Warner Brothers just announced that Anne Hathaway will be sporting a sure-to-be-slinky Catwoman costume for “The Dark Knight Rises,” the likely final chapter of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. The pick of Hathaway as Selina Kyle would make her the third actress to take the role on film after Lee Meriwether (who replaced TV’s Julie Newmar in the spinoff of the ’60s series), Michelle Pfeiffer and Halle Berry, but was one of just one of many who was vying for the part on a list that was said to include Natalie Portman, Rachel Weisz, Keira Knightley and Blake Lively. (If nothing else, this should give plenty of red meat to those who believe Nolan has a “woman problem.”)
In addition, the brute Bane, who last appeared onscreen in “Batman & Robin,” will be brought into the Nolan universe for the first time, courtesy of “Inception” star Tom Hardy. The full press release is here:
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.