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First Image of Batman Villain: Tom Hardy as ‘Bane’ picture revealed

23 May

For a weekend that was supposed to see the world end, not much happened…unless you’re a huge Batman nerd like us and stumbled across this, the first picture released of new villain ‘Bane’ played by Tom Hardy for the third and final installment in Christopher Nolan’s trilogy, set to be titled The Dark Knight Rises:

In a case of knock-out viral marketing, the studio introduced the official Dark Knight Rises website a few days ago, with a simple cryptic audio clip of non-descript chanting over an all black background. But leave it to the folks over at JoBlo.com to get to the bottom of it, and worked their sources to reveal a hidden message in the chant (a Twitter hashtag that spelled out #TheFireRises), that ultimately revealed the picture: a muscular Hardy with shaved head and facemask. For those ignorant to the Bane lore in the Batman universe (don’t worry, you’re not alone), the super-villain is super-intelligent and super-strong, due to a serum called “venom” that is pumped directly to his brain. Hardy looks like he put on some major weight and turned it all into muscle to play the role of the only man who broke the Bat’s back, and hopefully the picture ensures that for the movie, no extra effects will be added to make ‘Bane’ bigger than life, as Hardy looks pretty big as it is. The biggest mistake Nolan could make would to be to camp it up and have any resemblance to Joel Schumacher’s Batman and Robin version. But judging from the previous two films, we’re confident that Nolan will shoot the subject matter through a realistic lens, and despite that we disagree on who the villain should be, we’re really looking forward to this next installment with the Caped Crusader.

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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…?

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‘The Dark Knight Rises’: Christopher Nolan gives a name to Batman 3; rules out The Riddler

28 Oct

For the first time since The Dark Knight hit theaters and began the buzz circulating around how Christopher Nolan was going to end his Batman trilogy, we finally get a break and hear the normally tight-lipped director open up (just a little) with details surrounding the film. In a conversation with the LA Times fanboy blog Hero Complex, Nolan gave us the title of the film, The Dark Knight Rises, and in even bigger news, let slip that the next villain would not be The Riddler, as many blogs had been speculating.    

With this breaking news, talk of who the next Batman villain would be scorched up the trending charts, and knowing that Nolan cast Tom Hardy, his Inception star, in a major role, speculation has been in overdrive over the past day. We are still sticking with our pick that Deadshot will be your next Batman villain, even more so now when we think about how well the British Hardy could pull off the dapper assassin. Rumors are swirling that he may be taking on the role of “Det. Harvey Bullock,” but as we now know, any rumors surrounding the ultra secretive Nolan, until confirmed, will always be just that – rumors.

Other news that Nolan dished out was that he would once again shoot in IMAX, rather than jump on the 3D bandwagon (thank God!), but we expected such a move from this classy director. Sorry to James Cameron, but 3D seems to be a gimmick only good for kid movies and schlock; Nolan’s Batman is a bit more high-brow than that. Expect to see more news trickle out as the Batman frenzy hits a fever-pitch.

News From the “No Duh” File: Christopher Nolan announces he will direct third and final Batman film

30 Sep

Returning to the Batcave (finally!)

Did we need an official word from director Christopher Nolan that he will return to direct his third and last Batman film? No, but we “officially” got it today, as Nolan told Empire Magazine that he will be returning to wrap up the already legendary trilogy he started with Batman Begins, and continued with The Dark Knight. Still no word on the villain, or if a script is even locked down, but maybe we should just be happy that the Inception maestro is back to thinking Bat-thoughts.

The surprising news, however, is that Nolan is tagged as producer for a new Superman movie, developing a story with Batman Begins writer David S. Goyer, with rumors circulating that Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), Matt Reeves (Let Me In), Tony Scott (Enemy of the State) and Zack Snyder (Watchmen) possibly being considered to helm. With Aronofsky long rumored to head the Batman franchise (before Nolan won the job), one gets to thinking what would happen if the two actually did team up on a superhero movie. But would a dark and gritty Superman movie work? One hand doesn’t fit all gloves. We’ll watch this one develop with bated breath. Stay tuned….

The Next Batman Villain?

14 Sep

Now that there’s names and numbers in the speculation to who the next Batman villain will be, and who will be cast to play them, it’s time to revisit the much talked about topic – who do you think should be the next villain in the third, and most likely last, Christopher Nolan Batman movie? Looking at the Rogues Gallery, there are quite a few to choose from, but we just know that Killer Croc is a bit too “fantastic” for Nolan’s gritty, realistic Gotham City. Here’s a list of probables, and why or why not they’ll make the cut.

The Riddler: Already the front runner in the blogosphere, The Riddler, or Edward Nigma, is a prime choice for the villain in the third film. With no unbelievable super powers, he’s a real human with a supernatural brain, and he could easily work to fit into Nolan’s universe. With speculation fever-pitching over who will play him, Joseph Gordon-Levitt or Johnny Depp, many of the fans have already seemed to accept him as the next choice, but don’t expect Nolan to go with such a safe, well-known character to complete the third act in this already classic series.

The Penguin: Burgess Meredith epitomized the role for the screen, and Danny DeVito worked to destroy it, but as it stands, The Penguin could be re-imagined as a crime kingpin dandy who just happens to be short, and has a bizarre penchant for bird watching. Again, no otherworldly super powers to break the realism barrier, but can we be expected to believe a gritty super-villain that quacks and carries an arsenal of weapons-grade umbrellas? Even if you took out all the elements that make The Penguin too ridiculous for Nolan’s world, would you be left with anything but a name alone? Not a likely choice, considering the character has become too iconic, but for all the wrong reasons.

Catwoman: If there’s anything we haven’t seen yet, it’s a strong female antagonist in Nolan’s Gotham City. Catwoman could fill this role, and the time is right, as Bruce Wayne is nursing a romantic void left by the death of Katie Holmes/Maggie Gyllenhaal. Catwoman, or Selina Kyle, has always provided a sexuality that revealed an untapped vulnerability in the highly guarded gruff exterior of Batman. A stunted man-child, the death of his parents has left Bruce Wayne an emotional wreck, always on the verge of completely losing it, but are we prepared to see a Batman who’s up late at night because he’s baring his soul to a new girlfriend, who may or may not want to kill him? I mean, we’ve all been there before, but do we really want to see the Dark Knight cry? Not likely.

Deadshot: Dead-who? Exactly! This crimefighter-turned-assassin is our pick as the most likely next villain to grace the screen. If you remember, as The Dark Knight ends, Batman is on the run as a fugitive from the law, and Deadshot first comes to Gotham under the guise of a hero, to fight the crime that runs rampant in Batman’s absence. An expert marksman who never misses, it is soon revealed that Deadshot really wants to take the crown as underworld kingpin, and Batman must return as the only one to stop him.  At least, that’s how it plays out in our script. With a story arc that melds seamlessly with the world Nolan has already created, combined with Nolan’s penchant for going with unused characters (The Scarecrow, Ra’s Al Ghul), I’m calling it here first – this is your next Batman villain.

Rumor – New Batman Villain To Be a Familiar Face?

24 Jul

Now that Inception is out, and kicking the summer box office in the groin, it’s time for the rumor-mill to focus all their attention on Christopher Nolan’s next project – a little sleeper tentatively titled Batman 3.

We’ve had our own discussions of what the next film will be, but the most buzzed about questions all revolve around Who Will Be the Next Villain? That’s an entire discussion in itself, but now we’ve got our first official speculation: First Showing is now announcing that an inside source is saying The Riddler is pegged as Batman’s next adversary, and even juicier, pegged to play him is none other than Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Now first off, news of the Riddler doesn’t sour us one bit, and after seeing Inception over the weekend, and being most impressed by Gordon-Levitt’s character and his zero-gravity antics, we are legitimately excited about this news. Everyone knows that Nolan can’t possibly top the last film and Heath Ledger’s immortal Joker, but he can retain the credibility of the franchise he started, and continue on being truthful to the last two movies. Finding an up-and-comer, like he did with Cillian Murphy in the first film, makes sure the off-screen persona doesn’t overshadow the iconic character he puts on screen, and getting a budding actor will drive them to knock the role, whichever is ultimately decided upon, right out of the park. After all, they’ve got something to prove.

So everyone knows you can’t beat Heath Ledger, and now that there’s so much buzz surrounding the next film and who will play the Dark Knight’s nemesis, we think it a smart move to go with a (relatively) less campy villain from the “Rogue’s Gallery” and a relative newcomer. If Christopher Nolan thinks he’s going to pull off one of the most anticipated movies in Hollywood history, and if he’s likely to avoid the Tertiary curse, he’d better not be clouded by the hype, and just stick to what got him here – sheer genius and determination.

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