Anne Hathaway talks Catwoman, new ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ scene description

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Hero Complex’s Geoff Boucher had the pleasure of visiting the London set of The Dark Knight Rises last summer. He sat down with Anne Hathaway to talk about her new role as Catwoman, and got a few comments from director Christopher Nolan, too.

Anne Hathaway on the Catwoman costume:

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.

Anne Hathaway on Christopher Nolan’s version of Catwoman:

What’s come before doesn’t limit or even affect this new version. 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.

Christopher Nolan on Anne Hathaway:

She had something very important we needed for this character — she’s an incredibly talented but naturalistic actress, which makes her great in film. She also has terrific theatrical skill so she can project a persona and there’s a big aspect of the character that is a persona. She’s a multi-layered character and we needed a great actress that could rise to that challenge.

Boucher also describes a scene he saw being shot, which involves Bane, Bruce Wayne, and Catwoman. Check it out after the break, and be sure to read the full interview at the source link below.

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.

SOURCE: Hero Complex

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