Hathaway set for Catwoman in ‘Dark Knight Rises,’ Hardy confirmed as Bane

Posted by · 10:24 am · January 19th, 2011

I feel compelled to pass this along in the midst of the usual Oscar talk because, well, you know me.

I looks like Anne Hathaway has been confirmed for the role of Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman) in Christopher Nolan’s final Batman chapter, “The Dark Knight Rises.” Tom Hardy, meanwhile, who was cast in an unnamed role a few months back, has been confirmed for the role of Bane.

Yep, “Batman Returns” and “Batman & Robin” in one movie, despite a bevy of villains that could have been much more intriguing in this new direction the character has taken.  On top of which, as much as I love Hathaway, I don’t like her for Kyle.  At all.  But you know what they say about opinions…

Anyway, on Hardy (who was speculated for the role of Dr. Hugo Strange in a take on the “Prey” storyline), I’m equal parts intrigued and disappointed by the character choice.  Bane was infamously misused in Joel Schumacher’s 1997 craptastic vision, but if you’re looking to close out your trilogy (and three is as far as Nolan ever planned to take it), Bane is a nice character to use — if you’re faithful.

Bane, of course, first appeared in the lead-up to the major “Knightfall” storyline of 1993.  The character was an orphan born and raised in a Central America prison who underwent an operation to transform him into a supersoldier.  He therefore juices on a substance called “venom,” which turns him into a hulking Blanka-like beast.  Enough 90s references for you?

Anyway, Bane frees all of the Arkham Asylum inmates, which Batman naturally tracks down one by one, exhausting him over a six-month period.  Just when our hero is at his weakest, Bane strikes and, in a moment that made the DC sky seem like it was falling just half a year after Superman had “died” at the hands of Doomsday, he breaks the Dark Knight’s back right over his knee.

Yeah, we got none of that in Schumacher’s take.  Just some comic relief.  So let’s hope we get more, and some psychological torment to boot, from Nolan this time around.  And there’s much more to that story, too, so who knows what other aspects may be utilized, or how Catwoman will be brought into that folkd?  Meanwhile, one unique and interesting characterization of Bane as of late was in the video game “Batman: Arkham Asylum.”  I’d love to see that play out in a film.

Anyway, grist for the mill.  Back to our regularly scheduled Oscar programming.

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  • 1 1-19-2011 at 2:22 pm

    Marc R. said...

    Don’t wanna be a stickler Kris, but when will we see the top ten shots of the year column. And also, could you give us a hint as to what one of the shots is?

    Oh and Anne Hathaway as catwomen: ????

  • 2 1-19-2011 at 3:02 pm

    Graysmith said...

    All your dicks are gonna fall off seeing Hathaway in a Catwoman suit.

  • 3 1-19-2011 at 3:18 pm

    SJG said...

    I agree that Anne Hathaway seems like a pretty insipid choice for Catwoman.

    My favorite suggestions thus far have been Marion Cotillard and Mila Kunis.

    For some reason, though, the only woman I think could pull of the sexiness as well as the neuroticism of Selina Kyle is–and perhaps this is weird–Chloe Sevigny.

  • 4 1-19-2011 at 3:33 pm

    RyanT said...

    @Mike @Hans – I didn’t think about Cameron when I wrote the thing about Meryl being Batman, but it must’ve been in my subconscious since I’m a huge fan of Modern Family. Hilarious.

  • 5 1-19-2011 at 3:36 pm

    ninja said...

    Cotillard is pregnant so out of question. Kunis would`ve been great but they are probably saving her for Lois Lane. I just can`t imagine that she won`t land some high-profile role in a comic book franchise and Lois is the highest-profile that`s left save MJ Watson in Spiderman reboot. But Hathaway is great choice. Girl`s gorgous, c`mon now.

    Hardy is the one to see this movie for, though.

  • 6 1-19-2011 at 4:01 pm

    Glenn said...

    “Hathaway is such an uninspired choice.”

    How is casting one of biggest names in the business “inspired”? The rumours of Marion Cotillard or Cher would have been far more inspired.

    The press release I read only said she was cast as Selena Kyle… could this be a Billy Dee Williams/Harvey Dent in “Batman” situation? I almost hope it is purely because I can’t stand the thought of another Catwoman. I’m sure she’ll be fine, but in a Jessica Lange and Alec Baldwin starring in a made-for-TV remake of “Streetcar Named Desire” kinda way.

  • 7 1-19-2011 at 4:51 pm

    /3rtfu11 said...

    If there’s any disappointment to be had it’s the choice of the villains not the actors. Nolan sucks when casting women because he’s not invested in them.

  • 8 1-19-2011 at 5:02 pm

    eurocheese said...

    I think this is a great chance to see Anne stretch. Nolan seems to know what he wants in his actors, and I’m excited to see why he picked her.

  • 9 1-19-2011 at 5:20 pm

    tony rock said...

    Why are people so against Hathaway? She’s never given a bad performance. So what, you’ve all forgotten about Rachel Getting Married?

  • 10 1-19-2011 at 5:48 pm

    Plainview said...

    I do think Cotillard was the best choice, but there were rumors that she turned down the role, and besides, she’s pregnant and wouldn’t be able to do it.

    Anne Hattaway wouldn’t be the first one to come to my mind, but it’s not a terrible choice. I can see her pulling it off.

  • 11 1-19-2011 at 6:17 pm

    Chris138 said...

    “Hathaway is such an uninspired choice.”

    How is casting one of biggest names in the business “inspired”?

    (You might want to read the quotation over again)

  • 12 1-19-2011 at 9:00 pm

    Pete said...

    Hathaway as Catwoman? They should have cast Jesse Eisenberg as Bane to fit in. LOL! Hathaway seems so soft and the typical girl next door with average looks. I don’t see her as Selina Kyle at all.

  • 13 1-19-2011 at 9:02 pm

    Pete said...

    Would loved to have seen Eva Green get this role, but oh well, we all don’t know what the story is so it’s moot trying to decipher what this casting really means or how it fits… because we don’t know the story. Nolan does.

  • 14 1-19-2011 at 9:05 pm

    Pete said...


    Having a little trouble reading English, Glenn? It said “uninspired.”

  • 15 1-20-2011 at 1:11 am

    Pete said...

    TO KRIS:

    You say, “Batman Returns and Batman and Robin in one film.” That’s an ignorant statement. A statement that would come from a small-minded film/batman/comic geek. You know why? Because Nolan is a filmmaker, not a consumer. He is and has said numerous times that he is NOT reactive at all to things that have come before. That means he just goes where his mind takes him, ignoring any previous incarnations of the character. I’m pretty damn sure he hasn’t even seen Batman Returns or Batman and Robin. So when he chooses the characters he does – he does so because that’s where the story takes him. He could care less about crappy films he probably hasn’t seen.

  • 16 1-20-2011 at 1:12 am

    Pete said...

    By the way, Batman Returns and Batman and Robin are the two worst films ever made in the history of movies.

  • 17 1-20-2011 at 5:57 am

    Mark said...

    Batman Returns is excellent. And i’m pretty sure Chris Nolan will have seen it.

  • 18 1-20-2011 at 6:50 am

    Chris said...

    This is seriously fucked.
    Anne Hathaway over Halle Berry?

  • 19 1-20-2011 at 10:59 am

    Jack Wyle said...

    @ Pete:

    Admittedly, Batman Returns is not everyone’s cup-of-tea, but at least it has its advocates.

    Batman & Robin, so far as I can tell, has none.

  • 20 1-20-2011 at 11:37 am

    Maxim said...

    How bad can Batman & Robin be if it’s still better than Batman Begins?

  • 21 1-20-2011 at 1:10 pm

    Jack Wyle said...

    @ Maxim:

    Adam West, is that you?

  • 22 1-20-2011 at 7:07 pm

    The Q-Mann said...

    @ Maxim:

    Even if you’re kidding, you’re going to hell.

  • 23 1-20-2011 at 11:32 pm

    Pete said...

    TO MARK:

    Well, Chris Nolan, in an interview, quite classy in his remarks, displayed his distaste for Tim Burton’s first Batman. So if he is not a fan of Burton’s first Batman, he certainly won’t be of Batman Returns. He said that he found Batman (1989) extremely stylized and idiosyncratic. LOL! I can only imagine what he must think of Batman Returns if he thought Batman (1989) was highly stylized and idiosyncratic.

  • 24 1-21-2011 at 2:16 am

    Eunice said...

    @Chris, did you see what happened when Halle Berry took the role? Enough said.

    I don’t know why people are all so up in arms about Hathaway. Nolan may have had some casting issues (or well, what people perceive as casting issues), but when it comes to characters, he gives them enough edges or nuances, that we might not expect from an actor. Honestly, I don’t think anyone of us anticipated that Joseph Gordon Levitt will be on a zero-gravity fight scene after 500 Days of Summer, or that Heath Ledger would be the best Joker of all time.

    (Or that Ben Affleck could bounce from the epic disaster that was Gigli, but that’s a whole new ballgame.)

    Hey, for all we know, the next time we see Anne Hathaway, she’ll be buff and kickass in the Catwoman suit–if they’re going that route. If I’m not mistaken, Catwoman has been portrayed as an antihero, and given how Batman is one (at least at this point), it’s interesting to see how they would interact, collide, and form a working/romantic relationship.

    All I’m saying is that even given a filmography, we can’t predict these kinds of things. Actors shine through with good direction, good writing, and good cast members, and I believe Nolan has no shortage of the three. Let’s not make preliminary judgments if we don’t know the story or the treatment. Just sayin’.

    Given ‘Bronson’, Hardy’s choice is inspired–I’m interested to see how Bane will be played out, given his backstory.

    If there’s anything we should be worried about, it’s the growling Batman that Nolan should ease up a bit on. I don’t think it really won anyone over.

  • 25 1-21-2011 at 8:27 am

    Chris G. said...

    Has anyone considered the fact that one of the reasons Anne Hathaway landed the role is because she’s considered to be such a “girl next door” type? When we see her as Catwoman, it will probably be edgy, and because it’s so far removed from her public impression/personality, we’ll be seing Catwoman, and not as much Anne Hathaway as Catwoman.

    Kind of the same story with Ledger probably. No one “saw” him as the Joker, simply because he’d never played a villain and had done a lot of comedy and indie drama.

    As far as I know, Anne hasn’t ever played a villain before. I bet she gave one hell of a performance in casting, and this will be the role that changes her image, much like Ennis/Joker did for Ledger.

    They’re both phenomenal actors. And the proof is in their works, even when you don’t count Rachel/Brokeback/TDK.

    Just wait and see.

  • 26 1-21-2011 at 5:24 pm

    Glenn said...

    Indeed. My mistake. :)