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“The Dark Knight Rises” Catwoman statue provides full costume details

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It seems like it’s always the toys giving away some of the big surprises in the superhero universe right now. Such is the case with “The Dark Knight Rises,” as leaked Hot Wheels filings revealed that the flying vehicle in the movie will be called The Bat and, now, the full Catwoman costume — and its many additional assets — has been revealed.

Toy blog Idle Hands snapped some photos of the figurine offerings from DC Direct while they were at Toy Fair 2012, and the most exciting statue among them — at least for we “The Dark Knight Rises” fans — was the 12″ shot of Catwoman crouching on the ground.

There are two big reveals in this that have been teased in the past about Catwoman’s outfit. First, her thigh-high boots with silver stiletto knife-heels. The woman knows how to make even the most impractical boots now seem practical. And second, between this statue and some of the other busts and figurines Idle Hands reveals, we get to see how Catwoman’s goggles flip up to turn into her “cat ears.” Again, practicality over style.

This backs up what Anne Hathaway said about the Catwoman outfit back in December. She said that haters of the costume could keep on hating, because the outfit was probably the most intelligently designed one in the entire Batman movie canon.

“I love the costume,” Hathaway said in an interview with Hero Complex. “I love the costume because everything has a purpose, nothing is in place for fantasy’s sake, and that’s the case with everything in Christopher Nolan’s Gotham City.”

Do you like Catwoman’s outfit more now that you have seen it all? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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15 That ’70s Show Quotes to Help You Unleash Your Inner Jackie

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When life gets you down, just ask yourself: what would Jackie do? (But don’t ask her, because she doesn’t care about your stupid problems.) Before you catch That ’70s Show on IFC, take a look at some quotes that will help you be the best Jackie you can be.


15. She knows her strengths.

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14. She doesn’t let a little thing like emotions get in the way.

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13. She’s her own best friend.

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12. She has big plans for her future.

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11. She keeps her ego in check.

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10. She can really put things in perspective.

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9. She’s a lover…

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8. But she knows not to just throw her love around.

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7. She’s proud of her accomplishments.

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6. She knows her place in the world.

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5. She asks herself the hard questions.

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4. She takes care of herself.

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3. She’s deep.

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2. She’s a problem solver.

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1. And she’s always modest.

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Liam Neeson confirms “The Dark Knight Rises” scene

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Long rumored for a return role in “The Dark Knight Rises,” Liam Neeson has now confirmed his presence in Christopher Nolan’s third and final Batman film.

Neeson debuted as the villain Ra’s Al Ghul way back in 2005’s franchise-starting “Batman Begins,” and given the character’s immortal nature in the comics world, there’s been much speculation that his return will provide a nice book-end for Nolan’s trilogy. And though he couldn’t go into specifics regarding the role he’ll play in “The Dark Knight Rises,” Neeson told Showbiz Spy that he was indeed on set and filmed a short scene for the film.

“I was on set for maybe an hour-and-a-half and the director didn’t tell me anything of what it’s about,” said Neeson. “So, I’m being very honest when I say I have no idea what’s going to happen.”

One thing that is for sure, though, is that if Neeson does reprise his role as Ra’s Al Ghul, he’ll be sharing the character with “The Social Network” actor Josh Pence. Tagged as “Young Ra’s Al Ghul” in the casting announcement, Pence will certainly be stepping into big shoes — though it’s not certain whether the character will be returning as an ally of Batman (as he has been from time to time in the comics), an enemy, or something else entirely.

What’s also uncertain is whether Pence will play Ra’s Al Ghul in a flashback or — if Nolan truly follows comic book lore — the outcome of Neeson’s character taking a dip in the life-giving waters of the Lazarus Pit, which keep the character immortal.

Of course, we can speculate all we want, because Neeson isn’t talking.

“I can tell you nothing about Dark Knight Rises, seriously,” said Neeson.

What do you think of Liam Neeson returning to Christopher Nolan’s Bat-verse? Chime in below or on Facebook or Twitter.

“The Dark Knight Rises” toy reveals name of Batman’s flying vehicle

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Remember that epic flying vehicle spotted in “The Dark Knight Rises” trailer that we were all oohing and ahhing about? Well, turns out it isn’t the Batwing like most fansites were saying. It’s actually called “The Bat”. And, as it was with the recent “The Amazing Spider-Man” Mega Blocks and Pez Dispenser boxes, it was toys that gave away the big reveal.

Wireless Goodness posted some filings that Hot Wheels made to the FCC recently that include plans to make a toy based on The Bat. Unfortunately, it won’t fly like it will in the movie, but the toy will be remote controlled and have wheels.

Hot Wheels also filed paperwork for three other Bat-Toys. There will be a remote controlled Tumbler, Bat-Pod motorcycle, and what Wireless Goodness describes as “a tank-like vehicle.” And for those of you nourishing dreams of driving these babies around, we have to break the sad news to you that they’re actually supposed to be relatively small in size.

“The Dark Knight Rises” is due out in theaters on July 20. Directed by Christopher Nolan, the film stars Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman and Marion Cotillard.

Do you think “The Bat” is a cool enough name for this vehicle? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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