First look at Anne Hathaway as Catwoman

Posted by · 3:03 am · August 5th, 2011

Or, to be more precise, as Selina Kyle, given that the “Dark Knight Rises” machine seems to be avoiding the “Catwoman” moniker. My considered verdict on this: she’s not Michelle Pfeiffer. But then, few people are. Beyond that, I have no opinion, though I’m sure many of you do. Have at it in the comments.

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  • 1 8-05-2011 at 2:20 pm

    Drew said...

    I think the fanboy comments have my interest more than those pictures.

  • 2 8-05-2011 at 2:45 pm

    Fitz said...


    That would be my guess. Wayne Corp. is – or must be – the only successful business in Gotham.

  • 3 8-05-2011 at 2:55 pm

    Kidman said...

    I wouldn’t have cast Hathaway as Catwoman. Love the girl, think she’s talented, but I just don’t see her in that role. That picture confirmes my thoughts, I hope the film will prove them wrong.

  • 4 8-05-2011 at 3:12 pm

    Afrika said...

    Nolan has never been good with casting women, let’s face it. Katie Holmes anyone?? and then Maggie G. in TDK? I mean Maggie is an incredibly talented actress but that was a massive miscast. She is more indie and less femme fatale. Nolan, like most of the “big shots” in Hollywood, could care less about credible female characters.

  • 5 8-05-2011 at 3:27 pm

    Rashad said...

    What is a credible female character? I bet you hate noirs too.

    Cotillard was perfectly cast in Inception.

  • 6 8-05-2011 at 4:49 pm

    Dana Jones said...

    I think what Afrika is inferring is that the women Nolan chooses (and I stand by Cotillard being the only exception) are not your quintessential Hollywood bombshell. Katie Holmes and Maggie G are about as dry as you can get. Add Hathaway to that list, and there’s 3 in a row.

  • 7 8-05-2011 at 4:51 pm

    Dana Jones said...

    That being said, I don’t think that has anything to do with a credible actress.

  • 8 8-05-2011 at 4:51 pm

    Dana Jones said...

    **credible character (sorry typo!)

  • 9 8-05-2011 at 5:32 pm

    Chris138 said...

    I still think Natalie (Carrie-Anne Moss) from Memento is the best female character Nolan has written so far.

  • 10 8-05-2011 at 5:39 pm

    Kokolo said...

    Let’s not forget Carrie-Anne Moss who was amazing in Memento. Easily his best female character.

  • 11 8-05-2011 at 6:25 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Dylan: Why are you addressing me about Pfeiffer? I don’t get it. I haven’t said one word about comparing these two, yet you’re the second person to come at me with something along those lines. Weird. I’m talking about comic writer Ed Brubaker’s take on the character, which gels with what most seem to want out of her.

  • 12 8-05-2011 at 6:28 pm

    John G said...

    @Pete – I completely agree about Tim Burton. Most overrated filmmaker I know of, possibly one of the worst filmmakers working today. Never seen one of his films that I liked. The visuals look neat as still pictures or in previews, but they don’t move on screen at all – and all of his movies I’ve seen have been slow, slow, slow.

    This picture of Anne Hathaway looks like a throw back to the 1960s Adam West Batman. Not that there’s anything wrong with that goofy, silly take, but it’s not what I expected from Nolan.

  • 13 8-05-2011 at 6:29 pm

    DylanS said...

    I misunderstood, I thought you were suggesting that Pfieffer already did everything that could be done with the role. It didn’t read as a comment on Brubaker’s interpretation of the character, but that makes more sense to me now.

  • 14 8-05-2011 at 6:32 pm

    DylanS said...

    Also, I’m a fan of a number of Burton’s works. There’s a lot to like in Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Big Fish and Sweeney Todd, not to mention my favorire Superhero film, pre-Nolan, his daring sequel “Batman Returns”.

  • 15 8-05-2011 at 7:16 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I find that Burton gets crapped on by young people because he hasn’t made a good film in 10 years (the amount of time I imagine they’ve been aware enough to have critical thoughts about cinema). The contemporary side of a filmmaker tends to identify him or her in an audience’s mind, or at least shade the perspective.

    I’m not trying to ruffle feathers regarding people’s opinions or anything. Just making an observation. My Scorsese was Goodfellas and Cape Fear and Casino, for instance. My Spielberg was E.T., Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park. Etc. How a generation responds to the contemporary work, in some way, affects reaction to the prior work, which is invariably seen later.

    Pre-2001, I think there are lots of Burton gems. And I even include Sleepy Hollow, which is rather brilliant, I think. Edward Scissorhands is masterful. Ed Wood is a stunning take on a biopic. And I think his Batman films are essential in the face of typical comic book cinema. But if all I had in my film awakening was Planet of the Apes, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Sweeney Todd — i.e. his least accomplished and most derivative work — as opposed to Beetle Juice, Batman and Edward Scissorhands, I might have harsher words for the earlier stuff.

    One thing is for sure. I’d much rather Burton be in the mix offering his work than not. I just wish he’d find something semi-surprising for us all once again.

  • 16 8-05-2011 at 7:23 pm

    DylanS said...

    I actually thought “Sweeney Todd” was a return to form for him.

  • 17 8-05-2011 at 7:51 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    On that we disagree.

  • 18 8-05-2011 at 8:42 pm

    Matthew Starr said...

    I liked Sweeney Todd but it was definitely not a return to form.

    Sleepy Hollow however is fantastic. Love what Lubezki and Elfman did on that.

  • 19 8-05-2011 at 8:49 pm

    Chris138 said...

    Ed Wood and Sleepy Hollow are my favorite Tim Burton films. Great stuff. I think Sweeney Todd is the only other movie he’s made in recent years that I liked, although not as good as the other two pictures I mentioned.

  • 20 8-05-2011 at 8:53 pm

    Fitz said...

    Oh, don’t get me wrong I like Burton. Beetlejuice, Scissorhands, and Sleepy Hollow are some of my favorite films. ‘Returns’ has just aged really poorly to me.

  • 21 8-05-2011 at 9:24 pm

    Jones said...

    After seeing more pics of Hathaway on set as Selina Kyle (or with the make up for Selina Kyle), my confidence has been restored a bit. I’ll say I will wait and see the final result and not judge based on this one still. I’m leaning to believe the rumours that we will see her in full costume later in the film.

    Here, the pics of Hathaway I’m talking about (warning, they also include some Cotillard pictures and they could be considered spoilerish):

  • 22 8-05-2011 at 9:29 pm

    Paul Outlaw said...

    Wait for Dark Shadows, y’all. ;-)

  • 23 8-05-2011 at 9:51 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    What about those pics restores confidence, Jones? She’s in workout clothes and has bright lipstick.

  • 24 8-05-2011 at 9:58 pm

    James D. said...

    Kris, I think it would be more fair to judge a director by the last ten years or so of their most recent work regardless of when you first ran into them. I don’t think the Burton of Ed Wood is ever going to come back. I would say Burton has made some very good films, but as a director, he has become below average.

  • 25 8-06-2011 at 2:31 am

    Moviehobbyist said...

    Big Fish is a pretty emotional and great film from Burton. The picture is fine, just a tease, and a very smart one too. Not revealing the final costume (if there even is one!) makes this far more interesting instead of just pleasing the leather fetishists all over the planet.

  • 26 8-06-2011 at 5:34 am

    JJ1 said...

    Since we’re talking Burton (sort of), OLD Burton is best (Beetlejuice, Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, and I’d include Sleepy Hollow – one of my faves).

    But I also really dug ‘Sweeney Todd’. It wasn’t “Broadway” Sweeney (which is awesome), it was Burton’s Sweeney – and I enjoyed nearly every frame.

  • 27 8-06-2011 at 8:47 am

    Rashad said...

    I really believe Sweeney is one of his best.

  • 28 8-06-2011 at 9:44 am

    Jones said...

    @Kris: Personally, I was disappointed they would cast Hathaway as Kyle as I find these two personalities diametrically opposite. Hathaway has never struck me as a sensual and a maverick person. It might be just the lipstick and the eye liner but, for me, these pictures can fill my imagination with the possibility that Hathaway can inhabit Kyle’s spirit and do justice to the character.
    Before, I couldn’t envision that. So that’s why I said it restored my confidence a bit. I know those are ordinary work out clothes, but the make up did it for me. Who knew…
    Yet, as i said previously, I’ll wait and see and judge accordingly in a year from now.

  • 29 8-06-2011 at 6:34 pm

    Chad Hartigan said...

    Anne Hathaway seems like a very capable actress, but she’s hardly an exciting one. Does anybody think she’ll bring anything to the table other than what’s directly on the page or out of Nolan’s mouth? I think that’s the key difference between the excitement generated by Ledger’s casting and even Hardy’s vs. hers.

  • 30 8-06-2011 at 6:37 pm

    Andrew M said...

    Rumor has it she will be a stripper. It could be interesting.

  • 31 8-07-2011 at 9:08 am

    Ben M. said...

    Andrew, if she is a stripper that wouldn’t be fully diverging from some of the source material, for instance Frank Miller’s Year One presented Catwoman as a prostitute.

    So they could easily be taking their beats from Year One (which did inspire many parts of Batman Begins), and I could also see WB insisting she be a stripper instead as they are going to want to make some money from kids and it might be hard to convince parents to buy action figures of a character whose alter ego is a prostitute.

  • 32 8-07-2011 at 9:18 am

    Andrew M said...

    I know about her backstory in Year One. Considering that they might go that direction, I wonder if she will be Falcone’s daughter?

  • 33 8-07-2011 at 12:33 pm

    jen said...

    Kris, I know you will never be keen on Anne Hathaway. But , did you want Christopher Nolan to hire your favorites – Michelle Williams or Amy Adams for this iconic role ? I hope not.

  • 34 8-07-2011 at 3:39 pm

    Afrika said...

    Maggie Q would have demolished this role. She has the perfect dosage of fierce and vulnerability. Dorky Annie on the other hand…well. let’s just leave it at that. As I said before, casting actresses is not one of Nolan’s strong points.

  • 35 8-07-2011 at 3:50 pm

    Fitz said...

    Maggie Q didn’t nail it out of the park in either Deception or Live Free of Die Hard. And considering those roles were dependent upon sex appeal and kicking ass she succeeded at neither.

  • 36 8-07-2011 at 7:53 pm

    ben said...

    Afrika , Anne , definitely, was not dorky in Love And Other Drugs, Havoc, Brokeback Mountain, and Rachel Getting Married. You must be blind.

    Call me crazy, but I don’t understand the need to trash or bash an actor’s photo , outfit, or casting ( especially after Anne screen tested with Christian Bale.) before actually seeing the finished film.

  • 37 8-07-2011 at 8:09 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Same reason anyone makes any opinion whatsoever before seeing a film. Human nature.

    jen: My favorites? Not sure what that means. I actually like Hathaway a lot. Just not for this. Personally, I wouldn’t have included the character in the film at all, because I think Catwoman is a rarely handled well, even in the comics. Always have.

  • 38 8-07-2011 at 8:52 pm

    Dana Jones said...

    Just out of curiosity- Kris, who would you like to have seen play Selina Kyle/Catwoman?

  • 39 8-07-2011 at 9:28 pm

    Pete said...

    SPY KIDS 4D!!!

    ‘She’s All Grown Up, And This time it’s personal.’

    Directed by Robert ‘Hack’ Rodriguez

  • 40 8-07-2011 at 9:38 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Dana: Oh, I don’t know. Cotillard would have been fun. Selma Blair?

  • 41 8-07-2011 at 11:59 pm

    The Great Dane said...

    Burton’s first Batman was brilliant and is very underrated to this day. I’m in the minority, but I think Batman Returns was a failure. Why? Because it’s essentially “Penguin: The Movie”. Danny DeVito is far more in it than any other character. Even Michelle Pfeiffer is in it more than Michael Keaton. Go back and rewatch it. In the last hour of the movie there are 30 minutes where there’s no Batman – OR Bruce Wayne. Michael Keaton is not on screen for HALF AN HOUR. Is that a Batman film? I think not.
    It was too dark for it’s own comedy good, Christopher Walken was again a case of one-villian-too-many in a crowded story.
    It’s overrated and has the lead character downsized to a supporting player.

    And my only negative comment about Dark Knight is that Christian Bale is only on screen as Bruce Wayne for a couple of minutes throughout the entire film. What’s interesting about the Bruce Wayne character is BOTH sides of him, but in Dark Knight it was all about Batman, not his “human” life. There should have been more Bruce Wayne, that is.

    And I still think Maggie Gyllenhaal should have become Catwoman. We never saw them finder her body. The ultimate love story. Bruce Wayne’s love of his life almost dies, her skinned horribly disfigured and her memory lost, reemerges as a killer/pshycho with no recollection of her life before and Bruce Wayne.

  • 42 8-08-2011 at 3:26 am

    Eunice said...

    I’ve heard some people take issue with this far more than I like hearing, but opinions and the marketplace of ideas and all that. Aware of the DC universe as I am, she could be anything at this point–the same mold of Catwoman as Pfeiffer, etc., the athletic burglar, the prostitute, or heck even Falcone’s daughter. We don’t really know at this point.

    The costume intrigues me. Why is it not the ‘Cat’ costume? Why the high-tech goggles? And what on Earth is she doing with Batman’s motorcycle?

    In the DC Universe, Catwoman is as close as we can get to a female equal for Batman. She’s every bit as athletic as he is, and just as smart. Before they crossed paths, she was quite the skilled burglar. I’d like Nolan to continue with what he started in TDK–that ambiguity between good and evil, and to have this character take that trajectory further. As much as I know Catwoman brings the kickass and the sexy, I really do hope that TDKR also lets her be what she is–which is that gray area in Batman’s black-and-white world.

    I really do hope they never act on the romantic tension, it might ruin for me. I’d rather that they would be simmering through out than have this romantic thing kill the dynamic between the two of them.

    Also, if Nolan gets Hathaway to that “Rachel Getting Married” point, with her angst intact, with a touch of that impishness and budding sensuality we saw in “Brokeback Mountain,” then I think we could be in for a treat. He’s not Demme or Ang Lee, but I do hope he makes that effort.

    That said, I’m preparing myself to be pleasantly surprised, the same way I was with Heath Ledger’s Joker.

  • 43 8-08-2011 at 5:36 pm

    Dana Jones said...

    Ah, Selma Blair would have been fantastic.

  • 44 8-08-2011 at 6:17 pm

    Afrika said...

    “Also, if Nolan gets Hathaway to that “Rachel Getting Married” point, with her angst intact, with a touch of that impishness and budding sensuality we saw in “Brokeback Mountain,” then I think we could be in for a treat.”


  • 45 8-09-2011 at 4:02 pm

    Fitz said...

    What satisfaction comes from trolling online? I’m just curious.