On sale now, Entertainment Weekly's summer movie preview for 2012 comes with quite a lot of new images and information pertaining to The Dark Knight Rises, the new Christopher Nolan film based on the Batman character created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger. In addition to six new images of Batman, Catwoman and Bane that may or may not constitute spoilers, the issue comes with some remarks from Nolan and his actors that offer some insight into the film's characters.


Anne Hathaway: ''Who is Selina Kyle?' She's someone who wants you to think you can answer that question.''

Christopher Nolan: "She has a very strong way of protecting herself and those she cares about, which implies an underlying darkness."


Hathaway told EW that when she was first approached by Nolan to talk about a role in the new Batman film, she assumed it was Harley Quinn.

Anne Hathaway: ''About an hour into the meeting he said, 'It's Catwoman,' and I went, 'Oh, no, I played this wrong.' 'I didn't think they would revisit that character, because Michelle [Pfieffer's] performance [in 1992's Batman Returns] had been so iconic. But Chris just does his own thing.''


Tom Hardy: ''There is a very meticulous and calculated way about Bane. There is a huge orchestration of organization to his ambition.''

Christopher Nolan: "[Bane] represents formidable physical strength, combined with absolute evil of intention."

Tom Hardy: "[Bane's voice is] a risk, because we could be laughed at - or it could be very fresh and exciting. The audience mustn't be too concerned about the mumbly voice. As the film progresses, I think you'll be able to tune to its setting."


More images and information in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly.