The Dark Knight Rises Pittsburgh shoot has been something of an open book for the millions of fans of Christopher Nolan's Batman films, who have all watched the production of this third and final chapter of the series with utmost scrutiny.
From Bane's Costume, to a prison riot and a football stadium attack, multiple set-pieces in The Dark Knight Rises have been revealed to the public - but nothing has been more debated than the look of Anne Hathaway's Catwoman Costume.
As it stands, the public is split into the usual three camps that argue over the finer details of superhero movies:
- Those who hate the new interpretation of the character.
- Those who are open to the new interpretation of the character.
- Those who remain indifferent until they see actual footage.
While it's unclear which camp contains the greatest numbers, there is undoubtedly a large community of those who are not happy with the costume in the still image below. The negative reaction was great enough to send the Interwebs into conspiracy territory, with some claiming that the photo and casting were all high-end Nolan trickery, and that Hathaway's character was in fact Batgirl instead of Catwoman...or something.
Some set photos of an alleged Catwoman mask doused some of the more wild conspiracy theories, but also raised some new questions. Namely: Is there more to Hathaway's costume than what we saw in this initial photo?
The actress talked to MTV recently, and addressed the Internet reaction to her Catwoman costume, saying that there is indeed more to it that has yet to be revealed. According to Hathaway:
"What I am happy to say is, if you didn't like the photo, you only see about a 10th of what that suit can do. And if you did like the photo, you have excellent taste."
Hopefully the mask will come into to play, if only to appease those fans who want to see a slightly more traditional take on the character. In my own feature about how Catwoman will fit into Dark Knight Rises, I speculated that Nolan's interpretation might lean more toward a high-tech thief (a "cat-burglar," get it?). Hathaway's comments further hint at that approach - if you interpret her statement about "what the suit can do" to mean that - like Batman with his utility belt - her costume will sport many gadgets designed to aid her in her daring robberies.
I personally am ready to do without the depiction of Catwoman in a tight S&M outfit, talking in sultry purred speech, if only because that over-the-top character doesn't feel like it belongs in Nolan's Bat universe. But, you know, maybe she'll have a mask, because those goggles (while probably useful gadgets) aren't quite doing it for me, either...
CATWOMAN STUNT GONE WRONG
Speaking of that still image of Hathaway on the Batpod, TMZ posted an exclusive video of a Catwoman stunt gone wrong on The Dark Knight Rises Carnegie Mellon set in Pittsburgh, PA. Most of the set photos and videos we've seen form Carnegie Mellon has involved a big riot sequence at Gotham City Hall. We've seen Batman battling Bane, Cops battling Mercenaries, Marion Cotillard (who may be Talia al Ghul) escaping in a Tumbler, and then, Catwoman speeding out of Gotham City Hall on the Batpod.
The Batpod stunt was performed by Hathaway's stunt double, and as you'll see in the video, filming that sequence got a little too fast and furious (sorry) on the set, resulting in a camera (supposedly an IMAX camera) getting smashed to bits. Thankfully no one was hurt.
Check out the video, courtesy of TMZ:
Sure, on the one hand having all these set photo spoilers is going to be kind of disappointing when we sit down to experience Dark Knight Rises in theaters. On the other hand, it doesn't really matter: this City Hall battle sequence is going to be pretty epic and awesome - especially if it leads into a Catwoman Batpod chase.
Are you feeling the goosebumps yet?
The Dark Knight Rises in theaters on July 20, 2012.
Header Image Fan Art Source: Spoiler TV