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If you thought a shot of Anne Hathaway astride the Batpod was an unusual choice for the official first look at Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises, well, you’re probably not alone. However, it turns out there’s a perfectly good reason for Warner Bros.’ decision: The studio was racing ahead of photos they knew would emerge this morning from the Pittsburgh set of Christopher Nolan’s film.
SpoilerTV has several shots of Hathaway’s stunt double driving the motorcycle down the snow-covered steps of the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research, which is doubling as Gotham City Hall for that big Batman vs. Bane/riot sequence we saw earlier in the week.
The photos offer a better look at Catwoman’s costume, rumored to be inspired by Darwyn Cooke’s decade-old design. There are significant differences, however, even beyond the goggles; note the pouches on her belt — practical for a thief, certainly — and what appear to be thigh-high boots.
Check out some of the shots below, and visit Spoiler TV to see more.
The Dark Knight Rises, which opens July 20, 2012, also stars also stars Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Morgan Freeman.