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Friday, January 21, 2011

Tom Hardy Cast As Latest Batman Villain

Casting news from Hollywood yesterday, as Warner Brothers made an announcement regarding the final film in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises. The smashing Tom Hardy has been cast to play Bane in the new movie.

For those unfamiliar with Batman history, Bane is a villain with unparalleled strength and intelligence.  Depending on the artist that is drawing the comic, he has been drawn between 6 and a half to 8 foot tall and 350 to 500 pounds.  All muscle.  Bane is famous for "breaking the bat".  He broke Batman's spine and made him a paraplegic.  Is this how Christopher Nolan is going to end the Dark Night trilogy?  It will be interesting to find out.

Nolan is not a fan of CGI, so I imagine Mr. Hardy is in a gym as we speak trying to gain some mass.  He has done it before.  In 2007, to play notorious UK criminal and prisoner Charles Bronson , he bulked up so much he became almost unrecognizable.  The film was praised worldwide by critics, but flopped at the box office. (I've had it in my Instant Netflix queue for a month, but haven't gotten around to see it yet.)

The Dark Knight Rises is set to be released next summer.  Oh, and Anne Hathaway was cast as Catwoman.