However, actress says role in this summer's Batman blockbuster is a 'dream come true'

Anne Hathaway has revealed the pressure of playing Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises has made her feel sick.

The actress admitted to The Sun that she didn’t initially realise she was the first female villain in director Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, the final instalment of which is due to hit UK screens on July 20.

She explained: “I didn’t realise I was the first – and I feel a little nauseous. That’s a lot of pressure.”

Hathaway also discussed the high levels of secrecy around the project, revealing that even her script read-throughs were carried out with a degree of caution.

“I had to read the script in a locked room – OK, maybe the room wasn’t locked, I could be adding that for dramatic effect. But you know what I mean,” she said. “I read it through once really fast and I went back and read over all of my scenes and tried to memorise them as much as I could instantly. It was cool. You could call Chris and ask, ‘What is this scene about again?”

Hathaway added that playing the role was a “dream come true, concluding: “It’s such a pinch-me moment. The fact that I am Catwoman in Chris Nolan’s Gotham to Christian Bale’s Batman is unbelievably cool. You know, she’s totally independent. And let’s face it, she’s badass.”

Earlier this week, Nolan said he initially had doubts about introducing Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises. He told Empire: “Catwoman is a very iconic figure in the Batman pantheon. I was nervous about how she would fit into our world.”

Nolan added that his brother and co-screenwriter Jonathan Nolan convinced him to include the character in the film.

You can watch the trailer for The Dark Knight Rises below.