She could have played Black Cat before she appeared as Catwoman in 'The Dark Knight Rises'
Anne Hathaway could have played Black Cat in Spider-Man 4 before she appeared as Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises, director Sam Raimi has revealed.
Raimi directed the three Spider-Man movies starring Tobey Maguire that came out between 2002 and 2007 and began work on a fourth before the project fell apart. In a new interview with Vulture, he confirmed Hathaway was in the frame to play cat burglar-turned crime fighter Felicia Hardy – aka Black Cat.
Discussing Hathaway’s casting, Raimi said: “I didn’t get to see Batman yet, because I’ve been working nonstop… but I hear she’s great in it. I’m not surprised, because I loved what she was doing with the auditions for Spider-Man 4.”
Asked why Spider-Man 4 never got made, Raimi explained: “It was simply that we had a deadline and I couldn’t get the story to work on a level that I wanted it to work. I was very unhappy with Spider-Man 3, and I wanted to make Spider-Man 4 to end on a very high note, the best Spider-Man of them all. But I couldn’t get the script together in time, due to my own failings, and I said to Sony, ‘I don’t want to make a movie that is less than great, so I think we shouldn’t make this picture. Go ahead with your reboot, which you’ve been planning anyway.'”
Sony’s reboot, The Amazing Spider-Man starring Andrew Garfield, came out last July (2012) and grossed over $750 million (£495 million) at cinemas worldwide. Director Marc Webb began shooting his sequel in New York last month (February). Meanwhile, Hathaway went on to win acclaim for her convincingly feline performance as Catwoman in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, also released last year.