Yesterday we got to check out a semi-cool new promo image of Anne Hathaway in costume as Catwoman in the upcoming sequel film Batman: The Dark Knight Rises. Today we learn that there are new promo images from TDKR to behold. The film’s lead characters, Batman and Catwoman, are featured on the cover and in the pages of this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine. Inside, the mag publishes a few new promo images from the film. Check out the photos and article below for a new infusion of Bat-info.
Christopher Nolan knows that The Dark Knight Rises, his third and final film starring Christian Bale as Batman, is one of the most eagerly anticipated films of the year. But the spoiler-averse director is reluctant to reveal too much about his work before its July 20 release. “So what can I not tell you about my film,” he says by way of the greeting during a break from editing Rises in Los Angeles. Even so, Nolan did expand upon our first preview of Rises and shared some intel about Batman’s latest cinematic adversaries. First, there’s Bane (played by Inception alum Tom Hardy), a cunning, hulking terrorist with a menacing respirator-mask and a small army bent on sacking Gotham City. “He represents formidable physical strength, combined with absolute evil of intention,” says Nolan. Hardy’s Bane has another defining characteristic that perhaps you’ve heard about, or perhaps have heard and didn’t understand: a curiously accented voice that’s further muffled by the rogue’s high-tech muzzle. “It’s a risk, because we could be laughed at — or it could be very fresh and exciting,” says Hardy, adding that the voice he developed was influenced by many factors, including a desire to honor the comic book character’s brains and Caribbean heritage. “The audience mustn’t be too concerned about the mumbly voice,” says Hardy. “As the film progresses, I think you’ll be able to tune to its setting.” And then there’s Anne Hathaway as Selena Kyle, the latest incarnation of Batverse femme fatale Catwoman. Nolan’s take on the character is no campy sexpot or frazzled ghoul but a shifty cipher, calloused survivor, and world-class criminal. Says Nolan, “She has a very strong way of protecting herself and those she cares about, which implies an underlying darkness.” Hathaway says she prepared for the role by reading the comics and studying the moves of Hedy Lamarr and Jean Harlow, the two screen legends that inspired the original conception of the comic book villainess.
HMMM, this sounds like a great article but … it gives me pause. I cannot believe that we are STILL talking about the heavily reported fact that it is difficult to understand what Bane is saying when he speaks thru his mask. It’s a bit concerning that we, the audience, are being prepped so early that we will “get used” to the character’s hard-to-understand accent. I think they’re right … the accent thing will either turn the film into a joke or it’ll work to the film’s advantage. I really, REALLY hope it’s not a terrible mistake. And Anne … again … I’m reserving judgment but … well, we’ll see. I am getting much more used to seeing her as Catwoman, so that’s good. I’m on board with the costume so … yeah, I’m just gonna wait and see. This issue of EW, as usual, looks like a must-read. I can’t wait to get my paws on it.