'The Dark Knight Rises' is one of 2012's most anticipated and shrouded-in-mystery releases. It's so secretive, in fact, that you can't even understand the film's villain. Right, Bane? "Afasdflkja32rsa1;lkj." Exactly.

In the lead up to its release -- perhaps in a post-engagement haze -- Anne Hathaway let a few details slip to the Los Angeles Times about the Christopher Nolan's fantastical Caped Crusader finale.

In case you've been under a rock for the last year, Hathaway is set to revamp the role of Selina Kyle/Catwoman. First made famous by Julie Newmar, Michelle Pfeiffer set the bar for the feline femme in 1992's 'Batman Returns' and, well, Halle Berry lowered it considerably in the 2004 solo project, 'Catwoman.' While the details about Nolan's take on the character have been under lock and key, Hathaway had previously let one thing slip about her transformation into the comic book foe: her suit is very, very tight. The super-svelte actress "joked" that she had been subsisting on "kale and dust" in order to fit into the getup.

But the costume promises more than an exceptional fit. The LA Times blog Hero Complex revealed that the iconic cat ears are actually eyes. Sorta. The Hathway's Catwoman will wear high-tech goggles in 'The Dark Knight Rises' that, when not in use, flip up to resemble cat ears. And don't expect Hathaway to don any prosthetic claws, either -- she's a lady first and foremost; Selina's high heels come complete with serrated edges, ready to slice up Gotham's finest.

Hathaway also revealed that she has modeled her brand of Catwoman after 'Batman' creator Bob Kane's inspiration for the character, actress Hedy Lamarr. Committed to her goodie-two-shoes reputation, the actress never fails to mention the seemingly obtuse research she does for her roles. In the August issue of Harper's Bazaar Hathaway explained that she had consulted with a magician to work on her quickness of hand and now she's offered up another nugget of her acting method: breathing.

"I know this sounds odd, but [Lamarr's] breathing is extraordinary," Hathaway said. "She takes these long, deep, languid breaths and exhales slowly. There's a shot of her in [the 1933 film] 'Ecstasy' exhaling a cigarette and I took probably five breaths during her one exhale. So I started working on my breathing a lot."

The Times also takes a moment to remark on Hathaway's oh-so-quirky habits between takes: crossword puzzles, talking about politics, and -- when things 'get too drab' -- performing a Tina Turner dance routine while singing "Proud Mary."

Anne Hathaway: cool, different, dexterous and, likely, good at karaoke.

[via LAT/Hero Complex]

[Photo: Warner Bros.]

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