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Tom Hardy is the first new face in the Batman 3 cast!

10.13.2010

Well we might have seen this coming, as the man knows who he likes to work with, but according to Deadline, Chris Nolan has tapped INCEPTION vet Tom Hardy for a role in the yet-to-be-titled BATMAN 3.

No, it's not clear what role he's playing, as that's being kept a deep, dark secret as you might imagine. Sure he could be the Riddler, but he could also be a cop, a gangster or Bruce Wayne's mailman for all we know.  But if I had to guess, I would probably say he's up for one of the lead villain roles, and I can see him looking sharp in a green suit.

Hardy has more time on his hands now that MAD MAX: FURY ROAD has hit some potholes, and hopefully this news will get some official confirmation now that it's leaked. I love Hardy in everything I've seen him in, from BRONSON to INCEPTION, and no mattter what his role, he should be a fine addition to the BATMAN cast.

Stay tuned for any updates, and until then, start speculating.

Extra Tidbit: He's actually Bruce Wayne! Christian Bale is out! Just kidding.
Source: Deadline

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11:02PM on 10/14/2010
Mr. Freeze or Clayface!
Mr. Freeze or Clayface!
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4:31PM on 10/14/2010
(Squeeeeeeeeeel)
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1:54PM on 10/14/2010
BANE!!!
BANE!!!
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1:54PM on 10/14/2010
BANE!!!
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10:47AM on 10/14/2010

So many possibilities!

He COULD be the Riddler, depending on how Nolan is portraying the character (IF he even is) or Black Mask... But I think I personally would like to see Hardy as a Gotham detective trying to hunt Batman down, and Gordon has to constantly throw him off the trail and put his own reputation in jeopardy by covertly helping Batman.
He COULD be the Riddler, depending on how Nolan is portraying the character (IF he even is) or Black Mask... But I think I personally would like to see Hardy as a Gotham detective trying to hunt Batman down, and Gordon has to constantly throw him off the trail and put his own reputation in jeopardy by covertly helping Batman.
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9:29AM on 10/14/2010
I don't care what character/villain he plays, I just hope he's badass like in Inception
I don't care what character/villain he plays, I just hope he's badass like in Inception
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7:56AM on 10/14/2010

Awesome News

The guy was solid in Inception, so you know he works well with the minds involved. Can't wait to see him on opening night on IMAX, baby.
The guy was solid in Inception, so you know he works well with the minds involved. Can't wait to see him on opening night on IMAX, baby.
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7:52AM on 10/14/2010
Adrian Brody needs to be The Riddler. Let's get Hardy as Black Mask or maybe Harvey Bullock.
Adrian Brody needs to be The Riddler. Let's get Hardy as Black Mask or maybe Harvey Bullock.
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2:19AM on 10/14/2010
Big fan of Tom Hardy. I could see him play Hush, but I don't really see Hush being the next major villain. He's a bit too big in my opinion for Ridler. If they did Ridler, I'd see him as more of a creepy serial killer a la jigsaw. Killer Croc could be cool if they played him like his character form the "Joker" graphic novel. I would love to see an all out gang war between Penguin and Black Mask in this one, so Black Mask would be my choice. As far as Robin, would it really make sense to
Big fan of Tom Hardy. I could see him play Hush, but I don't really see Hush being the next major villain. He's a bit too big in my opinion for Ridler. If they did Ridler, I'd see him as more of a creepy serial killer a la jigsaw. Killer Croc could be cool if they played him like his character form the "Joker" graphic novel. I would love to see an all out gang war between Penguin and Black Mask in this one, so Black Mask would be my choice. As far as Robin, would it really make sense to have a man, the same age as Bruce Wayne choose a pretty bird as a namesake? I mean a teenager becoming Robin the first time is hard enough to explain, but a 30 something year old man?
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2:07AM on 10/14/2010
so is this official yet? Would this be the first casting news for the film?
so is this official yet? Would this be the first casting news for the film?
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12:36AM on 10/14/2010

Jean Paul Valley

would be cool... but probably not
would be cool... but probably not
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12:34AM on 10/14/2010

killer croc

he's probably playing a more real-life humanistic killer croc since they're shooting in louisiana
he's probably playing a more real-life humanistic killer croc since they're shooting in louisiana
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11:58PM on 10/13/2010

Is he playing Catwoman? I kid.

As a woman, I am very pleased to see him attached to this movie. Joblo needs a male section to movie hotties.
As a woman, I am very pleased to see him attached to this movie. Joblo needs a male section to movie hotties.
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11:35PM on 10/13/2010

BLACK MASK please!!!

All the guys are man crusing on this dude right now lol.
All the guys are man crusing on this dude right now lol.
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10:12PM on 10/13/2010

Deadshot?

I could see Deadshot as a sub-villain in the third Batman...and Hardy would fit the bill perfectly. Riddler, maybe. Either way, I Believe In Chris Nolan, and he'll be awesome in this no matter who he plays.
I could see Deadshot as a sub-villain in the third Batman...and Hardy would fit the bill perfectly. Riddler, maybe. Either way, I Believe In Chris Nolan, and he'll be awesome in this no matter who he plays.
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9:32PM on 10/13/2010
Cast your minds back to when they first announced the Ledger was going to be Joker. Ohhhh how everyone rubbished the idea and look how that turned out. Nolan is good at what he does. Trust him, he won't fail us......I Promise.
Cast your minds back to when they first announced the Ledger was going to be Joker. Ohhhh how everyone rubbished the idea and look how that turned out. Nolan is good at what he does. Trust him, he won't fail us......I Promise.
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9:09PM on 10/13/2010
awesome
awesome
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8:52PM on 10/13/2010

Pumped

Doesn't come as a shock. Hollywood types "keep it in the family" when working together. Not that this is a bad or shocking thing. Pumped for sure!
Doesn't come as a shock. Hollywood types "keep it in the family" when working together. Not that this is a bad or shocking thing. Pumped for sure!
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8:25PM on 10/13/2010
GREAT FUCKING NEWS can't for the life of me think of which character he'll do
GREAT FUCKING NEWS can't for the life of me think of which character he'll do
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7:34PM on 10/13/2010
Awesome. I can see him being the new, younger mob boss that takes the place from Falcone and Maroni in the first 2 movies. But I'm sure he'll be great no matter how he's cast.
Awesome. I can see him being the new, younger mob boss that takes the place from Falcone and Maroni in the first 2 movies. But I'm sure he'll be great no matter how he's cast.
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7:19PM on 10/13/2010

Pretty cool...

I wasn't too big on Inception, but Tom Hardy's character was pretty cool; it'll be interesting to see what character he'll play in the next Batman film.
I wasn't too big on Inception, but Tom Hardy's character was pretty cool; it'll be interesting to see what character he'll play in the next Batman film.
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6:46PM on 10/13/2010
Hardy is brilliant. Any part he gets, I'm sure he'll nail it.
Hardy is brilliant. Any part he gets, I'm sure he'll nail it.
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6:38PM on 10/13/2010

HAHAHA!

GREAT CALL! BRILLIANT!
GREAT CALL! BRILLIANT!
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6:08PM on 10/13/2010
This is Nolan's way. You love it or you hate it. Deal with it. He likes to put the same cast in his movies, whatever makes this third part epic is ok with me. And for that jerk who is thumbing down every guy who said that the addition of Hardy is a good idea, you can kiss my ass.
This is Nolan's way. You love it or you hate it. Deal with it. He likes to put the same cast in his movies, whatever makes this third part epic is ok with me. And for that jerk who is thumbing down every guy who said that the addition of Hardy is a good idea, you can kiss my ass.
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5:47PM on 10/13/2010
Excellent way to start off the casting of Nolan's Batman 3!
Excellent way to start off the casting of Nolan's Batman 3!
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5:45PM on 10/13/2010

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ROBIN!!!!!

yeah i was wondering when he was going to start blowing up on some big name movies
ROBIN!!!!!

yeah i was wondering when he was going to start blowing up on some big name movies
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5:14PM on 10/13/2010

To me, he'll always be...

Handsome Bob.

I have no doubt that he'll be great.
Handsome Bob.

I have no doubt that he'll be great.
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4:55PM on 10/13/2010

TOMMY ELLIOT

aka Hush.. calling it now
aka Hush.. calling it now
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5:46PM on 10/13/2010
hush doesn;t really work without the entire rogues gallery and a past robin...though it is the best fit, i agree
hush doesn;t really work without the entire rogues gallery and a past robin...though it is the best fit, i agree
7:27PM on 10/13/2010
Hush might work if the rouges were turned into gangsters a la "Long Halloween." Mash those two stories together, add some broth, Hardy, a potato, and baby, you got a stew goin'.
Hush might work if the rouges were turned into gangsters a la "Long Halloween." Mash those two stories together, add some broth, Hardy, a potato, and baby, you got a stew goin'.
4:53PM on 10/13/2010

Extra Tidbit: He's actually Bruce Wayne! Christian Bale is out! Just kidding.

Seriously, I bet Tom Hardy's Batman voice is better than Christian Bale's.
Seriously, I bet Tom Hardy's Batman voice is better than Christian Bale's.
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4:56PM on 10/13/2010
Bale's Batman voice is great. It's pretty much stripped right from the comics.
Bale's Batman voice is great. It's pretty much stripped right from the comics.
4:42PM on 10/13/2010
What? Nolan directs another overlong and boring Batman? No, thank you...
What? Nolan directs another overlong and boring Batman? No, thank you...
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4:55PM on 10/13/2010
I'd rather have a long and boring movie over the Joker dancing to fucking Prince.
I'd rather have a long and boring movie over the Joker dancing to fucking Prince.
4:09PM on 10/13/2010
As my Doctor would say, "FUCK YEA"

Great casting. There is no way any role he has could disapoint me.
As my Doctor would say, "FUCK YEA"

Great casting. There is no way any role he has could disapoint me.
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4:07PM on 10/13/2010

Expected Nothing Less

This is great news really.. but we've come to almost expected a stacked cast in Nolan movies.
This is great news really.. but we've come to almost expected a stacked cast in Nolan movies.
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4:07PM on 10/13/2010

Yes!

He'd be perfect for Black Mask or Deadshot
He'd be perfect for Black Mask or Deadshot
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4:05PM on 10/13/2010
Hopefully Hardy's the "Black Mask". I really do wish Cillian Murphy's "Scarecrow" is brought back. Scarecrow to me wasn't properly used in the Dark Knight. What a waist of a great bad guy.
Hopefully Hardy's the "Black Mask". I really do wish Cillian Murphy's "Scarecrow" is brought back. Scarecrow to me wasn't properly used in the Dark Knight. What a waist of a great bad guy.
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3:54PM on 10/13/2010

yess!!!

awesome news! i had a feeling he'd be cast in this movie!
awesome news! i had a feeling he'd be cast in this movie!
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3:51PM on 10/13/2010

YES!

Just when I thought it couldn't get any better. Now just announce that he's playing Black Mask.
Just when I thought it couldn't get any better. Now just announce that he's playing Black Mask.
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4:04PM on 10/13/2010
Yes, I couldn't agree with you more.
Yes, I couldn't agree with you more.
3:43PM on 10/13/2010
Today is a GREAT DAY!
I got part of my halloween costume in the mail along with Beauty and the Beast on DVD. I look good today
and NOW this! =D
Today is a GREAT DAY!
I got part of my halloween costume in the mail along with Beauty and the Beast on DVD. I look good today
and NOW this! =D
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3:26PM on 10/13/2010
I love him and everything, but I think I'll wait to see who he's cast as before I scream how great Nolan is at casting.
(But he really is amazing.)
P.S. He could be Robin.
I love him and everything, but I think I'll wait to see who he's cast as before I scream how great Nolan is at casting.
(But he really is amazing.)
P.S. He could be Robin.
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3:40PM on 10/13/2010
Actually wait, screw it. Nolan is amazing at everything, no matter what he's cast as he's going to be good.
P.P.S. He should be Robin.
Actually wait, screw it. Nolan is amazing at everything, no matter what he's cast as he's going to be good.
P.P.S. He should be Robin.
3:24PM on 10/13/2010
Can't wait to see who he's playing and I wonder if he'll use his accent or not.
Can't wait to see who he's playing and I wonder if he'll use his accent or not.
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3:21PM on 10/13/2010

Chris Can Do No Wrong!!!

This guy is 10 times the better actor Sam Worthington is.If you all haven't seen "BRONSON" go check it out.Especially if you are a fan of "A CLOCKWORK ORANGE".Great casting news!
This guy is 10 times the better actor Sam Worthington is.If you all haven't seen "BRONSON" go check it out.Especially if you are a fan of "A CLOCKWORK ORANGE".Great casting news!
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3:13PM on 10/13/2010
hes a great actor who i can really see making a memorable villain, this is great news. personally id like to see him play Deadshot, but if they really are going with the Riddler i think hed make a good Riddler too.
hes a great actor who i can really see making a memorable villain, this is great news. personally id like to see him play Deadshot, but if they really are going with the Riddler i think hed make a good Riddler too.
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2:59PM on 10/13/2010

Hardy great in Inception

He'll be great in the next Bats, no matter what role he's playing.
He'll be great in the next Bats, no matter what role he's playing.
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2:42PM on 10/13/2010
Imagine if hes Robyn.. That would be shit. Awesome actor though, probably be a villain and Im sure hell be good.
Imagine if hes Robyn.. That would be shit. Awesome actor though, probably be a villain and Im sure hell be good.
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2:42PM on 10/13/2010
Great addition to the movie. He kicked ass in "Inception". I doubt he is goint to play the riddler. I think if he were, we wouldn't be hearing about this casting as of yet. My best bet is he will be playing a cop that goes after Batman. I'm still pulling for Michael C. Hall to become The Riddler.
Great addition to the movie. He kicked ass in "Inception". I doubt he is goint to play the riddler. I think if he were, we wouldn't be hearing about this casting as of yet. My best bet is he will be playing a cop that goes after Batman. I'm still pulling for Michael C. Hall to become The Riddler.
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6:41PM on 10/13/2010
This isn't Spiderman. Not every minor character ends up becoming a villain at some point or another.
This isn't Spiderman. Not every minor character ends up becoming a villain at some point or another.
11:26PM on 10/13/2010
GuerillaOntology, you are getting your Hall's mixed up here. Anthony Michael Hall is who you are thinking of and Michael C. Hall is the dude that plays Dexter.
GuerillaOntology, you are getting your Hall's mixed up here. Anthony Michael Hall is who you are thinking of and Michael C. Hall is the dude that plays Dexter.
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2:33PM on 10/13/2010
Considering how TDK ended both with Batman being "hunted" and Gotham's underworld without a head, I could totally see Hardy in the role of Deadshot. If not as a "main" villain than a distraction hired by someone like The Penguin.
Considering how TDK ended both with Batman being "hunted" and Gotham's underworld without a head, I could totally see Hardy in the role of Deadshot. If not as a "main" villain than a distraction hired by someone like The Penguin.
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2:32PM on 10/13/2010
He was awesome in Inception and would be great in Batman 3
He was awesome in Inception and would be great in Batman 3
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2:28PM on 10/13/2010

great choice

for all we know he could be Bane - in Nolan's semirealism Bane probably wouldn't be 300 pounds, but as muscular and skilled as Bruce. He could be Black Mask, I guess he could be Riddler... or maybe Hush. All I know - great fuckin' choice for either role
for all we know he could be Bane - in Nolan's semirealism Bane probably wouldn't be 300 pounds, but as muscular and skilled as Bruce. He could be Black Mask, I guess he could be Riddler... or maybe Hush. All I know - great fuckin' choice for either role
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2:21PM on 10/13/2010

Excellent

But is it only me who sees him as Harvey Bullock rather than the big bad? Part of the plot has gotta be the cops going after Batman, so maybe it's a good point to bring him in. I'm sure he could pull off The Riddler, but deep down, I'm still rooting for David Tennant to get that...
But is it only me who sees him as Harvey Bullock rather than the big bad? Part of the plot has gotta be the cops going after Batman, so maybe it's a good point to bring him in. I'm sure he could pull off The Riddler, but deep down, I'm still rooting for David Tennant to get that...
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2:13PM on 10/13/2010
Hey, if he WAS to replace Bale, I could probably live with it. I'm more interested in him right now than I am in seeing JGL join the franchise. Just think Hardy could fit a little better.
Hey, if he WAS to replace Bale, I could probably live with it. I'm more interested in him right now than I am in seeing JGL join the franchise. Just think Hardy could fit a little better.
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2:12PM on 10/13/2010
How is this news...? It was reported THREE months ago that DiCaprio, Levitt and Hardy are going to be in the movie.
How is this news...? It was reported THREE months ago that DiCaprio, Levitt and Hardy are going to be in the movie.
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2:14PM on 10/13/2010
Don't get your panties in a bunch or anything.
Don't get your panties in a bunch or anything.
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2:11PM on 10/13/2010
Can't stand that guy... Was so out of place in Inception.
But then again, I don't care for anything Nolan either (most overhyped/rated director ever), so...
Can't stand that guy... Was so out of place in Inception.
But then again, I don't care for anything Nolan either (most overhyped/rated director ever), so...
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2:56PM on 10/13/2010
Well at least you like Breaking Bad . . .
Well at least you like Breaking Bad . . .
3:32PM on 10/13/2010
bryan cranston cannot even save this man
bryan cranston cannot even save this man
6:40PM on 10/13/2010
Impossible for anyone to be the most overhyped/rated director ever when James Cameron exists.
Impossible for anyone to be the most overhyped/rated director ever when James Cameron exists.
2:10PM on 10/13/2010

!!!

There are no words to describe how happy I am right now.
There are no words to describe how happy I am right now.
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