The Dark Knight Rises, one of the most highly-anticipated releases of 2012, is currently in post-production, working towards a July 20 premiere date. A brief description of what appears to be a key scene has been released, which finds Bruce Wayne being kidnapped by Bane and Catwoman.
There are spoilers ahead, so read on at your own risk.
"Gotham City is a war zone. A ruthless madman named Bane has ripped away any sense of security and the citizens, haggard and clutching suitcases with refugee anxiety, sit behind barbed wire waiting to see what will blow up next. A hooded prisoner is dragged in - it's Bruce Wayne, one of Gotham's most famous faces - but the eyes of the crowd go instead to the woman in black standing at the top of the staircase.
'Sorry to spoil things, boys, but Bane needs these guys himself,' says sultry Selina Kyle, played here by actress Anne Hathaway, navigating the steps with stiletto heels that, on closer inspection, turn out to have serrated edges capable of leaving nasty claw marks in a fight. She also wears high-tech goggles that, when not in use, flip up and resemble feline ears."
Anne Hathaway also discussed her Catwoman suit, and how it is a model of functionality.
"I love the costume. I love the costume because everything has a purpose, nothing is in place for fantasy's sake, and that's the case with everything in Christopher Nolan's Gotham City."
The actress also talked about working with Christopher Nolan, and the grace of Gotham City.
"Gotham City is full of grace. You look at Heath Ledger's performance as the Joker, there was a lot of madness there but there was also a grace and he had a code there. 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. Chris has given us all such complex, defined, sophisticated worldviews that it's just a matter of doing your homework and getting underneath the character's skin."
Anne Hathaway also revealed an interesting inspiration for the vocal qualities of her character, Selina Kyle: actress Hedy Lamarr.
""I know this sounds odd, but her breathing is extraordinary. She takes these long, deep, languid breaths and exhales slowly. There's a shot of her in [the 1933 film] Ecstasy exhaling a cigarette and I took probably five breaths during her one exhale. So I started working on my breathing a lot."