After years of rumors and speculation, it seems the dust is finally settling on Christopher Nolan’s next cast of Batman villains. After his interview back in October ruled out the Riddler as Batman’s next nemesis, the fans have been scrambling with anticipation over who will be terrorizing Gotham in this third and final installment. Now most of the cast has been chosen, but will they be able to live up to the hype? With Heath Ledger’s horrifyingly incredible performance as the Joker, the pressure is on for the new villains. Here’s the lineup:
Tom Hardy: Bane
The Joel Schumacher portrayal of Bane in “Batman & Robin” was that of a half-witted, steroid-pumped sidekick that had little actual role in the movie. He was essentially the Incredible Hulk, if the Hulk just never really did anything with his life. However, in the comics, Bane was incredibly brilliant and actually put Batman out of commission for a time by breaking his spinal cord. Although this film probably wont have any spine-snapping, diehard comic fans will be looking for a more formidable Bane out of Tom Hardy. The really diehard comic fans will be looking for an appearance from Osito. My fingers are crossed.
Anne Hathaway: Catwoman
I’m not gonna lie, I cringed when I first heard that Catwoman was actually happening. Previous Catwoman attempts have been so gimmicky and unrealistic that it seemed like a role Nolan would have skipped over. Even aside from that, who would have named Anne Hathaway as a possibility? Then again, who saw Heath Ledger coming? Once I got over the initial shock, I remembered that it’s a Christopher Nolan movie. I feel better now. Actually, I’m really looking forward to seeing what Nolan does to implement such a light character in such a dark setting.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Alberto Falcone
Fans of “Inception” were pleased to see Joseph Gordon-Levitt on the roster, but for most, Alberto Falcone is a new name. More commonly known as the Holiday Killer, he is the son of Carmine Falcone. A graduate of Harvard and Oxford, he isn’t the typical mobster. In fact, he wasn’t allowed into the mob family, which sparks a jealousy fueled killing spree. I’m curious as to the storyline we’ll see for this character, being that Carmine Falcone died in “Batman Begins”. Perhaps he’ll be prefaced with flashbacks, or he could go in an entirely new direction. Either way, I’m extremely excited to see Joseph Gordon-Levitt playing a villlain.
If it was any other director, I would say that having three villains in one movie is a bad idea, but this is Christopher Nolan. This man has earned the public’s trust more than any politician could ever hope to. After seeing him turn David Bowie into Nikola Tesla, I’m thoroughly convinced that there is nothing he cannot do.