Covering movie premieres can be a bit hit and miss affair, particularly one where just about every outlet in Europe is on the press line, competing for time with the talent.

Usually we do quite well, grabbing quotes from some of the major players, as well as the directors or producers. Last night, we weren’t quite as successful.

Still, we did manage to find out what Michelle Pfeiffer thinks of Anne Hathaway taking on the role of Catwoman, as well as Jackie Earle Haley’s thoughts on working with Burton.


On working with Burton, Depp and Bonham-Carter

It was fantastic, I loved working with Johnny, which I know is all you wanted to hear about. He was high up on my bucket list of people I wanted to work with, and actually, I didn’t think I ever would, and to be able to do this movie with me and Tim Burton, who I also hoped that I would be able to work with again, and then Helena Bonham Carter, it was really a dream job, with so many talented people.

Being in an adaptation of a popular TV series

It was like a childhood dream come true. Tim’s given me the opportunity twice now to fulfil those fantasies, first with Catwoman, now with this movie.

On the way Burton has changed as a director since she last worked with him

It was kind of picking up where we left off. It was a long time ago, [but] I just remember loving working with him, and being sad that the movie was ending. If anything, I’m older now and I appreciate even more how rare these experiences are.

On seeing Catwoman being played by Anne Hathaway

Lucky girl. I just think she’s going to be really good. I think she’s tremendously talented, and I’m going to be there opening weekend. I want to see it.


On working with Burton

He’s an awesome director. He definitely knows what he wants, but at the same time, being there in the first few days, he knows what he wants, but at the same time he’s crafting the tone. It’s neat watching him find things…

The entire process from when you start on a script to when you start with the set design and wardrobe design and everything, it’s just process. I think when he first starts a film he’s got great ideas of what he wants to do, but he’s moulding, and he’s sculpting.

On working with the established Burton/Depp team

I think with Tim, the guy’s his own genre, so there is a common thread, if you look back at their previous films, you can see the common thread, yet the tones are still different, depending on what the story is. They’re unique in their own way, but still very ‘Burton-esque’.

Dark Shadws is out tomorrow, here’s our review.