'Dark Knight Rises' Villains Announced

Considering what a huge topic of conversation the title of Christopher Nolan’s third Batman film was (and still is!), ForeverGeek had to get this out to you immediately. Warner Bros. has just sent out a press release naming the two villains that will face off against Christian Bale’s Batman in The Dark Knight Rises — and the actors who will portray them.

It’s long been rumored that Tom Hardy — who co-starred in Nolan’s Inception — was already onboard to play one of the villains, but until now we’ve had no idea which villain that would be. The character in question is, surprisingly, Bane. The hulking, doped-up muscleman from the comics is, in typical Nolan fashion, getting a “new interpretation” for The Dark Knight Rises.

Co-starring alongside Hardy as likely the film’s more prominent villain will be Anne Hathaway as Catwoman. Selina Kyle herself, last seen in a Batman movie portrayed by Michelle Pfeiffer in Batman Returns, will be added to Nolan’s superhero franchise for the first time.

Nolan is directing from a screenplay he’s written along with his brother Jonathan Nolan, from a story by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer. The Dark Knight Rises is expected to be Nolan’s final Batman film, and is set to hit theaters July 20, 2012 (pitting it against Joss Whedon’s multi-Marvel-hero pic The Avengers).

Alright, commenters. Let’s hear it. What do you think of these character and casting choices? And what do these two choices tell us about the theme and scope of the film?

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