Finally some big news to report this week, and guess what… it has something to do with comic book movie casting! After nearly a year of speculation and rumours, we now know who the main villains will be in Christopher Nolan’s third Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises. First of all, Catwoman will indeed play a major part in the film, with Anne Hathaway being the lucky actress to land the role. As for Tom Hardy, who had already joined the cast, he will play the only man ever to have “broken the Bat”, the physically imposing Bane.
There had been reports earlier this month that Christopher Nolan was meeting with a number of actresses for two female roles, including Keira Knightley, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel, Kate Mara and Charlotte Riley. One of the roles was believed to be Talia Al Ghul, and although we still don’t know who will play that part, the official press release confirms that Hathaway will be Selina Kyle aka Catwoman. I’m sure she will improve on Halle Berry’s recent take on Catwoman, but can she top Michelle Pfeiffer… or better yet, Julie Newmar?
As for Bane, he is a somewhat surprising choice for a Nolan villain since he is known more for his muscle than his brains (although he is apparently quite smart as well). Up until now it had been believed that Tom Hardy would play Professor Hugo Strange, but apparently that is simply not the case. Nolan did say that Bane would be a “new interpretation of one of Batman’s most formidable enemies,” so they will probably try to keep him grounded and believable in order to fit into the world that has already been established. So I take it the tubes that pump massive amounts of drugs into his veins to give him superhuman strength are out? What do you think, are you happy with the choice of characters and the actors who will play them?