Anne Hathaway Talks Catwoman In ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

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Recent conversations concerning The Dark Knight Rises have largely focused on the film’s main (bulky) villain Bane, touching on subjects like his mask-muffled voice, unsightly skin blemishes, and just why exactly director Christopher Nolan selected him to be the primary antagonist in his final Batman movie.

The full-length Dark Knight Rises trailer also provided a better look at one of the film’s more mysterious players: Anne Hathaway as the sultry Selina Kyle/Catwoman, an anti-heroine who (in keeping with her comic book origins) looks to oscillate between being a self-serving criminal and a comrade of Christian Bale’s Caped Crusader – depending on the situation.

Hathaway’s Catwoman costume has drawn the ire of (and praise from) many a fan, in part because of accessories like her (potentially deadly) stiletto heels and advanced techno goggles that, when flipped up, give the character her iconic cat ears. In a recent interview with Hero Complex, the Oscar-nominated actress admitted the practical nature of her Dark Knight Rises counterpart’s outfit is something that she very much admires.

To quote Hathaway directly:

“I love the costume. I love the costume because everything has a purpose, nothing is in place for fantasy’s sake, and that’s the case with everything in Christopher Nolan’s Gotham City.”

On that note – Hathaway also had the following to say, with regards to how the nature of Nolan’s iteration of Gotham City and the Batman universe affects her take on the Selina Kyle/Catwoman character:

“[Chris Nolan’s] Gotham City is full of grace. You look at [Heath Ledger’s] performance as the Joker, there was a lot of madness there but there was also a grace and he had a code there. There’s a lot of belief and codes of behavior in Gotham and my character has one, too. A lot of the way she moves and interacts with people is informed by her worldview. Chris has given us all such complex, defined, sophisticated worldviews that it’s just a matter of doing your homework and getting underneath the character’s skin.”

Hathaway also says that she was heavily influenced by Catwoman’s traditional comic book mythology, but that her version of the character in Dark Knight Rises will still feel quite different from previous live-action incarnations. To quote:

“What’s come before doesn’t limit or even affect this new version [of Catwoman]. It doesn’t affect me because each Catwoman – and this is true in the comics as well – she is defined by the context of the Gotham City created around her. Catwoman is so influenced by Gotham and whoever is creating Gotham at the time. Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman was informed by Tim Burton’s Gotham and Eartha Kitt was informed by Adam West’s Gotham. You have to live in whatever the reality of the world is and whatever Gotham is.”

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Based on the brief bits of footage unveiled so far, Hathaway does seem to have struck the right tone with Selina Kyle, who comes off as a more modernized femme fatale for Bruce Wayne – that is, a seductive woman with mysterious motives and shifting loyalty whose somewhat morally-ambiguous code of conduct is perhaps too close to Batman’s for the masked vigilante’s comfort. Because of that, it will be all the more interesting to see how the character fits into the fascinating jigsaw puzzle that is the plot of The Dark Knight Rises.

For more from Hathaway and a SPOILER-ish description of an important scene in The Dark Knight Rises, check out the full article/interview with the LA Times.

The Dark Knight Rises opens in regular and IMAX theaters in the U.S. on July 20th, 2012.

Source: LA Times

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  1. From as far back as Memento, Nolan has had a problem with all dialogue and not just females. I’m sure when he’s sitting at his laptop enunciating the big words to himself it sounds intellectual and clever, but when off the page and coming badly out of the mouths of actors (you can always spot a badly delivered line, even in a masterpiece) it leaves me reaching for the ear muffs. The scene in the coffee shop with Natalie springs to mind, where he is talking about how just because he forgets doesn’t make his actions meaningless. Ugh.

    What saves Nolan and makes him one of my favourites is his ability with structure, from simple editing techniques, making the line from A-Z anything but straight and overall structure of a piece. The Prestige is a masterclass in audience Hitchcockery but even when it’s not stretched out over an entire screenplay the little vignettes such as Inception’s dream within a dream within a dream are so expertly done you feel smart both following it and smart for being smart enough to follow it. Just what Hollywood needs a little more of in my opinion. Of course, the dialogue in Inception was as awful as ever. But Nolan is the movie version of a song that has awful lyrics but so hummable a tune.

    But getting to Anne Hathaway, I believe the ‘huh?’ we all experienced with finding out Heath was The Joker will with Anne lead to a conclusive ‘oh!’ by the end of the movie. Personally, I think she is a very underrated actress who is skillfully carving out a character driven career for herself. In an industry that treats women like cattle and tries so very hard to pigeonhole actresses into that one box office performance over an entire career, for a lady who started out all rom-commy she deserves a shot like this for successfully pulling herself out of the stereotype Hollywood was no doubt eager to keep her in. Have faith. She’ll do a cracking job.

    As long as you can ignore the dialogue that is.

  2. Whats with the the pre-emptive hate here?

    Make no mistake initially I wasn’t really a fan of the idea of having Catwoman in this series of movies..given the serious nature/tone of the Nolan films, and that to be honest every single female comic book/superhero portrayed in movies have been pretty sh*t..(struggling to think of a single decent attempt).

    After seeing the official images of Anne Hathaway as Catwoman on the batpod, I still wasn’t totally convinced, as to how they would pull of her character….but after seeing the brief snippet of her in the second trailer I am now convinced they are gonna do something great with her. The way in which she deliver’s the lines to Bruce Wayne has such venom and foreboding that I myself I almost scared of whats going to happen to Bruce and Gotham. (this fits in with the rest of the theme of the trailer..that all hell is gonna break loose and things are looking majorly BLEAK for our hero)

    I can’t wait for TDKR and have complete faith that Nolan and Co will do another amazing job and give us one of the best movie trilogies ever.

    In Nolan We Trust!!

  3. So Selina Kyle/Catwoman is in cahoots with Bane after all. Perhaps there will be a big reason in the later stages of this movie that will force her to switch sides and help Bruce Wayne/Batman retake Gotham from Bane… just a thought..

    I have this wild guess that Ra’s Al Ghul(Liam Neeson) will show up as the real main villain at end of this movie, after Batman finishes off Bane. As you may recall, Ra’s Al Ghul plummeted together with the train at the end of Batman Begins, but it is only assumed that he perished in that train crash but that movie didn’t show it graphically that Ra’s really went down . Perhaps he survived that… and plotting this whole thing against Bats…. Just a guess…

    • According to the LA Times article, , Bruce Wayne is being held prisoner by Bane? Wow. Perhaps his entire secret identity is blown and everyone in Gotham knows Bruce Wayne is Batman. That’s why the trailer scene where Batman clobbers Bane in broad daylight together with the police battling Bane’s thugs tells us that everyone knows who Batman is….

      • This is the LA Times article excerpt :

        Gotham City is a war zone. A ruthless madman named Bane has ripped away any sense of security and the citizens, haggard and clutching suitcases with refugee anxiety, sit behind barbed wire waiting to see what will blow up next. A hooded prisoner is dragged in – it’s Bruce Wayne, one of Gotham’s most famous faces – but the eyes of the crowd go instead to the woman in black standing at the top of the staircase.

        “Sorry to spoil things, boys, but Bane needs these guys himself,” says sultry Selina Kyle, played here by actress Anne Hathaway, navigating the steps with stiletto heels that, on closer inspection, turn out to have serrated edges capable of leaving nasty claw marks in a fight. She also wears high-tech goggles that, when not in use, flip up and resemble feline ears.

        ====================What do you guys make of this?======================

        • I already speculated about everyone knowing his secret identity but you did raise my eyebrow with the Ra’s Al Ghul theory.As far as catwoman goes whether good or bad i think she pretty much will die in the film im willing to bet money on it.

        • I think that article sounds legit. However, I do not agree that catwoman is in cahoots with Bane, that’s prepsterous. In the Nolan universe, they have nothing in common and no reason to team up, thats BS. I think Selina is lying here, or using some sort of random ploy. She doesn’t work for Bane. Now, as to your Ra’s theory; I don’t like to think about it because I think it could go either way, (because they’ree probably gonna show us some new Ra’s training Bruce flashbacks), but I think he could very much be alive. Your right, we didn’t see him die. I don’t really care either way, but yeah he could be alive.

          Last thing, Bruce’s identity exposed? You think Nolan would let THAT leak out? I don’t think so. It would ruin the story too. Nolan wants to keep batman a symbol, as Bruce Wayne, the symbol would cease to exist. It’s nonsensical to expose his secret ID. NOW Harvey being the Two-Face murderer expose, THAT WILL HAPPEN. GUARANTEE IT. I think that batman can fight in daylight, he just makes a note not to because of the warrant for his arrest. Hes probably fighting Bane in daylight because he doesn’t have a choice considering Bane works A LOT in the daytime, and the cops need him on their side anyway to defeat the new league of shadows spawned by Bane.

          So there’s my ideas.

          • On the Selina Kyle/Catwoman-Bane alliance, the article says it all.
            Unless LA Times fabricated this excerpt.

            Also, based on that article, Bruce Wayne is being held prisoner by Bane. It’s automatic that Bane will tell everyone Bruce is Batman for sure.

            I agree with you on most points. The Batman/Commissioner Gordon cover-up on Harvey Dent will definitely be exposed in this movie and no less than Bane will drive this issue home by exposing him as the deranged murderer of the GCPD cops and not the hero he is hailed by Gotham citizens.

            On my Ra’s Al Ghul theory, it will be a huge plot twist that nobody will see coming. This theory is actually wishful thinking on my part. But I really would like that to happen and give Bruce the shock of his life.

            On the other hand, the Joker is still behind bars after being captured by the SWAT. I wonder if Nolan will tie up that loose end as well. Yes , we all miss Heath Ledger as the Joker.

            Just my thoughts on this…

    • Never thought of liam neeson’s character return,TALK ABOUT SURPRISE TWIST!

  4. I just personally can’t wait to see who Joseph Gordon Levitt and Christopher judge play!

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  6. They cast her for a reason people! It’s not like her name was drawn from a hat! GEESH!!!

    • And what is that reason?

  7. Gary Oldman said in an interview a few months back that “The Dark Knight Rises comes full circle and brings it back to Batman Begins”….. so I have this theory that Batman will face off again with Ra’s Al Ghul in the end…perhaps I could be wrong with this…. but why did Gary Oldman, who is playing Commissioner Gordon, is saying those things then?

    The main title “The Legend Ends” … It could be Batman sacrificing himself to save Gotham… but perhaps in a post-credits scene, Bruce Wayne appears and smiles onscreen? …. just a hunch…

    This guessing game is interesting and Christopher Nolan is indeed a master storyteller… and I will definitely watch this movie on IMAX…

    • Perhaps he’s saying that b/c The League of Shadows will be back, and is probably trying to destroy Gotham again? Judging by the trailer it seems that way.

      • fyi, There were press releases, and Chris has hinted too, that Bane’s merc army is the new league of shadows because he used to work for them.

  8. @ Josh She has cat eyes.

  9. I was thinking that maybe Bane was trained by Ra’s al Ghul in the League of Shadows and his mission is to destroy Gotham to replace Ra’s al Ghul. Bane then finds catwoman on the streets and trains her to help him and get rid of batman. They would know because Ra’s al Ghul would be the one to tell him.
    The same with bane being trained by the League, but Bane comes to gotham and breaks batman’s back. Batman looks for a replacement and finds catwoman. He trains her, but she is turned by bane.

  10. Anne Hathaway looked rather graceful and athletic when she was portraying Agent 99 in GET SMART. It seems like she is being judged based on her Princess Mia in Princess Diaries. She played an awkward,clumsy woman. That doesn’t mean that she is one in real life. I guess that she is such a good actress that when she plays a part, people think she is actually that in real life.

  11. I’m sorry to jump on the “Anne Hathaway doesn’t look right as Catwoman” but she doesn’t in my opinion. She just really, really doesn’t look it and that has nothing to do with the suit ( which I begrudgingly admit is apropos for the “realistic” Bat universe ). I know its a comic film and some people will say that its not worth getting up in arms about but Nolan’s done a good job with the last two films. I don’t know how Catwoman fits or why she needs to but I feel there could have been someone with a stronger presence to play her. I hope adding the character to the mix is worth it.

    • It’s entirely possible that she may give a breakout performance and give us a strong powerful Catwoman.

      Heath Ledger hadn’t done anything that indicated he could play a grotesque psychotic villain like Joker. But he stepped up to the plate and pulled it off.

      But based on what she’s done so far she seems inadequate to the task.

      Maybe she has shown something to Nolan that she hasn’t shown onscreen yet. But I get the feeling they are going for a tragic, mentally flawed Catwoman/Salina which is what the two previous incarnations did. I had hoped for a more powerful, in control, scheming catwoman this time around.

      • Thandrale…

        I am not criticizing you for your opinion; I merely wonder how you came to it…? What little we have seen of Hathaway`s portrayal, as well as what she has stated about the role so far, indicate a confident, possibly sinister, woman.

        Also, what were the TWO previous portrayals? Michelle Pfeiffer dod one; who did the other???

        • …sigh…DID one, not DOD one…

          • Halley Berry in the Catwoman movie.

            • Yikes, I forgot about THAT version…on purpose?!?

            • I forgot everything but Halle Berry strolling along a rooftop in that costume. Baby got back!

    • I admit, I was really skeptical at first when I heard she was chosen to be Catwoman. While the new trailer has slightly improved my expectations of her, I still would have loved to see Eva Green in the role. She can be innocent in one scene and yet be sensuous, sultry, and dangerous the next.

      And personally, if Nolan had included the Riddler in this movie, forget Johnny Depp, I would have gone with David Hyde Pierce. Pierce would have fit Nolan’s Bat-verse more than Depp imo.

  12. I didn’t see enough in the trailers to get any real indication of what direction they are going in. But the fact that they chose an actress who isn’t known for strong female characters would seem to indicate they are going for a more vulnerable character.

  13. to me this is looking more like tdk but with more gadgets and gizmos

    i doubt everyone will find out batmans identity

  14. Why does everyone assume Catwoman works for Bane or she was trained by Batman? Perhaps, she is the one in control but like the League of Shadows, nobody knows she is there. My idea is that Catwoman’s secret identity Selina Kyle is actually Talia al Ghul. Blew your mind, didn’t I? I love speculating :)

  15. Catwoman with Halle Berry was the best Superhero in the history of cinema. Any takers?

    • Spend the extra money and get the premium drugs big guy. That cheap stuff is rotting your mind out.

  16. I’m sorry but I still don’t like the idea of Anne as CW. Of all the women in Hollywood she wouldn’t even partially come to mind. I know some people didn’t like the obvious pick, Angelina Jolie, but it makes so much sense it hurts. She looks feline and has a certain mystique about her that channels Selina Kyle. Not to mention her experience as Laura Croft & Evelyn Salt.