Tom Hardy cast in Nolan’s next Batman film

Posted by · 10:53 am · October 13th, 2010

I kind of don’t like calling it “Batman 3,” but in any case, Mike Fleming is reporting at Deadline that Tom Hardy, star of Christopher Nolan’s “Inception,” has been cast in a “lead role” in the sequel to 2008’s “The Dark Knight.”

Naturally, “insiders are keeping the role secret and won’t even say if he’s up for a villain role, but that seems a reasonable assumption,” Fleming writes.  I find myself wondering.  I heard an interesting theory (there are many surrounding these films) some time ago that Hardy would be an intriguing choice for actor Basil Karlo, aka Clayface (given his actorly role in “Inception”).  All talk, of course.

There is also discussion that, solely based on the fact that the film is shooting in New Orleans, the villain might be bayou-centric…Killer Croc.  I’d frankly be all about that if they could pull it off.  Part of me wants this third film to embrace the heightened reality of the universe, rather than boil too much further into realism.  Supernatural elements could be done in a classy fashion, I think.

The most likely rumor to be circulated from here will be that Hardy will play The Riddler, since most think that will be our next villain.  The more I think about it, the more I want something fresher.  Karlo, Croc, maybe even Roman Sionis/Black Mask (which can be done realistically, I think).

Furthermore, I Tweeted last night something I know won’t happen (given how precious Nolan wants to keep the Batman universe, virginal, removed from the rest of DC — which I agree with in principle but the fact is it’s not the case), but I think it would be kind of badass to introduce Superman briefly, really briefly, toward the end of this film and then carry him over into his own franchise.  It’s lazy to think they can’t inhabit the same terrain, I think, and it would be intriguing as hell.  It doesn’t have to be a “vs.” kind of thing, but…

…ah screw it.  I’m done geeking out for now.  It’s just nice to know casting is getting off on the right foot.

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  • 1 10-13-2010 at 4:25 pm

    Carson Dyle said...

    Catwoman can be done right if you basically use the character as someone who is inspired by Batman but doesn’t follow his “one rule.” Burton touched upon it briefly, but it was just a passing thing.

    I think Nolan is basically going to be going deeper into the “how Batman inspires Gotham” thing, because that’s one of the few ways you can have a satisfactory wrap-up to the trilogy.

    I like the idea of a Clark Kent cameo as a journalist at the end of Batman Trois.

    And yes, Cillian Murphy gave the best supporting performance in Inception.

  • 2 10-13-2010 at 4:33 pm

    Clayton said...

    I suppose we’d be jumping to conclusions about the supposed use of Killer Croc in the film, as their reasoning for shooting in New Orleans may just be the tax breaks. Didn’t Green Lantern (also a WB production) just finish filming in that area?

    Regardless, I hope not too much of the film takes place outside of Gotham. I mean, the first flick in the franchise already spent a good deal of its first act in an icy mountainous area, away from any dark cityscapes.

  • 3 10-13-2010 at 4:34 pm

    Jack said...

    I think the fun thing about Tom Hardy being cast is that he’s so versatile that he could be playing literally anybody.

    It’s almost as if we know less than we did before.

  • 4 10-13-2010 at 4:56 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Duncan: Who said he needs to use a green screen to have Superman do a walk-on?

  • 5 10-13-2010 at 4:56 pm

    caro said...

    @jack:tom Hardy can’t be Wayne’s love interest! LOL

    and my fav in Inception was Cillian Murphy(but he was “very bruce wayne”)

  • 6 10-13-2010 at 5:00 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    And yes, it’s all about tax breaks. People were jumping to conclusions on Croc. He still could be in it, obviously, but as you say, WB is just utilizing the area lately.

  • 7 10-13-2010 at 5:31 pm

    Jack Wyle said...

    It seems to me the inclusion of Robin is misplaced- both where Nolan’s involvement is concerned as well as Batman/Bruce Wayne’s development.

    In the comics, Robin is introduced in “Year 3” or during a period in Bruce’s life where he is going off the deep-end; his crusade is getting the best of him. Nowhere is this better demonstrated than when a gang of street punks roughs Batman up a bit and Alfred appears to punctuate Bruce’s reckless aggression by saying, “You used to think with your mind, not your fists.”

    It seems to me that the inclusion of Robin would work well in a 4th Batman film. This, of course, depends on where Nolan leaves the character after “3,” but I think Bruce needs to further go off the deep end before a Robin becomes necessary. Thus, I don’t think Hardy has anything to do with Robin.

    As for Kris’ suggestion that Superman/Clark Kent appear at the end: it sounds like a cool novelty, but a novelty nonetheless. Nolan’s endings to BB and TDK were jaw-dropping. The end of B3 needs to leave audiences in a similar fashion. Because it is likely the end of Nolan’s involvement with the character, it also needs to have some degree of resolution for the character. Throwing Superman into the ending would be a short-sighted marketing move for the up-coming Superman film and would dilute what I’m guessing would be an otherwise epic ending to the Batman saga. People should leave B3 talking about the film’s greatness- not about, “Hey, cool! Superman!”

  • 8 10-13-2010 at 6:00 pm

    Glenn said...

    Catwoman has been done 100% perfectly already. We do NOT need another version of it unless it’s like that crazy Cher-as-older-retired-Catwoman rumour. Although I would love a female villain for a change, Nolan is just not that good with the women in his films (bar maybe Cotillard in “Inception”, and even then she’s far from nomination-worthy.)

  • 9 10-13-2010 at 6:14 pm

    Daniel said...

    Somewhat off topic, but the villain in spider-man will be the lizard :D

  • 10 10-13-2010 at 7:41 pm

    Chad Hartigan said...

    Am I the only person who liked The Dark Knight enough to NOT want a sequel?

  • 11 10-13-2010 at 7:52 pm

    James D. said...

    No, I agree with that, Chad. Personally, I found Batman Begins dreadful. Without the Joker, I can only see bad things.

  • 12 10-13-2010 at 8:04 pm

    Pete said...

    Kris: I see your enthusiasm for Superman and Batman to exist in the same world on screen. But Nolan won’t have it. He has even stated that he wants to keep them separate. I believe, maybe in another franchise, it can be done.

  • 13 10-13-2010 at 8:06 pm

    Pete said...

    Jett from Batman on Film said that WB is looking at New Orleans for soundstage work. They are looking to move the soundstage stuff from London to New Orleans; it will cut the budget down quite a bit. But Nolan is not too fond of it. This shoots down that silly Killer Croc Rumor. New Orleans has nothing to do with it.

  • 14 10-13-2010 at 8:17 pm

    al b. said...

    I think the only way Superman can be brought in is with a post-credits scene. Whether it’s a cameo, or if there a very mention of anything Superman-related within the main narrative itself… well Jack Wyle said it best, it would dilute the ending to a potentially great movie.

  • 15 10-13-2010 at 8:57 pm

    MattyD. said...

    I think anyone who has seen ‘Bronson’ can attest to Hardy’s ability to be both wickedly charming and batshit insane in one character. I feel like much of what he did in that film is similar to what Ledger did with The Joker in ‘The Dark Knight’, albeit made Bronson much more human.

    I am surprised by the casting, but should’ve seen it coming all along!

  • 16 10-13-2010 at 10:36 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I don’t think Superman would dilute anything nor would he be a mere “novelty.” I think, as I stated, the character could be used thematically and brilliantly.

    Pete: I’m well aware of Nolan’s statements. As I said, it won’t happen. But it probably should.

  • 17 10-13-2010 at 10:48 pm

    Derek 8-Track said...


    “It could be done. Perhaps Superman doesn’t reveal himself to the world until the end of this film. Would make a poetic sort of “I’m not needed anymore” moment for Batman.”

    While I love that I would also love this…

    Superman just revealed himself to the world 3 or so months before the end of this film. Supes comes up to Batman and says ‘hey buddy I’m a sweet invincible alien who can take over for you here.’
    Batman says “All I needed was a few cents for a book of matches to get rid the one from Mars. I just bought a $70,000 piece of radioactive meteor for you. GET THE FUCK OUTTA MY CITY!”

  • 18 10-14-2010 at 12:02 am

    A.J said...

    He could play any gangster villain in the Batman Universe and fit in perfectly. There are a lot that are barely supernatural, if at all. Tim Burton ruined the Penguin for general audiences. He’s just supposed to be some gangster and could easily fit into the films but Danny DeVito had to be raised by Penguins for some reason…

  • 19 10-14-2010 at 12:33 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    Glenn is right about Catwoman. Hale Berry nailed the character in a downright comic-book adaptation classic.


  • 20 10-14-2010 at 12:50 am

    Tye-Grr said...

    LMFAO! Some of these responses are HILARIOUS! I’m glad I read through all of this.

    Whoever Hardy is playing (though I highly doubt it’s either Killer Croc or Robin, especially Robin) he’ll be great, I’m sure. And I’m with those who want a prominent female in the cast, and I’d love to see Cotillard work with Nolan again.

  • 21 10-16-2010 at 11:32 am

    Corran Horn said...

    Mr. Gittes: Actually, I too think Cillian gave the best supporting performance, though both Cotillard and Hardy came very close.

    Admittledly, I know next to nothing about the Bat-universe apart from what has been shown in movies or the animated series. However, from what I’ve read elsewhere, there’s one villain Hardy would be perfect for: Hush.

    Granted, he isn’t a well-known villain, but his bio is definitely one of the more intriguing.