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Will Catwoman Appear In 'The Dark Knight Rises'? Anne Hathaway (Sort Of) Says Yes

by Kevin Jagernauth
March 1, 2011 3:33 AM
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Granted, this is a little thin and it could ultimately mean pretty much nothing, but considering the plot details for "The Dark Knight Rises" will likely be under lock and key for a while yet, we'll take what we can get.

When it was announced in January that Anna Hathaway would be taking on the role of Selina Kyle, most assumed that meant Catwoman was going to appear in the film too, not just her alter ego. We weren't quite sure ourselves, figuring that Nolan would want to avoid overstuffing the third installment in the comic franchise with villains and that Kyle would likely play a love interest but that Hathaway would be unlikely to suit up in spandex. But maybe we're wrong.

In an interview with Oprah (via THR) following the Oscars on Monday, Hathaway recounted how she landed the hosting gig saying that she was actually waiting for the call confirming her casting in "The Dark Knight Rises" and she repeatedly refers to her character as Catwoman, not Selina Kyle.

"I was waiting to hear back to hear if I'd been cast as Catwoman [in The Dark Knight Rises], and my manager called me and said, 'Are you sitting down?' and I just go, oh my god, here it comes. [Hathaway takes a deep breath.] She's like, 'You're about to hear something you'll never hear again in your whole life. I'm like, 'OK.' And she goes, 'You've been asked to host the Oscars.' I'm like, 'I'm Catwoman! What?! Oh, oh, OK. What?'," Hathaway told Oprah.

So, will Hathaway suit up? It seems like it -- it seems odd she would refer to her character as Catwoman if she wasn't. We're of two minds about this -- Catwoman worked very well in the already campy world of "Batman Returns" but in Nolan's very straight, realism-based Gotham we're a little concerned how it might play. But then again, if anyone can make it work, it's Nolan.

Filming on "The Dark Knight Rises" starts later this year with Christian Bale, Tom Hardy and Joseph Gordon-Levitt all on board and Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Gary Oldman pretty much guaranteed to return. Still more casting to come.

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7 Comments

  • ICDIR | March 2, 2011 2:50 AMReply

    i know it would be going outside the comics a bit but i see cat woman fitting in fine. what if she was a former trained member of the league of shadows that batman cut the head off of in the first movie, and now that she doesn't have the league to be apart of shes using her skills to make a living as a stealthy thief. maybe even a merc than another villain like bane hires... perhaps to steal some new technology from wayne enterprises... maybe some super serum or something?... i think an affiliation with the LOS will give her character enough villainous qualities, while allowing an avenue for batman/ bruce wayne to change her as he came from the same background. could work pretty well for a reality/ science based Nolan atmosphere don't you think?...

  • cirkusfolk | March 1, 2011 8:49 AMReply

    Uh, the DA in the original '89 Batman was Harvey Dent as played by Billy Dee Williams, and he didn't become Two-Face. He actually wasn't even that central to the story. So there ya go.

  • rodie | March 1, 2011 7:56 AMReply

    Of course Hathaway is going to be Catwoman. There's no reason to have Bruce's love interest named Selina Kyle unless she's also Catwoman at some point in the movie.

    I remember before TDK started filming and it was announced that Aaron Eckhart was playing Harvey Dent, lots of fans thought he wouldn't become Two Face in the movie, but come on? Why have the D.A. be Harvey if his transformation into Two Face is not central to the story? It's the same thing here. Obviously Bruce's dilemma between right and wrong, love and duty, will be central to TDKR and Catwoman plays a large role in that.

  • DuluozGray | March 1, 2011 5:37 AMReply

    Yeah, cause if there's one thing the Nolan films have had, it's realism. Are you guys serious. Sure his films aren't as campy as some others, but they have nothing to do with reality. The things that happen in TDK could only happen in a sci-fi Universe, period.

  • sp | March 1, 2011 5:33 AMReply

    Piotr, you made a very good point. I trust Nolan completely, he never lets me down.

  • Piotr | March 1, 2011 5:03 AMReply

    Catwoman is the perfect conclusion to Nolan's trilogy. A love interest that straddles the divide between Bruce Wayne AND Batman? That's where this thing has been headed all along. He'll have to choose between a real-life woman and a catwoman. That's where Nolan's going.

  • Boyo | March 1, 2011 4:07 AMReply

    Catwoman is a thief that basically dresses in all black. with some cat ears. Don't see how hard that will be to adapt into Nolan's realistic world.

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