Catwoman's Costume For "The Dark Knight Rises" Revealed

Early last month, both official Warner Bros. photos as well as a few leaked set photos revealed what looked to be Anne Hathaway's Catwoman costume for the upcoming "The Dark Knight Rises". We of course already knew that Hathaway would be playing Selina Kyle (alongside Tom Hardy as Bane, but there were questions raises as to whether the actress would don the full Catwoman outfit in the film, or whether Christopher Nolan was once again teasing us.

You might have thought that the previous announcement put those rumors to bet, but the outfit seemed a little incomplete. Selina Kyle's high-tech goggles seemed... interesting... to say the least, and we had yet to see the full view of the leather outfit.

This weekend, all of that changed, as we finally got to see what Catwoman would presumably really look like in her iconic costume, thanks to some more leaked set photos at Just Jared (click to enlarge):

As you can see, Hathaway is donning a full leather outfit, covering her up entirely. It also has some more womanly touches, including the high-heel leather boots and red lipstick, as well as the cat ears and a mask covering her eyes.

The outfit will no doubt be the talk of the town among die hard Bat fans. Already I've seen a lot of resistance to the costume, calling it either too simple or a little awkward, and I can definitely see their point, at least with the somewhat awkward looking ears. There has in fact been a lot of resistance to Hathaway playing one of the most iconic Batman characters ever since she was cast.

But Hathaway is a great actress. The costume is understated and focuses less on her "assets" and more on allowing viewers to use their imagination and focus on what Hathaway and Nolan can actually do with the character. In fact, there's been a surprising amount of resistance to a lot of what Nolan has been doing with this film. Considering most of what we've seen has been at the hands of fans with camera phones, I'd wait to see what Nolan has in store for us using, you know, Imax cameras designed to shoot big screen movies. Nolan's put together two amazing Dark Knight films so far, why the sudden lack of confidence with the third one, which has only promised to be even more epic?

I, for one, actually like the costume, and I like everything I've seen about The Dark Knight Rises so far. And it's only bound to get better once we get more trailers, more official photos and promo materials leading up to the July 20th, 2012 release of the film. And we still haven't a clue what kind of roles Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon Levitt will have in the movie.

Stay tuned to Better With Popcorn for more as it develops.