Anne Hathaway talks Catwoman role in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

Actress says her interpretation isn't influenced by previous portrayals

Anne Hathaway has spoken out about her role as Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises by insisting her interpretation of the character is not influenced by previous big-screen portrayals.

Hathaway, who will play Selina Kyle in the conclusion of director Christopher Nolan’s trilogy of Batman films, told Total Film that her character would be different from earlier incarnations to be featured on television and on film.

She said:

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.

She went on to speak of other actresses to take on the role in the past, adding: “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.”

In October, Michelle Pfeiffer backed Hathaway to shine in The Dark Knight Rises. Pfeiffer, who famously portrayed Batman’s villainous love interest opposite Michael Keaton in Tim Burton’s 1992 film Batman Returns, said: “I think [Anne] is going to be amazing. She has the darkness and the comedy – she’s got it all. She’s going to be great.”

The Dark Knight Rises takes place eight years after the events of The Dark Knight, and will be released this summer. You can watch the trailer by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.