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Anne Hathaway is Catwoman, Tom Hardy is Bane

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I’m probably the last movie website on the planet to report the big casting news of the day, but Anne Hathaway has been cast as Selina Kyle – better known as Catwoman – in the upcoming Batman sequel The Dark Knight Rises.

Anne Hathaway is the latest actor to join the renewed franchise that has serious Oscar pedigree (she was a serious contender to win for her role in the utterly depressing¬†Rachel Getting Married) and should be a good addition. I’m not a huge Hathaway fan, but she certainly has chops – and who am I to question Christopher Nolan?

Let’s take note that Warner Brothers announced that she would be playing Selina Kyle and did not¬†explicitly¬†state she’d be Catwoman, but since this will be Christopher Nolan’s last Batman movie, it’s unlikely she won’t don the black leather.

In more exciting news, Tom Hardy – who has already been attached to the project for awhile – was revealed to be playing the insidious character Bane. Bane was a forgettable villain in the infamously unforgettable Batman and Robin, but his comic book background is more elaborate. Fueled by a mega-steroid called Venom, Bane went on to unleash Hell upon Gotham City, ultimating breaking Bruce Wayne’s back.

Hardy has already played a similar character in Bronson, where he played real-life super criminal Charles Bronson, and should be amazing in The Dark Knight Rises, no matter what incarnation of Bane he plays. As a reminder, Hardy was in Nolan’s 2010 epic Inception.

What do you think of these casting announcements?

By Erik Samdahl
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