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The Prophet
Jan 19th, 2011, 10:50 PM
Anne Hathaway Cast as Catwoman in 'Dark Knight Rises'
12:32 PM 1/19/2011 by Borys Kit

Anne Hathaway has nabbed the coveted female lead opposite Christian Bale in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises.

Warner Bros. made the announcement Wednesday morning.

The studio also revealed which character Tom Hardy, who joined the cast last fall, will play: Bane.

Bane, a man who spent his whole life in prison, was a test subject for a drug that gave him increased strength, although he also became addicted to that drug. As opposed to some of the more classic villains that have populated the Batman movies, Bane is a more recent creation (1993) and is best known for a story where he broke Batman’s back, leaving the hero a paraplegic.

“I am delighted to be working with Tom again and excited to watch him bring to life our new interpretation of one of Batman’s most formidable enemies,” Nolan said in a statement.

Hathaway was on the the list of actresses which tested for the role in recent weeks, along with Jessica Biel and Keira Knightley, as revealed by Heat Vision.

The test involved Bale, who had to leave his National Board of Review in New York dinner early so he could catch a flight back to LA. to conduct.

The announcement didn’t actually name Hathaway’s character as Catwoman, which keeps in line with Nolan’s more grounded approach to the movie series.

Michelle Pfeiffer starred as Kyle/Catwoman in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns.

The character, as interpreted by Burton, was a meek secretary who becomes empowered after she is almost killed and left for dead.

Pfeiffer played her with a mix of repression and sensuality, with the character breaking out as a symbol of female empowerment and becoming a pop culture sensation.

In his interpretation, Nolan has been giving his characters a deeper and darker psychological edge.

Nolan and his team of writers (he wrote the screenplay with his brother Jonah Nolan, from a story by Nolan and David S. Goyer) have taken some inspiration for their take on Batman from the classic Batman: Year One storyline by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli, by way of asking, “What if the story continued?”

The Catwoman in Year One was a prostitute-dominatrix who helps Batman even as he inadvertently inspires her to don a costume and embark on a life of crime.

Warner gave no indication if this was Nolan’s take on the character.

Julie Newmar, Eartha Kitt and Lee Meriweather played Catwoman opposite Adam West in the Batman TV show and movie of the 1960s, while Halle Berry portrayed the character in the failed 2004 spinoff movie.

The movie is looking at a May start, with shooting to take place in London and Los Angeles. It’s slated for release on July 20, 2012.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/blogs/heat-vision/anne-hathaway-cast-catwoman-dark-73418

NyCPsU
Jan 19th, 2011, 11:05 PM
I can't see it at all. Should be interesting.

Ferg
Jan 19th, 2011, 11:14 PM
Shes a good actress but cant see it.

CrossCourt~Rally
Jan 19th, 2011, 11:16 PM
Shes a good actress but cant see it.

Me to, but most people said the same thing about Michael Keaton as Batman. He ended up doing a phenomenal job:worship:. We'll just have to wait and see. I hope she surprises as Catwoman as Batman has been my fave superhero since i was a rugrat :p

Mynarco
Jan 19th, 2011, 11:38 PM
can't see it.

Brooklyn90
Jan 20th, 2011, 12:00 AM
Can't see it either. Marion was in talks to be Cat Woman before she got pregnant :sad: I'm sure Christopher Nolan knows whats hes doing though :D

~{X}~
Jan 20th, 2011, 01:14 AM
No one was able to see Heath Ledger as Joker, trust me, I remember all the WTF's when his name was announced and he ended up being amazing in that role, so I'm sure the same will happen here.

Also Tom Hardy will be playing Bane.

NyCPsU
Jan 20th, 2011, 02:48 AM
Can't see it either. Marion was in talks to be Cat Woman before she got pregnant :sad: I'm sure Christopher Nolan knows whats hes doing though :D

See, now that I could have seen and she would have been Bad ass in that role I think.

Guarantee they make Anne's role like a nerdy, quiet woman who turns into this totally confident and crazed villian. Its not like shes done that whole transformation role before :p

mirzalover
Jan 20th, 2011, 03:05 AM
Anne will kill it

McPie
Jan 20th, 2011, 10:30 AM
:lick:



:lol:

BartoliBabes
Jan 20th, 2011, 10:34 AM
hmmm not sure but could be one of them unexpected, genious choices;)

Beat
Jan 20th, 2011, 10:39 AM
i think hathaway can play just about anything.

Lord Choc Ice
Jan 20th, 2011, 11:33 AM
Good choice. :hearts:

And Tom Hardy too. :kiss:

Kart
Jan 20th, 2011, 04:44 PM
Anne will kill it
I think this as well.

Michelle Pfeiffer's Catwoman will be a hard act to follow though.

CrossCourt~Rally
Jan 20th, 2011, 04:53 PM
Can't see it either. Marion was in talks to be Cat Woman before she got pregnant :sad: I'm sure Christopher Nolan knows whats hes doing though :D

The same thing happened to Annette Benning who actualy got the role before Warren Beaty knocked her up :p. Michelle Pfeiffer did an amazing job, but i think Annette would have been even better :angel:

My all time fave catwoman is still Julie Newmar>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0L3UrW_jCDY To Wong Foo :hehehe:

Super Dave
Jan 20th, 2011, 06:05 PM
http://clicksmilies.com/s1106/liebe/love-smiley-075.gif

Halardfan
Jan 20th, 2011, 10:02 PM
Concur that it doesn't seem a great choice on paper but that given the track record of those involved we should give them the benefit of the doubt.

Bane is another iffy choice for me, hard to put his appearance in the dreadful Batman Forever out of my mind.

Of the Batman movies before the current series, I think Batman returns is best, those versions of Catwoman and the Penguin would be hard to top.

Thought Jim Carrey's Riddler was good, but dragged down by a poor film.

Heather Ledger far exceeded Jack Nicholson's Joker for me.

As for Batman, arse though he can be, Bale is probably the best.

Have a huge soft spot for the 60's series, so many of the guest villains are a joy, and Adam West is great and crazy.

mirzalover
Jan 20th, 2011, 10:25 PM
This is random but am I the only one thinks if they ever did poison ivy again Marcia Cross would be really good for it?

Mateo Mathieu
Jan 21st, 2011, 12:31 AM
This is random but am I the only one thinks if they ever did poison ivy again Marcia Cross would be really good for it?
Oh, Catwoman and Poison Ivy team up :hearts: They often work together in the animated series.

Mistress of Evil
Jan 21st, 2011, 10:34 AM
She is cute and all. :) But catwoman really :unsure: compare her to Halle Berry :shrug: Anne does not associate with sex appeal.:scratch:

Mateo Mathieu
Jan 21st, 2011, 10:39 AM
I think she will play just as Selina not as Catwoman... because Nolan told that there will have two female characters and there will have two villains. Some suggested the other villain is Talia al Ghul.

JN
Jan 21st, 2011, 12:56 PM
Anne Hathaway in an amazingly short dress.

http://img526.imageshack.us/img526/3981/article117609004c409550.jpg http://l.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/mesg/emoticons7/38.gif

young_gunner913
Jan 21st, 2011, 02:02 PM
I think this as well.

Michelle Pfeiffer's Catwoman will be a hard act to follow though.

Same here.

Not there's much left after Halle Berry shredded it to pieces.

young_gunner913
Jan 21st, 2011, 02:03 PM
This is random but am I the only one thinks if they ever did poison ivy again Marcia Cross would be really good for it?

Chucky would be a better Poison Ivy than her.

mirzalover
Jan 21st, 2011, 04:27 PM
Chucky would be a better Poison Ivy than her.

I mean LOOKS wise. Not acting ability which I dont think Marcia Cross is that bad of an actress.

mirzalover
Jan 21st, 2011, 04:28 PM
I think she will play just as Selina not as Catwoman... because Nolan told that there will have two female characters and there will have two villains. Some suggested the other villain is Talia al Ghul.

She is going to be Catwoman.

PlayByPlay
Jan 21st, 2011, 06:45 PM
No one was able to see Heath Ledger as Joker, trust me, I remember all the WTF's when his name was announced and he ended up being amazing in that role, so I'm sure the same will happen here.

Also Tom Hardy will be playing Bane.



Thats true and I have a feeling she will be putting a lot into this role. A side that no one has ever seen before.

G-Ha
Jan 21st, 2011, 08:29 PM
Bad choice. Plus, I'm tired of seeing Anne's mug everywhere.

Julie Newmar was the best catwoman.

http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lelz8wQMmP1qa1l5io1_250.jpg

Beat
Jan 21st, 2011, 08:46 PM
Of the Batman movies before the current series, I think Batman returns is best, those versions of Catwoman and the Penguin would be hard to top.


this.
the performances tim burton tickled out of michelle pfeiffer and danny devito were just spectacular.

Brooklyn90
Jan 21st, 2011, 10:08 PM
No one can ever out due Ms. Earth Kitt perrrrrr
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c187/pacomexican/GhTmKZMUEgu7iizzgeelzS8fo1_400.jpg

CrossCourt~Rally
Jan 21st, 2011, 10:29 PM
Bad choice. Plus, I'm tired of seeing Anne's mug everywhere.

Julie Newmar was the best catwoman.

http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lelz8wQMmP1qa1l5io1_250.jpg

Too Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything Catwoman :hearts:

Eartha was also good in the few episodes she played her :cool:

Ferg
Feb 13th, 2011, 08:33 PM
Apparently Marion Cotillard has been cast, since the article states they didnt actually name Hathaway as Catwoman, could Cotillard be the character? She'd certainly be more convincing.

Crazy Canuck
Feb 13th, 2011, 08:49 PM
She is cute and all. :) But catwoman really :unsure: compare her to Halle Berry :shrug: Anne does not associate with sex appeal.:scratch:
Two things:

1: Halle Berry's Catwoman was an abomination.

2: Practically nobody is as beautiful as Halle Berry.

On both points, nobody should be compared to Berry's catwoman. It's really just not fair to anybody, her included.

Wait, three things:

3: Whether or not Hathaway has the sex appeal to pull this off is certainly debatable. A large fraction of the Internet would probably disagree with you.

Apparently Marion Cotillard has been cast, since the article states they didnt actually name Hathaway as Catwoman, could Cotillard be the character? She'd certainly be more convincing.

I read about 12343 articles that did name Hathaway as cat woman. So, unless all of my entertainment sites are wrong (unlikely, but possible), it's a done deal. No idea what Cotillard will be doing. Something magical, I'm sure.

Ferg
Feb 13th, 2011, 09:21 PM
Well the big massive headline here was 'CAST AS CATWOMAN' and then it says in the actual article that she wasnt named as Catwoman at all :tape: You never know...

Crazy Canuck
Feb 13th, 2011, 09:30 PM
Well the big massive headline here was 'CAST AS CATWOMAN' and then it says in the actual article that she wasnt named as Catwoman at all :tape: You never know...
Right. These could all have used the same source, and could all have it wrong:

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20458850,00.html
http://www.imdb.com/news/ni7011928/
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/gossip/2011/01/anne-hathaway-catwoman-dark-knight-rises-selina-kyle.html
http://www.avclub.com/articles/anne-hathaway-is-catwoman-tom-hardy-is-bane-in-the,50293/
http://www.deadline.com/2011/01/anne-hathaway-wins-selina-kyle-role-in-the-dark-knight-rises/

But probably not.

Seriously, it's a done deal. Don't use The Hollywood Reporter as your only source. For anything. Ever. For that matter, don't use People, either.

Hathaway will be playing Selina Kyle. Selina Kyle is Catwoman. She might not spend the movie running around in leather, but she's playing the character who eventually becomes the woman that runs around in leather.

Ferg
Feb 13th, 2011, 09:37 PM
Im sorry.

Crazy Canuck
Feb 13th, 2011, 09:39 PM
Why? I didn't mean to be rude, I just meant to provide you with more accurate information.

Bayo
Feb 13th, 2011, 09:54 PM
Non-conventional casting is part of what makes me love Nolan films. I could never have imagined Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a fight scene before Inception.

No clue what Marion could be doing but if it's true, all the more awesome.

Barrie_Dude
Feb 13th, 2011, 10:52 PM
Nope... Too Geeky

new-york
Feb 13th, 2011, 11:08 PM
This is random but am I the only one thinks if they ever did poison ivy again Marcia Cross would be really good for it?
Holy muffin'.

I've been saying this FOREVER. :worship:

Ryan
Feb 13th, 2011, 11:24 PM
I think she's a great choice. Jessica Biel can barely act, she is sexier though. I think she'll make it work, especially with Nolan giving the characters a darker edge.

Volcana
Feb 13th, 2011, 11:43 PM
I can see it, if you're going toward one of the earlier, more sex-kitten type Catwoman incarnation. I kinda favored the psychopathic 'Birds of Prey' Catwoman, in which case Knightley would have been a better fit. None of them blow me away as choices, but I can't think of an actress in the age range I'd cast, outside of Jennifer Garner.

Makes you wish Sean Young was 28.

Or that the had the imagination and guts to cast Ziyi Zhang (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0955471/)

Sam L
Feb 14th, 2011, 09:09 AM
I read about 12343 articles that did name Hathaway as cat woman. So, unless all of my entertainment sites are wrong (unlikely, but possible), it's a done deal. No idea what Cotillard will be doing. Something magical, I'm sure.

Marion pulled out because she's pregnant.

Soliloque
Feb 14th, 2011, 10:06 AM
Marion pulled out because she's pregnant.

Marion signed for the film this week end, but not for catwoman.

Sam L
Feb 14th, 2011, 10:44 AM
Marion signed for the film this week end, but not for catwoman.
Oh ok. She was up for Catwoman before.

Wut?NotJelena?
Feb 15th, 2011, 12:51 AM
I can totally see it. She'll be some street smart, Gotham go getter! Probably wearing glasses, like these.

http://www.eyesave.com/images/products/Scojo.ClarkKentBlackElectricBlue.13799.jpg

Brooklyn90
Feb 15th, 2011, 02:07 AM
Reports are that Marion Cotillard has joined the cast! :hearts:

pov
Feb 15th, 2011, 02:23 AM
I don't think there's been a decent portrayal of Catwoman yet. IMO it's not so much the actress as that the writing and costumes have been awful. 'Course some of the DC Comics portrayals have been awful too.

Mateo Mathieu
Feb 15th, 2011, 02:25 AM
It has to be Talia! I read somewhere that Nolan wants Talia revenges on Batman for her father, Ra's al Gul.

Rafito.
Feb 15th, 2011, 10:38 PM
Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Anne Hathaway :inlove: So excited for it now!