Anne Hathaway Discusses Her Goggles That Become Cat Ears & Catwoman's Voice

Anne Hathaway Discusses Her Goggles That Become Cat Ears & Catwoman's Voice

In the latest issue of Empire Magazine Anne Hathaway talks about her reaction to seeing her high tech goggles transform in cat ears for The Dark Knight Rises' Catwoman.

When the first official image of Anne Hathaway hit the web most fans were wondering if Catwoman was even Catwoman. Many of the feline features that we have grown accustomed to weren't there. No whip, no claws, and certainly no cat ears, but there were a par of high tech goggles. Down the road we would find out that those goggles actually flip up and become cat ears. Costume designer Lindy Hemming's came up with this creative approach to Catwoman's costume. "I got chills when I saw that," Anne Hathaway tells Empire Magazine.
"I was so happy they had such a clever solution to a really iconic but sometimes unnecessary part of the costume."

From the orange prison jumpsuit to the stealing of Bruce Wayne's Lamborghini we can tell that Anne Hathaway's Catwoman is going to be one tough son of a gun. "The thing I liked about about playing Selina was that it isn't confidence for the sake of 'girl power' it is confidence for the sake of survival.

What about Catwoman's voice? Michelle Pfeiffer had a slow methodical approach to delivering her lines, like a cat creeping up on a mouse just before she pounced. While Earth Kitt went with more of a campy approach as she purred out every single little syllable. "Everthing about Selina has to be smooth. Except for her eyes. I wanted to find a way of talking where it wasn't as on the nose as a purr, but where you have to lean in a bit to hear her. So in a way you're concentrating so hard on what she's saying that you find yourself trapped at the moment you're talking to her."

The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters July 20th 2012 and stars Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth, Gary Oldman as Jim Gordon, Tom Hardy as Bane, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake and Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate.

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R888 - 5/28/2012, 7:28 AM
I like her goggles they look cute and great on her

batfan175 - 5/28/2012, 7:32 AM
yeah, never understood the point of the goggles either; a great way to combine both the ears and the lenses into one.
Tajin88 - 5/28/2012, 7:32 AM
Im in Love!

cyclopstb - 5/28/2012, 7:40 AM
No whip, no claws, and certainly no cat ears ?

Jobu - 5/28/2012, 7:45 AM
Just can't get into her as catwoman. What is the point of her mask? Not covering anything up. She is cute though.
TonyChu - 5/28/2012, 7:45 AM
I cant wait to see her performance in this movie, I am a little dissapointed about the no whip. I know Batman has a no gun policy so seeing her helping Batman at one point with a gun should be explained.
R888 - 5/28/2012, 7:49 AM
Anne is going to rule big time

maximus - 5/28/2012, 7:49 AM
Everyone knows she is no Catwoman material big mistake
Tajin88 - 5/28/2012, 7:52 AM
I was one of them, who had no doubts about Selina and Bane, but if I was not sold until yet, then I am now.
The original sick voice of Bane was enough for me, especially the one line "Crashing this plane".

I had no interest in Selina or Catwoman at first, but meanwhile Im very interested in her storyline as much as for Banes.
marknjoanna - 5/28/2012, 7:52 AM
cyclopstb - 5/28/2012, 7:40 AM
Report Comment No whip, no claws, and certainly no cat ears ?


and she has a gum,are we even sure this is catwoman it looks like black widow with one less gun to me.
marknjoanna - 5/28/2012, 7:53 AM
Jobu - 5/28/2012, 7:45 AM
Report Comment Just can't get into her as catwoman. What is the point of her mask? Not covering anything up. She is cute though.

well thats dc for you. but its still better than supermans ww or gl mask lmao.
thalidomide - 5/28/2012, 7:54 AM
marknjoanna - 5/28/2012, 7:54 AM
i always have wondered why people didnt notice clark kent flying by and ditto for the others to.
thalidomide - 5/28/2012, 7:56 AM
Tajin88 - 5/28/2012, 7:59 AM
@thalidomide- At least I have an umbrella. LOL!
thalidomide - 5/28/2012, 8:04 AM
AlanWarlock - 5/28/2012, 8:05 AM
I had reservations about "The Avengers," but I enjoyed it when I saw it. I have reservations about "TDKR," especially with the character of Bane and Nolan's decision to include "The Bat," but I will wait until I see it before passing judgment.
marknjoanna - 5/28/2012, 8:09 AM
Maximus101 - 5/28/2012, 8:03 AM
Report Comment This movie is epic already and it isn't even out yet!

do you think its epic enough to top the avengers,prob. not huh.
darkbeefstakes - 5/28/2012, 8:09 AM
So she's saying all three characters in this movie are going to be difficult to understand. I hope there's another interrogation scene with batman grunting, cat woman whispering, and bane auto tuning .
Tajin88 - 5/28/2012, 8:10 AM
I have found TV Spot 3 (not a great record, but at least something):

R888 - 5/28/2012, 8:17 AM


Awesome spot
Tajin88 - 5/28/2012, 8:18 AM

Well we have seen the most of it already, except the scenes with fox and the one on the bridge, people looking at the explosions.
MovieMann - 5/28/2012, 8:27 AM
Bruce: I told ya...

Fox: You're retired-

Bruce: I'm retired

Mego - 5/28/2012, 8:32 AM
Michelle Pfieffer was really hot but not as Catwoman. She was over sexualized like some porn actress.
She was just eye candy in a crappy costume. There was very little difference between her and Uma Thurmans Ivy.
thalidomide - 5/28/2012, 8:35 AM
Ceejay - 5/28/2012, 8:41 AM
Some of the comments here are ridiculous and obviously made by people who have no grip on an interpretation to a real-world situation. In the comics, Robin's mask covers up less than what Anne Hathaway's costume does, Clark Kents glasses covers up less, so do Green Lantern and Green Arrows masks. The only way you'd know who this version of Catwoman is would be if you had known her before meeting her in costume otherwise the mask covering up a third of her face would not leave you much for accurate description or identification.

The fact is they first and foremost need to avoid making cheese! A Whip is utterly useless to someone who is likely to come up against security or law enforcement armed with automatic weapons so ZERO need to adapt that into the movie just to please fanboys who don't think or question when they read about their comic characters. The way she magically uses it to swing all over the city like Spiderman and Daredevil is simply too far fetched to establish in the real-world projection of Nolan's movies that is the chief success of the series so far with audiences. ..SO NO WHIP!

As for the Cowl, it's a cheesy mask which they've adapted into a technical use, obviously the ears part of Hathaway's costume comes down over the eyes to create some multi use macro view/ultra-violet light sensor etc gadget to get past technological alarms and traps. This makes so much more sense than just making a cowl with ears to look like a cat when stealing stuff!

And the costume is more pure stealth and very much like a cross between what she currently wears in the comic and her previous costume before that. It's ten billion times better than what Michelle Pfieffer's suit which looked ridiculous with its huge white stitches and shiny latex like some Sex and Submission mistress!

For those who think Michelles Pfiefers performance was great, they seriously need to go watch that stupid Batman movie again. Her performance was cheesy as hell, worse than Christopher Reeves buffoon version of Clark Kent. She didn't steal anything throughout the movie, just turned into an anarchist destroying stuff and spraying paint everywhere. It doesn't take mush to excite fanboys to the point of overrating their childhood favourites but Michelle pfieffer in a tight suit with cat ears clearly was. Regardless of how accurate she portrayed the comic character which was a big fat ZERO on almost all accounts other than having a whip and cat ears.

Those old cheesy Batman movies really are past their sell by date and need to be put to rest!
MovieMann - 5/28/2012, 8:43 AM
"Anne Hathaway threatens to steal the show"- Jhonathan Nolan
Ranger14 - 5/28/2012, 9:01 AM
According to the other article, she isn't even referred to as Catwoman, so she is playing Selina Kyle. Nothing more...nothing less. She should be excited about playing Selina Kyle because they are apparently embarrassed to refer to her as Catwoman. That is a shame.
IgnurRant - 5/28/2012, 9:17 AM

"The cowl and goggles makes sense. she moves fast so the goggles help from the wind getting in her eyes"

hahaha really? Thats why olympic sprinters where goggles? you sir, with all disrespect, are a re-tard.
DukeAcureds - 5/28/2012, 9:17 AM
If anyone is following in the footsteps of Heath it's Hathaway's Catwoman. I think we're looking at the wrong villian. Bane's got a political agenda, sure, but his performance will not be anywhere in the same league as a Ledger Joker. Anne's Cat might though.
Besides, Bane's political plot seems to be causing mayhem at the Gotham Stock Exchange, by putting all his money in Pitta Bread and Doner meat shares after watching The Avengers.
miguelus - 5/28/2012, 9:21 AM
@superbatt77 maybe she's not trying to hide her identity. nobody ever thinks of that. i like this catwoman, it's different for once instead of seeing the same old thing. same with bane...
Ceejay - 5/28/2012, 9:22 AM

My costume is cheesy but fanboys love it.. meow!
Scion - 5/28/2012, 9:35 AM
I'm still waiting for the "sexiest" Catwoman she said she was training to become. Looks like that failed miserably.
Kamdan - 5/28/2012, 9:40 AM
God, her trying to be Audrey Hepburn annoys the piss outta me! Just because she has the same initials, it doesn't give her the right to emulate her in every role she does.
breakUbatman - 5/28/2012, 10:01 AM
@ Ranger14

But they did the same thing with Rhodey in Iron Man 2, only when he's fighting Tony does Tony say "You want to be a War Machine?!"

I think the same applied to Obadiah Stane and Vanko.
Ortonito - 5/28/2012, 10:03 AM
I think the goggles truly hide her identity.

When you look at pictures with and then without the goggles, even the most keen eyed detective (Batman) wouldn't see past the other facial features, hair colour, body type etc.

I wonder if criminals in the real world will take a leaf from Nolan's book?
MiracleMe - 5/28/2012, 10:20 AM
Hathaway's gonna be a SWEET-ASS, BAD-ASS Catwoman! She's always good and Nolan casts impeccably.

2012! A year that will be remembered as historic for genre films.
vtopa - 5/28/2012, 10:22 AM
I think the goggle ears is a very clever way to implement Cat Woman in this franchise. LEt's face it, the idea has always been realism in these movies and there is simply no reason for a character to have superfluous ears on her head. This is a grew and clever solution.
Rage2099 - 5/28/2012, 10:29 AM
im more excited about seeing this version of catwoman than the actuall film, anne is looking very hot in the posters so far. tdkr is looking good but im not sure if it will beat avengers, it probably wont but it still will be very good. im also excited about amazing spider-man, that film will rock in 3d
marknjoanna - 5/28/2012, 10:29 AM
MovieMann - 5/28/2012, 8:43 AM
Report Comment "Anne Hathaway threatens to steal the show"- Jhonathan Nolan

well sombody has to and it wont be bale,hes been out acted in every movie ive ever seen this chump in.and heath flat out stomped a mud hole in him lmao.
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