The Dark Knight Rises
The Dark Knight Rises, the third installment in Christopher Nolan’s Batman series, has cast two of its main characters.
The lovely Anne Hathaway (Get Smart, The Devil Wears Prada) has been cast as Selena Kyle, a.k.a. Catwoman, and Tom Hardy (who worked with Chris Nolan in Inception) has been cast as Bane.
I’m very interested to see how Nolan and company handle these two characters. Everybody was nervous when Heath Ledger was cast as the Joker, and look how that turned out. I’m hoping that Selena Kyle is seen as a sort of sidekick/pain-in-Batman’s-ass, like she’s often portrayed in the comics. She should be a cat burglar who ends up helping Batman in the end.
Bane, on the other hand, will likely be the film’s main villain. In the comics, Bane is an ultra-intelligent, supremely strong bad guy who is seen as a dark-mirror version of Batman. He is classically-educated, and speaks several languages, but is unfortunately addicted to a steroids-like drug that causes him to basically roid-rage. At one point in the comics, he allies himself with Rahs al-Ghul, who of course was the main villain in Batman Begins. Perhaps that connection will be played up in the next film?
Filming is set to start in May, and The Dark Knight Rises will be released in theaters on July 18, 2012.