Although we’ve known since mid-January that Anne Hathaway will play Selina Kyle in The Dark Knight Rises, there remained some question as to whether we’ll see the character’s alter ego in director Christopher Nolan’s film. After all, the Warner Bros. press release didn’t mention the word “Catwoman.”
But in an appearance on Oprah Winfrey’s post-Oscar special , the actress seemed to confirm she’ll don the catsuit in the Warner Bros. movie. She said “Catwoman,” in any case — twice.
Giving Winfrey “the real story” about being asked to co-host this year’s Academy Awards ceremony, Hathaway said, “So the real story is, I was waiting to hear if I’d been cast as Catwoman. And my manager called me, and said ‘Are you sitting down?’ And I just go, ‘Oh, my God, here it comes.’ And she says ‘You’re about to hear something you will never hear again in your whole life.’ I’m like, ‘Okay.’ And she goes, ‘You’ve been asked to host the Oscars.’ And I’m like, ‘I’m Catwoman! … What? … Oh. Oh. Okay. What?'”
Hathaway will star opposite Academy Award winner Christian Bale and Tom Hardy in The Dark Knight Rises, which begins filming in April. We’re still awaiting confirmation on Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The film opens on July 20, 2012.