THE DARK KNIGHT RISES – CFQ Spotlight Podcast 3:29

Heading for a Fall: Bane (Tom Hardy, left) faces off against the Batman (Christian Bale) in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
Heading for a Fall: Bane (Tom Hardy, left) faces off against the Batman (Christian Bale) in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

Homicidal maniac in a well-crafted movie: great entertainment. Homicidal maniac in an actual movie theater… Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons grapple with the horrific news out of Aurora, discussing whether and how it should relate to the film that was being screened, Christopher Nolan’s THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, and also how these events should affect Spotlight’s geekly mandate of discussing the film in-depth.
Then, they do go on to analyze Nolan’s final chapter to his universally celebrated Batman trilogy, evaluating how the decision to keep the Batman (Christian Bale) off-stage for long stretches of the film effect our expectations, whether the choice of Bane (Tom Hardy) and Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) as villains gave the masked crimefighter a suitable roster of adversaries, and whether this last tale provides a fitting summation to the themes established and explored from the very first film.

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Fliming 'DKR' Catwoman Scene—Clip

Tow-car fliming of Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway) on the ‘Batpod’ recumbent motorcycle in Pittsburg, doubling for Gotham City in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES.
Several desert camoflage-painted Tumblers, presumed to be under the control of Bane’s (Tom Hardy’s) forces, along with other military equipment, can be seen in the taped sequences.
The Warner Brothers Pictures’ film wrapped its Pittsburg location filming this weekend.
Via Pittsburgmovies youtube page.

1st Official Pic of Selina Kyle

Warner Brothers Pictures released this first official picture of Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES.
Looks to me like she’s riding the “Bat Pod” motorcycle from THE DARK KNIGHT. Is she working with the Batman or just stealing his ride?

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Anne Hathaway Confirms Catwoman?

From the Hollywood Reporter comes this item, in which it appears that Oscar presenter Anne Hathaway reveals that her Selina Kyle role in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES is indeed Catwoman,
“I was waiting to hear back to hear if I’d been cast as Catwoman, and my manager called me and said, ‘Are you sitting down?’ and I just go, oh my god, here it comes. She’s like, ‘You’re about to hear something you’ll never hear again in your whole life. I’m like, ‘OK.’ And she goes, ‘You’ve been asked to host the Oscars.’ I’m like, ‘I’m Catwoman! What?! Oh, oh, OK. What?’
Clip via Batman-News.com

Catwoman & Bane For 'Dark Knight Rises'

Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Anne Hathaway has been cast as Selina Kyle in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises.”

Christopher Nolan stated, “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.”

Tom Hardy, BRONSON
Tom Hardy, BRONSON

In addition, Tom Hardy has been set to play Bane. Nolan said, “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.”

Nolan will direct the film from a screenplay he wrote with Jonathan Nolan, from a story by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer. Nolan will also produce the film with his longtime producing partner, Emma Thomas, and Charles Roven. “

The Dark Knight Rises” is slated for release on July 20, 2012. The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

So Catwoman and Bane, huh? Could work.
Catwoman has appeared in the `60’s BATMAN television, show, spin-off movie, and BATMAN RETURNS, as well as cartoons.  (A non-Selina Kyle heroic version was showcased in CATWOMAN.)
Bane appeared in a less- than -faithful fashion in the widely reviled BATMAN AND ROBIN, appearing as a scientifically-powered inarticulate brute.
Casting the British Tom Hardy as the character is somewhat unexpected. In the comics, Bane is supposed to be from a Caribbean prision, and speaks with a Hispanic accent, though he is surprisingly intelligent and literate for a long-term inmate. Using the addictive super-steriod Venom,  he was transformed into a inhumanly strong killer.
He’s clever enough to keep the Batman on the run, by releasing crimminal lunatics from Arkham Asylum, while also deducing his secret identity, and eventually breaking the Dark Knight’s back in a fight. (Knightfall)
How this will play out in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES is anybody’s guess.