The Dark Knight Rises is nearing completion, and pretty much everyone is looking forward to seeing how Chris Nolan rounds off the the Batman saga. Given the simply staggering success of The Dark Knight, fans of the series more or less have complete trust in Nolan’s ability to give us a great adventure, but of course that’s not really important. The important thing, according to fans, is that the costumes look good. Seriously, that seems to be all the talk is about concerning The Dark Knight Rises, fans either moaning about the look of the new villain, or telling themselves that Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman will have a different, better, costume to the one they’ve already seen.
Most importantly, fans want to know if Catwoman’s outfit includes little catty ears, forget the plot, forget any depth of character, forget even the action and special effects, the fans must know; does Catwoman’s outfit includes little catty ears?!
Well, it does yes, in fact she looks pretty much like she does in the comics, give or take a couple of adjustments. Of course you couldn’t expect her to look exactly the same as she does in the comics, everyone knows that would be impossible, and comic book costumes don’t always translate well to film anyway (just look at Wolverine’s original spandex outfit) and yet the fans still aren’t happy. Why? Because Catwoman doesn’t look exactly the same as she does in the comic.
It must be difficult to take your fans seriously when their lamentations are so, so superficial, when all they care about is the surface detail of a cartoon character, and not the emotional potential said character may have on the big screen. Anne Hathaway has recently spoke out about the issue, calling bullshit on all the so called fans who bitch about the look of Catwoman, but I get the feeling Nolan himself just isn’t giving a shit. And I think that’s for the best, Chris Nolan is a director who just gets on with, and produces films that turn out as big fuck you’s to the non-believers. Every Batman fan salivates when the subject of Nolan’s joker comes up, like he’s the best invention since canned bread, they seem to forget Heath Ledger was just the heart-throb from Casanova and Brokeback Mountain.