Assume the Position: Why Anne Hathaway's Look in 'The Dark Knight Rises' Is Uninspired

Assume the Position: Why Anne Hathaway's Look in 'The Dark Knight Rises' Is Uninspired

Apr 16, 2012


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When new promo photos from director Christopher Nolan's highly-anticipated The Dark Knight Rises released the other day, a fury of fanboy buzz surrounded the very curvaceous backside of one Anne Hathaway

All I saw in the shot of a re-imagined Catwoman, though, was a male gaze-induced legacy that's haunted comic book-inspired images for years. Listen, I appreciate a cool costume and a fit, kickass woman as much as the next person. But that pose? That over-the-shoulder, sucked-in, pushed out pose? It's old. 

First of all - it's impractical. Last I checked, twisting one's torso in an effort to reveal optimum boob and butt pop-age is straight uncomfortable. And certainly not conducive to crime-fighting. Some baddie need only poke an unwitting female protagonist on the shoulder and she'd crumble.

Also, I remain unconvinced as to how showcasing a great backside says anything at all about one's abilities to be a badass. It's like the comic universe equivalent to Elle Woods' bend and snap. Place a weapon in the woman's hand when she's in a position of power - where sex appeal is secondary to the action at hand. Show how equipped she is! Primed to pounce! Strong is sexy, no? All I'm asking for is the same treatment that's given to their male counterparts.

And while we're obsessing over reboots - how about revamping the wardrobes? Unitards, hot pants and skin-tight lycra aren't exactly the first things that come to mind when one thinks of crime-fighting (see: the need for breathability, movement, comfort). Take a cue from Katniss in The Hunger Games, perhaps?

I know the men are in equally ridiculous attire - all steely pecs and codpieces - but it's different. They're not manipulated like marionettes, posed to show off their wares. Trust me, women don't go around whispering, "Would you look at the crotch on THAT guy!"

This is just my two cents. Seeing Hathaway in that tried and true repetitious pose (a-la Jessica Alba in Fantastic Four, Jennifer Garner in Daredevil, Charlize Theron in Aeon Flux, Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider, Malin Akerman in Watchmen, Scarlett Johansson in The Avengers, to name just a few) doesn't exactly enrage me as much as it bores me. Another beautiful scantily clad woman reppin' her physique? I expected more from you, Nolan. Yawn. Next!

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