“She Looks Phenomenal In The Wardrobe” – Wally Pfister On Anne Hathaway As Catwoman

Kevin McCarthy of Washington DC’s Kevin and Josh Movie Show this week had a good long chat with Wally Pfister, Chris Nolan’s regular cinematographer, and I was lucky enough to be invited to join in and ask a few questions of my own.

You may have taken part in the protest yourself, but in case you missed it, there was a lot of disappointment last week after Chris Nolan failed to receive a best director nomination from the Academy. Of course, Pfister and McCarthy shared in those feelings of confusion and dismay, and that’s where this conversation starts, before going on to discuss several Inception talking points, and the current state of play with The Dark Knight Rises.

I think you may enjoy listening to their whole chat. Both hours of McCarthy’s show are now online, and the Pfister interview rounds out Part One (from 45:55 or so ), and starts up Part Two.

It’s in Part Two that I join in and talk quickly turns to the new Batmovie. Pfister answers several questions, and makes it clear that he’s deep in prep, has read the screenplay. “As much as possible” will be filmed in IMAX, he promises, and he also makes specific reference the opening sequence being something impressive, something that could live up to, if not surpass, the spectacle of the last film.

When asking questions I asked, first of all, about Pfister’s approach to shooting for IMAX and Cinemascope at once, and his answer is well worth listening to in full. Later, I chipped in about the “Robin Williams as Hugo Strange” rumour, but Pfister hadn’t even heard the story. He did admit, however, that a lot is kept secret from him and:

They could turn around and surprise me too. It’s happened before. When I turned around and saw that list of girls that we were going to be screen testing before they cast Anne… I didn’t know myself who was real and who wasn’t until about two days before the tests when Emma told me.

Talking of the screentests, Kevin asked:

So, Wally you shot Anne’s screen test for Catwoman?

To which he replied in the affirmative. That’s a yes to Kevin saying “Catwoman”, not “Selina Kyle”. Hmmm.

Pfister added, a little later:

She looks phenomenal in the wardrobe.

I couldn’t let that lie. Later, I came back to it and asked if this meant what it seems to mean:

Brendon, I’d get fired and I wouldn’t even get to shoot the picture… I can’t really say, but I definitely want to be around next year…

Any doubt that Ms. Hathaway will be suiting up still remaining? I don’t think so.

Or maybe he’s just played us all. It’s a possibility.

Pfister was a most genial guest, and I’d recommend you check out the full 35 minutes or so of conversation. Thanks to Kevin for letting me join in, and for sending the audio over to share with you.

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