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As we already reported this morning, Warner Bros. has just issued a press release that pretty much blows months of speculation out of the water on the villains and the cast of "The Dark Knight Rises," and in the process, we've gotten our first real glimpse at what Christopher Nolan has in mind for the wrap-up to his trilogy of Batman movies. According to the press release, Anne Hathaway will play Selina Kyle in the film, and Tom Hardy is signed on to play Bane, and not Hugo Strange as many sites have been reporting.
This is one of those reasons I always, on every Batman film, tune out rumors during the early days of development. So much of what you hear is fanboys wishing with all their might, determined to make their favorite rumor fact, that it's not worth investing in any of what you hear. Think of how confident so many outlets have been in printing the Hugo Strange story. Think of how long they've been treating that like confirmed fact.
â€¨â€¨I'm surprised by the choices of both of these villains, and not just because both of them have appeared in Batman movies before. Catwoman is an enduring Batman villain because she represents what Bruce Wayne could become with just the slightest push in the wrong direction. One of the things I loved about "Batman Returns" was the way each of the villains in that movie reflected back some part of Bruce Wayne's fractured personality, and Catwoman always seems to me to be the part of Bruce that actually loves wearing the costume and beating holy hell out of people. That catharsis, several times a night, has got to be one of the reasons he keeps doing what he does, and I think adding her to the film finally gives Nolan's series the strong female presence to bounce off of his version of Batman. Of course, the press release only refers to her as Selina Kyle and never mentions Catwoman, but surely Nolan wouldn't play that sort of bait and switch… right? I mean, he wouldn't do something crazy like have Selina serve as a new Dark Knight when Batman ends up broken beyond repair… would he?