‘Dark Knight Rises’ Star Anne Hathaway Talks Catwoman, Gotham And More

For those of you anxiously awaiting Catwoman news, want no more: Anne Hathaway has spoken out on her “Dark Knight Rises” experience in an extensive new interview that details the values of Selina Kyle, the functionality of her costume and even teases a spoilery scene from the upcoming Batman flick.

Check out the highlights from Hathaway’s new interview with The Los Angeles Times after the jump!

» On the costume: “I love the costume because everything has a purpose, nothing is in place for fantasy’s sake, and that’s the case with everything in Christopher Nolan’s Gotham City.”

» On Gotham City: “Gotham City is full of grace. You look at Heath’s performance as the Joker, there was a lot of madness there but there was also a grace and he had a code there. There’s a lot of belief and codes of behavior in Gotham and my character has one, too. A lot of the way she moves and interacts with people is informed by her worldview. Chris has given us all such complex, defined, sophisticated worldviews that it’s just a matter of doing your homework and getting underneath the character’s skin.”

» On Hedy Lamarr as an inspiration: “I know this sounds odd, but her breathing is extraordinary. She takes these long, deep, languid breaths and exhales slowly. There’s a shot of her in [the 1933 film] ‘Ecstasy’ exhaling a cigarette and I took probably five breaths during her one exhale. So I started working on my breathing a lot.”

» On Catwoman’s history: “What’s come before doesn’t limit or even affect this new version. It doesn’t affect me because each Catwoman – and this is true in the comics as well – she is defined by the context of the Gotham City created around her. Catwoman is so influenced by Gotham and whoever is creating Gotham at the time. Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman was informed by Tim Burton’s Gotham and Eartha Kitt was informed by Adam West’s Gotham. You have to live in whatever the reality of the world is and whatever Gotham is.”

» Spoiler alert: What sounds like a fairly critical scene involving Catwoman and an overrun Gotham gets teased in the LA Times article. We won’t spill the beans for you, so check out the full interview for all that info… but as always, beware of spoilers.

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