The Secret In Catwoman's High Heels And Other Bits Of Dark Knight Business

So, why does Anne Hathaway's Catwoman wear those heels? Is it to tighten her calves, push her bottom backwards and her bosom forwards, accentuating the most notably female facets of her form? Yes, of course it is. But that's not all.

This Sunday, The LA Times are to print a preview of 2012's bigger movies, and included will be an interview with Hathaway regarding The Dark Knight Rises. One of the big talking points is her already much debated costume.

She said:

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.

And to support this, the article publishes an observation on the heels:

…stiletto heels that, on closer inspection, turn out to have serrated edges capable of leaving nasty claw marks in a fight.

So, she might slip and break her neck, but she can cut you into ribbons while she's doing it. Will she have claws on her hands too? I've seen no trace so far.

It actually all sounds like fantasy to me, but it's not that there's anything wrong with that.

Hathaway's interview was conducted on set, and the article contains a description of the scene being filmed. I'd say that it constitutes spoiler material:

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.

According tot he article, the new Catwoman is informed by two things, apparently: Hedy Lamarr – as per the comic – and, in particular, her way with cigarette smoke; and a complex worldview… that they're not explaining just yet.

So, no workings of Ms. Kyle's internal psychology to share this far in advance, but here's Hathaway on channeling Lamarr's sexed-up respiration:

I know this sounds odd, but her breathing is extraordinary. She takes these long, deep, languid breaths and exhales slowly. There's a shot of her in Ecstasy exhaling a cigarette and I took probably five breaths during her one exhale. So I started working on my breathing a lot.

Lamarr was also the inventor of frequency hopping radio waves. I'd be most amused if Nolan and co. can sneak in a reference to that between all the sexy cigarette play and stilettos.