Warner Bros has announced that the role of Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman) will be going to our national treasure Anne Hathaway, while Tom Hardy‘s role was revealed as Bane in the highly anticipated third and final installment of Christopher Nolan‘s vision of Batman in The Dark Knight Rises.
When asked about the addition of Hathaway, director 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.” Nolan went on to give his opinions on Hardy as Bane, “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.”
I am very excited by this news as Anne Hathaway has been one of my favorite actresses since I’ve been in high school, and I think she has unique characteristics that will be beneficial to the character of Selina Kyle, especially if we’re looking at a Long Halloween/When in Rome take on the character, which would not be surprising, considering that the team of Christopher Nolan and David Goyer have looked towards The Long Halloween as a major influence on their films.
What is surprising, however, is the casting of Tom Hardy as Bane. Back it October, it was announced that Hardy would be in the film, but his character was unknown (read ‘Inception’ Star Tom Hardy Re-Teaming With Christopher Nolan On ‘Batman 3’]. I have no doubt that Hardy will be able to become Bane in an amazing fashion, but let’s be honest, the most character work that has been done with Bane has been with the work of Gail Simone in Secret Six. Bane was literally created to break Batman’s back and end his career in Knightfall, so I’m very curious to see where this role goes, as he seems like a villain that Nolan would try to steer away from since he’s basically a ‘roided up luchador. If you’re unfamiliar with the character of Bane, he gains super strength from using a drug called Venom, so you can see why I’d think Nolan would stay away from him.
As skeptical as I am of using Bane, I do have faith in Nolan’s decision, and I’m almost certain they will be able to wrap up their line of amazing Batman films.
The Dark Knight Rises is scheduled to be released on July 20, 2012, and I can’t wait.