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Anne Hathaway Catwoman, Batman vs. Bane Fight: 'The Dark Knight Rises'

Anne Hathaway, Catwoman, The Dark Knight Rises
Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, The Dark Knight Rises

This year's Oscar show may have been a critical and ratings flop, but the careers (of at least some) of those involved clearly haven't suffered as a result. Co-producer Don Mischer has been called back to co-produce the Oscar 2012 ceremony with action filmmaker Brett Ratner; James Franco stars in the well-received The Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which is expected to top the North American box office this weekend; and in the above photo Anne Hathaway can be seen riding a, huh, catmobile in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises, next year's blockbuster-of-blockbusters-to-be.

In addition to Hathaway, who three years ago received a Best Actress Oscar nod for Rachel Getting Married, The Dark Knight Rises stars Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Juno Temple, and Matthew Modine. The third installment in the Batman franchise – following Batman Begins and The Dark KnightThe Dark Knight Rises is scheduled to open July 2012. Christopher Nolan co-wrote the screenplay with brother Jonathan Nolan; the screen story is credited to both writer-director Nolan and David S. Goyer.

Photo: Warner Bros.

WPXI captured these fight scenes from The Dark Knight Rises, featuring Christian Bale as Batman and Tom Hardy as Bane. Watching them we can see not only how Christopher Nolan's fight sequences are done, but also why they can come alive only in the editing room. I'm not at all into violence, but in terms of raw ferocity, the fight sequence between Marlene Dietrich and Una Merkel in George Marshall's 1939 Western Destry Rides Again would put Batman and Bane to shame.

As per The Huffington Post, the clip above shows a brawl between Gotham City Police and Arkham Asylum inmates. The snowflakes aren't real, of course. We're in the height of one of the worst summers on record.

In addition to Bale and Hardy, The Dark Knight Rises stars Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Juno Temple, and Matthew Modine. The third installment in the Batman franchise – following Batman Begins and the megablockbuster The Dark KnightThe Dark Knight Rises is scheduled to open in July 2012.

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