Warner Bros. today announced that Anne Hathaway has been cast as Selina Kyle (AKA Catwoman) in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. Hathaway was due for a role in a comic book movie having been cast in Spider-Man 4 before it was scrapped by Sony.
Hathaway beat the likes of Keira Knightley and Jessica Biel who have been testing for the role over recent weeks. It also means Hathaway will be following in the footsteps of Michelle Pfeiffer and Halle Berry who have previous played Catwoman on-screen.
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.”
Tom Hardy’s role has also been revealed as 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.”
For those unaware of who Bane is, here’s what Wikipedia says:
Bane was born in the fictional Caribbean Republic of Santa Prisca, in a prison called Peña Duro (“Hard Rock”). His father had been a revolutionary and had escaped Santa Prisca’s court system. The corrupt government however decreed that his young son would serve out the man’s life sentence, and thus Bane’s childhood and early adult life are spent in the amoral penitentiary environment.
Bane escapes Peña Duro and his ambition turns to destroying Batman, whom he had heard tales of while serving his sentence. He is fascinated with Gotham City because, like the prison, it is a place where fear rules: in this case, fear of Batman. Bane is convinced that the demonic bat that haunted his dreams since childhood is a representation of the Batman.
Bane is highly intelligent and is also highly devious and a superb strategist and tactician. Although extremely dangerous at all times, Bane is perfectly sane and in control of his mind and actions—a trait that separates him from many of Batman’s enemies.
The Dark Knight Rises will begin filming in May for a July 2012 release.
Thoughts on the villains? Are you interested in seeing what Hathaway can bring to Catwoman?