Following Warner Brothers unveiling of Henry Cavill in full Superman mode earlier this week, the studio has now given us the first official glimpse of Anne Hathaway in the role of Selina Kyle aka Catwoman in the forthcoming final instalment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.

Although not set for release until July 2012, we have already had our first view of Tom Hardy in the role of the villainous Bain, and like that earlier photo, it’s hard to ascertain whether this first image of the feline anti-heroine is the final product or just the character in development with a fuller and more theatrical costume to follow during the latter stages of the story.

Of all the previous incarnations of Catwoman, this snapshot seems most in tune with Julie Newmar’s villainous incarnation of the character during the classic and now seemingly lampoonish sixties television show.

In reality, the comic has mainly portrayed the character as more heroine than villain and rumours have it that Selina Kyle will team up with Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) to fight both Bain and the returning League of Shadows sect during the final act of The Dark Knight Rises.

But why is she riding the Batman’s bike?

Either way, we think Miss Hathaway certainly looks splendid in that tight spandex whilst the goggles also seem to indicate that we will almost certainly see the character’s cat burgling instincts brought into play at some point.

What do you think? Does Hathaway look the part? Please let us know.

The Dark Knight Rises is released on 20th July 2012

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