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Warner Bros. has released the first promo image of Anne Hathaway as Catwoman in "The Dark Knight Rises," the next installment in the Batman franchise.PHOTOS: Screen sirens, then and now

The 28-year-old actress joins veterans Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine in the Christopher Nolan-directed action flick.

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"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Anne Hathaway, who will be a fantastic addition to our ensemble as we complete our story," Nolan said in January.PHOTOS: Check out Christian Bale's look-alike

Though Hathaway hasn't revealed much about her role ("I signed a blood oath," she says), the actress is looking forward to portraying the iconic D.C. Comics character.

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"I want to be the best actress I can be and that means working with the best people and taking the most challenging roles," Hathaway tells Total Film. "That's the plan and so far it's led to some really exciting places."

Slideshow: Best and worst superhero costumes (on this page)

Catwoman was first played by actress Julie Newmar (now 77) in the 1966 "Batman" TV series; it aired for two and a half seasons on ABC. The feline vixen was last played by Michelle Pfeiffer in 1992's "Batman Returns." Halle Berry starred in the 2004 flop "Catwoman," though the heroine's alter-ego was renamed Patience Phillips.

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Arriving in theaters July 20, 2012, "The Dark Knight Rises" also features three new characters: John Blake (played by Joseph Gordon Levitt), Miranda Tate (played by Marion Cotillard) and Bane (played by Tom Hardy).

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Photos: Best and worst superhero costumes

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  1. Old-fashioned 'America'

    In the 2011 film "Captain America," Chris Evans' costume is meant to resemble a World War II airman's jumpsuit, director Joe Johnston told Entertainment Weekly. It's modest and practical, a far cry from the tight Spandex sported by many heroes. Evans told MTV News the costume was "not comfortable" but that the redesigned version he wears in "The Avengers" is more more modern and "looks fantastic." (Paramount Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Costume of the gods

    "Thor" isn't just a superhero, he's a Norse god, and his armor and cape reflect that. The L.A. Times reported that Chris Hemsworth was so afraid he wouldn't look strong enough to play the role that he worked out too much -- and for a while, his costume was too tight. He reportedly backed off on the workouts and his costume was altered to fit. (Paramount Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Cold as ice

    January Jones looks breathtakingly cold as Emma Frost in 2011's "X-Men: First Class." Jones told MTV her favorite costume from the film involved a fur cape. (20th Century Fox) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Not easy being 'Green'

    In 2011's "Green Lantern," part of Ryan Reynolds' glowing costume was CGI-generated, a decision which did not delight fanboys. (Warner Bros) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. I am 'Iron Man'

    Anyone could be inside Robert Downey Jr's "Iron Man" costume, but it's still recognized as one of the cooler hero costumes in recent years. You may also see it at your doorstep come October -- it's a popular Halloween choice. (Paramount Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Regular Joe

    Some superheroes don't really need Spandex. Seth Rogen pretty much just donned a mask to play 2011's "Green Hornet." (Columbia Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Does whatever a spider can

    We're used to seeing Spider-Man in red, white and blue, but in 2007's "Spider-Man 3," Peter Parker's suit mysteriously changes to black, bringing out the dark side of the hero. (Sony Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Bluer than blue

    In 2000's "X-Men," Mystique's blue skin sets her apart from the other heroes. (20th Century Fox) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Most embarrassing costume ever?

    Yes, that's George Clooney in the costume on the left, starring in 1997's "Batman & Robin." For some reason, the costume sported visible nipples, one of the oddest choices in superhero costuming ever. In the photo at right, Michael Keaton wears a more traditional batsuit in 1989's "Batman." (Warner Bros.) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Mrow!

    Some of the more notable comic-book costumes for women are that of slinky, sexy "Catwoman." Here, Michelle Pfeiffer plays her in 1992's "Batman Returns," while Halle Berry shows a little more skin in 2004's "Catwoman." Obviously, the costume designer took the words "cat suit" to heart. (Warner Bros.) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. A classic

    Few superhero costumes stand the test of time as well as that worn by the late Christopher Reeve in 1978's "Superman." (Warner Bros.) Back to slideshow navigation
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