For months, there were rumors that Hugo Strange, the crazed, evil, experimenting doctor who vehemently hates Batman, would feature prominently as a villain in The Dark Knight Rises. When it was announced that Tom Hardy would be playing an altogether different villain, Bane, it was assumed that the Hugo Strange talk was just that – talk.

But just because Bane is in the film doesn’t meant that Hugo Strange is automatically out.

After all, there have been two rogues in both of Christopher Nolan’s previous Batman efforts, and Catwoman, typically an anti-hero, doesn’t necessarily qualify. Earlier today, Batman-on-Film tweeted about the possibility that Strange would be in the upcoming Bat-film, as well as implying that Robin Williams was up for the role.

[Update: There’s nothing to this as expected. Just someone commenting on someone else’s idea.]

Check out the tweet in question below:

First of all, it should be noted that almost all Batman rumors ever, going back as far as Batman Begins, have been wrong. And not just sort of wrong, but completely, almost offensively wrong. Johnny Depp will play The Riddler! Angelina Jolie will play Catwoman! Philip Seymour Hoffman or Bob Hoskins will play The Penguin!

Having said all that, Batman-on-Film is known for being somewhat reliable when it comes to Batman rumors. Compound that with the fact that Williams has worked with Christopher Nolan before (Insomnia) and almost played Bat-villains twice before (The Joker in Tim Burton’s Batman and The Riddler in Batman Forever) and you have…well, just a massive rumor until Warner Bros. or Christopher Nolan say otherwise. But at least it’s an interesting idea.

The question is, what kind of role would Hugo Strange play in a film that already features Bane? The two characters are actually pretty similar as is. In the comics, both Strange and Bane study Batman with the intention of breaking him, figuratively and literally (depending on the character), and both end up deducing Batman’s true identity.

I have to imagine using both Strange and Bane in The Dark Knight Rises would seem redundant, unless Nolan decides to remove the super-intelligent, “study-thine-enemy” element of Bane for the purposes of the film. But where would the fun be in that?

The Dark Knight Rises, starring Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, and Anne Hathaway, hits theaters summer 2012.

Source: Batman-on-Film [via IGN Movies]