We know we’ve said this before, but we are all about the new, aggressive Anne Hathaway from The Dark Knight Rises. First she accidentally man-handles a stunt man, now she’s calling out Oscars co-host James Franco for blaming her pep for his seemingly sleepy hosting style. “I let James know that a whirling dervish is a more flattering comparison than a Tasmanian devil. I called him, and we e-mailed a bit,” Anne told Bazaar, as she slowly put out a cigarette on his picture. Or so we assume.
Hathaway will always have a place in cinema as the alabaster, bespectacled lead in movies like in the upcoming One Day, but the woman also is able to go hard-coreÃ‚Â cinematically-speaking) when she needs to. “I’ve always thought that skinny was the goal, but with this job I also have to be strong,” Anne says about playing Catwoman. Hathway also takes time to dismiss haters who disliked her Oscar hosting role, explaining, “In the grand scheme of things, I got to have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I met great people, wore beautiful clothes. And I got to put on a show. I don’t see a downside. Anyone who disliked my personality probably disliked my personality before the Oscars.” Okay, certainly that’s the most polite smack down imaginable, but a smack down nonetheless. The old Hathaway would have had a panic attack and sent everyone in the Academy muffin baskets.
We’re a long, long way from the days of “Holy Meatballs, Batman!” and “Art Carney as The Archer.” A series of bizarre, intense videos have been posted on Youtube under an account named TheFireRises, which happens to be the name of the Twitter account that released the photo of Thomas Hardy as Bane, the main villain in 2012′s Bat-sequel The Dark Knight Rises. The clip above is the most coherent, with grainy footage of Anthony Michael Hall (who played newscaster Mike Engel in The Dark Knight) reporting a breakout at Arkham Asylum. A link to a similarly titled Facebook page is seen briefly, suggesting that might be a good place to learn about the next creepy-ass teaser for the film, which isn’t due until July 2012.
Check out two more clips after the jump, if you’re in the mood for fuzzy, nightmarish images matched with ominous chanting.
Previous rumors asserted that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was cast as Alberto Falcone while Cotlliard would play Talia al Ghul, both bad guys from the Batman mythology. Luckily Warner Bros. issued a statement explaining that “Cotillard will appear as Miranda Tate, a Wayne Enterprises board member eager to help a still-grieving Bruce Wayne resume his fatherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s philanthropic endeavors for Gotham,” while Gordon-Levitt will play “John Blake, a Gotham City beat cop assigned to special duty under the command of Commissioner Gordon. Maybe Christian Bale‘s Wayne can actually interact with people who aren’t sociopaths, at least until the stress of living the the world’s most supervillain-ridden burg finally drives them to madness.
Would Christopher Nolan rather be making Inception 2 than Batman 3? A French magazine reports that the dreamworld caper’s Marion Cotillard is set to join the cast of The Dark Knight Rises. Her rep told The Hollywood Reporter that the deal is “in discussion, nothing has been confirmed,” but if she does get a spot in the upcoming blockbuster, she’ll potentially be reacquainted with Inception co-stars Tom Hardy (confirmed to be the villain Bane), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (in talks to play one of Bane’s accomplices), and of course, Michael Caine, who will undoubtedly return as Alfred. No word yet if Scarecrow Cillian Murphy will be returning as well, but it would seem unfair not to let him cameo.
The news isn’t a total surprise, as Nolan has no qualms about re-using actors: Caine has been in every Nolan film since Batman Begins, advising Christian Bale in both the Batcave and in The Prestige. But not only is the roll call getting rather familiar, but the list of stars is also getting pretty deep—are you ready for a movie with Cotillard and Catwoman Anne Hathaway? Maybe Leonardo DiCaprio can show up sweating in the corner of Bruce Wayne’s mind during a nightmare.
Is The Dark Knight Rises really going to be Inception 2? Christopher Nolan has already cast Inception bad-ass Tom Hardy as Bane in the Batman sequel, and Deadline Hollywood says fellow dream-teamer Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in talks to play a Bat-villain as well. Though people have often commented on JGL’s physical similarity to Heath Ledger, we’re guessing they wouldn’t dare have him take on the Joker facepaint. Some plausible options include The Riddler (he does have a Frank Gorshin body), a younger Dr. Hugo Strange (Robin Williamswas rumored for the role) or one of Bane’s three sidekicks from the Knightfall story, which included a falconer, a giant brute, and a creepy bald dude named “Zombie.”
We’re hoping for Zombie, but with Anne Hathaway‘s announcement coming quickly after the Catwoman auditions, fans probably won’t be left in the dark long if and when JGL signs on.
After rumors that Cher could potentially play Catwoman turned out to be false (Damn you, Anne Hathaway and your feline good looks!) we were leery about who director Christopher Nolan would cast as Christian Bale‘s foe in the upcoming The Dark Night Rises. How would you feel if we told you the most recent rumors have Robin Williams playing Dr. Hugo Strange? Film site Batman On Film tweeted about Williams’ casting, saying “RW as Strange? Hmm…”, a hint that has fans in the know all a-twitter. Who knew Robin would ever play a role more disturbing than Mrs. Euphegenia Doubtfire? We know; we’re amazed too!
While casting the genie from Aladdin as an insane psychologist might seem like a bizarre choice, Williams’ roles in Insomnia and One Hour Photo prove the comedian can go dark. Many of us also scratched our heads at Nolan’s casting of Heath Ledger as the Joker, but the director clearly knew what he was doing. Other actors mentioned for the role of Hugo Strange included Inception’s Tom Hardy, since cast as the villain Bane. How many evil-doers does this movie even have? Nolan, you know exactly how to make us crazy with anticipation! Just remember that it’s never too late to hire Cher (No offense, Anne Hathaway!)
Anne Hathaway is sexy, but can she play sinister sexy? Looks like we’re going to find out, because Anne will play Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises. Details are scarce, but really, what more needs to be said? Though we had some wild ideas for villains in the third Batman (Miley Cyrus can still play Harley Quinn, y’all!), most of the caped crusaders’ enemies are mob bosses with goofy outfits—what’s the difference between the Mad Hatter and King Tut aside from their particular fashion fetish? Catwoman lets them bring sex into the storyline, and with Heath Ledger sadly taking the Joker with him, it was the only place to go.
Not that Catwoman will be the only villain. The studio has revealed that cast member Tom Hardy will officially be playing Bane, the roid-rager who (briefly) crippled Batman in the ’90s comics event Knightfall. Aww, we were kinda hoping he’d play crimelord and Greek mythology enthusiast Maxie Zeus: toga action!
Check out some photos of Hathaway in the gallery below, and—for a challenge—try to imagine her wearing more clothes as Catwoman. It’s tough, we know. [Photo: Warner Bros., ]
Hey, do you think there are any actresses who’d like to be in the sequel to the biggest non-James Cameron movie ever? Casting for The Dark Knight Rises is well underway, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing a shortlist of the ladies auditioning for roles in the film. While no one’s saying if previously featured parts like Catwoman, Poison Ivy or Vicki Vale are making a return to the franchise, word is Talia, daughter of Batman Begins baddie Ra’s Al Ghul and enthusiast for skin-tight body suits, is going to play a part in Rises. If there’s another part available, we’re guessing its Sexy Villainess In Tight Clothing or Sexy Gainfully Employed Woman In A Frustrating Relationship With Bruce Wayne.
Check out the gallery below to see all the women who could potentially be joining Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Inception’s Tom Hardy (one of our Biggest Bad-Asses Of 2010) in the guaranteed Bat-smash.