Interesting news for The Dark Knight Rises is all but nonexistent, thanks to Christopher Nolan’s nearly iron-fisted grip on any and all inside information. The only trustworthy source for TDKR plot information, in fact, is either Nolan himself or a member of the cast and crew. Take, for example, co-star Anne Hathaway.

After Hathaway was officially cast as Selina Kyle in The Dark Knight Rises, there remained some question as to whether or not she would be playing Catwoman, as well.

Now, courtesy of an off-handed remark on Oprah (via Batman-News), Anne Hathaway has confirmed that she will indeed be playing Catwoman.

Today, on her show, Oprah Winfrey asked Hathaway how she got invited to host the Oscars. Hathaway’s answer was telling, especially the part that didn’t have anything to do with the Oscars:

“Do you want to know the real story? I’ve never told the real story. […] So the real story is, I was waiting back to hear if I’d been cast as Catwoman. And my manager called me and said, ‘Are you sitting down?’ She’s like, ‘You’re about to hear something you will never hear again in your whole life.’ I’m like, okay. And she goes, ‘You’ve been asked to host the Oscars!’ [And] I’m like, I’m Catwoman! [Wait, w]hat?!”

Check out the entire video below:

If Anne Hathaway is to be believed – and really, why wouldn’t she be? – we can assume that she’ll be playing some version of the character known as Catwoman. However, what “playing Catwoman” precisely means within the realistic Nolan-verse still remains to be seen (check out Kofi Outlaw’s excellent analysis of that very question).

The most plausible theory, in my opinion, is that Anne Hathaway will be playing an atypical cat burglar that the Gotham City papers come to dub “The Catwoman.” Does that mean she’ll have pointy cat ears? A superfluous tail? Razor-bladed fingertips for claws? These things seem increasingly less likely to me, but I suppose anything is a possibility — especially in the same world where a magic doomsday machine vaporizes all water except when it’s inside human bodies.

The Dark Knight Rises, starring Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, and possibly Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard, starts shooting this spring and is scheduled to hit theaters July 20th, 2012.

Source: Oprah [via Batman-News]