That’s right, Warner Bros have announced the two other main characters who will appear with and/or against Batman in the upcoming Dark Knight Rises movie, as well as the actors who will be portraying them. As you’ve no doubt guessed from the title of this post, those characters are Catwoman to be played by Anne Hathaway and Bane to be played by Tom Hardy and all we have to say is…AWESOMEO!
At first, I was a little dismayed at the whispers of Catwoman as being one of the major characters linked this movie (even more dismayed at the news of Poison Ivy after the Batman and Robin fiasco!) especially after the the trainwreck that was the Catwoman movie (the less said about the better) and of course Tim Burton’s vision of Catwoman in Batman Returns in which Catwoman is not actually a Cat burglar but an unfortunate employee who gets pushed out of a window by her sinister employer Max Shreck (played by Christopher Walken) and was somehow brough back to life by cats (WTF was that about???).
However, I feel the casting of Anne Hathaway in this role is a positive step forward. After all, she does have the look of the more modern Catwoman of the comic books and has most definitely got the figure for it (trust me, I’ve studied long and hard. So to speak.). With Nolan in charge and his apparent preference to a more realistic rendering of the Batman franchise, I actually think this Catwoman will actually closely resemble the character from the comic book. Which is nice for a change.
I think the best and most predictible way this character will fit into the storyline is for the character to flicker in between her cat burgling and her attraction to Batman, but it’ll be interesting to see how it plays out.
As for Bane, I think it’s an excellent choice of character for the movie. It’ll fit well with the more realistic tone Nolan has stuck to throughout his previous two movies and the backstory for the character is so rich and interesting it’ll be extremely interesting to see what Nolan does with it.
I know what most of you are thinking. Bane. He’s that big brainless, brute – a one dimensional character who won’t benefit the movie at all. Well, think again. The Bane portrayed in the already mentioned disaster Batman and Robin was a comical joke, a piss-poor attempt to make Uma Thurman’s Poison Ivy a more viable threat to the caped duo.
Looking into the Bane character’s backstory, however, sheds a new light on things and perfectly highlights precisely why he’s going to be a perfect character for Nolan to use in Dark Knight Rises.
Those who aren’t all that familiar with him should check Gail Simone’s run of the Secret Six in which he is currently featured. He’s portrayed as a complex man, with complex morals and values. And of course, he is the main who broke Batman’s back and put him out of commission for months in the Knightfall.
Still not convinced? Then check out the nice little character background I found on Wikipedia:
Bane was born in the fictional Caribbean Republic of Santa Prisca, in a prison called Peña Duro (“Hard Rock”). His father had been a revolutionary and had escaped Santa Prisca’s court system. The corrupt government however decreed that his young son would serve out the man’s life sentence, and thus Bane’s childhood and early adult life are spent in the amoral penitentiary environment. Though imprisoned, his natural abilities allow him to develop extraordinary skills within the prison’s walls. He reads as many books as he can get his hands on, builds up his body in the prison’s gym, and learns to fight in the merciless school of prison life. Despite his circumstances, he finds teachers of various sorts during his incarceration, ranging from hardened convicts to an elderly Jesuit priest, under whose tutelage he apparently receives a classical education. Bane murders this priest upon his return to Santa Prisca years later. However, he commits his first murder at the age of eight, stabbing a criminal who wanted to use him to gain information about the prison. During his years in prison, Bane carries a teddy bear he calls Osito (Spanish for “little bear”), whom he considers his only friend.It is revealed that Osito has a hole in his back to hold a knife that Bane uses against anyone who bullies him.
Bane ultimately establishes himself as the “king” of Peña Dura prison. The prison’s controllers take note and eventually force him to become a test subject for a mysterious drug known as Venom, which had killed all other subjects; the drug is administered by the sinister Dr. Hugo Strange. It nearly kills him at first, but he survives and finds the drug vastly increases his physical strength, although he needs to take it every 12 hours (via a system of tubes pumped directly into his brain) or he would suffer debilitating side-effects.
What do you think of the characters and the casting? Think Hathaway can cut the mustard as Catwoman? If not, who would you have preferred? Think Bane is a good character to finish the trilogy? How do you think Nolan will portray him?
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