Batman's Codpiece and Catwoman's Butt: Equal Opportunity Ogling from The Dark Knight Rises [UPDATED], Becky -- look at Catwoman's butt. Ahem. In a new promo image from The Dark Knight Rises, Anne Hathaway poses as Catwoman and shows, as many salivating fanboys have already suggested, just why the Batman sequel might've earned that PG-13 for "sensuality." But wait! Why is everyone talking about Catwoman's butt and not Batman's meticulously sculpted-but-jaunty rubberized codpiece? Equal opportunity for costumed cosplay ogling after the jump, thanks to two new promo images for the July tentpole.

First, we'll start with this suggestively perky, full-length look at Hathaway as Catwoman, unearthed today on the internetz (hat tip ComingSoon):

[UPDATE, 4/22/12: The image, apparently leaked, has been removed at Warner Bros.' request.]

A mask and cat-ear goggles? Leather gloves over a bodysuit also made of leather, with thigh-high boots to boot? This is one layered lady. I bet she makes that squeaking leather sound when she walks.

Now, maybe Catwoman's using her butt as yet another deadly weapon. Or maybe when you wear giant stiletto shit-kicking heels like that, one's rear lifts naturally (welcome to the world of woman secrets, fellas). Ok, fine. Take a good gander. Now, can we move on to...Batman's bat-junk?

Behold, from the current issue of EW:

I don't know about you, but this kind of overly structured superhero outfit feels excessive and a little exhausting to look at. I can't picture anyone toiling away somewhere in the Bat-sweatshop making every little molded rubber part of Batman's faux six-pack, though it is funny to imagine the rationale for such a design: He needs protection... for each pack! Do you think Bruce Wayne toiled very long over the agonizing decision to go with the muted bronze of his utility belt? How does one fit oneself for the perfectly proportioned superhero codpiece?

The above image comes from EW's Summer Movie Preview issue, which was accompanied by various Chris Nolan non-spoiler quotes and this very interesting tidbit concerning baddie Bane, played by Tom Hardy, and his unusual voice:

“It’s a risk, because we could be laughed at — or it could be very fresh and exciting,” says Hardy, adding that the voice he developed was influenced by many factors, including a desire to honor the comic book character’s brains and Caribbean heritage. “The audience mustn’t be too concerned about the mumbly voice,” says Hardy. “As the film progresses, I think you’ll be able to tune to its setting.”

Aha! And so we kind of get an answer in the great Bane ethnicity debate: Hardy is seemingly playing the villain true to his Caribbean/Latin heritage as written in the comics, which hardly closes the book on the issue. The fact that Bane's being played by a white guy could conceivably still be explained away in the film; the character's comic book origins cite a British mercenary father and a local rebel mother, which seems to make Bane half-Latino, half-Caucasian. But time will tell. For now, we have butts and junk to stare at.

[ComingSoon, EW]


  • The Cantankerist says:

    If they're worried about audiences finding *this* voice preposterous, it must be something special. They didn't seem concerned about Bale's.

  • Jimmy Mahoney says:

    New Federal law making it legal to punch a-holes who take too long picking a movie at Redbox. This is going to change the movie business.

  • Realist says:

    Its not that he needs protection for each pack. By segmenting the suit like that, he is given extra mobility and freedom of movement. If his torso was one complete piece, he wouldn't be able to twist his torso, bend at the waist or generally move around the way a superhero needs to. By segmenting the suit, he is given full mobility while maintaining a high level of protection.

    • Jen Yamato says:

      Oh, fine. You and your logic.

      • Realist says:

        Hey, just sayin'. Nolan has been pretty clear in interviews that he wanted the suit to evolve over the course of the films. Hell, The Dark Knight even began with a scene in which Wayne goes to Fox to update the suit because of its lack of mobility. I would absolutely hate the segmented costume if it was for design, but as its segmented out of practicality, I can't help but support it.

  • AS says:

    Is it just me or does her ass look really flat?

  • N says:

    the six pack armor can be explained away as a need for maneuverability. place a book across your abs and try to hunch forward. Making the armor mirror your physique is to allow for maximum maneuverability.

    I can't understand the Catwoman costume mind you. Why isn't her hair tied up?

  • Nedra Houle says:

    I can't understand the Catwoman costume mind you.

  • Yojimbo says:

    We'll get 'equal opportunity ogling' when there's a promo shot of Batman twisted at the waist, looking over his shoulder winsomely to the camera, sticking out his ass.

    Also: stiletto heels? Are you kidding me?

    • Max Renn says:

      Yeah, the heels are a bit ridiculous (remember the bendy rubber heels Michelle Pfeiffer wore in Batman Returns?). Flat boots would look better and make more sense. Other than that, she looks damn hot.

      • clayface says:

        -according to reports, the silver heels turn into knives/claws, good for kicking and scratchin'

        • Yojimbo says:

          I don't care if they change the kitty litter and dispense treats, it's BS to stick an action heroine in heels. They hurt, they're terrible for you, and they restrict movement.

  • supz says:

    The catwomen costumeis is plain-out terrible. It looks right out of the hokey 60's TV show. Ann Hathaway was a terrible choice and one that's going to damper the film.

  • Perry says:

    *snicker* Jen said 'tentpole'

  • The Batman says:

    Okay, wow. Anne Hathaway is an amazing actress, Fuck you @SUZ. I'm sure you'd rather have Haley Berry running around in hardly anything, because that's what Catwoman does, right...
    This costume is great. It sticks to the sexy cat burglar theme and isn't made only from spandex or tight leather. Every piece has a function and this Catwoman has a gun. That just means she'll do what she has to in order to survive."The silver heels turn into knives/claws, good for kicking and scratchin'" via- CLAYFACE, and the goggles double as cat ears. She's adaptable, @YOJIMBO. Also keep in mind that this isn't a comic book world and the movies are not a direct adaptation of the comics. Chill the fuck out. This movie will blow our minds.

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