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Anne Hathaway as Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises

HollywoodNews.com: Back in my day, we had to wait for the first trailer to see what the new Bat-villains actually looked like! There are other unofficial photos out there that basically show the same image from a sideways angle (with Hathaway’s stunt woman), but I think I’ll still with the legit stuff.

Anyway, today is day two of Warner Bros. tries to beat the paparazzi to the punch. The costume is obviously a hybrid of the Dwayne Cooke/Ed Brubaker outfit (the tactical aspects, the goggles) along with a bit from the 1960s Batman show (the free-flowing hair which reaches just below the shoulders ala Julie Newmar). I have no real commentary on the outfit. It looks fine and it’s obvious that Nolan and company were going for something that would actually make sense in battle than something that would make a pinup poster. I will say that not even Anne Hathaway wrapped in tight black leather can make that Bat-Pod any less ridiculous looking. I’m sorry, I’ve felt this way for three years, but that is an absolutely silly looking vehicle. The fact that it was a central part of the ad campaign last time around is a near-joke. Like the main theatrical one-sheet for The Dark Knight, the center of attention in this image is not the character being highlighted but a giant wheel.

As for why Catwoman is apparently stealing the Bat-Pod, I have no idea. But I will shall the following anecdote: The other night, I was reading Allison a Batman-centric storybook (her pick, believe it or not) which involved a mass break-out at Arkham. Anyway, at the climax of the story, Batman and Robin drive the Batmobile to the amusement park because that’s (of course) where The Joker is hiding. They outwit The Joker, watch him get hauled back to Arkham, and take off in the sky with their bat-ropes. At which point, Allison turned to me, completely serious, and asked me why they didn’t leave in the Batmobile that they arrived in. I started laughing pretty hard and explained that it was a really good question that I had no answer to.

So perhaps the reason Catwoman has stolen Batman’s stupid-looking Bat-Pod because he felt the need to arrive via Bat-Pod and depart in a more dramatic fashion. Or, maybe, he realized how stupid the thing looks, so he left the keys on the seat and hoped for the best.

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3 Comments

  • August 7, 2011 | Permalink |

    I am not feeling Anne Hathaway as catwoman. She is a great actress but as catwoman, I do not agree. I thought they would tap Zoe Saldana as catwoman. I believe she would have made a great catwoman .

  • August 7, 2011 | Permalink |

    I don’t like it………hope she has cat ears. otherwise it’s stupid lol

  • OST
    August 8, 2011 | Permalink |

    I’m not sure how I feel about her in this role, I will have to see it first

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