The mystery surrounding the villains for Christoper Nolan’s third Batman flick has finally been cleared up thanks to an official Warner Bros press release. So who’s it gonna be?
Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman and, surprisingly, Tom Hardy as the beefy, Luchador-esque criminal that famously broke Batman’s back in the early ’90s Knightfall storyline.
Check out the full press release after the break.
BURBANK, CA, January 19, 2011 – Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Anne Hathaway has been cast as Selina Kyle in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises.” She will be starring alongside Christian Bale, who returns in the title role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. Christopher Nolan stated, “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Anne Hathaway, who will be a fantastic addition to our ensemble as we complete our story.”
In addition, Tom Hardy has been set to play Bane. Nolan said, “I am delighted to be working with Tom again and excited to watch him bring to life our new interpretation of one of Batman’s most formidable enemies.” Nolan will direct the film from a screenplay he wrote with Jonathan Nolan, from a story by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer. Nolan will also produce the film with his longtime producing partner, Emma Thomas, and Charles Roven.
“The Dark Knight Rises” is slated for release on July 20, 2012. The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
We’re not sure what to make of this just yet, but I’m fairly confident in the knowledge that the seemingly odd addition of Bane will fare far better than it did in the epically horrible Batman & Robin.