Cats may have nine lives, but for Selina Kyle, the femme fatale better known as Catwoman, nine simply isn't enough. For evidence, we need only look at her multitude of on-screen appearances, which grows by one with the recent announcement of her inclusion in The Dark Knight Rises.

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