Two of the leads in the upcoming Batman movie have been announced. On January 19th, director Christopher Nolan announced that he has cast Anne Hathaway as Catwoman in “Batman: The Dark Knight Rises.” He said that they have been testing different actresses for some time, allowing them to read with lead Christian Bale to determine the perfect chemistry. He also announced that up and coming actor Tom Hardy will play the villain Bane. The character was seen briefly in Schumacher’s “Batman & Robin.”
Tom Hardy was previously seen in Nolan’s Inception, and recieved much praise for his performance. The movie is set to be released in July 20th, 2012. Filming and production will begin this year. This is said to be the last movie in the Nolan franchise.