Christopher Nolan is in a giving mood, and fans of superhero cinema couldn’t be happier. Yesterday, we got a first look at Henry Cavill as Superman from Man of Steel, which the Inception helmer is producing. Today, the filmmaker is giving us our first peek at Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman, from his next directorial effort, The Dark Knight Rises, starring Christian Bale and due next summer. The image — hidden within the movie’s website — comes on the heels of the third Bat-flick’s teaser trailer and our first first glimpse of Tom Hardy as back-breaking baddie Bane. Welcome to Nolan’s own secret, slower-moving Comic-Con!
Baby, you can drive my Batpod! But do I really love this shot of Hatha-Cat? Not sure. The first thing that popped into my mind upon beholding the actress in crinkly tight leather and midnight black shades straddling a chopper: Trinity with a ponytail circa The Matrix Reloaded. (See the scene here.) That’s not bad, but it is a bit ‘been there, done that’ as a piece of character design for this kind of geek pop archetype. I’m intrigued by the high-tech implication of the glasses — Bluetooth enabled? A.I. enhanced? — and I’m curious why this conception of the comic book cat-burglar doesn’t feel the need for a more concealing disguise than just eyewear and lipstick. Where exactly is she? Is she swiping the Caped Crusader’s motorcycle from a museum or something? (My fanboy theorizing: She’s racing away from a caper at The Roman’s neo-palatial mansion.) On the whole, though, Nolan’s Catwoman seems consistent with his gritty-functional-cool take on the Batman universe. And for me, Selina Kyle/Catwoman is more about psyche and attitude and her relational chemistry with Bruce Wayne/Batman than her look; I’m eager to get a sense for all of that in the next trailer. Being a Hathaway fan, I hope she’s nothing less than purrr-fect. (Groan, I know.)
UPDATE: Thanks to Twitter follower @lostqu4d for making the good point that this may not be Hathaway’s official Catwoman look. After all, the image at the website is labeled: “Selina Kyle.” Perhaps we’re seeing the character at a point in the film before she’s gone full criminal, costumed feline.
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