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Still, Struthers and Nolan were determined, partly because SAG-AFTRA rules stipulate that directors "make every effort to cast qualified persons of the same sex and or race" as the character for which they double.
Nolan's crew also couldn't imagine casting a man to mimic Hathaway's seductive performance.
"It was a moment in life where you think, 'This is where I'm meant to be,'" she says.
"I thought, 'I want to do this the rest of my life.'" But she wasn't ready to leave Nitro Circus, so when the film wrapped, she packed up her new skills and went back.
She is best known for the first woman to backflip a full-sized dirt bike and a holder of multiple Guinness World Records. A native of Ontario, Canada, Jolene Van Vugt is married to Jim De Champ, an American TV personality known for Nitro Circus.
Jolene's husband Jim is an executive producer of Nitro Circus.
Although she'd never hit a ramp on her dirt bike, Van Vugt went for it.
*** Van Vugt has never watched footage of the accident that nearly killed her. On this test run, she's trying out a winch that will replace a 50-foot ramp and the whiskey barrel, a new contraption similar to her motorized Barbie car.
"That would have killed the Catwoman image in my mind," says George Cottle, assistant stunt coordinator on the film.
Van Vugt, who had never auditioned for a Hollywood gig before, was given just three days to master the Batpod; otherwise the job would go to Batman's double, French stuntman Jean-Pierre Goy.
With Van Vugt still inside, the barrel slams onto the concrete 5 feet below, and the video fades to black.
Jolene Van Vugt is first CMRC Women's Canadian Motocross National Champion.
She'd fantasized about becoming a Hollywood stuntwoman as a teenager in Canada, but even as she was performing stunts for a living with Nitro, she didn't consider herself equal to those women. "You can't just go into your backyard, film yourself doing crazy s--- and call yourself a stuntperson.