‘Dark Knight Rises’: Anne Hathaway is Catwoman, Tom Hardy is Bane

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 7:33 am,

Anne Hathaway cast in The Dark Knight Rises Dark Knight Rises: Anne Hathaway is Catwoman, Tom Hardy is Bane

We’ve spent years wondering about the villains and love interest(s) in Christopher Nolan’s third Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises – and now we at last have some definitive answers.

Christian Bale will return as the Caped Crusader in Batman 3 opposite two new foes – Oscar ceremony co-host Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle (a.k.a. the sinewy anti-heroine, Catwoman) and Inception‘s Tom Hardy as the bruiser referred to only as Bane.

Warner Bros. made the announcement via a press release that featured the following quotes by Chris Nolan – who also cowrote the Dark Knight Rises screenplay with his brother, Jonathan:

“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… 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.”

Hathaway was previously shortlisted as one of the actresses being considered to appear in Nolan’s followup to The Dark Knight. She will follow in the footsteps of many an actress before her who played Batman’s sleek foe (and love interest) Catwoman onscreen – with perhaps the most memorable live-action incarnation being that of Michelle Pfeiffer in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns back in 1992 (we’ll pretend that Halle Berry movie never happened).

Catwoman Dark Knight Rises: Anne Hathaway is Catwoman, Tom Hardy is Bane

Pfeiffer as Catwoman.

Bane has a long history in the Batman universe as well – the character is not only a brutal, muscle-bound thug who can match the Caped Crusader in terms of physical prowess, he even once left Bruce Wayne paralyzed by snapping his spine during one of their battles in the epic comic book storyline “Batman: Knightfall”. It’s an excellent move on Nolan’s part to select a vicious villain like Bane to be the antagonist in the next entry in his gritty, hard-hitting trilogy about the dark vigilante. Just don’t expect Hardy to dress up like this for the part:

Bane from Batman and Robin Dark Knight Rises: Anne Hathaway is Catwoman, Tom Hardy is Bane

What do you think of this casting news for The Dark Knight Rises? Are you happy with Catwoman and Bane as the rogues? How about the actors playing them?

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  1. The Killing Joke and The Dark Knight: Similarities
    ————————————————–

    The Turning Point

    The Killing Joke (TKJ): Batman interrogates Joker in the Police station. At times even using brutal force.
    The Dark Knight (TDK): Batman interrogates Joker in the Police station. At times even using brutal force.

    The Appearance

    Joker falls into the chemical pit. And instead of dying gets his face deformed. – TKJ
    “I believe whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stranger” – TDK

    The Joker Philosophy:

    Money

    “It’s not about money.” – TKJ.
    “It’s not about money. ” – TDK

    Making a statement

    Barbara Gordon: “Why are you doing this?” Joker: “To prove a point” – TKJ
    “It’s not about money. It’s about sending a message.” – TDK

    The Past

    “Remembering’s dangerous. I find the past such a worrying anxious place.” OR “ONE BAD DAY – I am not exactly sure what it was. Sometimes I remember it one way. Sometimes another. If I’m going to have a Past, I prefer it to be multiple choice.” – TKJ
    The Joker has multiple stories of his past: 1. His fiend drinking father 2. His wife and the gambling sharks. – TDK.

    (Unfortunately, nothing can be believed of The Joker.)

    The Cracking Point

    “The Average Man. Most repulsive of all are its frail and useless notions of order and sanity. If too much weight is place upon them, one in eight of them crack up and go stark slavering buggo.”- TKJ
    “Their morals, their code… it’s a bad joke. Dropped at the first sign of trouble. They’re only as good as the world allows them to be. You’ll see- I’ll show you… when the chips are down, these civilized people…
    they’ll eat each other.” – TDK

    The Similarity

    TKJ – About himself: “All it takes is ONE BAD DAY for the sanest man alive to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy. That’s how far the world is from where I am.” About Batman: “I know you had a bad day and everything changed.”

    TDK – BATMAN: You’re garbage who kills for money.
    THE JOKER: Don’t talk like one of them- you’re not, even if you’d like to be. To them you’re a freak like me… they just need you right now.
    THE JOKER: But as soon as they don’t, they’ll cast you out like a leper.

    The Experiment

    Aim: To prove that ONE BAD DAY can make a sanest man go crazy, make him lunatic.

    On Commissioner Gordon – TKJ
    On the Gotham Citizens – TDK

    On both instances The Joker fails.

    The Masochism

    “Why don’t you kick the hell out of me and get a standing ovation from the public” – TKJ
    “Hit me. Come on. Hit me.” – TDK

    That **THE** Joker for me.

    And finally…
    I give an example for the reason I call Burton’s Batman a toned-down childish family version:

    In Batman (1989): The Joker danced with the female-lead beyond the walls where his goons were holding/stopping Batman.

    In The Dark Knight (2008): Had the Joker got the chance,…I hope you surely know he won’t have danced with her. Unfortunately for him, when he was just about to begin on this particular task, Batman appears from nowhere (“A little fight in ya..I like it.” ….”Then you are going to LOVE me.”)

    …And now what were you saying about that chemical pit and that stuff?

  2. Wallywest,

    The Killing Joke and The Dark Knight: Similarities
    ————————————————–
    First…The Killing Joke:
    1. Batman interrogates Joker in the Police station. At times even using brutal force.
    2. “It’s not about money.” – The Joker
    3. Barbara Gordon: “Why are you doing this?” Joker: “To prove a point”
    4. “Remembering’s dangerous. I find the past such a worrying anxious place.” OR “ONE BAD DAY – I am not exactly sure what it was. Sometimes I remember it one way. Sometimes another. If I’m going to have a Past, I prefer it to be multiple choice.”
    5. “The Average Man. Most repulsive of all are its frail and useless notions of order and sanity. If too much weight is place upon them, one in eight of them crack up and go stark slavering buggo.”
    6. About himself: “All it takes is ONE BAD DAY for the sanest man alive to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy. That’s how far the world is from where I am.” About Batman: “I know you had a bad day and everything changed.”
    7. Joker’s Experiment: On Commissioner Gordon to prove that ONE BAD DAY can make a sanest man go crazy, make him lunatic. But Joker fails.
    8. “Why don’t you kick the hell out of me and get a standing ovation from the public” – The Joker

    Now…The Dark Knight:
    1. Batman interrogates Joker in the Police station. At times even using brutal force.
    2. “It’s not about money.” – The Joker
    3. “It’s not about money. It’s about sending a message.”
    4. The Joker has multiple stories of his past: 1. His fiend drinking father 2. His wife and the gambling sharks.
    5. “Their morals, their code… it’s a bad joke. Dropped at the first sign of trouble. They’re only as good as the world allows them to be. You’ll see- I’ll show you… when the chips are down, these civilized people…they’ll eat each other.”
    6. BATMAN: You’re garbage who kills for money.
    THE JOKER: Don’t talk like one of them- you’re not, even if you’d like to be. To them you’re a freak like me… they just need you right now.
    THE JOKER: But as soon as they don’t, they’ll cast you out like a leper.
    7. Joker’s Experiment: On the Gotham Citizens to prove that when the chips are down they will kill each other. But Joker fails.
    8. “Hit me. Come on. Hit me.” – The Joker

    Compare respective points and try to understand what I believe personally.

    Burton’s Joker (A toned-down childish family-friendly version): Dances with the female-lead beyond the walls where his goons were holding/stopping Batman.
    Nolan’s Joker: Surely does not attempt to dance with her. Tries to carve her. Unfortunately for him, when he just about to begin on this particular task, Batman appears from nowhere (“A little fight in ya..I like it.” ….”Then you are going to LOVE me.”)

    …And now what were you saying about that chemical pit and that stuff?

    • Sorry for the double post. Actually I never thought my previous one was going to see any daylight.

  3. @ Amol

    Actually my reply was meant to be below your post thats two days ago when talkin about the characters of past & pleasant Batman films. For some reason my reply didn’t appear below that post. I recall Joker in Batman 89 fimm squirted acid at Vicky Vale before Batman even dropped in the window for one thing. Firstly, he wasted no time & had no trouble having control over Grissom’s gang especially after killing Grissom himself & one of his lackys at a meeting later. Not to mention what he did to his mistress. Then uses common household items people use that not only kills them but puts a smile on their their face putting the city in fear. Remember his speech/planned trap for people of Gotham and message to Batman? Joker: I have taken off my make-up. Let’s see if you can take off yours, hinting Batman’s mask. And theres the parade sequence where Joker manages to kill people within the crowds by gassing them to death with a smile which is the worst thing Joker could do to anyone. And that Joker dancing w/ Vicky, what would you’d expect to do with a hostage held by someone as crazy as the Joker till the Helicopter arrived. In TDK im sure The Joker could of got in Harvey’s hospital room without dressing as a nurse right?

    • Wallywest,

      I think we should just agree to disagree. The points you mentioned are all just gimmicks and tricks of The Joker. Personally for me, the actual Soul/Personality of the Joker is totally absent in Burton’s Joker. What you explained were the gimmicks of the Joker and what I explained was the Philosophy of the Joker based on his thoughts he presented in The Killing Joke and TDK both. I doubt Burton’s Joker was even a thinker (like the one from The Killing Joke) at all.

      • @ Amol

        Actually the points i made are valid because im makin my case about the Joker character in the comics over the years as how he’s evolved as alot of characters do in one way or another, even the main character like Batman does. What was seen in the Batman 89 film done by the Joker are things you’d expect from old comics. You points are only based on The Killing Joke & TDK film which aren’t exactly the same anyways. And imo id say Burton’s Joker was a thinker. You didn’t see him take over the underworld mob by takin their money by robbing banks, He simply took over with fear not long after he killed their boss. Not to mention how he had barrels of chemicals shipped to himself to use into household items to poison Gotham with before Batman uncovered what was he was poisoning them with. And not to mention Joker killing people out in public during a parade & tryin to get people ask themslves if they could trust Batman on tv. I could say the same about Ledger’s Joker as i recall him sayin in TDK asking Harvey, Joker: Do i look like someone who would have a plan?

        • Wallywest,

          …And that’s when Nolan’s Joker ACTUALLY HAS a plan, isn’t it? The mere words that he spoke dripped of Intelligence and Philosophy that the treacherous, glib-talking deceptive guy possessed and that made him even more dangerous and attractive both at the same time.

          …As for Burton’s Joker, anybody can copy the tricks and gimmicks from the books. It’s for anybody out there to read and implement because the Batman comics have been out there for since 1940. And I mean ALL the gimmicks. But to create a proper philosophy as a background to back up the actions of a character can NOT be JUST copied from a comic/novel. Nolan actually ABSORBED the essence of the Joker from the some of the BEST Joker novels around: The Killing Joke(1988), The Long Halloween (1996-1997) and A Death in the Family (1988) and he put it in his movies to back up the actions of the character.

          …All Burton’s Joker did to back up his acts was a grin or a laugh or some cheesy over-the-top one-liners. See? Burton was OUT OF IDEAS AS WHAT TO DO NEXT. How to explain Joker’s deeds? So let’s put in some One-liners. One-liners are easier to put in script rather than create a complex character. The same goes for Burton’s Batman.

          Anyway, if Burton did get inspired from some Batman comic then it has to be the first one: B#001 (1940). No Depth in characters. No Aim. Just purely made with children as targets. I agree with you on that point. Burton did set his Joker from one of the comics. And an Iconic one at that. The First Batman Comic ever. Undeveloped. Raw.

          And the difference between the First Batman comic (1940) and ‘The Killing Joke (1988)’ is for anybody to see …which is as clear as Night and Day.

          • @ Amol

            Batman(89) is based on the comic (The Dark Knight Rises) for one thing. And you keep missing the point of my statement about Joker’s actions throughout the film, all the trick/gimmick as you call them were done over the years in comics. He even played a trick on scared person like the one at the beginning of TDK in the bank. When you say anyone could do those things, i could say the same about Ledger’s Joker goin around in war paint doin what he did. Hows A death In The Family in Nolan’s Films? Between comics & novels, Burtons original film was well done, even Nolan himself liked thought the film was excellent.

            • Wally was trying to stay out of this because my stance on all this has been well stated many times over and you and i couldn’t possibly disagree with pretty much all your thoughts on batman on film more. However reading you talk about Nolan saying he liked the Burton films just made me feel I needed to say something…

              Did you seriously expect Nolan to bash the films? Nolan is a classy well spoken seemingly nice man who works for WB. Did you seriously expect him to bash one of their corner stone films about the very character he’s making a film on? Lers be serious even if he didn’t like it he would still say he liked it or say something nice and respectful. Hell he’s probably contractually obligated to not trash WB films. It’s actually not uncommon for studios to do such things.

              IMO Burtons films were trash and the if those films were released today everyone would bash them. The only reason they recieve praise is simply because nostalgia factor. People liked it when they were young and no amount of watching it now will convince them it was a bad film. However if you saw it for the first time in this decade in your 20′s and 30′s I feel confident saying almost no one would like it. The film is campy with terrible dialogue and some of the cheeziest scenes i’ve seen in a film. Some times it’s almost more cheesy and campy than Fantastic Four. The sets are awful looking and are very obviously fake and look like sets. It should look like a place, but they were so poorly desinghed they look like sets.

              You often claim that it stays really close to the comics, but it makes just as many changes if not more than TDK or Begins. The only part of the Jokers origin it got right was the acid burn and they changed every other detail of his origin. They also changed it to where he killed Batman’s parents. They also changed the suit. They ruined the great Commissioner Gordon character absolutely ruined him. It was an insult to everything Gordon has been. They dropped the ball on Harvey Dent big time as well. If you like it fine, but you complain about TDK having Joker in make up as if making any alterations to fit your story is terrible , but don’t forget just how much was changed by Burton him self.

              • @ Daniel F

                I said nothin about i expected or thought Nolan hated Burton’s Batman films. I find it hard to believe that WB would give Nolan a slap on the hand if he said he how really felt about Burton’s films whether he liked them or not.It’s hard to know how fans would react if Burton’s film were made at the time Nolan started cause everything would obvious change. Bottom line was Burton’s films were well liked back then whether people want to admit it or not. Imo as i stated before i liked the setting of Gotham City in the films cause they had a dark tone & wasn’t at all cheesy and the dialogue was fine compared to Fantastic Four films. I hope you kidding there. I agree about Gordon & Dent but i notic flaws within Nolan’s films aswell as Gordon was already a Lt. when he & Batman first were involved etc. Even we never seen them together it was hinted Bruce was close with Dent already in the 89 Batman film as he’s seated next to Gordon who’s next to Harvey. But in TDK, they meet for the first time when Harvey & Bruce were always close friends for years in the comics. I havn’t forgot what changes were made by Burton in the films. Bottomline both & Nolan changed things for their films. Not one comicbook based film ive seen came close to even 100% accurate. They all have more than one flaws just as any other movie does. I just hope you know i do like Nolan’s Batman films as i do Burton’s.

            • Wallywest,

              (“How’s ‘A Death In The Family’ in Nolan’s Films?”)

              Actually it’s only for a few seconds in TDK but it’s the most iconic scene in ‘A Death in the Family’.

              Just one word: CROWBAR.

              A Death in the Family: Book Two, Page 36

              The Joker with blood in his eyes uses the crowbar on Jason Todd.

              TDK: Just after 2:09

              Joker puts to use the same instrument to maximum capacity on Batman with the same ferocity.

  4. Please change the title. Anything but what it currently is.

  5. I hope theres reason within the film itself of why it’s titled TDKR. Otherwise, i see it as somthing for the film to make $$$ than TDK. It’s the 3rd film afterall.

  6. I will wait and see. Anne Hathaway & Tom Hardy might do a great job or wind up sinking the franchise. I respect the choice in villains although a Mr. Freeze/Penguin combo or Poison Ivy/Riddler combo might of been cool. Maybe even Killer Croc? The choice of Liam Neeson as Ras Al Ghul and the late Heath Ledger as the Joker were beyond excellent! Their performances blew me away. I also liked Aaron Eckhart’s performance as Two Face and Cillian Murphy’s Scarecrow. I just hope Hathaway and Hardy are up to the challenge because they have some big shoes to fill.

  7. hmmmm Anne Hathaway may be a good actress but just don’t see her playing the character of catwomen. She doesn’t have that dark vibe that the movie gives off. One actress that comes to mind is Mila Kunis, she gives off that dark vibe and also is sexy. well that’s my opinion, anyone else has another actress in mind that can be catwomen?

    • I’d go for Natalie Portman in the role, myself: her portrayal of a girl on the edge in Black Swan exudes both vulnerability and and a suppressed viciousness.She’d be perfect for the role; and fantasy fans will at last be able to mention her name without cringeing because of Star Wars!

      • starwars kicks asss

    • I say bring in halle berry LoL nah j/k, no but i think the actress Gemma Arterton (recently out in Prince of Persia) kinda looks like she would fit the role well. Idk i think maybe try out a new face too. Theres just to many actors and actresses that been in alot of other movies that when it comes to playing a certain role like as in a super hero/villian they dont fit the part. Dont mean to go off the subject of Batman but exactly like Thor, Chris Hemsworth not a big actor at all played in a couple a films before but even those were small parts and he fits the look as well. (Just my opions though)

  8. you make a good point Eliza Dushku is another actress who gives off that dark vibe

    • Eliza Dushku would have been a perfect choice in my opinion. hot/dirty/exotic/elegant when neccesary.

      • Eliza would have worked in the looks department, that’s for sure. But her acting skills aren’t the greatest.

  9. I am a personal believer of karma. I believe that when Heath Ledger was casted as the Joker people cried fowl and EVERYONE except avid comic book readers were in LOVE with his Joker because it was a brilliant acting performance even though it wasn’t true to the character. But as most of you people know there has been multiple batman comics or graphic novels and I believe that Nowlan has tried to recreate many parts of “Batman: The Killing Joke” but still make it realistic as to not make it seem unbelievable like recent Superman and Spiderman movies.

    I agree with some of the posts that it seems that Bruce Wayne should be smarter then he is and that he should also not be the owner of Wayne Ent. like all the movies have had him own. Oh well, I’m sure I will enjoy this just as much as the Dark Knight because I am a movie lover and the fact is that I can’t make a perfect movie, there would always be some sort of flaw making it imperfect. Just like nowlan can’t do.

    • @ BatmanPlayer

      I agree with what you said in your post. Especially about Ledger’s performance in TDK & Imo outta all the Superhero films ive seen, every one of them had a flaw or more. Hardly any perfect films out there, especially based off comic book characters. Im a movie lover myself & don’t have high expectations in any film, i like to be able to find the film enjoyable when i first see it in the theater.There were some films i wished i seen but never did in theaters & some im glad i didn’t and rented instead.

    • BatmanPlayer…

      Ledger’s Joker was actually spot-on with the character of the Joker portrayed in the comics; his facial scarring was different, but the nature of the scarring made his leering seem that much more sinister. Watch “The Man Who Laughed” to get a similar creepy vibe. Ledger’s Joker’s behavior and personality also reflected the comic books quite well and effectively: psychotically unpredictable, yet fiendishly, deviously brilliant. His Joker was organized enough to be the perfect agent of chaos…an irony this Joker definitely appreciated.

      As for Wayne owning Wayne Enterprises, THAT’s why he is a multi-billionaire and can outfit his war on crime; out of curiousity, did you think he should be richer or poorer?

      Bruce’s intelligence shouldn’t be an issue either; he has strategized brilliantly on-the-fly and shown that he possesses a keen intellect and excellent technical and psychological insights in both films so far.

      • “Ledger’s Joker was actually spot-on with the character of the Joker portrayed in the comics”

        Indeed he was.

        Burton’s joker, OTOH wasn’t. He was funny, sure … but he missed the mark on the way Joker really was in the comics.

    • BatmanPlayer,

      (“I can’t make a perfect movie, there would always be some sort of flaw making it imperfect. Just like Nolan can’t do.”)

      I completely agree.

      Except… there is a difference between a movie having flaws (TDK) and a movie being deficient (Batman-1989). IMO.

      • @ Amol

        Joker using a crowbar on Batman doeant mean nothin about TDK being based on A Death In The Family. Him & Joker were the only ones in the room in a building, not a warehouse.

        • Wallywest,

          No it wasn’t actually (based on ‘A Death…’). But they did use that scene to depict the extremes of Joker in the same way. Crowbar, ferocity, Joker’s hand movements and all.

          • @ Amol

            Not sure how to spell it, when, but quasidance when Joker used a crowbar. Still means nothin about that scene being inspired what Joker did in A Death In The Family. The room they were in looked like a room in a building thats being constructed or remodeled so having a crowbar around isn’t hard to believe to have around for no specific reason. Im sure if he had time during jail bust, Joker would pick up all his knifes & go at Batman with them instead.

            • Wallywest,
              (“I’m sure if he had time during jail bust, Joker would pick up all his knifes & go at Batman with them instead.”)

              Don’t forget that the building is still under construction and a crowbar is one of the most appropriate apparatus one can find there. Also the Batman must have huge sources of finance from somewhere to work part-time as Batman and so therefore he surely must have done some homework about how to make his outfit as much invincible as possible. At least for knives at least. Otherwise it’s of no use. If I can think of that and…I’m no planner, then Joker is a hell lot of wiser than me…when it boils down to crime atleast.

              • @ Amol

                Like i said before. It would of been a quisadance Joker having a crowbar around to hit Batman with. Doesn’t mean squat the idea came from A Death In The Family as you claimed. I think we’re through with this issue.

                • Wallywest,

                  (“quisadance”)

                  Did you mean ‘Coincidence’?
                  I have a habit of NEVER pointing out and I had never pointed out spelling mistakes before on blogs. After all we are not slaves of words. The main objective of words is merely to facilitate COMMUNICATION properly. Their spellings don’t matter as along as the main aim (Communication) is achieved. But…

                  …But in your case you had been using an altogether non-existing word and I had trouble communicating with you. Anyway that was on the lighter side. IMO, A Joker and a Crowbar coming together is not and will never will be a mere coincidence. But if you think so it’s OK with me.

                  • Honestly, it’s more than likely a coincidence. It’s a building being built, there are tools everywhere. A crowbar is notorious for being used as a weapon, in numerous other sources than a Batman comic book.

                    I don’t think this had any relation to any comic book. Nolan created his own stories and his own characters. He didn’t need to rip off of anything, or be inspired by anything.

                    And Wayne even asks Luscious Fox for a lighter, more maneuverable armor suit. And when he gives it to him, he even warns him that he’s going to be more vulnerable.

                    Basically, it’s a coincidence.

        • WAllywest,

          Why would one need a warehouse to depict the beast residing inside the Joker when the crowbar and some hapless unlucky victim is enough?

  10. are there no better villians more????

    a few….riddler , killer croc , clayface , mr. freece , peguin

    the catwoman is not exully a villian

  11. cant wait for the new batman movie i saw this funny video about the new catwomen on youtube haha http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=my508d0lMpo

  12. Wallywest,

    Other than Nolan and the brilliant Batman-TAS, the one other motion picture that captured Batman accurately on screen is 2008′s ‘Batman – Gotham Knight’. Some superb short stories. No camp in spite of being an animation movie. All stories I personally find to be great ones – Bruce Wayne going to India to learn Yog to gain mental strength. OR the Deadshot story. Deadshot never has been so awesome.

    • Amol I’ve been agreeing with just about everything you’ve been saying until you mentioned Gotham Knights that’s gotta be one of the worst animated films I’ve seen. I only found two of the stories to be even remotely decent and all the animation was ugly and nearly vomit inducing. I actually took the DVD back and accepted only partial store credit just to get rid of the damn thing. It was not only the worst Batman film I’ve seen other than Batman and Robin but it was the worst animated Super Hero film I’ve seen period and I’m a massive Batman fan.

    • @ Amol

      From what i hear from people & my friends who rented it, it sounded like Batman Gotham Knight was terrible.Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm is what id rather stick to aswell as Batman:TAS. Im a big Batman fan with books on him i can’t keep track of facts of the character all in line from his first appearance in comics up to today’s media’s take on him. Samething with my friends which we go over each other’s stuff, not just Batman but other characters from both DC Comics & Marvel. Till this day i can’t remember who i saw first on my tv , it was between Superman & Batman. I wasn’t able to see neither of Reev’s Superman films nor Batman 89 in theaters. Didn’t know who Robin was till i got a toy figure of him for X-mas as a kid etc. Whatever comics i had got thrown out my mother. all i got is books that informs me about characters of the DC universe.

  13. Anne Hathaway will probably do a good job as Catwoman.
    Tom is an excellent choice for Bane.
    I have not read any of the comic books, so I’m not expecting too much from the movie.
    As for the past version of Catwoman and Bane, I just regret watching the films they’ve been depicted in.

  14. DanielF and Wallywest,

    Here I beg to disagree. Except for the anime immature boy look and weak physique of Batman in some stories, I liked what I saw without taking anything away from the Mask of Phantasm, our common favorite. I personally feel, ‘Gotham Knight’ stories were more about Self-Realization, Self-Control and Tolerance and less about Action. And DanielF, I know you are (a massive Bat-fan), man. I know since TDK was released in 2008 and we have something in common: Bat-Love.

  15. I think that Johnny Depp would have made a great Riddler. I know he is not involved with this movie but he would have been great. Robin williams would have been good too but he is too old now. I just hope they make it right.

  16. I think that Johnny Depp would make an amazing Joker. He has proved himself to be an exceptionally versatile actor, and I think what he would bring to this role would be incredible!

    • *yawn*

  17. I just can’t see Anne Hathaway as catwoman. I don’t really want to see it since the main villains are going to be catwoman and bane. It would be great if they could find someone to be Joker though. I would watch it if they had a joker in it.

  18. I think that poison ivy and bane would have been a better combination and for obvious reasons and I can’t figure out why nobody has brought it up yet

    • @ Thejon

      Probly because of Batman & Robin. I liked the film when i was younger more but now, im like everyone else see how bad it was compared its prodesessors. Imo i see Bane as lone villain on film, or atleast a villain whos hired to take out the Bat by someone like Black Mask, Penguin or Rupert Thorn etc. Anyone who has money id say.

  19. Ok that makes sence but in the comics didn’t bane bust up the bays spine making another superhero need to come and help out

  20. And bane isn’t really a smarter villain so I wouldn’t be surprised if there is some secret villain that won’t be seen until the movie premiers

    • please don’t comment on a comic character if you know nothing about them. Bane is one of the smartest Batman rogues in the comics. He is actually brilliant. If you want to talk abuot what a character is and what he can do at least read a comic first or hell even give Wikipedia a read to get basic info on him before you saying something so inaccurate.

      • I wasn’t commenting on a comic character I was commenting on a movie character it would be a huge risk to change what the general public think about a character because nobody wants to hear that they are wrong and changing from the movie character to the comic character is doing just that

        • It would not be a risk of ANY sort; it would be a blessing, so people could finally forget about that despicable piece of dung that was “Batman & Robin”. Besides, how can you change from the movie character to the comic character when the comic version came first???

  21. I agree with the preveous post, Ann Hathaway is a great actress but not for this part- She isn’t dark enough in spirit to play the part and I think she has to much of the goody glow around her, but that’s my opinion. I also agree that Mila Kunis would be perfect for the role, again my opinion. But what I want to know is then if Bane is in the movie then is Ivy? I thought they were a tag team?- Or did I imagine that? I might be wrong, and it happens…often…but doesn’t this seem to be aimming to be a villin/villines packed movie? I guess what I’m getting at here is- That’s a lot of mice in one trap. I realise it’s the movie, but come on!

  22. I’m not dissapointed with the casting, but the villain choice doesn’t seem right. Following Murphy’s Scarecrow and Ledger’s Joker someone a little darker would’ve been better, I think. The Phantasm being my No. 1 recommendation, Penguin in a close second, The Riddler would’ve been good. Bane… makes sense, but I hope he’s not it. Bane ain’t terribly deep or interesting -just a musclebound powerhouse. Catwoman gets old too. Phieffer was the only one I liked in the movies or the shows. I don’t mean to complain, Nolan’s stuff is amazing and I’m sure it’ll be great, but I was hoping for a better villain.

  23. @ EVERYONE

    I am enjoying the comments here. However, I am completely psyched about Bane being in the next film. Christopher Nolan knows what he is doing, and I believe that he is going to do a fantastic job. Trust me, he ( and his brother/co-writer) have some tricks up their sleeves. He is certainly doing the best job of any director over the Batman movie franchise so far; so I am going to give him the benefit of the doubt for now. I don’t think he would let his “trilogy” go out with a flop. He’s done a great job so far. Is it without it’s flaws? No. Of course not. But he’s managed to pull in new fans who most likely, hated the old films. And by the way, I am a 32 year old Batman fan ( the comics, not the movies by the way ). I was about 13 or 14 when I was first introduced to Bane in the “Batman: Knightfall” storyline when it was released. He is a perfect villain for the next film. Bane is Batman’s mental ( and physical ) equal. Actually, he may even surpass Batman physically ( even without “venom” ).

    This next movie is going to test Batman even further. I am not certain if they are going to 100% completely stick to Bane’s complete origin; but that is fine with me seeing as how some people might have a problem believing in his original origin ( comic book fans here know what I am talking about ).

    Anyway, I have faith in his abilities as a director, and I think that Anne Hathaway; just might surprise us all. Give her a chance. I can remember when it was revealed that Michael Keaton was going to play Batman ( I was about 10 when that movie came out ), caused a bit of an uproar with a large majority of Batman fans. People were afraid that it was going to be a Batman a la Adam West. I remember hearing a lot of people voicing that it was going to suck; but everyone was blown away at the time ( and he is arguably the best Batman in film thus far ).

    Keep the faith people. And thanks for reading my rant.

  24. Come on guys. Anne Hathaway? Natalie Portman? No way. Why cant we think outside the box and find someone not soo predictable. Its like they just found someone thats “popular” in Hollywood at the moment. Id rather see someone a little more un-known and more EXOTIC looking that stands out to blow this part out of the water. Maybe a woman that looks like Olga Kurylenko or Thandie Newton.

    • @ GI JOE Fan

      One of my friends & i were talkin about our opinions of Anne Hathaway as Catwoman last night. I forget the term he used but he said somthing about he being too skinny or scrawny like. Imo i thought she seems too goody good. I would of gone w/ someone like Kate Beckinsale or like you said a unknown. w/ a exotic look. I loved Michelle Phieffer’s Catwoman in Batman Returns aswell how the character was like in Batman:TAS.

  25. If Hathaway is in the third batman. I most likely will not be watching it. She is such a bad choice. There isn’t any kind of fight in that girl. And in tha cat suit, chick doesn’t have the body for it!

  26. If Hathaway is in the third batman. I most likely will not be watching it. She is such a bad choice. There isn’t any kind of fight in that girl. And in the cat suit, chick doesn’t have the body for it!

  27. If Hathaway is in the third batman. I most likely will not be watching it. There isn’t any kind of fight in that girl. And in the cat suit, chick doesn’t have the body for it!

    • Hathaway sucks! catwomen should not be in this movie! will i see it? HELL YEAH! i have trust in christopher nolan! and bane is gonna be badass! i originaly wanted the riddler because he is my favorite villan but bane is going to be awesome! dont give up. or maybe u should. its just a movie

      • @ ry

        Im not a fan of Hathaway neither, especially her as Catwoman. I always hope each sequel delivers. I really hoping this film would have new villains not yet seen on film like Batman Begins had but it seems Talia is the only one perhaps while Bane & Catwoman been used already. Bane is my 2nd favorite villain of Batman’s so im hoping im not gonna be disappointed with what they do with him again.

  28. I find it hard right now to believe The Dark Knight Rises will be anywhere near as good as the first two. The Riddler, to me, seemed like the logical and more exciting choice, and I fully expected Nolan to go with him & Bane over Catwoman, considering movies with her in have never worked. Even under Tim Burton. So they’ll have to do something pretty special to change my mind, and it deserves a great send off after Heath Ledger’s performance.

    • @ Tim

      I like to be optimistic on every film i look forward to. I enjoyed Batman Begins more than i did TDK & knowing this film will tie back to the first film full circle, im hoping it turns out well for the best outta the trilogy. This is just my opinion, but im not sur eid use neither Bane or Catwoman. I differently wouldn’t use the Riddler cause id like to see fresh villains if possible that would fit into the story better. After knowing Anne Hathaway being cast as Catwoman, im not getting my hopes up. I actually loved Michelle Pheiffer’s Catwoman in Burton’s sequel despite how she became the villain & what he motive was etc. But most of villains were different from their comic book counter parts anyways, even in Nolan’s films. Im sure TDKR will be good.

  29. they are both horrible choices, Dont know who could fit cat woman, maybe Jessica Alba but for Bane They were stupid not to call up Dave Batista. That man screams Bane. Ill watch the movie but they will have to use allot of special effects to make me happy with there pick on these two.

    • are you serious? batista for an acting role?

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