Bane And Catwoman* in The Dark Knight Rises

* Well, to be more precise, Anne Hathaway has been cast as Selina Kyle, who becomes Catwoman in the comics…

Warner Bros has announced two pieces of major casting for Christopher Nolan’s third Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises .

Anne Hathaway will be playing Selina Kyle, who, as we all know, is the real identity of Catwoman. That doesn’t automatically mean she’ll be appearing Catwoman in the movie, but who would be brave enough to be against her plotline being a weird, twisted origin story of some kind?

Meanwhile, the brilliant Tom Hardy, who appeared in Nolan’s Inception , and may one day, eventually be the new Mad Max (Australian weather permitting) is set to play Bane, who, in the comics, was the scary bruiser who, in the comics, broke Batman’s back, and who, in the Schumacher’s Batman And Robin , was a dumb, stupid Mexican wrestler.

Christopher Nolan says, “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Anne Hathaway, who will be a fantastic addition to our ensemble as we complete our story,” and “I am delighted to be working with Tom again and excited to watch him bring to life our new interpretation of one of Batman’s most formidable enemies,” (both of which statements sound suspiciously like they were written by a PR person for Nolan to sign off…)