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

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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?

Author: Brent McKnight

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
  • Naplam

    I know Nolan is into the whole realism and all and that one of the reason he did not like the Riddler as the next villain. But if this is going to be his last Batman, then I think he should go out with an iconic Batman villain. I think the Riddler can still make a pretty interesting character he can be like a psychotic serial killer who is obsess with Batman and leaves riddle after all his crime. They can also have the Penguin in the movie just don’t make him like the main villain, he can be Oswald Cobblepot a corrupt millionaire businessman who is running for mayor of Gotham. Anyway I sure hope that at least Catwoman is going to be in this one, there is no Batman without Catwoman. Who the hell is this Hugo Strange character? Never heard of him.

    • Juggernaut

      While I agree that Nolan’s swansong should feature a heavy hitter from Batman’s rogues gallery I also think that Strange could work. As for the Riddler I think that if approached the right way he would have been great. Catwoman, while iconic, has always kind of fallen flat for me. I think that bringing another femme fatale into the cinematic mix would be a breathe of fresh air. I’m pulling for Talia Al Ghul myself. Another possibility is Harley Quinn! While she was always portrayed as The Joker’s sidekick, she could be obsessed with the Joker the same way that Hugo Strange becomes obsessed with Batman. That would be a nice balance. Also Strange and Harley were both staff at Arkham Asylum. That could be the tie that binds this entire film. My wish list would include either a cameo of The Joker in a cell from behind with just his laughing insanely or a full on appearance by Joseph Gordon Levitt as Mr. J! Obviously this is all speculation but it is a lot of fun to throw out these scenarios. In the end Nolan will do the right thing by the fans, that is all that matters.

    • http://twitter.com/baleheadbr1978 Juli

      It´s not going to be Catwoman

    • Pordashr

      I dont know if i like this idea that much i really think two face should be in this as a top villian Chris nolan should just start this next movie opening with harvey dent being put into arkham and the people think he is dead so they dont freak out about him going nuts he should eventually break out of there. its just really stupid if Nolan killed him off but i do agree with a cameo of the joker in a cell that would be awsome but i think they can fit a good amount of cameos in this film i wouldnt mind seeing scarecrow and victor zasz again, penguin running for mayor could be cool and batman hearing about a pyscho who is putting riddles at the scenes of his crimes if things are done right this movie could be amazing and could blow away the dark knight and any other comic movie. I just really dont want to see batman after one common villian its not a good way to end this series.

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

    This could rock!! Of course they’re going to update the character a bit and make him closer to Bruce in age, which works, and Hardy would kill this part. This would also keep the whole copycat vigilante thing going from “The Dark Knight.” If they use the character they HAVE to do the whole usurping his mantle story. He should also be a shadow villain, manipulating events from behind the scenes to help him discover Bruce’s identity like Deathstroke, Cain, Lady Shiva Deadshot, etc. We (the audience, except for die hard fans) shouldn’t even know that this copycat that’s almost as good as the real thing is Strange, as a matter of fact they should have a few red herrings so you dont know if it really is him.

    • Juggernaut

      That would be phenomenal. The plot that they should use is the “Prey” story arc. Her is the wikipedia on that [It is possible that the events of Doug Moench and Paul Gulacy's "Prey" story arc take place at this point. Partly due to Hugo Strange's appearance on TV as a psychological expert, Captain Gordon is ordered to put together a Task Force to capture Batman, with Strange working as a consultant to try to discover Batman's identity. As the investigation continues, however, Strange grows increasingly monomaniacal in his obsession with Batman. His greatest desire is to become Batman. To that end, he has attempts to kill the Caped Crusader, and then take his place. Strange eventually concludes that Bruce Wayne is most likely Batman, brainwashes the head of the police Task Force into becoming a lethal vigilante to turn public sentiment against Batman, and kidnaps the mayor's daughter. He is ultimately caught.]
      Minus the whole brainwashing the head of the task force. From the end of TDK this scenario would work the best. I was hoping for a female villain but that may just complicate things and end up stretching the plot and characters too thin. I think that this would be a perfect end in Nolan’s trilogy. Batman Rising (pun intended). They could blame the death fallout from Two-face on SDtrange at the end and have Batman become the true hero tyo Gotham.

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

        Agreed. Hell you could even leave the brainwashing (as something Strange has pefected and used to get the status he has at such a young age) in and it would work. I also agree with the Batman Rising thing. I dont like changing titles (like they did to Pitch Black after Riddick came out but…Batman Begins, Fall of the Dark Knight, and Rise of the Caped Crusader woulda worked awesome as titles. But yeah this could definitely work.

        • Brent

          I don’t know much about Strange, but the ideas you guys have make this sound like it could be a really cool choice for the villain.

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

            Thanks. He is a lesser known, but very good villain. “The Batman” used him completely differently but it still worked very well.

  • Juggernaut

    I’m now on board with Hardy’s role being Hugo Strange. Now I’m wondering what the female lead will be. Just like the endless possibilities of Hardy’s role, the list is long on the ladies as well. Especially with such a diverse group as Anne Hathaway, Natalie Portman, Blake Lively, Kiera Knightly, Naomi Watts and Rachel Weisz being considered. Hathaway, Portman, Knightly and Lively all have the same young, brown haired look, but Weisz and Watts are older and don’t fit the same mold. Those two are actually closer in age to Hardy and Bale. It could be Talia, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy or a lesser known character like the second Ventriliquist Peyton Reilly.

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

      Oooh you mentioned the 2nd ventruiloquist! LoL. I thuink Blake Livley is out pretty much because she’s attatched to GL. Would love Watts or Weis as Talia. They’d both do the role serious justice. I think Ivy is a bad choice for the Nolan verse, but would love to see Harley. I still think a film where we hear the Joker but don’t see him as Harlene Quinzel analyzes him (hell you could have her be Strange’s protege) and the Joker slowly turns her (with help from Strange pushing her over the edge).

      • Juggernaut

        I know that the Ventriliquist thing is a very big longshot but I figured what the hell. LOL. I would love to see Loker show up at any capacity. A cameo from the back, voice or as I’ve said before, Joseph Gordon Levitt playing him. I find it uncanny how much an older JGL looks like Ledger! Add in the fact that Nolan and Levitt have worked together in Inception and you have a reasonable scenario for that. I was thinking that the best female for the movie would be Harley if Hardy does end up being Strange. Chase Meridian could be included if they are going to be playing heavily upon the psycology/psychiatry angle. While Ivy may come across as to cartoonish Nolan could make that character work. I was really hesitant about what his Joker would be like before TDK came out and we all know how that turned out.

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

          Why add Chase Merridian? Harley fills the role perfectly. She was a criminal psychologist before she turned. I think JGL as Joker could work, but only in the way I described for now, as Ledger as the Joker is still so fresh. JGL would and could honor his take but he’d put his own spin on it too.

          • Juggernaut

            I know that a few weeks ago casting rumors for two female characters were going around. Charlize Theron and Vera Farmiga playing Julie Madison and Sarah Essen was mentioned. Nothing is set in stone yet so I figured that Chase may be another option for the Bruce Wayne love interest. Just to keep the whole “psychiatric” thing going. I agree Harley obsessed with Joker and Hugo obsessed with Batman would be great!

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

            I just think unless it’s Talia, adding another love interest wouldn’t add anything we haven’t seen before. Sarah Essen would work simply to give Gordon someone he can trust. The Harley/Joker Strange/Batman angle fits well.

  • Juggernaut

    I suppose they just want to have some closure on Bruce’s life in this installment. Madison was a long time fiancee’ of his in the comics. They might wrap up the film with the two of them living happily ever after. I was hoping that they would have done that with the Rachel Dawes character. In my opinion it takes a few fims to establish a bond like that and actually believe that he would walk away from an obsession like being Batman for this person.

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

      Woulda worked with Dawes, but bringing in a new girl it definitely wouldn’t work, or at least be believable. Especially with the loss of Rachel and Harvey, he’d be even moe driven and obssessed as tho him this would be his greatest failure. And although I always say “This isn’t the comics” when referring to CDMs the one thing they shouldn’t change is how much this consumes Bruce’s life. I just don’t see him starting this and ending it in a five year period or whatever. Bruce Wayne is all but dead, and it’s the Batman that’s alive.

      • Juggernaut

        I agree. I was always of the opinion that Bruce Wayne died in the alley with his parents. Batman, or atleast the rage that turned him into Batman, was born that day. I think at the conclusion of Nolan’s trilogy it should have him desperately torn like he was with Dawes. Wanting a normal life but knowing that he will never be able to have one.

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

          Yes!!! I don’t think Bruce should never be happy, but torn between trying to be happy, and being Batman for the sake of the city.

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

          Yes!!! I don’t think Bruce should never be happy, but torn between trying to be happy, and being Batman for the sake of the city.

  • ULIK

    Good posts and ideas Dedpool and Juggy, I also don’t know anything about Hugo Strange. I guess if Nolan goes with this character then it was well thought out as to why and how it will be done. I have no idea were this movie might go which is a good thing. As far as love interests,well Bruce could never continue a serious love with someone unless they are driven with a similar passion or fire as warriors “at least” and could understand each other more and accept their responsibilities. I don’t think it could be compared to a soldier or a cop’s love life because that’s their careers,it’s what they do for a living. Bruce Wayne doesn’t have to be Batman it’s his choice.What woman would put up with that unless she is similar and they both understand each other in that way?

    • Juggernaut

      I agree totally. He should end up with Catwoman or Talia Al Ghul. They both have the same mindset that Bruce has. There is an understanding there that not every woman in Gotham has. Hopefully this film will satisfy that part of the Batman story. He needs to finally be able to have someone that he can rely on and have understand him while at the same time be a partner that can back him up if needed.

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

        But with Talia she could go against being a partner for the honor of her father, so they could play it both ways. That internal struggle is a big part of her, and has only been recently resolved in comics by her deciding to do whats in her own best interest (of course Ra’s is still alive and manipulating her so that helped).

  • ULIK

    Good posts and ideas Dedpool and Juggy, I also don’t know anything about Hugo Strange. I guess if Nolan goes with this character then it was well thought out as to why and how it will be done. I have no idea were this movie might go which is a good thing. As far as love interests,well Bruce could never continue a serious love with someone unless they are driven with a similar passion or fire as warriors “at least” and could understand each other more and accept their responsibilities. I don’t think it could be compared to a soldier or a cop’s love life because that’s their careers,it’s what they do for a living. Bruce Wayne doesn’t have to be Batman it’s his choice.What woman would put up with that unless she is similar and they both understand each other in that way?