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.

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2 responses

  1. Sir Joseph

    I feel like I’m in the same mindset as you, but Nolan killed Ras in the first movie, I doubt he’ll be brought back since no mention of the Lazarus pit was made in “Begins”. On that note I’ll move on to Selina Kyle, another way Nolan might take this is in the romantic sense, Batman Hush really played on the chemistry between the Dark Knight and the Feline Femme Fatale. As for Bane’s role in all of this, he isn’t always played as an intellectual, in action comics he was first portrayed as a simpleton criminal who bumbles into a science experiment, playing guinea pig, supplying him with retard strength. So who knows where this is going? Certaintly not me, but with the wild success Nolans made with this franchise, it’s safe to say it’ll be decent at least and amazing at best!!!

    January 20, 2011 at 6:21 am

    • I was not suggesting that Ras would be be coming back, i was merely suggesting that he’d be mentioned as a former member of his syndicate, or a former lieutenant come back for revenge. Or, perhaps there’ll be a connection with Talia? Who knows, but i have faith that this will be handled with the utmost diligence.

      January 21, 2011 at 12:01 am

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