First Photo of Anne Hathaway in The Dark Knight Rises
08.05.11 by Ryan
The very first chance fans had to look at actress Anne Hathaway's work on director Christopher Nolan's third and final Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, came in the form of a on-set spy video that showed her and Christian Bale talking during a rainstorm. The video was taken from afar, had no sound, and revealed Hathaway in costume as Selina Kyle, not Kyle's alter ego of Catwoman.
In June it was reported that Hathaway's Catwoman outfit would be "more tactical, like the comic book" and that she would "be wearing goggles" and "look more like a robber." The first official image of Hathaway released by the sequel's official site TheDarkKnightRises.com (via SlashFilm) seems to confirm this, even if the goggles look more like glasses that include some kind of high-tech gadgetry. She also seems to be borrowing the motorcycle Batman used in The Dark Knight, though it's possible that all motorcycles are built that way in Gotham.
With no other information other than the photo, the file name of the photo is leading to speculation. Only titled "Selina Kyle" and not "Catwoman" led Slashfilm to think that perhaps Hathaway will not become the Catwoman persona in the movie, despite Hathaway describing the role as "Catwoman" in interviews. However, Nolan has persisted in referring to the role as "Selina Kyle" during public appearances which has only fed online speculation.
More likely is that Hathaway will be playing Selina Kyle and will never exactly be called "Catwoman" just as Aaron Eckhart played Harvey Dent through most of The Dark Knight and the "Two-Face" moniker was just something that Dent said he was called behind his back. It wasn't until near the end of the movie that Dent received his disfiguring injury that, in the comic books, led Dent to be assume the "Two-Face" mantle. Still, it does appear that Hathaway is up to no good in the photo, which should please hardcore fans.
Hathaway stars in The Dark Knight Rises alongside Bale and other returning cast members Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth and Nestor Carbonell as the mayor of Gotham City, along with Batman franchise newbies Tom Hardy as Bane, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as policeman John Blake, Marion Cotillard as Wayne Enterprises board member Miranda Tate, Juno Temple as Holly Robinson, Matthew Modine as Nixon and Alon Aboutboul as a "mad scientist." Based on a story conceived by Nolan and David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight), The Dark Knight Rises was written by Nolan and his brother Jonathan Nolan.