Anne Hathaway is Selina Kyle, Tom Hardy is Bane in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

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This should put a few dozen rumours to rest, it’s official; Anne Hathaway has been cast as Selina Kyle in The Dark Knight Rises and Tom Hardy will play Bane. [Deadline]

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I don’t know where this movie is headed, it’s scary to think it might be going down Spider-Man 3 territory where we have so many characters, no story and a mess at the end.  If you recall, our DA Ryan proposed the idea of Bane back with our Who’s the next Villain article, and I think we were both tired of Catwoman so neither called that.  Note that Anne is cast as Selina Kyle right now, with no mention of Catwoman.  Bane was created in the early ’90s for the ‘Knightfall’ storyline, in which Bane famously broke Batman’s back. He is highly intelligent, and has on a few occasions, worked on Batman’s side.

The Dark Knight Rises is rumoured to have two leading female characters one was to be a villain and the other was to be a love interest.  Will Selina be the love interest?  Will Catwoman surface?  Will  Talia al Ghul (R’as al Ghul ‘s daughter) appear (in the comics, her father R’as had association with Bane)? Also note the press release states that this will be a “new interpretation” of Bane, so really they could do anything.

Here’s the press release:
BURBANK, CA, January 19, 2011 – 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 tom hardyBruce 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.

“The Dark Knight Rises” is slated for release on July 20, 2012. The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.