From the Coventry Telegraph comes the first Catwoman-related words from the set of The Dark Knight Rises. It’s not much, but it’ll have to do for now…
THERE are whispers that Warner Bros will soon follow its unveiling of Tom Hardy’s Bane with an image of Anne Hathaway clad as Catwoman.
But until the day of that revelation – which is sure to make the interwebs melt, judging from the current levels of hysteria – there have been a few items of gossip about Hathaway’s performance as the feline felon in The Dark Knight Rises.
We’ve heard about the actress accidentally giving an actor a black eye with a gun during a fight scene, not to mention talk of multiple wardrobe changes because of Anne’s vigorous exertions splitting the seams of her outfit.
Now comes another report in which she offers a few other tidbits about her involvement in Christopher Nolan’s final Batman flick.
Hathaway says many other contenders had auditioned to play Catwoman, though we don’t yet know who they were.
She revealed: “Chris Nolan tested dozens of girls. I got the audition and then I just had to sit at home and wait for him to decide.”
The interview is on Swedish news site Nojes Bladet in which – with the aid of Google and the correction of some clumsy auto-translation – she adds that she has enjoyed the challenge of taking on the comic book role.
She is well aware that comparisons will be made with other iconic portrayals of Catwoman, such as Eartha Kitt (who purred so perfectly in the 1960s Batman TV series, along with Julie Newmar and – in its film spin-off – Lee Meriwether) and Michelle Pfeiffer (who was so sensuously slinky in latex in Tim Burton’s 1992 feature Batman Returns).
Hathaway isn’t worried by having so much to live up to, explaining: “It makes you work harder. I am taking a chance that something may not work. But there is a certain satisfaction that, at the end of the day, I did everything I could.”
And what about the physical preparations for the role, especially in the light of all those reports of intense action scenes that resulted in ripped costumes?
Hathaway admits to having lost weight for the part but on the training aspect she only has this to say: “That’s a little embarrassing”, she says, laughing nervously. “It’s a bit personal. I’d rather talk about the acting than my training.”
It’s not clear exactly what she means but it no doubt adds to the mystique surrounding the production.
Word is all positive though and over at Hollywood Life, a source on the film set is quoted as saying: “Everything from the looks in her eyes, her head movements, her body – everything is so feline. The role is taking her to new places.”
“It’s really unbelievable how realistic she is in this role, I never expected it.”
We’ll get chance to see for ourselves when The Dark Knight Rises is released on July 20, 2012.
A Fan Manipulation of Hathaway as Catwoman