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Introduced in the debut issue of Batman, in 1940, Catwoman was originally known just as the Cat. In that issue, she appeared sans her iconic costume, as well: The character was merely a slinky, seductive cat burglar (hence the name). Since then, the part heroine/part villainess has evolved quite a bit, emerging as a shaded love interest for Batman, a sometime ally as well as his foil. The fact that Catwoman is neither entirely bad nor entirely good has made her character, ahem, catnip for serious Hollywood actresses. The latest to slink into her latex suit is Anne Hathaway, who plays the role in this summer's The Dark Knight Rises. Here, ahead of the film's release, we pay homage to the ultimate feline fatale.