[UPDATE: Check out Catwoman alongside Batman in a new EW cover.]

As Marvel’s The Avengers comes down the final stretch to its theatrical debut, attention will slowly but surely start turning back toward DC/Warner Bros. Dark Knight Rises, the final to Chris Nolan’s Batman movie trilogy, which is also one of the most highly-anticipated films of 2012.

We won’t get your hopes up with promises of anything truly spectacular, but today we do have a piece of promotional art that is certainly fodder from some good discussion: a new hi-resolution look at Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle / Catwoman.

Hathaway being cast as Catwoman has arguably been the most divisive aspect of The Dark Knight Rises so far. Most fans are pumped about seeing Inception star Tom Hardy play Batman’s nemesis, Bane (provided they can actually understand what the heck he’s saying behind that mask), but Hathaway has not received the same level of support. In short: there are many who believe that Nolan has (for a third time) miscast one of the major female roles in his Batman film (following the much-derided castings of Katie Holmes and Maggie Gyllenhaal in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, respectively).

Take a look at Hathaway as Catwoman, below:

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Aside from having Hathaway play the part, the actual Catwoman costume has come under a lot of scrutiny since it was first revealed. From the headpiece – which we can now see is a mask with high-tech goggles that flip up to become “cat ears” – to the booty-tight spandex and sharpened high-heel stripper boots, both guys and gals alike have been critical of Nolan’s vision of this femme-fatale. Throw in the gun featured in this pic (instead of Catwoman’s traditional S&M-style bullwhip) and we’re likely about to see a whole new round of complaints…

UPDATE: Check out Catwoman and Batman on the cover of Entertainment Weekly:

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What do you think of Catwoman’s new outfit and gunplay?

The Dark Knight Rises in theaters on July 20, 2012.

Source: SHH