While we’ve had the chance to watch and analyze the first full trailer for The Dark Knight Rises, we still don’t really know what’s going on. Rises is set to take place eight years after the events of 2008’s The Dark Knight, we know Bane is the villain and he may or may not be working with or against the League of Shadows. Oh, and Anne Hathaway is super sexy in the skin-tight, leather Catwoman suit, we know that.
L.A. Times‘ Hero Complex had a chance to chat with Hathaway on set about her role as the feline fatale. Not only that, but since they were on set they also shared details about a scene we haven’t seen or heard anything about. Spoilers, spoilers, spoilers below.
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.
Huh? So the Cat is working for Bane? Or is she just making use of the chaos searching for an opportune moment to unleash her own plan?
The details they’ve given us about the new Catwoman costume are neat. Razor edged stilettos? Just think how those can play into fanboys’ twisted fantasies. Of course, what we all want is to see Hathaway in the suit, in action. Will she be using those stilettos to cut people up? She must have claws in her gloves too, right?
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.
She says everything has a purpose, so expect wild stiletto-knife fights people.
Over at Hero Complex the article goes into more detail about Hathaway’s preperation for the role as well as her inspiration. Hint, it’s not a previous Catwoman.
While we’re eagerly awaiting the full trailer for Pixar‘s Brave, supposedly releasing tomorrow, we have found a few new images and some more plot details. The newest film from the studio that can’t fail (We’ll just agree to forget about Cars 2.) follows the adventures of a fiery, Scottish princess, Merida, who has no interest in landing a prince, but is more concerned with her archery and exploring the wilderness. This movie will also mark the first time a Pixar film features a female protaganist. It’s only taken 12 films, but thanks to the courageous performances from heroines like Jessie and Eve, we finally have a chick in the lead. This readers, is progress for gender equality in animated productions.
(Queen Elinor, King Fergus, Princess Merida, triplet Princes Harris, Hubert and Hamish)
Anyway, a preview of the film is being distrubuted by the Associated Press and it reveals a few more details about the flick,
Merida’s father tells of the 12-foot-tall beast with razor-sharp claws, a face scarred with a dead eye and “hide littered with the weapons of fallen warriors,” that chomped off his leg while the rebellious Merida transverses a lush forest, ascends a mountain and lands a bull’s eye at a tournament.
Other imagery teased in the new trailer includes Merida encountering mystical blue-hued wisps and the gnarly bear that took her father’s leg.
Over at Empire, they’ve collected some spectacular, good quality images of Brave‘s characters, check ’em out below.
Brave is set in the mystical Scottish Highlands, where Merida (Kelly MacDonald) is the princess of a kingdom ruled by King Fergus (Billy Connolly) andQueen Elinor (Emma Thompson). An unruly daughter and an accomplished archer, Merida one day defies a sacred custom of the land and inadvertently brings turmoil to the kingdom. In an attempt to set things right, Merida seeks out an eccentric old Wise Woman(Julie Walters) and is granted an ill-fated wish. Also figuring into Merida’s quest — and serving as comic relief — are the kingdom’s three lords: the enormous Lord MacGuffin (Kevin McKidd), the surly Lord Macintosh (Craig Ferguson), and the disagreeable Lord Dingwall(Robbie Coltrane).
The second of the Toy Story Shorts is set to premiere in front of The Muppets, opening next week (KermitFlail!!!) on November 23rd. Their first short, “Hawaiian Vacation” was attached to Cars 2. I haven’t seen it yet, but I heard it was better than the entirety of Cars 2. And I believe it.
Clearly the Pixar animators, writers, etc. are finding it hard to let the Toy Story gang go, and if they can keep cranking out these awesome shorts, they’re totally allowed to keep playing in the toy box.
Check out the short tease of the newest Toy Story Short, “Small Fry” about a Happy Meal-like toy who switches places with Buzz Lightyear.
A transforming t-bone steak? I am so there, Pixar!
And finally, I saved the really weird news of this Pixar update for last. Apparently, Hong Kong fashion label, Bossini, is releasing a line of clothing based on the Toy Story films. And, as can really only be expected of designer fashion, it features some really bizarre articles of clothing. Like above, what the fuck is that woman doing? Is she strangling herself with a scarf made to look like Jessie’s braid?
This news was brought to the attention of us state side by Toy Story 3 director, Lee Unkrich who tweeted, “I’m told they’ll only be in Disney Stores in the U.S., and that they’ll likely be hard to find.” So, uh, good luck to those of you who really want to own a creepy, Pizza Planet alien sweat shirt.
All right, which bit ‘o’ Pixar news are you most excited about? Brave? Toy Story’s “Small Fry”? Or the really weird Toy Story fashion line? I know, it’s the fashion line. Even I have to admit the Woody flannel shirt, is kind of cool.