Who Should Play Black Cat in Spider-Man 4?

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 7th, 2013 at 11:24 am,

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Taking all of the character’s themes and history into account, we need an actress who can be sexy, flirty, wild, smart, crafty and kick ass (like, able-to-tangle-with-Spider-Man tough). She’s also got be able to go from ultra-confident and strong to totally vulnerable at a turn, and there is the somewhat-weighty back story of Felicia’s issues with domineering men to consider – it’s what adds depth to the character and keeps her from being reduced to the status of Catwoman-copy eye-candy. The actress who gets the part needs to be able to handle those demands and still inject an overall sense of lightness and fun into the performance. Spider-Man must always be fun.

In terms of the actress rumored for the part, I like Anne Hathaway best. The Hathaway we saw in Brokeback Mountain and Rachel Getting Married proved the actress has tough-girl dramatic chops; the Hathaway in Devil Wears Prada showed us she’s an able leading lady who can project a “strong, independent woman” vibe (and showed her comedic chops to boot); her Get Smart role proved she can make action look soooo good (see above); and her role in Bride Wars showed us just how “catty” Hathaway can be.

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Then again, Hathaway may be too doe-eyed and soft-looking to be believable as the main villain in a major superhero movie. Of course, there is a second name I (and many of you) have in mind: Battlestar Galatica‘s Tricia “Six” Helfer.

Though Helfer is actually a year younger than Tobey Maguire, IMO she gives off a much more mature sexy vibe. Her role as Six on Battlestar had just about all of us sweating over her temptress wiles at one point or another, and in the latter seasons of the show, she definitely got a chance (playing different Cylon versions of herself) to prove she has more range than just playing a sexy girl. Helfer has shown us all sides of a complicated woman: damaged, assertive, angry, (very) sensual, rebellious, tough (downright savage!) while still being vulnerable – and though I may be beauty-biased here, I’m pretty sure I never once rolled my eyes at her acting during Battlestar‘s run.

In Helfer’s hands, I see Black Cat being an older woman than Peter Parker, much more mature and confident. We’ve already seen Peter deal with being tempted by another young girl in Spider-Man 3 (the tragically wasted Gwen Stacy); having the Webslinger go up against an older, wiser, supremely confident costumed character, while Peter Parker has to back  down a “cougar” who wants to pounce on him… That image at least lends credability to the thought of Black Cat carrying an entire Spider-Man movie on her shoulders.

So there you have it, my two picks – Quick! Before the official announcement gets made and ruins all the fun: who do you think should play Black Cat?

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Spider-Man 4 will be in theaters on May 5, 2011

Source: Nikke Finke & Slash Film

Black Cat Images: Diablo2003 @ Deviant ARt & J. Scott Campbell (Amazing Spider-Man #605-606)

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  1. *Looks through comments a sees Jessica Alba and Megan Fox’s names pop up*

    I can see why Hollywood doesn’t take fanboys seriously when we start suggesting these two for Black Cat. Seriously what is wrong with people? It would be Sue Storm all over again. Alba was only cast because she had a pretty face, a flat stomach, a sweet little ass, and was an it-girl at the time. You think Fox gave a damn about acting quality? No they got her because they knew she’d pull in horny 14-year-old boys.

    I would be absolutely disgusted of they cast Megan Fox. Don’t need Sony stooping to Fox’s(the studio) level. If I want bad acting bimbos, I’ll watch a Michael Bay film instead. Don’t need that in a Sam Raimi movie.

    Anyway my choice for Black Cat would be Estella Warren.

  2. Well casting is probably the hardest thing for a movie. Even if you find the perfect people, can you get them for the price you can afford? And then their’s the scheduling, and the egos, and their performance, and the agents, and on and on. 😉

    Makes me glad I’m retired…

  3. The casting for these movies has always been bad, except for the villains. Who really thought Tobey Maguire would be a good choice for Spiderman??? Probably the over rated director!

  4. They should use Natalie Portman! Tobey and Natalie are already doing the movie “Brothers” together so why not? I wanna see “Brothers” really bad btw

  5. chrisj,

    ok, maybe not completely ruined, but not completely unruined either. mostly ruined it seems. What are the odds it`s not mostly ruined.

    • I really think that Eliza Dushku has the whole bad-girl seductress thing going on, too. And I truly think that she’d be kinda sorta perfect for the role. But, one disclaimer. Eliza is a hot brunette, Black Cat has silvery white hair that hardly anybody can pull off. I’m just not so sure that Eliza would look Black Cat-y with the Black Cat hairstyle. Black Cat, appearance wise, is perfect in nearly every way. I feel that the actress to play Black Cat would have to own that. You know what I mean?

  6. ahh nope sorry went bak to thinking the franchise is ruined over one film why is spidey 3 not bad enough to kill the franchise do i have to point out the flaws chrisj if you`re as angry as you seem about people complaining about spidey 3 and saying it`s ruined the franchise then i should just quite my mouth, huh? It went maybe too far with this whole “dark” approach just like TDK was that the problem? Some scenes in there, like what Peter said to harry in his mansion when they fought or what happened between Peter and Mj in hte jazz club ain`t big enough to kill the franchis? One movie can have big enough flaws to kill the franchise and i don`t want to cooment if it went to dark or not but i believe TDK did! I really don`t see why people support TDK it had some really bad flaws that i believe killed the new Batman franchise too! man, what is happening with superhero franchises lately.

  7. I think either Rachel McAdams or Olivia Wilde would be good choices for the role.

  8. Uhm no, may 5 2011 came & went nd no sp4 its being called the amazing spiderman not spiderman 4 nor will the cast b the same…. Thanxs