the first scene he appears in. With Laurel, it's played with. She comes across as an antagonist at first, but later helps Catwoman, and then stabs her in the back.
Actually just Laurel is pure evil. George is just a jerk.
Stealth Pun: Sharon Stone playing a woman whose skin is like marble due to a side affect of the skin cream she markets.
Stealth Sequel: To the Batman films, notably, Batman Returns. Her origin is identical to that of the Batman Returns Catwoman, the Catwoman persona is said to be a Legacy Character, and in the pictures of former "Catwomen", we see Michelle Pfeiffer's original character. Worth noting that in Batman Returns Catwoman was a case of Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane regarding her "powers" with the movie seeming to point out that she had really just gone crazy. This movie makes it definitely Magic.
Stripperiffic: Much of the hatred from the movie, at least at first, stemmed from her revealing costume, which was a departure from the typical full-body catsuit. Your mileage may vary if this is a good thing or not. The making-of material reveals (no, not visually) that the top to the costume had a tendency to pop off — so often that it actually became annoying to everyone on the set.
Lest anyone enjoy that idea too much, keep in mind that it often would have been popping off Berry's stunt double... a man.