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Don't worry, Catwoman does have ears, sort of

Aug. 29, 2011by: Paul Tassi

There was much fuss about Anne Hathaway's Catwoman DARK KNIGHT RISES costume, or lack thereof, when it was first revealed in an official photo a few weeks ago.

The issues were that it didn't look enough like an actual costume, merely a chick in spy gear, why she was wearing those insane sunglasses/goggles, and where oh where were those signature ears?

Well those two things appear to be tied together. Sources who have been to the set are saying that those goggles when lifted and worn atop her head, actually have protrusions that somewhat resemble cat ears, which is the specific intention of the costume design. It's just another way that Nolan's Batman universe stays more grounded in reality, although to be fair, Batman himself has always had ears and no one was complaining about that.

Below you can see an ultra zoom of the goggles in question. I don't see anything inherently pointy, but I suppose there are enough pieces that it could create the desired effect. Might we get another look in the future that shows them in the locked and upright position?

Extra Tidbit: Do you think she looks better, or Bane? I haven't heard many going wild about either yet.
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9:02AM on 08/31/2011
Rises will be a great movie regardless of whether Miss Pussycat has ears or not. That being said I just picked up The Prestige on blu-ray for 10 bucks and am having a Nolangasm because of it.
Rises will be a great movie regardless of whether Miss Pussycat has ears or not. That being said I just picked up The Prestige on blu-ray for 10 bucks and am having a Nolangasm because of it.
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4:14PM on 08/30/2011

yet another time said

i have said it before and will say it again all nolan films to be are young batman, so frankly all the costumes and looks and adaptations all look stupid in my opinion thats right i said it. now here me out why they are stupid its becuase they are trying to keep it grounded in reality and restraingin batman, batman is supposed to have studied years as a fighter in some of the comics he's been able to jump through a car. the reason he doesn't rely on heavy cevlar, i know i spelled that wrong,
i have said it before and will say it again all nolan films to be are young batman, so frankly all the costumes and looks and adaptations all look stupid in my opinion thats right i said it. now here me out why they are stupid its becuase they are trying to keep it grounded in reality and restraingin batman, batman is supposed to have studied years as a fighter in some of the comics he's been able to jump through a car. the reason he doesn't rely on heavy cevlar, i know i spelled that wrong, but he has been able to move like a ninja and really only fights when he has too. honestly i think the best representation of how he would fight was kato on green hornet as "bad" as some say that film is kato was awesome.
I always thought hire a guy to play bruce wayne, and a guy to play batman while fighting to show the prowless as a martial artist. that would be batman, both bane and catwoman's costumes have looked terrible but it is when they are younger so who knows. either way, and let me be clear about this, i love nolan movies for the most part they are often well told, if a little long and bloated at times, however nolan needs to learn to trim stuff not absolutely needed, he needs to trust the source material and i can't wait til he moves on and hopefully we get someone in there who will do the batman movies justice.
by justice its a simple idea for me make batman movies that actually feel like batman films and not growing into being batman. take a page from the animation department. also stop hiring micheal caine, morgan freeman, and company they are too big to be minor characters and you end up losing half the budget paying them, i mean two face could've easily been Adrian Pasdar, and it could've launched his careers.
ultimately love the trilogy but can't wait to see a new movie nolan free.
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3:34PM on 08/30/2011
What you see in that photo and in behind the scenes videos isn't the complete outfit, Anne Hathaway has stated in an interview that the outfit you see now is like "Catwoman outfit 1.0" The complete outfit will be what you see in the comics....a full blown catwoman suit.
What you see in that photo and in behind the scenes videos isn't the complete outfit, Anne Hathaway has stated in an interview that the outfit you see now is like "Catwoman outfit 1.0" The complete outfit will be what you see in the comics....a full blown catwoman suit.
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3:13PM on 08/30/2011
Nolan has done amazing job in all his films, but I hate when they try to make superhero movies too realistic because it is fantasy. Please make her look like catwomen not just a basic thief. Still think this movie is going to be amazing.
Nolan has done amazing job in all his films, but I hate when they try to make superhero movies too realistic because it is fantasy. Please make her look like catwomen not just a basic thief. Still think this movie is going to be amazing.
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1:37PM on 08/30/2011
I like these films as much as the next person. Actually, I love them and think Nolan really did bring much needed justice to the character.

WITH THAT BEING SAID...you can't say this is Nolan's universe or defend this is grounded in reality....when the lead is dressed like a Bat with gadgets! There's really no excuse why she doesn't personify a cat.

I feel that since the first flick and Bat's impact on Gotham, by film 3..every petty thug, crime lord or crazy would have a gimmick. Kinda
I like these films as much as the next person. Actually, I love them and think Nolan really did bring much needed justice to the character.

WITH THAT BEING SAID...you can't say this is Nolan's universe or defend this is grounded in reality....when the lead is dressed like a Bat with gadgets! There's really no excuse why she doesn't personify a cat.

I feel that since the first flick and Bat's impact on Gotham, by film 3..every petty thug, crime lord or crazy would have a gimmick. Kinda saying if you wanna make it in Gotham...you gotta have a thing. Thats why I wish they pushed Scar Face as the new mob boss. That would have been neat. Show just how much everyone is playing in the insane pool
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8:44AM on 08/30/2011

Nolan's Batman works

BECAUSE it stays grounded in reality. A grown man that runs around dressed as a bat chasing a man dressed as a clown. If he can make this work, I trust the man implicitly.
BECAUSE it stays grounded in reality. A grown man that runs around dressed as a bat chasing a man dressed as a clown. If he can make this work, I trust the man implicitly.
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8:26AM on 08/30/2011
Again: if they're just pulling our legs with this by hiding the possibility that Catwoman starts out dressed as "just a thief," and then winds up wearing a more familiar suit later on - that would be fine.

But if not, then STOP CALLING HER SALENA KYLE!

No, I'm sorry (but not really), this is an epic FAIL in every other way.
Again: if they're just pulling our legs with this by hiding the possibility that Catwoman starts out dressed as "just a thief," and then winds up wearing a more familiar suit later on - that would be fine.

But if not, then STOP CALLING HER SALENA KYLE!

No, I'm sorry (but not really), this is an epic FAIL in every other way.
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4:07AM on 08/30/2011
I hate how people use the "realistic approach" excuse to defend Nolan's direction. There's a guy wearing a bat suit fighting crime...how is that any more realistic? Yes, some people had a problem with The Joker before but, come on... the look of The Joker in The Dark Knight still captured the essence of the character.
The problem with Anne Hathaway's Catwoman is that she doesn't even partially resemble Catwoman. She doesn't have that iconic look that would be associated with the character.
I hate how people use the "realistic approach" excuse to defend Nolan's direction. There's a guy wearing a bat suit fighting crime...how is that any more realistic? Yes, some people had a problem with The Joker before but, come on... the look of The Joker in The Dark Knight still captured the essence of the character.
The problem with Anne Hathaway's Catwoman is that she doesn't even partially resemble Catwoman. She doesn't have that iconic look that would be associated with the character. Show this photo to anybody who hasn't already seen it and ask them who she's meant to be. If they say 'Catwoman', I'd be mighty surprised.
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2:18AM on 08/30/2011
Looks like those things on the front and side lock together. I think it will be interesting, we still haven't seen a lot.
Looks like those things on the front and side lock together. I think it will be interesting, we still haven't seen a lot.
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1:07AM on 08/30/2011
I think the Catwoman news is somewhat interesting, but I think the final thought and answer for her look is when the film gets released.
I think the Catwoman news is somewhat interesting, but I think the final thought and answer for her look is when the film gets released.
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11:31PM on 08/29/2011

I was under the impression that...

this was BEFORE she actually became "CATWOMAN" and thus, no costume, no ears, just spandex.
However for your puritans out there, once she lifts up those goggles, the nose piece might stay in place as a mask to protect her identity, above the goggles (in-between the blue lights) are pointed pieces of plastic.. they might actually shift positions and form the cat ears... I really do not think casting a negative opinion of anything we've seen is needed, in all fairness, Nolan didnt even need to
this was BEFORE she actually became "CATWOMAN" and thus, no costume, no ears, just spandex.
However for your puritans out there, once she lifts up those goggles, the nose piece might stay in place as a mask to protect her identity, above the goggles (in-between the blue lights) are pointed pieces of plastic.. they might actually shift positions and form the cat ears... I really do not think casting a negative opinion of anything we've seen is needed, in all fairness, Nolan didnt even need to release THIS photo to the general public and he did... right? We've seen far more of Batman, Avengers and Superman than the directors would have had us see... months, even YEARS before the film's get released... see you next summer.
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11:17PM on 08/29/2011

As for the tidbit.......

I guess this is better solved with a simple pose off. Get Hathaway into a sexy teddy with cat ears and tail. Ger hardy into a bane suit that shows off. Then ask yourself which you would rather see. That will solve that question.
I guess this is better solved with a simple pose off. Get Hathaway into a sexy teddy with cat ears and tail. Ger hardy into a bane suit that shows off. Then ask yourself which you would rather see. That will solve that question.
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9:08PM on 08/29/2011
I don't mind the look. She could be a cat burglar type vigilante for a good while before she actually goes as far as dressing up like a cat. And I wish I could pinpoint the exact moment the Nolan bat-films got so popular that so many here turned into hating trolls . . .
I don't mind the look. She could be a cat burglar type vigilante for a good while before she actually goes as far as dressing up like a cat. And I wish I could pinpoint the exact moment the Nolan bat-films got so popular that so many here turned into hating trolls . . .
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8:40PM on 08/29/2011
Wasn't everyone complaining about Heath Ledger's Joker look too? How'd that turn out?
Wasn't everyone complaining about Heath Ledger's Joker look too? How'd that turn out?
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7:58PM on 08/29/2011
Both costumes are quite meh, but Bane's is barely better. When all Nolan cocksuckers complain about this movie, I told you all!
Both costumes are quite meh, but Bane's is barely better. When all Nolan cocksuckers complain about this movie, I told you all!
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8:01PM on 08/29/2011
So ... the movie is going to suck and people are going to complain just because the costumes aren't what people wanted? Yeah ... makes alot of sense to me too.

Oh wait ... it doesn't.
So ... the movie is going to suck and people are going to complain just because the costumes aren't what people wanted? Yeah ... makes alot of sense to me too.

Oh wait ... it doesn't.
8:58AM on 08/30/2011
Actually, I have heard very little enthusiasm for this costume and Bane's. And yes, the costumes (or at least how believable they are/ how ridiculous they are/ aren't) does have a drastic effect on the viewing of the film. So, it's quite possible that if the costumes/ suits/ etc. are too stupid looking, it can drag down the viewing experience (ie- Green Lantern's costume in "Green Lantern" was so distractingly awful that it knock the film down a few pegs all by itself. Put aside the bland
Actually, I have heard very little enthusiasm for this costume and Bane's. And yes, the costumes (or at least how believable they are/ how ridiculous they are/ aren't) does have a drastic effect on the viewing of the film. So, it's quite possible that if the costumes/ suits/ etc. are too stupid looking, it can drag down the viewing experience (ie- Green Lantern's costume in "Green Lantern" was so distractingly awful that it knock the film down a few pegs all by itself. Put aside the bland acting, nonsensical script, and everything else that made that movie suck so hard, and the Lantern's costume by itself did the film no favors. Also, Beast's makeup in "X-Men: First Class" was quite distracting and cheap looking. For earlier examples, do you recall how many people mocked the silly cape like thing that was flowing out of Daredevil's mask in "Daredevil"? Again, costumes can and do enhance/ detract from the overall experience. On top of all that, all the Nolan lovers (of which I am not, despite loving some of his films) can offer no defense against these silly looking costumes other than to say "Trust in Nolan, he will not let us down." I just want them to be prepared when they are letdown, and they laugh at seeing the costumes in action.
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6:50PM on 08/29/2011
some people need to get a life seriously.
some people need to get a life seriously.
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6:38PM on 08/29/2011
There's another picture of her stunt double having a set of cat ears on the set.
There's another picture of her stunt double having a set of cat ears on the set.
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6:22PM on 08/29/2011
I guess that's an small improvement, but the whole costume still seems bland.
I guess that's an small improvement, but the whole costume still seems bland.
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5:49PM on 08/29/2011

Generic looking

It's not that the costume looks bad, it just doesn't look good. Not after character designs like Scarecrow and The Joker, which were grounded in reality but were still visually impressive and more than just a costume. This on the other hand seems to have a little too much flair, and not enough mystique. She just looks like a crazed woman trying to rob a bank or something. Catwoman should have been super sexy with a mysterious, evil edge to her (and ears of course!). It makes one think we'll
It's not that the costume looks bad, it just doesn't look good. Not after character designs like Scarecrow and The Joker, which were grounded in reality but were still visually impressive and more than just a costume. This on the other hand seems to have a little too much flair, and not enough mystique. She just looks like a crazed woman trying to rob a bank or something. Catwoman should have been super sexy with a mysterious, evil edge to her (and ears of course!). It makes one think we'll never get a better Catwoman than Michelle Pfeiffer
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5:43PM on 08/29/2011
I am continually impressed by what Nolan is going to do in his third and final installment of Batman. I have no doubt that when we get a more beefed up trailer that it will quiet down all the hub-bub about what people think is wrong with this film.
I am continually impressed by what Nolan is going to do in his third and final installment of Batman. I have no doubt that when we get a more beefed up trailer that it will quiet down all the hub-bub about what people think is wrong with this film.
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5:30PM on 08/29/2011
ok?
ok?
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5:30PM on 08/29/2011
I loved Nolan's take so far and I love the casting of Hathaway but the only photo released isn't impressive and the description doesn't convince me. Every version of the Catwoman costume had some sort of cat motif in it. I'm expecting better than it looks like cat ears some time...
I loved Nolan's take so far and I love the casting of Hathaway but the only photo released isn't impressive and the description doesn't convince me. Every version of the Catwoman costume had some sort of cat motif in it. I'm expecting better than it looks like cat ears some time...
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5:23PM on 08/29/2011

No thanks.

This will be boring, like the first two. Nolan just takes away everything that I love about Batman and Gotham city, to make it look more realistic. Where is the fun in that? I would love to see a Batman in the spirit of the Arkham Asylum Game.
This will be boring, like the first two. Nolan just takes away everything that I love about Batman and Gotham city, to make it look more realistic. Where is the fun in that? I would love to see a Batman in the spirit of the Arkham Asylum Game.
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6:04PM on 08/29/2011
Agreed.
I guess people want the REALISTIC Batman - oh yes, that makes perfect sense. You want realism, go pay some property tax and electicity bills.
Agreed.
I guess people want the REALISTIC Batman - oh yes, that makes perfect sense. You want realism, go pay some property tax and electicity bills.
6:52PM on 08/29/2011
i think it's safe to say you are a complete troll to this site, ya never have anything positive to say
i think it's safe to say you are a complete troll to this site, ya never have anything positive to say
5:18PM on 08/29/2011
I'm getting bored with the amount of pictures and vids from the set of batman and the avengers. At first it was fun because we still have a whole year to wait so you want to catch a glimpse, but then at this stage it turns out that glimpse is not too interesting. I'll wait for some teasers that contain actual footage.

Still, Bane looks cool. Nolan is going to do something pretty damn spectacular to justify Catwoman being in this movie though...
I'm getting bored with the amount of pictures and vids from the set of batman and the avengers. At first it was fun because we still have a whole year to wait so you want to catch a glimpse, but then at this stage it turns out that glimpse is not too interesting. I'll wait for some teasers that contain actual footage.

Still, Bane looks cool. Nolan is going to do something pretty damn spectacular to justify Catwoman being in this movie though...
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5:00PM on 08/29/2011
Goggle-shaped ears... yeah, sure, whatever.
Goggle-shaped ears... yeah, sure, whatever.
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4:52PM on 08/29/2011

Forbes article

Five Reason Why Anne Hathaway's Catwoman Looks Like Catwoman: [link]
Five Reason Why Anne Hathaway's Catwoman Looks Like Catwoman: [link]
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4:42PM on 08/29/2011

It's Not The Ears...

It's just the apparent "lack" of a costume at all that I think has most folks PO'ed. Catwoman has more to her costume than just a black bodysuit. Granted...not much more, but more to identify her as Catwoman.

C'mon gang...something else?!
It's just the apparent "lack" of a costume at all that I think has most folks PO'ed. Catwoman has more to her costume than just a black bodysuit. Granted...not much more, but more to identify her as Catwoman.

C'mon gang...something else?!
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4:29PM on 08/29/2011

I'm not sure...

I'm honestly on the fence. Not about her ears, I have total faith in Nolan and company as I think its fair to say they've earned the benefit of the doubt when it comes to this sort of thing...

No I can'r decide if it is a good or a bad thing that we stress out as to whether a costume will have cat ears or not with enhanced analysis of publicity photos a year (give or take) before a movie comes out...
I'm honestly on the fence. Not about her ears, I have total faith in Nolan and company as I think its fair to say they've earned the benefit of the doubt when it comes to this sort of thing...

No I can'r decide if it is a good or a bad thing that we stress out as to whether a costume will have cat ears or not with enhanced analysis of publicity photos a year (give or take) before a movie comes out...
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4:24PM on 08/29/2011
It looks fine to me. I like Nolan's take on the universe and it's more grounded approach. Even Batman's ears serve an actual purpose and things aren't just cartoony for the sake of sticking to the comics. Both Bane and Catwoman look pretty good in this film and I can't wait to see what they look like in the completed film, which I am sure will be just as good as the previous Batman films Nolan has done.
It looks fine to me. I like Nolan's take on the universe and it's more grounded approach. Even Batman's ears serve an actual purpose and things aren't just cartoony for the sake of sticking to the comics. Both Bane and Catwoman look pretty good in this film and I can't wait to see what they look like in the completed film, which I am sure will be just as good as the previous Batman films Nolan has done.
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9:01AM on 08/30/2011
Batman's ears serve the purpose of making him Batman; they attached some BS function as an after thought. Some of it has to be for the sake of sticking to the comics so that it's actually a comic book movie. If they want to get pro-actively "rational" about it to come off more "real" then that's fine, but the inspiration is still a comic book with comic book sensibilities.
Batman's ears serve the purpose of making him Batman; they attached some BS function as an after thought. Some of it has to be for the sake of sticking to the comics so that it's actually a comic book movie. If they want to get pro-actively "rational" about it to come off more "real" then that's fine, but the inspiration is still a comic book with comic book sensibilities.
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4:11PM on 08/29/2011
Granted the pics may veer towards the underwhelming, but they are intended to be viewed as, oh I don't know, a moving image....I'm excited for a full trailer. Maybe December?
Granted the pics may veer towards the underwhelming, but they are intended to be viewed as, oh I don't know, a moving image....I'm excited for a full trailer. Maybe December?
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4:00PM on 08/29/2011
So does she not hide her identity at all?
So does she not hide her identity at all?
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3:59PM on 08/29/2011
I am sure the costume will be fine and Hathaway will make for a very good Selina Kyle/Catwoman.

I watched 'Batman Returns' yesterday and all I have to say is that Hathaway has alot to live up to from the bar that Michelle Pfeiffer set for her portrayal as Selina Kyle/Catwoman.
I am sure the costume will be fine and Hathaway will make for a very good Selina Kyle/Catwoman.

I watched 'Batman Returns' yesterday and all I have to say is that Hathaway has alot to live up to from the bar that Michelle Pfeiffer set for her portrayal as Selina Kyle/Catwoman.
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3:49PM on 08/29/2011
We haven't seen a lot yet, so I'll also wait till the movie comes out or at least for the first real trailer.
But so far everything looks good and I trust Nolan.
I think Bane's new design is great! Never cared for him, but his look is an improvement over the wrestling-look from the comics...Haven't seen a lot of Hathaway yet, but I am sure she'll be sexy...
We haven't seen a lot yet, so I'll also wait till the movie comes out or at least for the first real trailer.
But so far everything looks good and I trust Nolan.
I think Bane's new design is great! Never cared for him, but his look is an improvement over the wrestling-look from the comics...Haven't seen a lot of Hathaway yet, but I am sure she'll be sexy...
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3:45PM on 08/29/2011

Threes are usually ugly....

I have been fine with everything thus far. Nolan hasn't let us down yet so I have faith the movie will be awesome. MY only concern is that traditionally speaking, part 3's for comic book movies usually suck: X-Men 3, Blade 3, Spider-Man 3, Superman 3, Batman Forever. Hopefully TDKR doesn't fall into this horrible trend.
I have been fine with everything thus far. Nolan hasn't let us down yet so I have faith the movie will be awesome. MY only concern is that traditionally speaking, part 3's for comic book movies usually suck: X-Men 3, Blade 3, Spider-Man 3, Superman 3, Batman Forever. Hopefully TDKR doesn't fall into this horrible trend.
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4:32PM on 08/29/2011
What X-men, Blade, Superman, and Batman Forever have in common is that they all had significant personnel changes. Directors, actors, producers, etc.

Nolan's universe has been consistent throughout.

So that should provide some hope I reckon.
What X-men, Blade, Superman, and Batman Forever have in common is that they all had significant personnel changes. Directors, actors, producers, etc.

Nolan's universe has been consistent throughout.

So that should provide some hope I reckon.
3:29PM on 08/29/2011
Tidbit: Bane looks better, without question.
Tidbit: Bane looks better, without question.
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3:26PM on 08/29/2011
Like EVERYTHING else posted about this movie, I am going to reserve judgement until I see a legit trailer and more specifically the movie itself. Aside from a couple official pictures, everything has been fan footage and descriptions where most of the time they have very little frame of reference as to what is actually going on. Nolan has proven himself numerous times that he knows what he is doing so again, something like the ears on Catwoman will more than likely be dealt with appropriately.
Like EVERYTHING else posted about this movie, I am going to reserve judgement until I see a legit trailer and more specifically the movie itself. Aside from a couple official pictures, everything has been fan footage and descriptions where most of the time they have very little frame of reference as to what is actually going on. Nolan has proven himself numerous times that he knows what he is doing so again, something like the ears on Catwoman will more than likely be dealt with appropriately.
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