Anne Hathaway Dressed As Harley Quinn Instead Of Catwoman For Dark Knight Rises Audition

The actress tried her hardest to channel Harley in an audition that ended up being for Catwoman.


When Anne Hathaway went to audition for Christopher Nolan's DC hit The Dark Night Rises, she wasn't actually told which character she would be testing for. So the the star decided to go dressed for a totally different role to the one in the movie. In an interview with BBC Radio 1, via IGN, Hathaway revealed that after The Dark Knight featured Joker so prominently, Hathaway assumed that the next film would mark his girlfriend Harley Quinn's first appearance on the big screen.

"I came in and I had this lovely Vivian Westwood kind of beautiful-but-mad tailoring top with stripes going everywhere," Hathaway said in the interview. "And I wore these flat Joker-ey looking shoes. And I was trying to give Chris these crazy little smiles."

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It was only after an hour of this that Nolan revealed he was casting for Catwoman, calling for Hathaway to make an abrupt change to her mannerisms while dressed to evoke a completely different character.

"About an hour into the meeting he said 'Well, I’m sure I don’t have to tell you this, but it’s Catwoman,'" she related. "And I was shifting into a different gear. 'Now OK, we’re slinky. We’re slinky. And I hate my shirt. I love my shirt, but I hate it right now. We’re slinky.'"

We all know by now that she got the part of Selena Kyle, but the DC universe would surely be very different right now if it was Hathaway who pioneered a live-action role now inextricably linked to Margot Robbie.

Hathaway is now passing the Catwoman baton to Zoe Kravitz, who will appear as Selena Kyle's Catwoman in next year's The Batman.

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