"Life’s a bitch, now so am I."
Description: Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman acknowledges her transformation from Selina Kyle, a meek secretary to a criminal in the motion picture Batman Returns (1992).
Selina Kyle is the frumpy, mousy secretary for Max Shreck (Christopher Walken) an evil industrialist. When Selina innocently stumbles upon the illegal dealings of her boss,, she is thrown off a high-rise to keep her quiet. But instead of dying, she is revived through the mystical powers of alley cats that surround her fallen body and give her another life.
"I am Catwoman. Hear me roar."
Taking the guise of leather clad criminal known as Catwoman, Selina seeks revenge by blowing up Shreck's department store.
As she prowls Gotham City, she encounters the legendary crimefighter Batman, who is millionaire Bruce Wayne in disguise. Catwoman hits Batman and says, "I'm a woman and can't be taken for granted. Life's a bitch, now so am I."
Later, when Bruce Wayne (Michael Keaton) meets Catwoman in the guise of Selina, he comments, “You have kind of a dark side, don‘t you?” She responds, “No darker than yours, Bruce.”
At one point, Catwoman meets with arch-villain The Penguin (Danny DeVito). As he makes a sexual overture, (“You’re just the kind of pussy I’ve been looking for”) she yawns, “Oh, please. I wouldn’t touch you to scratch you.” Penguin later tells her, “You lousy minx, I ought to have you spayed.”
|Catwoman:||[plotting against Batman] Batman napalmed my arm, he knocked me off a building just when I was starting to feel good about myself. I wanna play an integral part in his degradation.|
|The Penguin:||A plan is forming.|
|Catwoman:|| I want in. The thought of busting Batman makes me feel all...dirty. Maybe I'll just give myself a bath right here.
[licks herself in a cat-like manner]
When the Penquin was a child, his parents, unable to accept their baby's deformity, abandon their child at the closed penguin habitat at the Gotham City Zoo, where he was adopted and raised by bunch of penguins left behind at the facility.
Living in sewers, he wants people to accept him as someone special so he kidnaps the Mayor's baby and then returns the child to his parents. Hailed as a hero for rescuing the waif, this strange man asks to gain access to the Hall of Records to learn about his family roots. He discovers his name is Oswald Cobbblepot.
Now popular with the citizens of Gotham City, Max Shreck urges Cobblepot to run for Mayor. Together, they devise a plan to blame Batman for a murder of a young woman and turn the city against him, but Batman reveals Cobblepot's real intentions and destroys his chances of winning the election.
Defeated, Cobblepot (who planned to steal the first born of every wealthy couple in the city) slithers back to the sewers to plan his revenge, a plan that involves using an army of penguins fitted with deadly missiles.
"My name is not Oswald! It's Penguin! I am not a human being. I am an animal! Cold-blooded!"
In preparation of destroying Gotham city, Cobblepot (now calling himself "The Penguin"), addresses his tuxedo-clad troops:
“My dear penguins, we stand upon a great threshold! It's alright to be scared; most of you won't be coming back. But, thanks to Batman, the time has come to punish ALL of God's children! 1st, 2nd, 3rd AND 4th-born! Why be biased? Male and female! Hell, the sexes are equal with their erogenous zones BLOWN SKY HIGH! FORWARD MARCH! THE LIBERATION OF GOTHAM HAS BEGUN!
Penguin summarizes his reason for blowing up Gotham with the simple phrase: “They wouldn’t put me on a pedestal, so I’m layin’ ‘em on a slab.”
Using a Bat-ski boat, Batman turns the tide on the army of marching penguins and redirects them back to The Penguin, thus averting a city wide disaster.
In the end, The Penguin dies from injuries from a fall. His body is recovered by fellow penguins who waddle his body back to his subterranean lair.
Catwoman, on the other hand, gets her revenge by electrocuting her boss to death with a power cable. She is last seen high above the city, gazing upon the Bat-Signal as it fills the night sky.
Note: In the film Dolores Claiborne (1995) Kathy Bates as Dolores Claiborne says, “Sometimes being a bitch is all a woman has to hold on to.”