Not necessarily because I’m thrilled with the casting choice (I sort of am though, but more on that in a bit), but because it finally puts a bullet in the damn rumor mill.
So the first piece is we finally know who Tom Hardy is playing, and it ain’t Hugo Strange. Instead, Hardy will put on the mask of The Man Who Broke The Bat… aka Bane. It’s a choice that pretty much no one saw coming, and an interesting one at that. The character has been shown on the big screen before, in the atrocious Batman And Robin, in a complete and utter abortion of a portrayal, showing him as essentially mindless grunt. In truth, Bane is a completely sane, very cunning and brilliant guy… who happens to periodically inject himself with a chemical that increases his strength, and who is one of Batman’s more fearsome foes (he didn’t get that nickname for nothing). I don’t know how they’re going to handle the physicality of the role, but honestly, given Nolan’s penchant for grounding his characters in more real-world scenarios, that’s less important, especially with an excellent actor like Hardy.
I’m very curious to see if he gets rounded out with any other villains (Bane isn’t actually always a villain, either), though who knows, because…
… Nolan has officially announced that Selina Kyle, otherwise known as Catwoman, will be in the film, and he’s cast Anne Hathaway in the role. Now, which incarnation of Catwoman this will be is unknown. There have been several — former prostitute, cat burglar, amnesiac flight attendant (no, seriously) — but as far as female leads go, I actually think Catwoman’s an excellent choice. Given that Batman lost Rachel Dawes in the last film, a normal gal to start a relationship seems a bit disingenuous. But Catwoman has a far more visceral, complex relationship with Batman, so I’m down with the idea. Also, anything to get the taste of the ball-stabbingly awful Halle Berry movie out of my brain.
Now, as for Hathaway? I’m of two minds. On the one hand, she’s a spectacular actress and one who I have an embarrassing crush on. Seriously, she may well be at the top of my list. That said, when I think deadly sexpot seductress, I don’t know that she’s the first choice… but I’m certainly happy to give her the shot.