By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood April 12, 2012 at 1:44PM
EW's Summer Preview (out April 13) covers the season's most hyped releases, from "The Dark Knight Rises" (the last of the "Dark Knight triplets"), "The Avengers" ("the 'Taxi Driver' of superhero-team movies") and "The Amazing Spider-Man" to Channing Tatum and Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike" and Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones' "Hope Springs." Enjoy a taste of the issue below.
1. Anne Hathaway on being cast as Catwoman in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" (July 20): “I had to physically transform. Chris sat me down at the beginning and said, ‘Joseph Gordon-Levitt did all of his own fighting in Inception. That one zero-gravity fight? He trained for two months.’ I basically left his office and went to the gym and just came out about five minutes ago.”
2. The third film in Nolan's Batman trilogy is described as "an epic disaster film" by Hathaway. She adds that, even more than the first two films, it "speaks to our specific moment right now.”
3. Tom Hardy, who plays villain Bane, recalls Nolan's concern over asking him to wear a mask throughout the entire film. Hardy says, “I think he worried it would be something I might not consider because wearing a mask might damage my career or something. He thought I’d be worried that the audience couldn’t see my beautiful face,..Like I care. It’s Chris Nolan! I would wear a paper bag over my head for that man.”
4. Writer-director Joss Whedon on "The Avengers" (May 4): “Think of this as the 'Taxi Driver' of superhero-team movies."
5. Elizabeth Banks on playing pregnant for "What to Expect When You're Expecting" (May 18): “It’s great playing pregnant ladies because you can go in all types of direction. They’re forgiven for tons of bad behavior. Everyone just goes, ‘Ah, hormones!’ ” She adds, "I wish it went sci-fi. It would be so cool if I got a unicorn instead of a baby.”
6. Rupert Sanders on "Snow White and the Huntsman" (June 1): “Other [fairy tales] are a bit pink and fluffy and princessy, but Snow White has got a hard gothic edge to it. My approach was a big, epic, sweeping medieval film with the visual decisiveness of a graphic novel.”
7. Channing Tatum on giving advice to his "Magic Mike" (June 29) stripping costars: “You just say, “Grab her face and put it in your junk."
8. Director David Frankel on "Hope Springs" with Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones (August 10): “I think of it as a romantic comedy about people who have been married for over 30 years." Jones recalls meeting Streep for the first time in the early '70s; "We met in the middle of Astor Place. And I remember thinking she was angelic.”