Tom Hardy & Anne Hathaway Talk ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Villains

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Entertainment Weekly‘s Summer 2012 movie preview issue features Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway as their costumed counterparts in The Dark Knight Rises on the cover – which you can see HERE – along with numerous additional still frames from filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s hotly-anticipated Batman trilogy finale and interviews with such people as Tom Hardy (who’s playing Bane, of course) and Hathaway.

Until official versions of those Dark Knight Rises photos pop up online (since we don’t post scans), we can offer you the interview tidbits with the thespians behind the film’s masked antiheroine/villain, respectively. Among the topics they touch on are the attitude and physique of the new Selina Kyle/Catwoman – as well as the controversy concerning Hardy-as-Bane’s muffled vocal tones.

[UPDATE: EW has officially released those Dark Knight Rises images online!]

Most of the complaints concerning Bane’s voice stem from screenings of the Dark Knight Rises‘ prologue last winter – though, as our own Kofi Outlaw noted, the incomplete sound mixing for that scene in general was the real problem in need of correction. Still, here’s an excerpt from the EW report, where Hardy addresses the issue:

“It’s a risk, because we could be laughed at — or it could be very fresh and exciting,” says Hardy, adding that the voice he developed was influenced by many factors, including a desire to honor the comic book character’s brains and Caribbean heritage. “The audience mustn’t be too concerned about the mumbly voice,” says Hardy. “As the film progresses, I think you’ll be able to tune to its setting.”

What with his threatening mask – which costume designer Lindy Hemming has said was inspired by a silverback gorilla’s fangs – and Hardy’s intimidating screen presence (see: Bronson, Warrior), there’s good reason to think Bane will be a worthy foe, as presented in Dark Knight Rises.

Besides that, Bane has traditionally relied more on his sheer physical presence in order to get under the Caped Crusader’s skin anyway (unlike the Joker in The Dark Knight). Talk just isn’t the big guy’s main modus operandi.

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Moving on – here’s Hathaway talking about her prep work for playing Selina Kyle, who Nolan describes as having “an underlying darkness” in Dark Knight Rises:

“I had to physically transform. Chris [Nolan] sat me down at the beginning and said, ‘Joseph Gordon-Levitt did all of his own fighting in ‘Inception’That one zero-gravity fight? He trained for two months.’ I basically left his office and went to the gym and just came out about five minutes ago.”

As evidenced by reactions to the most recent promo image of Hathaway in her Catwoman duds, no amount of physical training will seemingly be enough to ward off complaints about the character’s high-tech goggles as “cat ears” accessory (or her spiked boots) in Dark Knight Rises. That is, no one’s really going to change their mind about the look either way, until they see some actual footage of Hathaway in action.

If nothing else, the actress has already demonstrated that she can be sultry and seductive onscreen (see: Havoc, Love and Other Drugs) as is called for by a classic femme fatale like Selina Kyle. The Dark Knight Rises‘ rating has already ensured we shouldn’t be getting a spayed Catwoman (pun intended), in that respect.

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As for all you readers out there who have been wondering when we might get to see said new footage from The Dark Knight Rises - including a better look at both Hardy and Hathaway in the film – you can probably expect a new trailer to premiere in a few weeks’ time. Once The Avengers is done soaking up the sun (as far as marketing goes) and the comic book movie spotlight shifts to Chris Nolan’s last Batman flick, that is.

The Dark Knight Rises will open in theaters around the U.S. on July 20th, 2012.


Source: EW

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  1. Shouldn’t it be a spayed Catwoman? Being as she is a girl and all.

    • Lol, I suppose that’s true. Technically, I suppose neuter works, when you refer to the Catwoman character as a gender-neutral thing… but, yeah, I’ve already switched it, so I’ll stop over-thinking this. :-P

  2. Hmm.. All my excitement for this movie is shockingly gone. It might have to do with the lack of footage, exiting news and (by now) seemingly one-dimensional villainous characters.

  3. personally I have never been a big fan on Anne Hathaway (even though she is very attractive), but, I think this will be her chance to prove that she can be one of the great actresses out there in Hollywood. I cant wait to see what Christopher Nolan has created with the villains since the original ’80s movies were horrible. but I will definetly be there to see the movie

    • She’s already proven herself in my opinion. Check out a movie called “Rachel Getting Married”.

      • I will have to check that out thanks for the suggestion

  4. really hope they show more of bane in the trailer.looks like a great character and he is related to the league of shadows which i really liked in the first film. Glad they are following up on their plan to destroy gotham. this movie is going to be awesome.

  5. “Until official versions of those Dark Knight Rises photos pop up online (since we don’t post scans)”

    EW pics are already on the net…..,,20483133_20586500,00.html

    or did you mean official from WB?

    • My apologies – those weren’t online when this article was first written.

      We’ll post them ASAP.

    • Nice pics, Catwoman looks great in that pic and I noticed Bruce is graying

  6. the second BANE picture is so bad ass !

  7. The movie will be great and I hope it’s as good or better than the Dark Knight and the avengers.

    I also hope that the villains Bane and Catwoman a live up to their comic book characters

  8. everything I have seen and heard about this film has not disappointed me one bit. I don’t really understand all the complaining about it, everything looks good to me.

  9. I think people just want avengers marketing for this movie. We are gonna get another trailer with dark shadows and then I think marketing will pick up. There smart about it they don’t want to market agianst the avengers they will wait and take everyones attention

  10. As an actor Tom Hardy hasn’t dissapointed me yet….I’m confident bane will be another memorable role. Sure he doesn’t look like bane from the comics, but then again I would rather have a great actor in the role then a meathead who will quickly be forgotten once the credits end.

    • I just watched bronson the other day…. unreal performance I could see him easuily matching it as bane

  11. I honestly think they’ve done enough marketing for this movie…anyone who’s clueless about Batman has missed the boat. I really miss growing up where we knew little to nothing about a movie & simply went from word of mouth or a 20 sec trailer that gave away nothing

  12. >catwoman

    pick one

    also, both costumes suck

  13. I think Anne was more White trash dirty in “Havoc”, than she was “Sultry and Seductive”.

  14. Emily Blunt would have been way hotter.

  15. All this complaining about the outfits always confuses me. Do you guys play with barbie’s all day? Its a comic book movie guys. Lighten up.

  16. so i have to adjust to nolan’s stupidity towards sound design now, it was bad enough when he a**hole called everyone incompetent for not being able to understand the voice but for the actors to back him up is just sad and explains why only the same clowns ever get on their knees for this douche of a director (which has no talent when it comes to filming action).

    you nolan fangirls can cry all you want, the truth is the truth and nothing will change that.

    • He doesn’t call people incompetent. He said that a voice doesn’t make the character its the way he is presented. He thinks the audience is smart enough to get the feel for how the character is despite if you hear everything

  17. I think the new Bane and Catwoman villians look great. I think everyone should just be patient and wait until they see the movie before giving a negative comment. I just hope the film will live up to the expectations because if it doesn’t do as well as “The Dark Knight” a lot of fans will be disappointed (including myself). Can’t wait to see it!!!

  18. Cant wait to see that sexy catwoman meow :)

  19. Nolan explains the characters useof costume choices within the film. BB still has the most detailed explanation of the batsuit in any incarnation (including comics) im willing to wait before i judge.

  20. Just saw Warrior last week, and saw Bronson a few weeks ago. Hardy is going to be amazing, and I can’t wait to see the complex character Nolan has crafted for him.

    Haven’t seen Rachel getting married or so many other Anne movies, but she seems like a pretty good actress. I think she will be great under Nolan’s direction. He has yet to make a bad casting call when it comes to villains, and Nolan’s villains are such intricate and complex characters. Can’t wait to see the Nolan version of Catwoman.

    Although I do know that his female characters have been underwhelming, to say the least. Still, I think Hathaway will turn that around.

    • Shame about the movie though as I understood approx. 50% 0f the mumbling nutter under that stupid mask…….
      AT THE END my ageing bladder was near to bursting point…….2hrs 44mins of yawning teal crud

  21. I luv Tom Hardy he’s so handsome an his acsent.Seeing him play bane makes me luv him more because it takes a good actor to have a mask on an act w/o ur facial expression.