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Catwoman could join Thor to fight robots for Steven Spielberg


That is, Anne Hathaway is in early talks to join Chris Hemsworth in Robopocalypse, directed by Steven Spielberg...

Catwoman could join Thor to fight robots for Steven Spielberg. That is, Anne Hathaway is in early talks to join Chris Hemsworth in Robopocalypse, directed by Steven Spielberg...

Anne Hathaway is reportedly in early stages of negotiations to play the female lead in Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson’s novel Robopocalypse. Since Chris Hemsworth is already in talks to play the male lead, this means that Catwoman and Thor could team up to fight robots. Which is obviously awesome.

But he’s a Marvel and she’s a DC! Theirs is a forbidden love. It’s like Romeo and Juliet, except with comic book (movie) characters who fight robots. Best. Shakespeare. Adaptation. Ever.

Of course, talking in such reductionist terms is simplistic and obscures the nuances of…who cares? It’s Catwoman and Thor fighting robots! Directed by Steven Spielberg! With a title like Robopocalypse, which is as cool as it is difficult to pronounce quickly!

We don’t know necessarily which characters they’re going to play, so maybe they won’t be in love. They’ll probably be too busy being awesome and fighting robots anyway. That and arguably over whether The Dark Knight Rises or The Avengers is better.

The concept of such a team-up is so cool that it deserves its own comic book. Which wouldn’t happen, because Marvel and DC are mortal nemeses or something, like Batman and the Joker, the Doctor and the Daleks (well, sort of), and Doctor Horrible and Captain Hammer.

So it’s up to the movie to deliver this awesomeness. Interestingly, Steven Spielberg has only directed one comic book movie to date, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. While that movie arguably failed to live up to its source material, that was largely due to the limitations of the technology, especially brought to light by the ambitious slavish visual approach taken to the adaptation. Nonetheless, it was still a decent movie, and better than one might have expected.

As versatile an actor as Chris Hemsworth is, Thor is his defining role. (As in, the character of Thor in both Thor and The Avengers, and no doubt the future Marvel movies he appears in, such as sequels to those two films.) As it should be, since he rocks the role. Or rather, thunders it. To paraphrase Judge Dredd, he is the Thor.

Likewise, Anne Hathaway, in the face of expectations to the contrary, proved a memorable Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises, handling both the action and the emotion of the role with aplomb. No doubt these abilities will come in useful considering that Robopocalypse is both a movie about fighting robots, and a Steven Spielberg movie, respectively.

Robopocalypse is adapted from the novel by Daniel H. Wilson, with the screenplay written by Drew Goddard, who wrote Cloverfield and co-wrote and directed The Cabin in the Woods. Goddard has worked with Chris Hemsworth before, on The Cabin in the Woods. Speaking of which, if they need someone to play a geeky scientist who programs (in this case artificially intelligent) brains, which then become self-aware, they could do much worse than Fran Kranz…

Robopocalypse will be Steven Spielberg’s fourth sci-fi book adaptation, after A.I., Minority Report, and War of the Worlds; and his sixth sci-fi film, including E.T. and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. (In fact, seventh, if you count Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.) Spielberg has plenty of experience in sci-fi, and even more in filmmaking in general. So whether or not Robopocalypse lives up to the potential suggested by the title of this article, it should at the very least be a good film.

Robopocalypse is set for release on April 25, 2014.



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