Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Anne Hathaway Cast as Catwoman

Just saw this over at The L.A. Times...

Anne Hathaway will play Selina Kyle, the slinky and savage outlaw who is known as Catwoman, in next year’s Christopher Nolan film “The Dark Knight Rises,” according to a press release from Warner Bros.

Tom Hardy, already announced as a cast member, will play Bane, the chemically created brute who first appeared in the comics in 1993 — making him a far “younger” villain for Nolan’s Batman mega-franchise, which has most prominently featured the Joker (who first appeared in 1940) , Two-Face (1942), Ras Al-Ghul (1971) and the Scarecrow (1941).

Catwoman — then just called “The Cat” – first appeared in 1940 as the creation of Bob Kane and Bill Finger, and she has brought leather-clad sexual tension to the Batman adventures both on the page and beyond; she was portrayed by Julie Newmar, Eartha Kitt and Lee Meriwether on the 1960s television series starring Adam West as the caped crusader, and Michelle Pfeiffer memorably cracked the whip in the role opposite of the masked Michael Keaton in Tim Burton’s 1992 film “Batman Returns.” In 2004, Halle Berry starred in the character’s own solo film, “Catwoman,” but the film became an infamous flop and was jeered by comic-book fans after director Pitof jettisoned years of comic-book lore and character touchstones.

Nolan, in the Warner press release, said: “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.” Of Hardy, who worked with Nolan on “Inception,” the director 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.”

Nolan will direct the film from a screenplay he wrote with his brother, Jonathan Nolan, from a story by Nolan and David S. Goyer. Nolan will also produce the film with his wife and longtime producing partner, Emma Thomas, and Charles Roven. “The Dark Knight Rises” hits theaters on July 20, 2012.

– Geoff Boucher

She's certainly beautiful enough. I'll reserve judgement on whether or not she can pull off the attitude until I see it. So far Nolan hasn't steered us wrong, so I'll give him the benefit of the doubt.

Love the casting of Tom Hardy though.


Sean Cummings said...

It's been done. Catwoman is boring. If they wanted a chick, they could have shaken things up with a female Riddler. Yawn.

SQT said...

Sean-- Harley Quinn could have been interesting. I'm guessing that Nolan, who has said this would be the last Batman movie he does, decided to include Catwoman because she is one of the main, iconic characters. I don't dispute the wisdom of that. I would have been disappointed if she never showed up. If they didn't include the character it would seem like they were being too self-consciously "edgy" and that wouldn't work either.

Charles Gramlich said...

That's ann Hathaway? Wow, I thought she was completely someone else. I bet she does a better job than the last woman to play it. oh it was awful. Though Michelle Pfeiffer wasn't bad.

SQT said...

Halle Berry was bad bad bad. I liked Michelle Pfeiffer-- impressive that she's set the standard for almost 20 years (though Julie Newmar was the one to really set the bar).

Lightning Bug's Butt said...

I'll watch the movie just to see her portray Cat Woman.

Harry Markov said...

Michelle owned the part or at least the reinvention of the character at the time. Berry was disastrous... I think I preferred the villain and hoped Berry died. :D

I'm doubting Hathaway. Catwoman is the embodiment of sexuality and I'm not sure whether Hathaway can do that. Not doubting her range, just that this is will be a big bit for her.

Jim Haley said...

I don't know - I'm hearing the "Nolan hasn't steered us wrong" thing a lot (not just you SQT) and that's not something I really subscribe to (though I'm not a fan of The Dark Knight, nor Memento). I know it's a ridiculous Hollywood thing, but here again Hathaway is 10 years younger than Bale - just like Lively is 10 years younger than Reynolds in Green Lantern - and it just seems an ill fit to me. I've liked Hathaway in the films I've seen her in, but odd casting is odd casting - no director is flawless.