Catwoman's Breathing Is Really Gonna Wow You

December 29, 2011


At last answering the unanswered Dark Knight Rises question everyone has been wondering about, Anna Hathaway has for some reason confirmed that she totally breathes in and out really slowly during her Catwoman scenes. Speaking to the L.A. Times, the actress revealed that she--as Batman creator Bob Kane supposedly did--turned to actress Hedy Lamarr as inspiration for the character. Said Catwoman:

"I know this sounds odd, but [Lamarr's] breathing is extraordinary. She takes these long, deep, languid breaths and exhales slowly. There's a shot of her in [the 1933 film] 'Ecstasy' exhaling a cigarette and I took probably five breaths during her one exhale. So I started working on my breathing a lot."

So, Catwoman will have a near-death breathing rate AND Bane's will inarticulately wheeze? Christopher Nolan truly has created the respiratory event of 2012. Avengers director Joss Whedon must be kicking himself right now for not writing the Hulk as an asthmatic.

Anyhow, the Times' story also loosely describes a scene involving Catwoman strutting around in some sort of serrated stilettos. If you don't mind a vague spoiler, here's that:

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.

Now I can't wait to see the film and I can't wait to pay an escort to put on replicas of those high heels and stomp on my genitals! July just can't come soon enough for fanboy fetishists.

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