Christopher Nolan has been hard at work on the the third installment of his rebooted Batman franchise and speculation has been running rampant over who the villain, or villains, would be for The Dark Knight Rises. As of yesterday, phanbois everywhere need wonder no longer as Warner Bros. let loose the press release of war with the news of Batman’s foes: Catwoman and Bane.
Along with announcing the bad guys, WB also let us know who was cast in each role. Playing Selina Kyle is Anne Hathaway (other names rumored: Keira Knightley, Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts, Blake Lively and Natalie Portman) and playing Bane will be Tom Hardy. As far as villains go, I think Catwoman fits in well with Nolan’s more realistic take on the Bat. Catwoman is sly, cunning and intelligent, all traits that can easily be played up without resorting to camp or assorted superpowers. I have my doubts that Hathaway can even come close to matching Michelle Pfiffer’s Catwoman from Tim Burton’s take on the Bat. Hathaway really needs to tone up to play a lithe, athletic Catwoman.
If it weren’t for LEGO Batman and Arkham Asylum, I would have no clue who Bane is. If you aren’t up on your Caped Crusader backstory, Bane is a chemically enhanced brute of a man who was first introduced in Batman: Vengeance of Bane #1 in 1993. Bane is infamous for, at one point during the many Batman continuities, breaking Bat’s back. Ouch. I have no clue whether Tom hardy will be a good Bane or not, but the character himself seems more cartoonish than the other villains we’ve seen from Nolan. I suppose Nolan could go the whole ‘loaded up on PCP so he’s nigh invincible’ route. I guess we’ll see.
What do you think of the villains and their casting?