Catwoman (2004) Synopsis and Plot Summary

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Catwoman” is an American superhero film featuring a female hero character. The character of Catwoman is based on the DC Comics character with the same name. The film stars renowned actresses such as Halle Berry, Sharon Stone, Benjamin Bratt, Lambert Wilson, Frances Conroy, and Alex Borstein. The director of the film is Pitof, produced by Denise Di Novi and Edward McDonnell, and written by John Rogers, John Brancato, and Michael Ferris. The music for the film was composed by Klaus Badelt.

In the film, Catwoman is portrayed as a criminal who has a romantic interest in Batman and takes the law into her own hands. However, the movie transforms the negative concept of Catwoman into a female hero.

Regrettably, “Catwoman” failed to satisfy both fans and critics. Following its release on July 19, 2004, the film received seven Golden Raspberry Awards, including Worst Picture, Worst Actress, Worst Director, and Worst Screenplay, earning it a reputation as one of the worst films of all time. Nevertheless, “Catwoman” managed to gross $82 million at the box office, despite its production cost of $100 million.


The story of Catwoman follows a woman named Patience Phillips, who works for a cosmetics company. She discovers an evil conspiracy within the company, where a dangerous product is being created that could lead to human extinction. While attempting to investigate, she accidentally falls into a vat of toxic waste and dies. However, an Egyptian cat brings her back to life and grants her superhuman abilities. With her newfound powers, she takes on the identity of Catwoman and fights crime, eventually falling in love with the police detective who is trying to apprehend her.


Patience Phillips, an artist and graphic designer, is a gentle woman. She has a best friend, Sally, who always supports her. Patience works for a cosmetics company called Hedare Beauty, which is preparing to release a new skin cream called Beau-line, capable of reversing the effects of aging.

During a visit to the laboratory facilities, Patience accidentally overhears a conversation between scientists Dr. Ivan Slavicky and Laurel Hedare, the wife of the company owner, discussing the side effects of the cream when used continuously.

The on-duty officer discovers Patience and is instructed to eliminate her. Patience attempts to escape through a drainpipe, but the guards deliberately block the pipe and dispose of waste, causing Patience to fall and drown. She washes up on the beach, lifeless. Miraculously, a Mau Mau cat appears and brings her back to life. This cat had frequently visited her apartment prior to the incident. She also develops cat-like superhuman abilities.

Patience embarks on a quest to find the owner of the Mau Mau cat. From the cat’s owner, the eccentric researcher Ophelia Powers, Patience learns that the Egyptian Mau cat serves as a messenger of the goddesses. Patience now realizes she has been reborn with abilities that are both a blessing and a curse. She disguises herself as Catwoman to conceal her identity and endeavors to find the person responsible for her demise.

Director: Pitof

Producers: Denise Di Novi Edward L. McDonnell

Script Creators: John Brancato Michael Ferris John Rogers

Story Creators: Theresa Rebeck John Brancato Michael Ferris

Adapted from: “Catwoman” by Bob Kane

Cast: Halle Berry Benjamin Bratt Lambert Wilson Frances Conroy Alex Borstein Sharon Stone

Music Arranger: Klaus Badelt

Cinematographer: Thierry Arbogast

Editor: Sylvie Landra

Production Company: Village Roadshow Pictures Novi Pictures DC Entertainment

Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures

Release Dates: July 19, 2014 (Los Angeles) July 23, 2004 (United States)

Movie Duration: 104 minutes

Country of Manufacture: United States of America

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Production Cost: $100 million

Box Office Earnings: $82.1 million

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