Will Tom Hardy Play Hugo Strange In The Dark Knight Rises? Someone Thinks So

Who loves unsubstantiated Batman rumors? You know you do, so why try to deny it? Tom Hardy’s much talked about casting as a yet unnamed villain in Christopher Nolan’s third Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises”, has provided countless hours of speculation, hearsay, and conjecture all over the internet. Isn’t that what movie news is all about. At this point only two things are certain, one, that Hardy has been cast, and two, that he won’t play the Riddler. Everything else is up in the air.

Today adds even more fuel to the rumor mongering fire as an unnamed source told Batman-News (by way of Collider) that Hardy could very possibly, in a real world kind of way, maybe play Hugo Strange. According to the site, the source is extremely reliable, and has known about other news before it was reported. Still, Nolan likes to keep things close to the vest, so, who knows? Right now this is just one more unsubstantiated rumor. But rumors are fun.

Here’s what our dear friend Wikipedia has to say about Hugo Strange:

Professor Hugo Strange is a fictional character, a comic book supervillain in the DC Comics universe. He first appeared in “Detective Comics” #36 (February 1940) and is one of Batman’s first recurring villains, preceding the Joker and Catwoman by a couple of months.

I don’t know much about Strange, but apparently he’s a genius who becomes obsessed with Batman, learns his identity, and starts dressing like him. He’s the “Single White Female” of supervillains. It sounds like it could be a cool badguy for Batman to face, not your standard fare. Nolan does like to defy expectations. What do you folks that know more about this type of thing think? Do you think this is a good fit for Hardy? If Hardy does play Strange, does that impact who the rumored female villain might be?