Over the last two weeks we have been subject to a tsunami of awesome super hero news. First we got a snappy photo of Chris Evans in full on Captain America garb from Captain America: The First Avenger. Then we get our first look at Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man (Grungy suit with web-shooters. Amen to that.) for the upcoming reboot. Then we got an unofficial first look at the cast of the X-Men in Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men First Class, later leading to some legit pictures. Our fragile nerd bodies could only take so much, way too much to process and just when we were about to get a breather we got some villain casting news on Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, with Anne Hathaway being cast as Catwoman and Tom Hardy cast as Bane.
Personally I am pumped for Tom Hardy (Inception) as Bane (read io9.coms complete guide to Bane), but I wasn’t so thrilled about Anne Hathaway as Catwoman… until I saw her photoshopped in Adam Hughes Catwoman art (above). Hathaway is not that busty and I’m sure Nolan’s vision for the femme feline will be far different, but well played on the casting Nolan… well played.
In other news, Christian Bale has revealed that The Dark Knight Rises will likely be his last Batman movie. This is nothing new as it’s been rumored/reported before, but this is the first time that Bale is actually talking about it.
Here’s what he had to say to Empire last month:
“All I know is the likelihood that this will be the last one. Well, I wouldn’t say definitely. If Chris goes, ‘Hey, I’ve got another story I think could be interesting,’ then yeah, great, I’d go do that. I always assumed it would be three, but I could be wrong. I don’t know if there’s something wrong with me, but I don’t feel any pressure.”
Christopher Nolan has confirmed that The Dark Knight Rises will be his last installment in the Batman franchise. Of course, studio pressure and loads of money might make him think differently down the road.., but as of now let’s assume that is it is the final chapter.
Bale obviously loves working with Nolan, but how does he feel about the new cast coming in for the film?
“[Tom Hardy] seems like he’s balls-out, doesn’t he? Like he really goes for it.He looked like a guy that was happy to go to extremes, to really push it. Looks like he could go the distance…”
What are your thoughts on all this new?