Since November, it has been widely speculated that actor Tom Hardy would be playing the Batman villain Hugo Strange in the upcoming sequel film The Dark Knight Rises. Today we get official confirmation that Hardy will NOT be playing Hugo Strange and will, instead, be playing the Batman villain Bane. Additionally, we learn that the other villain featured in the film will be Selina Kyle (who becomes Catwoman) … and she will be played by Anne Hathaway.
Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Anne Hathaway has been cast as Selina Kyle in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises.” She will be starring alongside Christian Bale, who returns in the title role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. Christopher Nolan stated, “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Anne Hathaway, who will be a fantastic addition to our ensemble as we complete our story.” In addition, Tom Hardy has been set to play Bane. Nolan said, “I am delighted to be working with Tom again and excited to watch him bring to life our new interpretation of one of Batman’s most formidable enemies.” Nolan will direct the film from a screenplay he wrote with Jonathan Nolan, from a story by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer. Nolan will also produce the film with his longtime producing partner, Emma Thomas, and Charles Roven. “The Dark Knight Rises” is slated for release on July 20, 2012. The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
Um … I have mixed emotions about this. Firstly, I can’t help but remember how horribly Bane was portrayed in the atrocious Joel Schumacher-directed Batman film Batman & Robin. In that horrid flick, he was paired with Poison Ivy (played by Uma Thurman) and he essentially was turned into a joke:
Bane is actually a ruthless and feared villain and is the man responsible for breaking Batman’s back and forcing his temporary retirement in the comic book series back in the 90’s:
Tom Hardy will be EXCELLENT as Bane, I think.
Now … on to Catwoman. Without question, Catwoman is one of my fave Batman villains of all time (actually, she is one of my fave villains period) and I have been PRAYING for her to make her debut in these Christopher Nolan-directed Batman films. That being said, I am very concerned about having Anne Hathaway play the role. I love Anne, I think she’s great … I do NOT see Catwoman when I see her … nor can I look to any of her acting performances and glean a bit of the ruthless and agile sexiness that is required of the character:
I’m gonna hafta think on this news for a bit … but … wow … this is a surprise, eh? All of this said, I have the UTMOST respect and faith in Christopher Nolan when it comes to his Batman films … so … yeah, I gotta think on this. What do YOU think of this Batman villain casting news?