It feels like speculation on who the next Batman villain would be started right after people left the theater showing The Dark Knight. Director Christopher Nolan had stated on previous occasions that the original plan had been to bring back Heath Ledger to reprise his Joker role, but due to the unfortunate death of the young actor, the team behind the successful Batman franchise would have to go back to the drawing board.
For the longest period of time it was rumored that the Riddler would be the main villain in the third Batman film, but no solid reports substantiated those claims. It wasn’t until Tom Hardy (who worked with Nolan on Inception) was cast a the villain that speculation started going down different paths. (Check out our own speculation on the matter.)
Well, now the cat is out of the bag. Warner Bros. released a statement that confirmed that Tom Hardy will be playing Bane in the upcoming film, The Dark Knight Rises, and Anne Hathway will be playing the part of Selina Kyle/Catwoman.
The Catwoman role has been rumored for a long time, and it only makes sense after the death of the main love interest in The Dark Knight. Bane makes a little less sense to me, because he doesn’t seem like a character that is easily adapted to the screen. However, I trust Nolan’s judgment, and I’m still thinking he has a great shot at making an all around great trilogy.
So, what do you think of this news? Let us know in the comments!