December 09, 2016

“Dark Knight Rises” scene description pairs Catwoman with Bane?


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Calling today a slow news day is an understatement of an understatement. And yet, when anything related to Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises” hits the Web, we know it’s going to generate serious conversation with the devoted Nolan-ites.

Take this, for example. Anne Hathaway has been overshadowed a bit by all of this Tom Hardy talk, particularly because the recent “Rises” prologue focused heavily on Hardy’s Bane.

But in an interview with the L.A. Times, Hathaway tipped a little of Catwoman’s dialogue, and the paper of record described a scene that could be important. Steer clear if you want to avoid spoilers!!:

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.

Does this imply that Catwoman, at least temporarily, works for Bane? There have been images of Hardy standing atop one of Batman’s military-grade cruisers. And, of course, that video of Catwoman piloting Batman’s motorcycle. Do they get into his “wonderful toys,” as the Joker might have said? We’re closer to finding out, but “Rises” still doesn’t hit until July. Can you wait? I the meantime, give the article a read. It’s well worth your time.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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