It's really unfathomable, with a
dramatic watershed like this as it's predecessor, The Dark
Knight Rises could have thrown away the revelation of each other's
identities like a troublesome bit of housekeeping that had to be
gotten out of the way.
Batman Returns Michael Keaton and Michelle Pfeiffer
Bruce Wayne has a business meeting with Max Shrek. Selina
Kyle is his secretary. An innocuous meeting, but it got the
job done. Though they were denied the happy ending of The Dark
Knight Rises, it's a far more satisfying Batman and Catwoman, and a
far more satisfying Bruce and Selina than the later effort.
The word is chemistry. Not only was Michelle Pfeifer's
Catwoman vibrantly sexy, her Selina had a vulnerability and nuanced
humanity that later incarnations lacked, and best of all, her scenes
with Bruce sizzled with possibilities. The actors once dated,
and maybe that made the difference.
Maybe too a script that explored the inherent drama of the
relationship rather than denying it and losing it in extra
characters. When the petting gets heavy and Bruce and Selina
are approaching intimacy, it is their scars that keep them apart.
And then there's the electric moment when identities are
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