Oh, Christopher Nolan. You do know how to make the geeks happy.
Easily the most anticipated comic book movies… nay, movies, period, is Nolan’s Batman 3, which I’m assuming will not have a title as bland as Batman 3. We know the bulk of the players from the last film will return — Christian Bale will don the cape and the cowl once again, Gary Oldman will continue to fucking own the role of Jim Gordon, and Michael Caine will continue to wryly portray Alfred the butler/confidante. I’m guessing/hoping that Morgan Freeman returns as Lucius Fox, as well.
All we need is a villain. No word on what’s going to happen with Aaron Eckhart, who did a bang-up job as Harvey Dent/Two-Face, since he was possibly, well, dead at the end of The Dark Knight. But it’s comic books. Who the hell knows.
Well, now we know this: Nolan has cast Tom Hardy in the film, though no word on who he’s going to play, be it villain, ally or other. All I know is that it’s fucking aces as far as casting goes. Hardy was outstanding in Nolan’s Inception, and blew audiences away with his gritty intensity in Bronson. Also? He’s turned himself into a goddamn brick shithouse.
I mean, damn.
There were rumors floating around yesterday that the villain in the film would be Waylon Jones, aka Killer Croc, which makes a bit of sense given that the movie will film in New Orleans (whether or not it will double for Gotham City, or that some of the film will simply take place there remains to be seen). Killer Croc sounds a little ridiculous at first, but really it’s not that bad an idea — the character was originally simply a crime boss with a nasty skin affliction similar to epidermolytic hyperkeratosis, though it’s actually a form of “regressive atavism, meaning that he has inherited traits of ancestral species of the human race, such as reptiles” (thanks, Wikipedia). So it could be done without being too cartoonish. And if it is Killer Croc, well, Hardy could certainly be an interesting choice.
A lot of people were thinking The Riddler. The Riddler is fucking lame. There, I said it.
Regardless of who he plays, it’s outstanding news and yet another casting decision that Nolan has absolutely nailed. With the exception of the criminally dull Katie Holmes in Batman Begins, the man has yet to make a mistake.