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First Look at Anne Hathaway as Catwoman is Also Cool Looking

Not quite Henry Cavill as Superman, but the first image released of Anne Hathaway as Catwoman look pretty neat.

I imagine she’ll be wearing a mask at some point in the film.

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LOOK AT THE SIZE OF HER… wheels?

Doesn’t look bad, doesn’t look great. Could be worse though. Based on what’s said in this article though I’m not convinced there’s more to come for the costume. It seems this might be all of it. Hopefully not:

http://www.slashfilm.com/official-photo-anne-hathaway-catwoman-the-dark-knight-rises/

I’m sorry…I have to disagree. I think it looks stupid and so does Bane. Please let this movie be good.

She needs a mask.

It is a bold choice to go back to the Batman ’66 style for Catwoman.

“I imagine she’ll be wearing a mask at some point in the film.” Uh, she’s WEARING a mask in this picture!–so yeah, I’d say it’s a pretty good bet she’ll be wearing a mask at some point in the film. Duh! But it still looks like crap. I don’t care what anyone says, Halle Berry was the best, sexiest, most ass-kicking Catwoman ever, and this just doesn’t measure up. Sorry.

Nolan does enjoy those off-road vehicles.

Stupid looking sunglasses now count as a mask?

I think not…

It is a bold choice to go back to the Batman ’66 style for Catwoman.

Based on the use of goggles and that zip-up front it looks more to me like Darwyn Cooke inspired minus the full-head cat mask.

Er….I don’t know. I just….I don’t know…

some stupid japanese name

August 5, 2011 at 8:42 am

I’m hearing from other places that that IS in fact her mask.
This movie looks sooo bad.

Anne Hathaway? The only true Catwoman is Julie Newmar, Lee Meriweather or Eartha Kitt. And what’s with the molded plastic batsuit?

Mila Kunis would have been GREAT in this role.

doughboy, I feel the need to make a slight correction to your comment: “The only true Catwoman is Julie Newmar.” There, all fixed.

I think this looks fine. We got an in-story explanation om Batman Begins for why Bruce dresses like a bat (“Bats frighten me Alfred”), but it would be pretty tough, not to mention silly, to explain why Selina wears cloth cat ears. Also, you can see a nod to the cat ears in the points that stick out on the sides of her goggles.

I think this looks fine. We got an in-story explanation om Batman Begins for why Bruce dresses like a bat (“Bats frighten me Alfred”), but it would be pretty tough, not to mention silly, to explain why Selina wears cloth cat ears. Also, you can see a nod to the cat ears in the points that stick out on the sides of her goggles.

Why does it need explaining? Just do it because it looks cool. You really think anyone who’s coming to watch a movie about a man who does martial arts dressed as a flying rat and who loved previous installments about villains wearing scarecrow masks, blasting fear gas and wearing clown makeup are suddenly going to stop and say “Wait now, cat ears? That’s too much!”

Akaky Akakievich Bashmachkin

August 5, 2011 at 10:30 am

If I’m not mistaken, she’s wearing a domino mask underneath her goggles. You might see it better in that bigger picture on the official movie site.

Why does it need explaining? Just do it because it looks cool. You really think anyone who’s coming to watch a movie about a man who does martial arts dressed as a flying rat and who loved previous installments about villains wearing scarecrow masks, blasting fear gas and wearing clown makeup are suddenly going to stop and say “Wait now, cat ears? That’s too much!”

Most probably won’t care, but all of things you mentioned were explained in the movies, and semi-plausible/explanable absurdity is what Nolan seems to be going for. Scarecrow wore a mask, but not his full costume like in the comics. The Joker was a killing clown, but he didn’t have his chemically bleached skin or permanent rictus grin. It’s the same thing with Catwoman. She dresses up in a skin-tight outfit to commit crimes, but she doesn’t wear an animal mask (notice the absence of Bane’s luchador’s mask). I know from previous threads that you’re not a fan of the Nolan films, but you have to admit that if we’re to take this as act three of the story that started in Batman Begins, it would be a little jarring to all of a sudden see a sane character like Selina Kyle wearing cat ears “just cuz.”

Edo, I think you missed doughboy’s joke, that’s a Homer Simpson quote from the Mr. Plow episode with Adam West ;-)

Ditto what Cass wrote about teh less comic-y costumes. Either way after the epic love/hype the first Dark Knight got, there is really nowhere but down for this movie to go.

Anne Hathaway – nice girl, too nice to be convincing as a seamy, seductive character like Catwoman.

D’oH mystyped that – its not a Homer quote its Adam West who says that line

Most probably won’t care, but all of things you mentioned were explained in the movies, and semi-plausible/explanable absurdity is what Nolan seems to be going for. Scarecrow wore a mask, but not his full costume like in the comics. The Joker was a killing clown, but he didn’t have his chemically bleached skin or permanent rictus grin. It’s the same thing with Catwoman. She dresses up in a skin-tight outfit to commit crimes, but she doesn’t wear an animal mask (notice the absence of Bane’s luchador’s mask). I know from previous threads that you’re not a fan of the Nolan films, but you have to admit that if we’re to take this as act three of the story that started in Batman Begins, it would be a little jarring to all of a sudden see a sane character like Selina Kyle wearing cat ears “just cuz.”

I see what you’re saying, but it wasn’t like the explanations for those things were so amazing that they made the implausible or ridiculous magically realistic, so I doubt that any rationale one could come up with for a Cat mask would really be all that lamer than other in-story rationales we’ve gotten for things so far.

Sure Scarecrow didn’t wear his full getup and he wore just the mask, but even that is still pretty absurd, explanation or not. The fear gas was shown to be powerful enough on its own. Why does he really need that mask for extra effect? Sure Joker wore makeup instead of having permawhite skin, but even makeup and green hair 24/7 is still ridiculous. Or at least as ridiculous as a Cat mask disguise. Bane doesn’t have a Luchador mask, but he does have some kind of S&M bondage looking one with long teeth looking attachments. Is one really that much less ridiculous than the other? And most of all, Harvey Dent had a half charred open sore face with no eyelid but a perfectly functioning, moisturized moving eyeball. I just really doubt that despite all these elements, half plausible explanations or not, people are suddenly going to say “Wait a minute…cat ears?!”

Besides, if a cat mask is such a dealbreaker for a viewer that they absolutely cannot accept it without a very compelling reason, especially in light of a lot of the other implausibilities the movies have asked us to accept

The Dark Knight Rises will suck because Nolan is due for a shitty movie. He can’t hit them all out of the park. Plus, since it will make all kinds of money regardless of how good it is, no one has any incentive to make it good. I said it when they announced the villains and everything else has just been confirmation that I’m right. Although I’m about the only person who won’t see it when it comes out to bad reviews.

Regarding Scarecrow and Joker’s getups, I meant primarily the in-story explanation that both of those characters are insane, which Selina Kyle presumably won’t be. As to Bane’s mask in Rises, I’m sure it will be explained as having something to do with ingesting venom, just as every gadget Batman used in Dark Knight was introduced and explained by Lucius Fox beforehand.

Notice that all the absurdities you mention serve to make the villain creepier or more menacing. I think audiences are willing to swallow half-plausible explanations for these because they appreciate the effect. Cat ears would stand out because they don’t have that kind of effect. Aside from any rationale Nolan would contrive to explain them, their only purpose would be to make Hatheway’s character more readily identifiable as Catwoman. That may or may not satisfy audiences, but it certainly would not satisfy Nolan if you think about the way he’s handled the franchise.

I think it needs cat ears.

I know it’s not “realistic”, but I don’t care. I was never a big fan of the whole Nolan “realistic Batman” thing anyway. For me, it’s the fantastical elements (even in Batman) that make comic book superheroes so much fun.

My take is that they should play it like Darwyn Cooke’s Catwoman. She can skip the mask for 99% of the movie, just wear it at least once to establish that she’s, you know, Catwoman.

My take is that they should play it like Darwyn Cooke’s Catwoman. She can skip the mask for 99% of the movie, just wear it at least once to establish that she’s, you know, Catwoman.

I can agree with that.

Can’t really tell what the rest of the outfit looks like, especially how hot Anne Hathaway looks in it. I’m reserve judgement until I see more.

I agree with the “as long as she wears it once” idea in theory, but in practice, one of my biggest pet peeves with superhero movies is the idea that the hero has to be unmasked for the big fight at the end, so the actor can get quality face time in the climactic scene. Off the top of my head, the first two Spider-Man movies, Iron Man, Batman Returns and I think the original Tim Burton Batman (might be wrong on that one) all contrive to have the hero remove his mask (or get it torn off) for the last fight.

And then there are movies that go the opposite route, like the 90s Captain America movie where he wears the mask for the last scene but barely wears it for the rest of the movie until it feels like they’re embarassed to had to use it at all (insert obligatory joke about how that’s the least of the things they should have been embarassed by in that movie).

So I can agree with the concept that she doesn’t need to be masked in every scene, and ANYthing can be done well if its, y’know, done well (case in point – the first two X-Men movies wer very faithful to the concept without using the comic book uniforms) , but when a character’s, costume is thrown in like a compulsory Easter egg and then tossed like a bad casserole stinkin’ up the back of the fridge, it’s usually a sign that the filmmakers have no faith in the subject matter.

Again, though, Cooke and Cam Stewart played it like that in their run with Brubaker, and it worked well there. She had the mask, but she often went without it. So it would just be following a critically acclaimed take on Catwoman if they did it like that.

She ganked his ride! Right in front of the cops!

Can’t really tell what the rest of the outfit looks like, especially how hot Anne Hathaway looks in it. I’m reserve judgement until I see more.

Check the link I added. It has more pics of the costume.

That’s a good point, Brian. It’s a pretty common (relatively) recent interpretation of the character – that she runs around with her goggles hanging around her neck more often than she actually wears them these days – isn’t it? That might be a fine way to go. Make the goggles/mask low-light lenses or something, that she puts on when she needs whatever it is they do. If they handle it that way – make it clear that it’s a utility thing that she doesn’t always need, as opposed to a prop they put in for the fans and then discarded – it could work. As long as it doesn’t come across like something they’re embarassed about and it doesn’t feel like Nolan’s saying “There, she wore a mask! Are you happy? Can we get back to the movie?”

People do realize that Catwoman hasn’t worn an actual “mask” in about a decade, right? She wears a custom leather aviator helmet and googles.

People do realize that Catwoman hasn’t worn an actual “mask” in about a decade, right? She wears a custom leather aviator helmet and googles.

We still consider that combo a mask.

Yeah, a custom leather aviator helmet. A custom leather aviator helmet customized to look like CAT EARS! Come on, now, it is a mask. It is a really cool looking and much more subdued mask, but it is a mask.

And really, if the argument is that it ISN’T a mask, then Nolan should have no problem using it, right?

I’m always amazed at the willingness of some people to declare that a movie is going to be crap just based on a few production stills.

I’m always amazed at the willingness of some people to declare that a movie is going to be crap just based on a few production stills.

How is that any more amazing than the amount of people who declare something is going to look good based on a few production stills.

The makers of films release these images to stoke interest and get reactions. Part of the risk is that those reactions will be bad. I don’t see what’s so bad about someone giving a negative reaction to something if they don’t like it. What are the comment sections here for then?

It looks kinda horrible, but then again Heath Ledger as the Joker sounded horrible, too… and I can’t imagine Liam Neeson as Ra’s Al Ghul sounded to great at first, either, so I’ll wait and see…

I have no problem with the actual outfit, but I still can’t seem to see Hathaway as an intense character like Catwoman is. I hope I’m wrong and she ends up successful.

As for the lack of ears, I’ll be okay with the goggles as long as she still pays homage to the fact that she is called “CATwoman.”

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