Catwoman: Finding a balance to create a believable character

Catwoman: Finding a balance to create a believable character

Acting alongside Christian Bale was not the only reason Anne Hathaway was excited to portray what she calls “one of the most famous female comic book characters ever.” She recounts, “I did look back at some archival comics and read a lot about Bob Kane’s inspirations for Catwoman, but the most important thing was to be Catwoman in this film and fit into Christopher Nolan’s Gotham City. I’m such a huge fan of Chris’s. With Batman, he has been able to pose some really interesting philosophical questions, while shooting these spectacular action sequences and also finding the humor. It was a thrill to work with someone whose mind is so brilliant and whose talent is so very evident.”

Nolan offers, “We needed to find the balance between the classic image of the character and a believable person you care about. Casting Anne Hathaway in the role was the key to that. She was able to combine those facets seamlessly so they aren’t in conflict, but one is amplifying the other.”

Catwoman: Finding a balance to create a believable character

“I think Selina does what is necessary to survive,” relates Hathaway, “and that includes crossing a few lines that others might find unforgivable. Even if she wants to change, it’s hard to escape your past…and she does have a past. That makes her vulnerable, especially these days when anyone with a computer or smartphone can look up almost anything about you. Everybody has moments in life when they think, ‘If I knew then what I know now…’ Selina might like the opportunity not to have to live by the choices she was forced to make up to this point.”

Bane, however, has no such compunctions. Everything he does is a means to an end. Tom Hardy attests, “Bane has come to do a job and has no feelings of remorse or shame about the death and destruction he’s causing. There is nothing ambiguous about Bane. He is clearly a villain…just a horrible piece of work.”

Marion Cotillard Talks The Dark Knight Rises

Marion Cotillard Talks The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises actress Marion Cotillard recently attended the premiere of her new movie Contagion, where she coyly talked about her character, Miranda Tate, in The Dark Knight Rises.

Almost immediately after she was cast, speculation rose that Miranda Tate, a Wayne Enterprises board member who is not featured in the comic books, is actually an alias for Talia al Ghul, daughter of Ra’s al Ghul. Here’s what she had to say below, when asked if she looked to the comic books for inspiration.

When asked if she was lying to protect the secretive nature of Christopher Nolan’s production, she denied the allegation. It is possible that Miranda Tate really isn’t the alter-ego of Talia al Ghul, but at the same time, it is possible that they are one and the same. Take a look at the actresses video interview below.

The Dark Knight Rises comes to theaters July 20th, 2012 and stars Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The film is directed by Christopher Nolan.

See Anne Hathaway as Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises

See Anne Hathaway as Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises

Warner Bros. has released the first promo image of Anne Hathaway as Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises, the next installment in the Batman franchise.

The 28-year-old Anne Hathaway joins veterans Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine in the Christopher Nolan-direction action flick.

“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,” Nolan said in January.

Though Hathaway hasn’t revealed much about her role (“I signed a blood oath,” she says), the actress is looking forward to portraying the iconic D.C. Comics character.

See Anne Hathaway as Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises

“I want to be the best actress I can be and that means working with the best people and taking the most challenging roles,” Hathaway tells Total Film. “That’s the plan and so far it’s led to some really exciting places.”

Catwoman was first played by actress Julie Newmar (now 77) in the 1966 Batman TV series; Eartha Kitt took over the role in the show’s third season. The feline vixen was last played by Michelle Pfeiffer in 1992’s Batman Returns. (Halle Berry starred in the 2004 flop Catwoman; the heroine’s alter-ego was renamed Patience Phillips.)

Arriving in theaters July 20, 2012, The Dark Knight Rises also features three new characters: John Blake (played by Joseph Gordon Levitt), Miranda Tate (played by Marion Cotillard) and Bane (played by Tom Hardy).

Read Full Production Notes for The Dark Knight Rises.

Marion Cotillard gives birth to a baby boy

Marion Cotillard gives birth to a baby boy

It’s a son for actress Marion Cotilard and French actor-director Guillaume Canet, reps for the actress confirm to The Hollywood Reporter. The baby boy, named Marcel, was born Thursday night in Paris. “Mother and baby are fine,” a source told People.

“Mother and baby are fine,” the source told the mag, adding that the Oscar winner is “very happy.” The “Little White Lies” co-stars began dating in 2007 and announced they were having a baby together in January.

The duo, who starred together in Love Me If You Dare in 2003, have been dating since 2007. Canet also recently directed the actress in Little White Lies. Cotillard will star as a love interest to Christian Bale’s Batman in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises.