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Rumor: Robin Will Be in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

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Here’s some news that may leave Batman fans scratching their heads.  Scouting is currently underway in Michigan for The Dark Knight Rises; production crews reportedly scouted locations, including a water treatment plant, in Grand Ledge’s Fitzgerald Park last week, but for something entirely unexpected.  Sources told Michigan’s WILX [via AICN] “the area is being considered as a hideout for Batman sidekick Robin.”

Another rumor? A killer joke? Didn’t Christian Bale say he’d “refuse to work” if Robin was introduced into the new Batman stories? Still, this news is quite intriguing, especially when coming off the heels of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s possible addition to the cast. Could he be the boy wonder, forced to take the mantle when/if Bane breaks the Bat’s back? Could be a unique take on the Knightfall storyline … repeat after me: IN NOLAN I TRUST.

Anne Hathaway and Tom Hardy were recently cast as Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman) and Bane, respectively, in The Dark Knight Rises, scheduled for release on July 20, 2012.

 

Anne Hathaway Cast as Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman) in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES; Tom Hardy to Play Bane

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Here are two major pieces of The Dark Knight Rises news that you can take to the Gotham City bank.  First up, Warner Bros’ has announced that Anne Hathaway has been cast as Selina Kyle.  Kyle’s alter-ego is Catwoman, but the press release doesn’t mention the character.  They only refer to Hathaway’s role as “Selina Kyle”.

The other major piece of news from the press release is that Tom Hardy will be playing the Batman villain Bane.  It was previously rumored that Hardy would be playing villainous psychologist Dr. Hugo Strange.  Personally, I think Strange is a more interesting character than Bane, whose claim to fame is that he broke Batman’s back in the comics.   The Dark Knight Rises is due out July 20th.

As previously reported, The Dark Knight Rises is rumored to have two leading female characters.  One was to be a villain and the other was to be a love interest.  The character Talia al Ghul was rumored to be in the movie and presumed to be the villain since she’s the daughter of the villain fromBatman Begins, Ra’s al Ghul.  However, the inclusion of Kyle complicates matters.  Catwoman/Selina Kyle works perfectly as both a love interest AND a villain.  However, if she doesn’t become Catwoman in the movie, then presumably she stays as the “love interest” and not the villain.  But it would be bizarre to try and hold Catwoman for a fourth movie when Nolan has said that he plans to make The Dark Knight Rises his finalBatman movie.

As for Bane, I’m surprised a character that super-natural and comic-book-y has made it into Nolan’s grounded-in-reality Gotham City.  For those unfamiliar with the character, Bane is hooked up to a chemical known as “Venom” that causes his body to become super-muscular when injected.  He also wears (in the comics) a Mexican wrestling mask.  Of course, the press release states that this will be a “new interpretation” of Bane.

Here’s the press release:

BURBANK, CA, January 19, 2011 – Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Anne Hathaway has been cast as Selina Kyle in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises.” She will be starring alongside Christian Bale, who returns in the title role of Bruce Wayne/Batman.

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.”

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.

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RUMOR: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Casting Info, Shooting Dates, and Design Details for the New Batmobile and Batcave

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Today, we’ve been sent three very interesting rumors concerning Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises.  Before we go into what we were sent, it’s important to know that Nolan’s intense desire for secrecy regarding his films makes it impossible to get confirmation or denial on any rumor.  There will be no official word on The Dark Knight Rises until Nolan says so.  However, we believe there is some veracity to the information we’ve been sent and thought we would pass it along to you.

First up, a source tells us that Eva Green and Naomi Watts are going to be cast in the film.  The source doesn’t know which roles they’re playing, but believes it’s Talia al Ghul and Vicki Vale, respectively.  However, we have no confirmation these characters are even in the movie.

 

Previously reported by Collider that the film would have two new female leads: a love interest and a villain.  Vicky Vale, a reporter who was played by Kim Basinger in Tim Burton’s Batman, would presumably be the love interest, while Talia al Ghul is the daughter of Ra’s al Ghul (played by Liam Neeson inBatman Begins) and in the comics has been an anti-hero/love-interest for Batman.  Hit the jump for more rumors regarding The Dark Knight Rises, which is set to be released on July 20, 2012. [UpdateHeat Vision is reporting that Keira Knightley, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel, Kate Mara, Charlotte Riley, and possibly Gemma Arterton are testing for the female roles, so it’s possible that Green and Watts haven’t been cast.  However, we have independently confirmed that Talia al Ghul is in the movie.]

 

the_dark_knight_movie_image_01Before moving on to the other rumors, it’s worth noting that Watts’ name was mentioned before as a possible contender to play one of the female leads.  Green’s name is new to the mix, but she’s age-appropriate in relation to Christian Bale, she’s sexy as hell, and would nail the femme fatale angle of Talia al Ghul or even Catwoman if that’s the film’s female villain.  Again, we cannot confirm or deny this casting, but we wanted to pass it along.

The same source also tells us that principal photography is set to begin on May 6th with post-production set to begin on November 28th.  This timeline coincides with an earlier report from Michael Caine by Collider who said that filming was supposed to run from May through November.  Finally, this source tells us that the leaked script for the film that recently hit the net is fake and that the cast will get the real script sometime next week.

A different source tells us some new details regarding the design of the new Batmobile and Batcave.  It’s not surprising that both will be in the new movie since the old Batmobile was destroyed in The Dark Knight and Bruce and Alfred have been working on the Batcave since the end of Batman Begins.  Our source “Raphael” tells us that the new Batmobile (aka The Tumbler) has been redesigned as a sleeker version, but still powerful and with all the gadgets.  As for the Batcave, it will be the same cave we saw in Batman Begins and they’re attempting to keep the classic stuff like the circular bay for the Batmobile, but keep the look modern.  They’re also setting up the Batcomputer and storage for the Batsuits.  And if there’s a new Batmobile and a new Batcave, is it possible we’ll be getting a new Batsuit in The Dark Knight Rises? (Hint, hint.)

Again, this is all rumor because we can’t get it confirmed.  However, we trust these sources enough that we’re willing to post the information they’ve sent us.  More as we hear it.

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