More Rumors About The Dark Knight Rises

Because you just can’t get enough gossip about Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises” (let’s face it, we’re all excited for it), here is another rumor to whet your appetite. A few weeks ago it was reported that Tom Hardy could possibly play Dr. Hugo Strange, a rogue psychiatrist who becomes obsessed with Batman to the point of dressing like the Caped Crusader. This latest rumor, from Ain’t It Cool News, says that Hardy will play Strange, and that the film will, at least loosely, follow the “Batman: Prey” story arc, originally published from September 1990 to February 1991 and written by Doug Moench.

Here’s what AICN has to say about the story line:

[I]nvolves a Taskforce out to get Batman headed by Gary Oldman’s Gordon. I love the idea of Tom Hardy playing Hugo Strange, who plots to kill and takeover being The Batman, himself.

In the comics, the attack on Batman is multi-faceted and extremely psychological, as that is why Hugo has the Dr. in front of his name. It brings the Fear Gas back in a very effective manner.

I’m not immediately familiar with this arc, but from the description it sounds like an ideal follow up to “The Dark Knight”, and would dovetail nicely with where that film ended. When we last left Batman, he’s on the run, hunted, and under enormous pressure. He’s seen the love of his life, Rachel Dawes, die, and Harvey Dent, his one hope at being able to return to a normal life without his alter ego, became a madman, then died. His psychological state is fragile at best. This is a rich area to mine, and is right up Nolan’s alley thematically.

Whether or not Nolan and company ultimately decide to use “Batman: Prey” as a roadmap, they’ll certainly put their own stamp on the story. But even just using it as a base sounds like it could yield incredible results, just think of Tom Hardy wearing a cowl and prowling the night.



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Brent McKnight lives in Seattle with his dogs. He likes beards, movies where things explode, and overcast skies. His three favorite movies are "Rubin and Ed", "A Bittersweet Life", and "Out for Justice". He wishes his knees didn't hurt. On Twitter @BrentMMcKnight

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    cat woman !!

    • Mikeyt34

      yawn.

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

    I like it. Cerebral storyline mixed with superhero action.

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

    I like it. Cerebral storyline mixed with superhero action.

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  • Juggernaut

    I really hope that this all pans out. The “Prey” storyline would be a perfect outline for Nolan to build on. Juat like “The Long Halloween” inspired Nolan’s script for TDK. The more I think of Hardy as Dr. Hugo Strange the more I love it! It ties in the Scarecrow (who appears in both of Nolan’s previous Batman films) in a sense as well. And plays to the mental aspect of Batman which has never really been explored on film. Can’t wait to see what happens.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      Agreed. I think this storyline, with a younger and beefier Strange would work perfectly. Strange has got to be portrayed as being as smart as Bruce, with an equal obsession but instead of fighting crime it’s wanting to know, who Batman is and WHY he feels compelled to do what he does, and then it’d all go over the top with him finally realizing that HE wants to be Batman and is better suited to do so because of his criminal psycologist background. This could really be sweet. I can’t wait.

  • Something

    sounds like it’s all going to end up like a long-winded mirror fight..
    m4sturbate much?