The Dark Knight Rises is probably the most highly-anticipated comic book film of next two years, thanks to the successes of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight (courtesy of director Christopher Nolan and star Christian Bale).

Yesterday, the second sequel was filming in England, and our own Niall Browne snapped some set photos of the newly-rebuilt Wayne Manor. Today, we have new information regarding the design of Catwoman’s costume – that is, if it turns out to be true. As ever, take every Batman rumor with a grain of salt.

According a Hollywood Life source close to the costume design:

“Anne’s outfit is more tactical, like the comic book, than the previous Batman movies. She will definitely be wearing the goggles and it’s going to be less sexy than Halle Berry and Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman costumes. She’s going to look more like a robber.”

This news isn’t going to surprise anyone even remotely familiar with Nolan’s version of Batman, which has always been geared toward a more “realistic” aesthetic – as superhero films go. And as far as superhero costumes go, Catwoman’s is probably the best equipped to be adapted realistically. Leather jumpsuit. Goggles. Maybe a couple of nondescript cat ears. Done and done!

The source continues:

“But fanboys shouldn’t be worried. This costume is going to be form-fitting enough to make Anne look smoking hot.”

Ah, yes. Because that’s certainly what all fanboys everywhere are most concerned with regarding The Dark Knight Rises: How smoking hot Anne Hathaway is in her Catwoman costume!

As for Hathaway’s portrayal of the cat-like anti-hero, the source says:

“Everything from the looks in her eyes, her head movements, her body–everything is so feline. The role is taking her to new places.”

Really? Now this we find hard to believe. Based entirely on Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, it seems unlikely that Christopher Nolan will go with a full-blown, over-the-top depiction of Catwoman (a la Batman Returns) to the point that she actually talks, moves, and acts like a kitty-cat. If Anne Hathaway literally pretends to be a cat in The Dark Knight Rises, as the source says, then the role will indeed be taking her to new places. (At least she won’t be affecting an English accent…)

Anne Hathaway isn’t the most obvious choice to play Selina Kyle or her alter ego Catwoman. Attractive though she is, in a lot of her roles, she plays goofy – in a drama geek sort of way. But then again, neither was Heath Ledger. When it was announced way back when that the “pretty boy from 10 Things I Hate About You” would be playing Batman’s most fearsome villain, everybody and their grandmother cried foul. Now it’s impossible to imagine anybody but Ledger as Nolan’s Joker.

What are your thoughts on these Catwoman costume details? Let us know in the comments.

The Dark Knight Rises is filming now and hits theaters July 20th, 2012.

Source: Hollywood Life

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