So they just announced that the villains in "The Dark Knight Rises" will be Bane and Catwoman: Tom Hardy will play Bane and Anne Hathaway will play Catwoman / Selina. I was really hoping for a Riddler-based storyline in the new movie, because I really felt that character would lend itself well to the world Christopher Nolan has created with the Dark Knight films. I can just picture Batman dashing through those huge, sweeping Gotham cityscapes trying to solve some insane riddle in the nick of time, only to be led on yet another one shortly after. Think of it as Die Hard with a Vengeance, but on a much grander scale. Yippee-ki-yay, Batman.
Still, we're talking about Bane here... the man who broke Batman's back. It'd hard to imagine Nolan's trilogy ending with a paralyzed Batman, so who knows where Nolan's going to take this, but there's plenty of great storyline potential there. While I don't want to get my hopes up about Hardy or Hathaway's performances, I recall thinking that Nolan was insane when it was announced he had cast Heath Ledger as the Joker. That, of course, turned out to be an amazing portrayal of the character and it's always sad to think we'll never get to see Heath's Joker explored any further.
I can't imagine Hathaway being as good as Michelle Pfeiffer, who already looks like a friggin' cat in real life, or even Lee Meriwether from the 1966 Batman movie with Adam West. Besides, the Dark Knight may rise for Hathaway's Catwoman, but my pants will always rise for Michelle Pfeiffer's. Either way, I think we can all agree that the new Bane is going to be a million times better than the one we saw in Batman & Robin.
So while I'm not going to jump to any big conclusions about The Dark Knight Rises here, Christopher Nolan has earned my trust with the last two Batman films and the man knows how to bring out the best in his actors. I'm simply looking forward to seeing how it all comes together come 2012.
Alright, you've got my thoughts on the casting so far, let's hear yours. What do you think of the choices of the storyline centering around Bane and Catwoman along with the actors selected to portray them? Are there any other villains you were really hoping to see?
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