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Rachel McAdams is so darn lovable in romantic leads (like in this year's The Time Traveler's Wife), we nearly forgot that her breakout role was playing a villain: Regina George, Lindsay Lohan's high school nightmare in Mean Girls. For the upcoming Spider-Man 4, McAdams may be playing a whole new kind of mean girl: one with superpowers.
McAdams is reportedly in talks to play Black Cat, the villain-slash-love-interest in the third sequel to the 2002 film Spider-Man. (She also may have some competition: Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights actress Romola Garai says she's read for the role, too.)
Black Cat is an exciting choice of villain for the male-dominated world of the Spider-Man movies. According to her official backstory, Black Cat (real name: Felicia Hardy) is the daughter of a famous cat burglar, who becomes a masked vigilante after her father is jailed and a college boyfriend rapes her. When she meets Spider-Man, Felicia is inspired to turn her life around and become a superhero. And of course, she and Spider-Man have a sizzling romance -- but she refuses to let him take off the mask and just be Peter Parker, so he ends up going back to reliable Mary Jane.
Sounds like a movie plot already!
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But McAdams should proceed with caution when taking the role of a cat-villainess. Although Michelle Pfeiffer did it well in 1992's Batman Returns, Halle Berry's 2004 Catwoman movie was the biggest flop of her career. After seeing her prowl around on the big screen, one critic even called for Berry's Oscar to be revoked. Me-ow!
Spider-Man 4 is set to come out in 2011, which gives McAdams (or whatever actress lands the role) plenty of time to sharpen her claws.