Catwoman and Bane Named the Next Batman Villains: Anne Hathaway and Tom Hardy set to take on the caped crusader in “The Dark Knight Rises”

19 Jan

Anne Hathaway gets tapped as the new CatwomanToday, after months, years even, of intense internet speculation, Warner Bros. has announced that Catwoman and Bane will be the next villains to take on Batman in Christopher Nolan’s third and final installment of the popular franchise reboot. But while Nolan announced months ago that his Inception star Tom Hardy would have a major role in the next film, titled The Dark Knight Rises, the other big news came today with word  that Anne Hathaway would star as “Selina Kyle”, the alter-ego of Batman’s on-again, off-again girlfriend, Catwoman. While the official press release from the studio never specifically mentions “Catwoman” by name, we can only assume we’ll see a leather-clad Hathaway at some point in this movie. Here’s the official word from Warner Bros.:

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.

Now, Tom Hardy as Bane? We had other, better ideas of what to do with him, but we can go with it. Anne Hathaway as Catwoman? No, no, a million times NO! First of all, Nolan ending his career-making franchise run with a cheesy and bizarre Batman/Bruce Wayne/Catwoman love triangle just sits a little uneasy with us, but to cast Hathaway as one of the centerpiece characters?! To put it nicely, this site used to have a “No Anne Hathaway” policy, but with her recent ubiquitous presence in Hollywood, we grudgingly had to change that, in a bittersweet decision that left this writer contemplating giving up movies for good.

However, as we’ve said time and time again, you have to trust a director who has proven time and time again that they know what they’re doing. The Coen Brothers, David Fincher and Steven Spielberg (before Indy 4) were all on that list, and after the first two Batman installments, and last summer’s Inception, Christopher Nolan gets the same treatment. But we’d be remiss to give him carte blanche without adding our two cents, so Chris, after today’s announcement, we’re only officially signing off on 1 of the 4 decisions made:

  1. Tom Hardy – Yes
  2. Bane – Eh…
  3. Catwoman – No!
  4. Anne Hathaway – (blech) Hey, what’s Julie Newmar doing these days…?

The original catwoman

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2 Responses to “Catwoman and Bane Named the Next Batman Villains: Anne Hathaway and Tom Hardy set to take on the caped crusader in “The Dark Knight Rises””

  1. JOE HIPPERSON January 21, 2011 at 11:15 am #

    We’ve seen the best (BATMAN RETURNS) and the worst (CATWOMAN) interpretations of the famous feline. The only way that this will work is if CATWOMAN is handled very straight. What I mean is–not what we’ve seen before. I like the idea of a catwoman character who is unknowingly used as a pawn by another villain. Not sure if they’ll take that approach. It has to be said that they’re missing a HUGE opportunity by ignoring MR. REESE and bouncing the idea of his arc going to The Riddler.

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  2. Roger Schmit July 30, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

    Your picture of Cat Woman laying on her belly from the late 60’s is Lee Meriweather, Not Julie Newmar…..People seem to forget that Lee played Cat woman a few times too…

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