Holy Meh, Batman! Catwoman has been cast in Chris Nolan’s upcoming The Dark Knight Rises. And the actress chosen to play her is… Anne Hathaway? Let me say that again, Catwoman will be played by Anne Hathaway? Hrm. Also announced today is the role Tom Hardy has been cast to play: Bane. I find both of these choices troubling. Although Hathaway is a great actress, she’s certainly not my idea of Selina Kyle. And Bane’s involvement is also troubling since Nolan can’t use Knightfall to set him up as a credible threat (as you would have to use the entire Batman rogues gallery – most of whom haven’t been introduced yet). There’s still no word on who will play the expected role of Talia al Ghul, but you can check out the full press release after the jump.
FOR CHRISTOPHER NOLAN’S “THE DARK KNIGHT RISES”
BURBANK, CA, January 19, 2011 – Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Anne Hathaway has been cast as Selina Kyle in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises.” She will be starring alongside Christian Bale, who returns in the title role of Bruce Wayne/Batman.
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.”
In addition, Tom Hardy has been set to play 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.”
Nolan will direct the film from a screenplay he wrote with Jonathan Nolan, from a story by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer. Nolan will also produce the film with his longtime producing partner, Emma Thomas, and Charles Roven.
“The Dark Knight Rises” is slated for release on July 20, 2012. The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.