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Anne Hathaway cast as Catwoman, Tom Hardy is Bane in Batman 3

Jan. 19, 2011by: Eric Walkuski
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Well, some of the most eagerly awaited news for Bataman fans has just hit: Who is playing the villain - or villains - in Christoper Nolan's THE DARK KNIGHT RISES? The question has been answered in a press release just issued by Warner Bros.

Anne Hathaway is playing Selina Kyle (who, of course, eventually becomes Catwoman), and Tom Hardy is portraying Bane. While Catwoman has a long and storied history with the Bat, Bane is a relatively new foe, first appearing in DC Comics in 1993. Most know Bane as the "Man Who Broke the Bat" after the villainous character sniffed out Batman's true identity and snapped his back, paralyzing him... Should be interesting to see where Nolan takes these two characters - I certainly never thought that Catwoman would appear in this particular Gotham.

Here's the full press release for y'all:

Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Anne Hathaway has been cast as Selina Kyle in Christopher Nolans 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 Batmans 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.

There you have it! Now let the debate begin; what do you think of this major Batman news?!

Extra Tidbit: Bane appeared in Joel Schumacher's BATMAN AND ROBIN - although the less said about that atrocity, the better.
Source: Deadline.com

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10:06PM on 01/19/2011
Sweet. Catwoman is definately a great choice in terms of villain/possible love interest. The flow of the story from the first two films with Bat sort of becoming the disdain of Gotham will make an interesting dynamic with Catwoman. Bane is a little out of left field. Hopefully he plays a larger role then hired muscle. Not expecting a full on venom storyline(I loved The Dark Knight but felt too many storylines were crammed in, keep it simple), but hopefully they add in a little of the
Sweet. Catwoman is definately a great choice in terms of villain/possible love interest. The flow of the story from the first two films with Bat sort of becoming the disdain of Gotham will make an interesting dynamic with Catwoman. Bane is a little out of left field. Hopefully he plays a larger role then hired muscle. Not expecting a full on venom storyline(I loved The Dark Knight but felt too many storylines were crammed in, keep it simple), but hopefully they add in a little of the backbreaking storyline. Great casting on both however.
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3:51PM on 01/19/2011
I think this is great about Hathaway she's beautiful and sexy and a great actress. however the Bane news concerns me a bit I would have much rather seen Phillip Seymour Hoffman as The Penguin but that's just me
I think this is great about Hathaway she's beautiful and sexy and a great actress. however the Bane news concerns me a bit I would have much rather seen Phillip Seymour Hoffman as The Penguin but that's just me
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1:41PM on 01/19/2011
Hmmmm interesting news... I do think though that Hathaway is not the type of woman/actress usually associated with Catwoman... She just doesn't seem "dirty" enough for me and by that, i mean that she seems too sophisitcated and intellectual, definitely not the first actress that comes to my mind when mentioning an agile, sexy cat burglar/criminal! Although i expected a female villain in the third movie, Bane was a bit of a choice i didn't see coming at all! Well i think we'll definitely not be
Hmmmm interesting news... I do think though that Hathaway is not the type of woman/actress usually associated with Catwoman... She just doesn't seem "dirty" enough for me and by that, i mean that she seems too sophisitcated and intellectual, definitely not the first actress that comes to my mind when mentioning an agile, sexy cat burglar/criminal! Although i expected a female villain in the third movie, Bane was a bit of a choice i didn't see coming at all! Well i think we'll definitely not be getting his VENOM mutation story! He'll probably be some muscle hired by the mobsters of Gotham or something! I think we should expect Catwomman to be a villainess with a heart of gold that will team up with Batman in the end or something! I have complete faith in Nolan though and i do think and hope that he will break the threequel curse plaguing comic book movies! The guy hasn't failed us yet, it would suck is he started now!
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