Principal photography is currently underway on The Dark Knight Rises overseas in Nottingham, England, where Screen Rant‘s Niall Browne snapped up a handful of photos that reveal the new Wayne Manor (as “played” by Wollaton Hall).
Now a fan-shot set video has surfaced online, revealing a blurry look at the filming of a scene that takes place at the new Wayne estate – with Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) and Selina Kyle/Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) meeting one another, sans their costumes.
This is the first bit of confirmation we’ve had that the two characters will encounter one another in plainclothes in Dark Knight Rises. It’s not exactly a *huge* revelation, but an interesting one that suggests the two may be fully aware of their crime-fighting (or committing) alter-egos well before the end credits roll on this flick.
Devoted Caped Crusader fans will remember that in the last live-action Batman feature that included Kyle (Tim Burton’s Batman Returns), she and Bruce Wayne had a brief romance prior to their joint realization of one another’s secret identity. Batman and Catwoman generally have a “complicated” relationship in the comic books as well – and Christopher Nolan looks to follow suit by making the (romantic?) dynamic between the two just as difficult as ever in The Dark Knight Rises.
Check out that Dark Knight Rises set video (via BatmanManor) below:
Catwoman traditionally switches between being a true anti-heroine and more of a flat-out villain in Batman stories, so the ambiguous nature of the character makes her an excellent fit for Nolan’s “realistic” comic book world. Previous rumors about how the battle between Batman and Bane leaves the costumed hero unable to perform his vigilante duties seemed to indicate that Selina Kyle’s cat burglar could step in to aid Bruce Wayne in his battle against crime at some point in The Dark Knight Rises.
Of course, there have also been rumors about Hatheway’s incarnation of Catwoman acting like a human/cat creature in a fashion that’s perhaps even more over-the-top than Michelle Pfeiffer’s act in Batman Returns – so, as always, don’t believe everything you read or hear.
The Dark Knight Rises in theaters on July 20th, 2012.