Follow TV Tropes

Following

History Film / Catwoman

Go To



* InNameOnly: Given that the main character isn't even Selena Kyle, you kinda have to expect this trope to be in play. The movie makes a few references to previous Catwoman incarnations - notably the scene in ''Film/BatmanReturns'' where Selena is brought back to life after being killed by Schreck, but otherwise this movie goes off on its own track and bears little resemblance to the [[ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} comics version of Catwoman]]. Other than the main character being a cat-themed anti-heroine who dresses in black leather and wields a whip, there's no resemblance. If you keep that in mind you'll enjoy this movie a lot more.

to:

* InNameOnly: Given that the main character isn't even Selena Selina Kyle, you kinda have to expect this trope to be in play. The movie makes a few references to previous Catwoman incarnations - notably the scene in ''Film/BatmanReturns'' where Selena Selina is brought back to life after being killed by Schreck, but otherwise this movie goes off on its own track and bears little resemblance to the [[ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} comics version of Catwoman]]. Other than the main character being a cat-themed anti-heroine who dresses in black leather and wields a whip, there's no resemblance. If you keep that in mind you'll enjoy this movie a lot more.


* InNameOnly: Given that the main character isn't even Selena Kyle, you kinda have to expect this trope to be in play. Go read a ''ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}'' comic. '''Any''' ''Catwoman'' comic. Then compare it to this movie. Other than the main character being a cat-themed anti-heroine who dresses in black leather and wields a whip, there's no resemblance. If you keep that in mind you'll enjoy this movie a lot more.
** The only thing they do keep is the "licked back to life with kitty powers by magic cats" aspect of Selina's origin in ''Film/BatmanReturns,'' which was a BigLippedAlligatorMoment in ''that'' film that's not in any other retelling of her origin. On top of that, it's been noted that in ''that'' film, Selina might be wrong about all that - she's ''not'' super agile when first resurrected, and the injuries she suffers - including her original "death" - were not unsurvivable. In ''this'' film it's played dead straight.

to:

* InNameOnly: Given that the main character isn't even Selena Kyle, you kinda have to expect this trope to be in play. Go read The movie makes a ''ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}'' comic. '''Any''' ''Catwoman'' comic. Then compare it few references to previous Catwoman incarnations - notably the scene in ''Film/BatmanReturns'' where Selena is brought back to life after being killed by Schreck, but otherwise this movie.movie goes off on its own track and bears little resemblance to the [[ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} comics version of Catwoman]]. Other than the main character being a cat-themed anti-heroine who dresses in black leather and wields a whip, there's no resemblance. If you keep that in mind you'll enjoy this movie a lot more.
** The only thing they do keep is the "licked back to life with kitty powers by magic cats" aspect of Selina's origin in ''Film/BatmanReturns,'' which was a BigLippedAlligatorMoment in ''that'' film that's not in any other retelling of her origin. On top of that, it's been noted that in ''that'' film, Selina might be wrong about all that - she's ''not'' super agile when first resurrected, and the injuries she suffers - including her original "death" - were not unsurvivable. In ''this'' film it's played dead straight.
more.


[[quoteright:300:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Catwoman_poster.jpg]]

to:

[[quoteright:300:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Catwoman_poster.jpg]]
org/pmwiki/pub/images/catwoman_movie.png]]


Patience Phillips (played by Creator/HalleBerry), 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 gives incredibly results but comes with '''severe''' side effects - and is highly addictive to boot.

to:

Patience Phillips (played by Creator/HalleBerry), 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 gives incredibly incredible results but comes with '''severe''' side effects - and is highly addictive to boot.

Added DiffLines:

* AdaptationalHeroism: Catwoman is generally a lot nicer and more heroic than the comic book version

Added DiffLines:

* DrinkOrder: Catwoman orders a White Russian without ice, vodka, or Kahlua. The bartender gives her a glass of cream. Did we mention that Catwoman is basically a cat?


* BrokenAesop: The film pushes a GirlPower theme while having Patience run around almost half naked in her leather cat costume and having her movements be as suggestive as possible.

to:

* BrokenAesop: The film pushes a GirlPower "Girl Power" theme while having Patience run around almost half naked in her leather cat costume and having her movements be as suggestive as possible.


Patience Phillips (played by Creator/HalleBerry), 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 gives incredibly results but comes with '''severe''' side effects - and is highly addictive to boot. 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 even though it didn't actually need any rescuing. Now she must remember who killed her, find out why, stop their evil schemes, and come to terms with the changes brought on by her abilities, and use them for good rather than exploiting their potential for evil.

to:

Patience Phillips (played by Creator/HalleBerry), 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 gives incredibly results but comes with '''severe''' side effects - and is highly addictive to boot. boot.

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 even though it didn't actually need any rescuing. Now she must remember who killed her, find out why, stop their evil schemes, and come to terms with the changes brought on by her abilities, and use them for good rather than exploiting their potential for evil.


A 2004 superhero film. Perhaps the name of the film was the worst choice of all, because people were drawn in thinking they would see a movie about THE Catwoman from DC comics, and saw a Selina Kyle {{Expy}} gain cat powers because the character and plot has nothing to do with the DC Universe.

to:

A 2004 superhero film. Perhaps the name of the film was the worst choice of all, because people were drawn in thinking they would see a movie about THE Catwoman from DC comics, and saw a Selina Kyle {{Expy}} gain cat powers because the character and plot has nothing to do with the DC Universe.
Universe[[note]] Mind you, a BlinkAndYouLlMissIt shot of the Michelle Pfeiffer Catwoman as one of this Catwoman's predecessor implies this takes place in the same universe as ''Film/BatmanReturns''. But this is entirely cosmetic: the city where this is all happening isn't even identified as Gotham City.[[/note]].


A 2004 superhero film. Perhaps the name of the film was the worst choice of all, because people were drawn in thinking they would see a movie about THE Catwoman from DC comics, and saw a Selina Kyle {{Expy}} gain cat powers because the movie has nothing to do with the DC Universe.

to:

A 2004 superhero film. Perhaps the name of the film was the worst choice of all, because people were drawn in thinking they would see a movie about THE Catwoman from DC comics, and saw a Selina Kyle {{Expy}} gain cat powers because the movie character and plot has nothing to do with the DC Universe.
Universe.

Unfortunately the movie rips off just enough of THE Catwoman so that it doesn't feel like its own standalone movie.


A 2004 superhero film about a woman who gains powers that relate to being a cat, it is [[InNameOnly loosely]] based on the Creator/DCComics character ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}.

Patience Phillips (played by Creator/HalleBerry), 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 gives incredibly results but comes with '''severe''' side effects - and is highly addictive to boot. 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 even though it didn't actually need any rescuing. Now she must remember who killed her, find out why, stop their evil schemes, and come to terms with the changes brought on by her abilities, and use them for good rather than exploiting their potential for evil.

to:

A 2004 superhero film. Perhaps the name of the film was the worst choice of all, because people were drawn in thinking they would see a movie about THE Catwoman from DC comics, and saw a woman who gains Selina Kyle {{Expy}} gain cat powers that relate to being a cat, it is [[InNameOnly loosely]] based on because the Creator/DCComics character ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}.

movie has nothing to do with the DC Universe.

Patience Phillips (played by Creator/HalleBerry), is a shy secretary with few friends who works at the Hedare cosmetics company; she is killed murdered by her boss' scheming wife Laurel after she learns that the company is developing an anti-aging cream that gives incredibly results but comes with '''severe''' side effects - and is highly addictive to boot. 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 even though it didn't actually need any rescuing. Now she must remember who killed her, find out why, stop their evil schemes, and come to terms with the changes brought on by her abilities, and use them for good rather than exploiting their potential for evil.



* InNameOnly: Given that the main character isn't even Selena Kyle, you kinda have to expect this trope to be in play. Go read a ''ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}'' comic. '''Any''' ''Catwoman'' comic. Then compare it to this movie. Other than the main character being a cat-themed anti-heroine who dresses in black leather and wields a whip, there's no resemblance. If you keep that in mind you'll enjoy this movie a lot more.
** The only thing they do keep is the "licked back to life with kitty powers by magic cats" aspect of Selina's origin in ''Film/BatmanReturns,'' which was a BigLippedAlligatorMoment in ''that'' film that's not in any other retelling of her origin. On top of that, it's been noted that in ''that'' film, Selina might be wrong about all that - she's ''not'' super agile when first resurrected, and the injuries she suffers - including her original "death" - were not unsurvivable. In ''this'' film it's played dead straight.

to:

* InNameOnly: Given that the main character isn't even Selena Kyle, you kinda have to expect this trope to be in play. Go read a ''ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}'' comic. '''Any''' ''Catwoman'' comic. Then compare it to this movie. Other than the main character being a cat-themed anti-heroine who dresses in black leather and wields a whip, there's no resemblance. If you keep that in mind you'll enjoy this The movie a lot more.
** The only thing they do keep
is the "licked back to life with kitty powers by magic cats" aspect of Selina's origin in ''Film/BatmanReturns,'' which was a BigLippedAlligatorMoment in ''that'' film that's not in any other retelling of her origin. On top of that, called "Catwoman". But it's been noted that not DC's Catwoman. Unfortunately it hooked DC fans in ''that'' film, Selina might be wrong about all that - she's ''not'' super agile when first resurrected, and the injuries she suffers - including her original "death" - were not unsurvivable. In ''this'' film it's played dead straight.they felt cheated.



* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Laurel is blonde and evil as they come.
* YourCheatingHeart: George Hedare is shown having a mistress, which his wife already knows about.

to:

* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Laurel is platinum blonde and evil as they come.
* YourCheatingHeart: George Hedare is shown having a mistress, which his wife already knows about.about, and it frustrates her to no end.

Added DiffLines:

* CutLexLuthorACheck: The ''WebVideo/NostalgiaCritic'' wondered why they didn't take the makeup that makes you indestructible and sell it to the army.


A 2004 superhero film about a woman who gains powers that relate to being a cat, it is loosely based on the Creator/DCComics character ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}.

to:

A 2004 superhero film about a woman who gains powers that relate to being a cat, it is loosely [[InNameOnly loosely]] based on the Creator/DCComics character ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}.



* AdaptedOut: Franchise/{{Batman}}, Catwoman's nemesis and occasional love interest, does not appear in the film at all.



* AntiHero: Catwoman. Though a hero, she's got no compunctions about roughing up her targets.

to:

* AntiHero: Catwoman. Though she's a hero, she's got no compunctions about roughing up her targets.



* AtTheOperaTonight: George Hedare takes his mistress to a Creator/CirqueDuSoleil-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 AllPartOfTheShow.

to:

* AtTheOperaTonight: George Hedare takes his mistress to a Creator/CirqueDuSoleil-style performance; After the latter gets bored and leaves, Catwoman takes her place and confronts him. When the security officers confronts confront Catwoman, she jumps off the balcony and on to the stage, then scrambles up the back wall; the audience of course, think this is AllPartOfTheShow.

Added DiffLines:

* ActorAllusion: It's not the first time Michael Massee (Armando) plays an henchman responsible for [[Film/TheCrow the main protagonist's Death who eventually comes back for vengeance.]]

Showing 15 edit(s) of 148

Top

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:

/

Media sources:

/

Report