There’s a very good chance that you’ll get Dark Knight Rises fatigue within the next four or five months, so enjoy this story in a not-sick-of-it manner while you can. Said story comes to us from 24Frames, who spoke to Anne Hathaway about her preparation for playing Catwoman; turns out that a big part of the process came from an unlikely source.

Yes, for a blockbuster with new technology like IMAX at its disposal, the actress is looking back to mid-20th century icon Hedy Lamarr. Best known for work in films such as Samson and Delilah, Ziegfeld Girl, and Algiers, the beauty served as a big influence on Batman creator Bob Kane — thus, Hathaway took note. A main point of observation on her part was the actress’ breathing, since she sees the woman’s “long, deep, languid breaths” as “extraordinary.” With this important characteristic in mind, Hathaway claims she “started working on my breathing a lot.” Not something you’d expect for what’s probably going to be the biggest film of 2012, but whatever works is fine by me.

On that note, Christopher Nolan expressed the notion that being “an incredibly talented but naturalistic actress” with “terrific theatrical skill” was a factor in portraying someone who must “project a persona.” (Catwoman, that is.) This will not come to any single person as a surprise, but director and star were very complimentary of one another; Hathaway feels as though Nolan “has given us all such complex, defined, sophisticated worldviews.” Plus — shocker! — she praised the screenplay by he and his brother, Jonathan.

And, of course, Hathaway is a fan of her attire — “because everything has a purpose, nothing is in place for fantasy’s sake” — which is emblematic of the world established in this trilogy. I’m none too keen on the design of her outfit myself, but I a) don’t want to be one of those people, and b) would probably kill your mother to see The Dark Knight Rises at this moment. Details on the fashion side of things (or a scene that the article discusses, which I’ll let you decide if you want to know about) don’t amount to a hill of beans.

The Dark Knight Rises opens on July 20th.

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