It’s Anne Hathaway as Catwoman

Probably because she was spotted yesterday on the surprisingly way-out-in-the-open set of The Dark Knight Rises, Warner Bros. released the first official image of Anne Hathaway as Catwoman/Selina Kyle this morning which means we’re only hours away from looking at her prance around Pittsburgh in broad daylight. [Update: Like clockwork.] But let’s focus on the image because, while lacking any semblance of cattery whatsoever, it really lets you know the stakes are much higher for Batman this time around. In The Dark Knight, he was forced to violate moral boundaries by eavesdropping on all of Gotham to stop to The Joker. Now, he’s pushed so far to the limits, there’s no choice but to put a woman behind the wheel and aim her at crime, so you know shit got real. I’ll be amazed if the step before this wasn’t Batman just throwing grenades out the window and hoping he hit a bad guy.

ALFRED: Mastah Bruce, do you think this is woise?
BATMAN: What would you propose?
ALFRED: Perhaps if you let a woman droive, sir.
BATMAN: Or… I could just nuke the whole city.
ALFRED: I loike it. More civil.

Photos: Warner Bros., INFdaily