She’s kept her public image pretty clean so far, but now Anne Hathaway is going to get dirty – Gotham City dirty, that is.
Except for a romance with an Italian real-estate developer who was charged with fleecing investors out of millions , Hathaway has always kept the public’s attention focussed on her acting, not her life.
Her acting will definitely be in the spotlight soon.
Comic book fans are territorial when it comes to the portrayal of their favorite characters, even villains. Michelle Pfeiffer was an acceptable Selina Kyle in Batman Returns, but Halle Berry was given a Razzie award for her 2005 portrayal that appeared to drown the hopes for a Catwoman franchise once and for all.
Now, thanks to the phenomenal success of Christopher Nolan’s Batman series, Catwoman will return to tease Christian Bale when The Dark Knight Rises in 2012.
She’ll be joined by Brit actor Tom Hardy who’ll be portraying one of Batman’s most formidable and complex foes, Bane.
Arguably Hardy’s role will draw the most attention, as Bane has appeared before in the abomination that was 1997′s Batman and Robin, in which the character was portrayed as a hulking thug barely capable of stringing two words together.
Critics and fans were not impressed.
As for Hathaway, she does have one strong voice in her corner. Julie Newmar, considered by many to be the greatest Catwoman of them all, tells The Los Angeles Times All The Rage blog that she approves of her latest successor. “She’s going to be marvelous,” says Newmar.
Nolan, Hathaway and Hardy have a chance to do right by these great characters, a sentiment they’ll be hearing in the near future if they head to the convention circuit to plug the upcoming film. Comic conventions, especially the San Diego Comic-Con International, can make or break a film’s chances of generating a positive buzz before hitting the multiplexes.
I know Anne Hathaway has worked for Disney and is used to crowds, but if she hasn’t hit Comic-Con before, then she’s seen nothing yet. With massive crowds exceeding 125,000 over four days, the event is so popular that 4-day passes with access to Preview night for the 2011 Convention sold out two hours before the 2010 convention closed.
Even with a cat’s nine lives, Halle Berry wouldn’t make it out alive.
- San Diego Comic-Con 2011 Passes Go on Sale November 22nd (geektyrant.com)
- Anne Hathaway to Play Catwoman in Next Batman (omg.yahoo.com)
- So, Bane and Catwoman in the Next Batman Movie? (goodcomics.comicbookresources.com)
- San Diego Comic-Con will Stay in San Diego!!! (geektyrant.com)