Official: Anne Hathaway is Selina Kyle (Catwoman) and Tom Hardy is Bane in The Dark Knight Rises

After a lot of debate and rumors and speculation, Warner Bros. has saved us all the trouble and made it official: Anne Hathaway has beaten out all of Hollywood’s starlets to play Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman in Christopher Nolan’s third Batman film, “The Dark Knight Rises”. She will be the third actress to tackle the role on the big screen, following in the footsteps of Michelle Pfeiffer in “Batman Returns” and Halle Berry in the ill-conceived “Catwoman” movie.

Meanwhile, Tom Hardy will play the muscle to Hathaway’s guile, stepping into the mask of Bane, the man who, in the comic books, literally “broke” Batman. Bane last appeared on the big screen in Joel Schumacher’s ridiculous 1997 Batman film “Batman & Robin”, but let’s all just pretend that never happened, shall we?

Official press release ahoy:

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.

Looks like it’s time to get back into “Bronson” shape, Tom Hardy!

Batman rises again July 20, 2012.

Thoughts?



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  • Shazam!

    I’ll admit I have some raised eyebrows about this… then I think of the eye brows I raised at the news that broke about Nolan’s first two trips to the Bat-cave and then I remember that it’s Chris Nolan directing and all is good!

    If he’s proven anything from his relatively short stint in Hollywood, it’s that A) you never really figure out what he’s doing or where he’s going until you see the final project, and B) the guy makes incredible films that leave everyone elses efforts into the superhero genre looking like high school drama projects!

    Also – while I too thought the Hugo Strange plot was cool – I’m intrigued at the sense of betrayal everyone seems to have over this – especially since NOBODY mentioned Strange being the great and obvious choice until the rumours got out.

    Take us for a ride Nolan – we’re looking forward to it!

  • Talia

    Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle is a joke.. They should have gotten Jessica Biel!!

  • B-Flash

    “The man who Broke the Bat” is coming back. I have faith in Nolan, I mean this is the dude who had Batman running around for months getting exhausted trying to put people back in Arkham, while he awaited at his mansion ready to fu*k him up. Does he get his back messed up or knocked around a lot before he “Rises” back up.

  • Ulik

    I think that this is the best way to go. Talia has gotta be in this and a fight between Catwoman and Talia will probably be a highlight. If it’s layed out with Talia, Catwoman and Bane, then that would bring the story full circle while taking it forward. With the breakout of Arkham Asylum, if that happens then I suspect we will be given a special departing treat from Nolan,cameos abound!!!

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

      The break out already happened in Begins. So I don’t know if they’re gonna do that angle again. That’s why in my version I had him be the head assassin for the league, and just have Bats figthing them alot and wearing him down, and then Bane breaks his back.

  • Anonymous

    Anne Hathaway as Cat Woman !? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

    well, cut her hair, improve her fitness, bigger boobs, but the acting! the acting! being catwoman is not easy!!! ask halle berry ! but this is Nolan, i still have hope !!!

  • The Strongest There Is

    Oh how I knew it would come. The information from the video game “Batman: Arkham City” was getting people too hyped about the movie because of the information being so jaded. I can feel the hate drowning the boards around the world right now.

    1. Catwoman? I’ve had about enough of her. Anne Hathaway is a nice pic for her and I hope she goes with the catwoman style depicted in it. It would really fill her out nicely.

    2. Tom Hardy as Bane? I’m too happy to see Bane done by someone with a Brain. If Nolan messes this character up, it will be a bigger tragedy to me. Shumacher is suppose to F’ up, and that’s just what he did. Nolan is too good to fail at what I feel is the greatest villain to come out of batman since the Joker. If they can focus on Bane’s intelligence and use the muscle when it benefits the story, they will be fine. If he’s just a muscle freak for a fight scene, I will be disappointed. I would personally want the batman’s back broken in this movie. It would be the first real time that he lost to someone and what better storyline to play off of than the one that’s already been written. I say, Break the Bat, go through recovery and have him take the belt (i love boxing) back in the end. If you want to throw catwoman in. Have her be the henchman of Bane orchestrating the bats demise by compromising his personal and private life. Catwoman can fall for Bats and help out in the end but I really dont want her to have a big part in this film.

    3. Talia is still a character I would love to see, but to be honest, If they aren’t bringing her back to foretell the second coming of Ghul, I don’t want to see her. I love the character development between her and bats, but I just don’t think there’s enough time for her with these other heads in the movie.

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

      Agreed on all points!

  • Theagent0fgod

    I hope we get the original brilliant Bane as the head of the whole thing like in the comics when he broke Batman’s back.

    I am glad that they didn’t go with Gul’s daughter angle, Catwoman was a must.

  • Jcause14

    I think Anne will not do well as Catwoman for simply reason as her voice is not sexy or suductive like catwoman is suppose to be. Her body might fit the part but her personality doesn’t to me. Im very curious to how he will play most characters together if they aren’t with their original parteners.

  • Jcause14

    Also they will have to do alot of planning if they want this Batman to be any kind of close to the last one. Heath’s performance was so awesome that it will be hard to top that! But i have faith!

  • Tokyolegend1

    Tom Hardy is an amazing actor. Just watch “Bronson”. Hardy as “Bane” kinda has me giddy!