See? We told you it wouldn’t be much longer before WB released info on castings for The Dark Knight Rises.
In a press release today, Warner announced that Tom Hardy (who was actually cast in late 2010) will play Bane, and Anne Hathaway will play Selina Kyle/Catwoman.
Bane is the heavily-muscled baddie who broke Batman’s back in the Knightfall story arc in the comic books. He appeared as an idiotic goon in 1997’s god-awful Batman and Robin, but Bane done correctly will be Batman’s intellectual equal as well as a physical bad-ass. Catwoman, of course, is the sometime love interest/sometime foe of Batman who has been portrayed on screen by Lee Meriwether (1966) and Michelle Pfeiffer (1992). (And no, that Halle Berry travesty doesn’t count.)
Rejoice, Bat-nerds; the speculation of what director Christopher Nolan will do with the story and these characters can now begin.
(Read the whole release as published by the New York Times.)