HardyStrangeA while back news broke  that Inception star  Tom Hardy had been cast in The Dark Knight Rises. Since then people have wondered what role he would play. We’ve heard everything from him playing a gotham cop to even playing the Riddler, but of course we know that’s not the case (Chris Nolan said the the riddle man is not in the picture). So who is he?  An interesting rumor from batman-news.com may have the scoop. Being that we’ve reported on every single other single casting rumor, why stop here. Again the following quote should be taken with a grain of salt. It’s nothing more than speculation from an anonymous source.

’ve heard that Tom Hardy is in fact going to play the villain. My source strongly believes that Hardy is going to be playing Hugo Strange. This is the first bit of information from this person that I’m publishing, however they have been accurate in the past. For example, this person told me weeks before the recent Christoper Nolan interview that The Riddler would not be appearing in the film. They also mentioned that Rachel Weisz and Anne Hathaway were in the running for the lead female role a couple of weeks before Deadline posted their list. Given their track record so far, I wanted to post this Hardy news that I received via email. Again, this should just be taken as rumor. I’m posting this for the sake of discussion since we’ve hit a dry spell with The Dark Knight Rises news.

In the comics, Strange is a genius, mad scientist who becomes obsessed with Batman, learns his secret identity and ends up dressing up like him. In Nolan’s Gotham, he likes to keep villains slightly more grounded in reality. So, while I remain skepitcal Strange certainly plays into Nolan’s Universe.

Personally, I think Strange would be a great secondary or sub-plot villain threat, much in the way Eric Robert’s mobster (Falcone) was in the Dark Knight.

What do you think of Tom Hardy playing Dr. Strange in The Dark Knight Rises? Does it work?

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