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Anne Hathaway gets catty with Christopher Nolan and 'The Dark Knight Rises'

January 19, 2011 | 10:51 am

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Fans' reactions were mixed on Maggie Gyllenhaal and Katie Holmes as the female leads in Christopher Nolan's first two Batman movies. Will they be more enthused about Anne Hathaway?

The actress was announced Wednesday morning as Selina Kyle (Catwoman) in "The Dark Knight Rises," as per our sister blog Hero Complex.(The studio also confirmed that Thomas Hardy would play villain Bane.)

The Hathaway move fits with Nolan's pattern of casting -- while other big female parts around town have lately gone to up-and-comers and relative unknowns (see: Rooney Mara in the remake of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"), Nolan has preferred actresses with pedigrees.

It's a major transition for Hathaway, who started out as a tween queen then transitioned to increasingly dramatic parts, first slightly in "The Devil Wears Prada" and then intensely in "Rachel Getting Married." Now she adds summer blockbuster to her list. (We won't mention "Havoc.") Oh, and there's the Oscar hosting gig next month. If Nolan is nominated for a directing Oscar for "Inception," get ready for the Catwoman jokes.

-- Steven Zeitchik
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Photo: Anne Hathaway. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press

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