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 Bruce 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.
Well, I don't know what this means as far as Nolan's "realistic" take on the Batman mythos, but the fact that they brought Catwoman and Bane in means... well, I don't know what it means. In BATMAN AND ROBIN Bane was a really stupid idea, but knowing Nolan they're likely going for something different, and with Tom Hardy playing him it's sure to be a formidable opponent for Christian Bale. As far as Anne Hathaway playing Catwoman, I wonder how the character will be used in this as well. In one of the comic storylines Kyle was actually related to Falcone (Tom Wilkinson from the first film) and I'm curious if they'll use that angle since they still went with the crime angle in THE DARK KNIGHT.
Pretty big news casting wise. What say you, Talkbackers?