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.Story: It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Superman's new costume
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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.Story: Batman battles Bane on streets of Pittsburgh
"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.
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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