First off, she's not wearing feline ears or a half-mask, like her predecessor Halle Berry did; instead, she's donned a particularly-intenselooking pair of goggles and a ponytail. Plus, she's riding the Batpod, something that's also unusual.
The actress has remained mum as to secrets on her role, joking that she "signed a blood oath," to stay silent until the release. The film is currently being filmed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is set to be released next summer.
Hathaway has a long line of sexy Catwomen to live up to: Julie Newmar, Eartha Kitt, Lee Meriwether, Michelle Pfeiffer and Halle Berry all had the roles before her, .It seems as though eager audiences will just have to wait a bit longer in hopes that director Christopher Nolan will release some more previews of that movie that Hathaway says is "going to be really good."
According to CinemaBlend via Hollywood Life, Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman costume from “The Dark Knight Rises” will not just be fetish fuel.
A source close to the film said that her costume will feature the iconic goggles the character wears in the comic book. “Anne’s outfit is more tactical, like the comic book, than the previous Batman movies,” said the source. “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.”
If you’re concerned about her just looking like a female robber, don’t be too alarmed. “[F]an boys shouldn’t worry,” said the source. “This costume is going to be form-fitting enough to make Anne look smoking hot.”
Reportedly, Hathaway has been working out around the clock to get in shape for the role, so it’ll be very interesting to see how she’ll look in the costume once everything comes together. It’ll also be interesting to see how she interacts with Christian Bale’s Batman once she’s on screen.
How do you feel about Anne Hathaway playing Catwoman? Are you excited to see the costume in real life? Sound off in the comments section below. “The Dark Knight Rises” will be in theaters July 20, 2012.
Anne Hathaway as Catwom
First off, Hathaway's got big — call 'em iconic — shoes to fill, namely Michelle Pfeiffer's kitten heels. And unlike Michelle Pfeiffer, who could star in a YouTube series if she cared to exist in this century, there's nothing particularly feline about Hathaway — not in the face or the gait or the intonation. Her intonation, as you will learn at the Oscars next month, is less villainous than vapid, more charming than disarming. And though she's proven her chops in a variety of genres (Anne Hathaway is a pharmaceutical rom-com pro if there ever one), there's this kind of lovable goofiness to her that's more doglike than catlike. And we mean that in the kindest possible way.
But the real problem with this — because this is kind of a big deal — is the fantasy thing. Christopher Nolan, who'll be directing Hathaway in the third installment of his Batman series, The Dark Knight Rises, can't do sexy female characters, which Catwoman sorta has to be. His stories are cerebral parables about men and their choices. Women in his films tend to be butch or asexual (respectively, Hillary Swank in Insomnia and Ellen Paige in Inception). Nominally sexy characters, like Marion Cotillard in Inception or Scarlett Johansson in The Prestige, are treated almost as afterthoughts, plot necessities, or concessions to male viewers. They're gorgeous, but they're buttoned-up. Practically Victorian. You don't button up Scarlett Johansson, man.
Maybe we're thinking about this all wrong. Three years ago, everyone pitied Heath Ledger for having to don Jack Nicholson's purple mantle. We would have called you nuts if you told us his Joker would become the definitive one. So, yeah, it's possible that Nolan will update and outdo Tim Burton once more. One thing's for sure: he'll again find a way to twist a ludicrous comic-book concept — a woman dresses like a drunk girl on Halloween to fight crime — into a relevant, piercing metaphor. A metaphor for what, though? How about for our unmeetable expectations when it comes to a catsuit? How about that?