Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Dark Knight

Though the final installment of director Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, won't surface in cinemas until next summer, promotional photos and trailers are making a sensation online.
One of the most discussed, and dissed, photos from the film features 28-year-old actress Anne Hathaway as Catwoman (or Selina Kyle, if you prefer) in a leather suit on a bike.
Entertainment Weekly writer Jeff Jensen described the ensemble Hathaway was sporting as "a bit 'been there, done that' as a piece of character design for this kind of geek pop archetype," and other bloggers have cited the striking similarities with costumes from The Matrix films.
Simply put, Catwoman might be getting more hisses than purrs.
How does Hathaway feel about the outfit? The actress reportedly told MTV that the photo might be deceiving. "I was not going to admit it: I asked someone to send me a few reactions. And I happen to know that MTV's reaction was 'meh'" she said. "What I am happy to say is, if you didn't like the photo, you only see about a 10th of what that suit can do. And if you did like the photo, you have excellent taste."
In spite of the suit, Hathaway has done some intense training for her role in the upcoming flick.
In an interview published at , Hathaway told a journalist that she's been hard at work getting into the mindset required for an action film. "They've given me a martial arts exercise that I have to do all the time to teach me grace and proper stance and fluid movement," she said.
"It looks so gentle, but when you're actually doing fight choreography it's 'Oh my gosh, that's actually a block.' Oh, I'm hitting somebody's throat right now. It's been a lot of fun; it's been a new challenge. I'd really like to do a lot more of it. It's not something I ever thought I'd do."
Hathaway has been busy lately. In addition to working on the Batman film, she's had a slew of roles this year including voice work for Rio and TV's Family Guy. Her latest movie, One Day, opens Aug. 19.
Will her upcoming itinerary also include another gig hosting the Oscars? Hathaway told CNN that it's doubtful.
"Not that it wasn't fun, I had a great time and it was an honor and it was lovely" she said. "But, it's something that … requires a skill set … I mean, I think the first time I didn't put any pressure on myself to knock it out of the park with, you know, my hosting skills because how would I have any? I've never hosted anything."