The director admits he was 'nervous' about including the classic Batman villain

Christopher Nolan has admitted that he was initially wary of featuring Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises.

The iconic villain – played by Anne Hathaway – has major role in the director’s third and final Batman movie. But the director has now admitted that it was only his brother and co-screenwriter Jonathan Nolan who twisted his arm to include her in the film.

He told Empire: “Catwoman is a very iconic figure in the Batman pantheon. I was nervous about how she would fit into our world. But [Jonathan] was very much convinced that there would be a way to do it and eventually turned me around.

“Once I got my head around the idea of looking at that character through the prism of our films, saying, ‘Who could that person be in real life?’ we figured it out. She’s a bit of a con-woman. Something of a grifter. A hard-edged kind of criminal.”

Jonathan explained: “What we’re endeavouring to do here is tell a complete take on the Batman mythos. And a complete take of the Batman mythos without the character for me was sacrilegious.

“You’ve got to have her, because she has a delicious greyness to her that helps define who Batman is. She keeps wavering on the line of, ‘Is she a good guy or a bad guy?’ Well, she’s kind of neither. And that’s why, to me, that relationship and that character and enhances the universe – and the Batman character.”

The Dark Knight Rises is released on June 20. You can watch the trailer below.