If you have been on the internet today you would know that Anne Hathaway has been confirmed to play Selina Kyle / Catwoman in Christopher Nolan’s upcoming third Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises.

Christopher Nolan stated, “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Anne Hathaway, who will be a fantastic addition to our ensemble as we complete our story.”

Catwoman is one of the most complex characters in the Batman comic book series. She’s not a true villain but she’s definitely not a hero. Similarly to the man behind the Bat mask, Bruce Wayne, Selina’s alter-ego grew out of her desire to take down the bad guys, but unlike Batman (whose motivation stems from revenge) the Catwoman persona is developed out of a need for self-defense after a history of abuse. Basically, to nail the role there has to be a combination of vulnerability and whip cracking viciousness. Michelle Pfeiffer was fantastic in the dual Selina-Catwoman role in 1992’s Batman Returns. Does Anne Hathaway have the range to pull it off?

She’s done so many girl-next-door and romantic-comedy roles that picturing her in the rubber suit is a bit of a hard sell… Although she did managed to sex it up in Havoc. NSFW below.


Anne Hathaway – Nude In Havoc 2
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In addition, Tom Hardy – who previously worked with Nolan in Inception – has been locked down to play ripped bad guy Bane. Nolan said, “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.”

Some people are just exited to watch him.

“The Dark Knight Rises” is slated for release on July 20, 2012.