Dark Knight Rises Overwhelms Catwoman, 'Extremely Powerful Bane' Shows Nolan's Terror

By , Updated Jul 01, 2012 11:40 AM EDT

Director Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" will showcase a new terror that could be overwhelming for the film's hero.

Anne Hathaway, who stars as Catwoman, will be fighting alongside Batman to tackle the film's latest villain Bane.  Working with A-list director Christopher Nolan and actor Christian Bale brought some excitement to the overwhelmed actress.

"Here I am working with Christian Bale, and Chris Nolan is directing me and Wally Pfister is lighting me and I'm in a catsuit...It was somewhat overwhelming," said Hathaway in an interview with SFX magazine.

"I felt so lucky that most of my scenes were with Christian, because he's one of the world's greatest actors and he and Chris do have a shorthand...They have such an ease working together that it helped me relax, especially in the early days," added Hathaway.

Catwoman can be seen in the latest TV spot for The Dark Knight Rises with clips of the feline fighter throwing high kicks, flips, and cruising on the caped crusader's Bat-Pod.  In the spot, Catwoman warns Batman about his emerging threat.

"You don't stand a chance against these guys," says Catwoman.

"With your help, I might," replies Batman.

The Dark Knight may need to enlist all the help he can get in the epic conclusion of Nolan's final Batman film  The director described Batman's new villain to be extremely powerful.

 "We have an incredible ensemble that we put together for the first two films. Some familiar faces are back, but we have added some new characters. Anne Hathaway is playing Selina Kyle, who is quite an electric character, I think. And Tom Hardy is playing Bane, who is an extremely physical, extremely powerful villain, " said Nolan.

Tom Hardy, the actor playing Bane, describes working with Nolan and how the director brings psychological terror into the character.

 "A lot of directors in the world today attempt to bring character and spectacle together, and fail. And Chris is in the position where he's a general among leading players who vie for that position of director...not just a huge spectacle, pushing and pioneering with visual effects, but also on a simple "warts and all" level, which is, for me, my bread-and-butter, which character analysis, armchair psychology, and showing people the terror in relationships, " says Hardy.

Speculations are swirling that additional villains will join Bane in wreaking havoc on Batman and Gotham City.  Fans may see a returning villains such as the League of Shadow's Ra's al Ghul and the Scarecrow from the first Batman film "Batman Begins" play a part in the conclusion of the film.  The possibility of the characters' appearance ma fit into the storyline.

According to the comic book series "Knightfall," Batman was doused with the Scarecrow's fear toxin in the act of rescuing Gotham City's mayor.  The string of events later set the stage for the dark knight's defeat to Bane.

In the comic series Contagion and Legacy, Ra's al Ghul formed an alliance with Bane and set him up to be the heir to his evil empire. 

Fans can find out for themselves once The Dark Knight Rises hit theatres on July 20


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