“You look at Heath’s [Ledger] performance as the Joker [in ‘The Dark Knight’], there was a lot of madness there but there was also a grace, and he had a code there,” Hathaway tells the Los Angeles Times. “There’s a lot of belief and codes of behavior in Gotham, and my character has one, too. A lot of the way she moves and interacts with people is informed by her worldview.”
Based on the trailer for “The Dark Knight Rises,” Hathaway’s Selina Kyle/Catwoman has, at the very least, a healthy Robin Hood streak in her, telling Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) that there’s “a storm coming” that’s aimed at Gotham’s ruling class.
(Spoilers in the next paragraph.)
The LA Times visited the film’s set over the summer to interview Hathaway and observed a scene in which the city’s residents have been battered — physically and psychologically — by attacks led by Bane (Tom Hardy). Bruce Wayne has been taken prisoner and is dragged into a room with a hood on his head when Selina interrupts things to say “Bane needs these guys himself.”
The scene seems in keeping with everything we’ve seen and read so far about “The Dark Knight Rises” — namely, that it’s going to be an exceptionally rough ride for the Caped Crusader.
Hathaway says she’s happy to join the roster of actresses who have played Catwoman on TV and in the movies, but she’s trying not to let those portrayals influence her performance.
“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,” Hathaway says. “Catwoman is so influenced by Gotham and whoever is creating Gotham at the time. 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.”