It appears that Anne Hathaway has confirmed that she will play Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises. Wait...you thought you already knew that didn't you? Well, when it was revealed in January that the actress was confirmed for the role of Selina Kyle, the famous villainess' alter-ego, the announcement made a seemingly purposeful effort to refer to her character only as "Selina Kyle," rather than "Catwoman." This led to speculation from fan-types that Christopher Nolan's third and final Batman film may not have intended for Hathaway to ever don the sexy-skin-tight outfit of the feline-friendly cat burglar. However, siting down for an interview with Oprah Winfrey just after her (likely one time only) Oscar Co-Hosting gig with James Franco this past weekend, she tells a story of how she got the Oscar gig, in which she refers to her Dark Knight Rises role quite clearly as "Catwoman." That, in all likelihood, settles the "debate."
According to Hathaway:
"I was waiting to hear back to hear if I'd been cast as Catwoman, and my manager called me and said, 'Are you sitting down?' And I just go, oh my God, here it comes."
The news in question from her manager, as she was eagerly anticipating if she got the Catwoman role, would be that she was asked to host the Oscars, which apparently came out of nowhere. Of course, the news she originally wanted to hear would come soon afterwards.
So, is this surprising Earth-shattering news? Hardly. However, it does help in clearing up our perceptions about what Nolan intends to do with The Dark Knight Rises. Hathaway's Selina Kyle won't be just another love interest, but will likely have a complex relationship with Christian Bale's Bruce Wayne/Batman that will present another challenge to his life philosophy. Just as the Joker challenged his views on justice with his brand of sociopathic nihilism, Catwoman may have Batman finding his views on justice in opposition to a concept of love. In addition, with Marion Cotillard in the mix as another romantic interest, we could be looking at a compelling love triangle for Batman, as the ultra-powerful Bane (Tom Hardy) looks on, ready to squash his ensuing chubby.
Do you have high hopes for Anne Hathaway's take on Catwoman?