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Anne Hathaway Talks Catwoman’s Dark Knight Rises Costume, More

Hero Complex got the chance to hang out on the set of Christopher Nolan’s third and final Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises, and came away with an interview with Anne Hathaway and a description of a scene not shown in the first trailer. First, the scene description:

Gotham City is a war zone. A ruthless madman named Bane has ripped away any sense of security and the citizens, haggard and clutching suitcases with refugee anxiety, sit behind barbed wire waiting to see what will blow up next. A hooded prisoner is dragged in – it’s Bruce Wayne, one of Gotham’s most famous faces – but the eyes of the crowd go instead to the woman in black standing at the top of the staircase.

“Sorry to spoil things, boys, but Bane needs these guys himself,” says sultry Selina Kyle, played here by actress Anne Hathaway, navigating the steps with stiletto heels that, on closer inspection, turn out to have serrated edges capable of leaving nasty claw marks in a fight. She also wears high-tech goggles that, when not in use, flip up and resemble feline ears.

Hathaway went on to give a few more details about the costume, which sounds pretty utilitarian in its design. “I love the costume because everything has a purpose, nothing is in place for fantasy’s sake, and that’s the case with everything in Christopher Nolan’s Gotham City,” Hathaway said. The actress went on to credit Nolan for building such deep characters with detailed world views, which is reflected in her portrayal of Selina Kyle/Catwoman. And she knows pretty well, because she read through some of the character’s earliest appearances.

“I really got into the comics after I was cast and I like that when she made her first appearance she meets Bruce Wayne and says ‘Let go of me or I’ll claw your eyes out,’ and he says, ‘Careful, claws in or papa spank,’” Hathaway said. “So I’m glad we’ve come a long way since then. I’m not saying anything against Bob Kane, though.”

While reading up on the character, Hathaway also looked at original Catwoman inspiration Hedy Lamarr as well as the other women who have played the character on screens big and small. “What’s come before doesn’t limit or even affect this new version,” Hathaway said. “It doesn’t affect me because each Catwoman – and this is true in the comics as well – she is defined by the context of the Gotham City created around her. Catwoman is so influenced by Gotham and whoever is creating Gotham at the time. Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman was informed by Tim Burton’s Gotham and Eartha Kitt was informed by Adam West’s Gotham. You have to live in whatever the reality of the world is and whatever Gotham is.”

The Dark Knight Rises, which stars new-to-the-franchise actors Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tom Hardy as well as returning stars Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Gary Oldman, opens July 20.


  • 0bsessions

    Rather insightful remarks about Gotham dictating Catwoman that I’d never thought about.

  • Mr_Wayne

    I love when the actors do their homework. Sounds like Hathaway was a good choice so far. July 20th hurry up!

  • Tae

    Maybe she SHOULD say something about Bob Kane.. Unless she’s trying to further alienate fans…

  • Tae

    by about, I mean against.

  • lead_sharp

    You missed the part where she says “I borrowed it from my mum, it’s from Halloween.”

  • Tae

    I will say, Hathaway is right about Catwoman being shaped by her context. It’s what makes her popular, and also what makes her incredibly boring. 

  • Rain

    Are stilleto heels utilitarian, and does not covering up your face well enough to hide your identity lend a purpose. I like the outfit and Hathaway, but I’m not sure if what she’s saying here can be applied to it.

  • Anil Yossundara

    She had me at not mentioning Hallie Berry’s Catwoman.

  • Killerbee4003

    how utterly foolish! anne has no idea who catwoman is! she is as delusional as she is a bad actress i hope this film isn’t destroyed by her presence.

  • stealthwise

    I misread it at first and thought the “Papa Spank” part was going to be in the movie.  Now I’m sad.

  • 0bsessions

    Totally would’ve worked if George Clooney was still Batman. He’s about the only actor in the world I can picture delivering that line without grossly offending the entire country.

  • Cosplay Costumes

     Ummmmmm that’s not Catwoman. I mean if she doesn’t have the ears like
    Batman then what’s the point of calling her that. From the images she
    just looks like any old I guess cat burgaler…..Hell Scarlet Johanson
    looks more like Catwoman while playing the Black Widow.