And the rest: Anne Hathaway is The Dark Knight Rises’ Selina Kyle; X-Men prequel blitz begins

And the catsuit goes to… Warner Bros. announced today that Anne Hathaway has been cast as Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman) in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. Reaction has been mixed, but I’m willing to wait and see. (Remember when Heath Ledger was cast?) Earlier rumors claimed there’s a second female lead yet to be cast as well.

Also revealed is that Tom Hardy will play Bane, one of Batman’s newer (well, 1993) foes. Unlike Hathaway, whose performance is bound to be judged harshly against Michelle Pfeiffer’s take on the character (among others,) Hardy has much less baggage to overcome. Bane’s only film appearance thus far was in the much-derided Batman and Robin as a henchmen to Uma Thurman’s Poison Ivy.

X-Men: First Class. DC not your thing? Hero Complex visits the set of the X-Men prequel, which stars James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender as the young Professor X and Magneto. (Lingering question: Will January Jones actually convince us she’s not Betty Draper, budding supervillain?) There are another couple photos at /Film. And lastly, check out the teaser poster at AICN.

Buffy. Joss Whedon talks to Entertainment Weekly about the Season 8 comics. Warning: Massive spoilers. If you don’t risk them but still feel like getting depressive about something, Blastr has seven Whedon projects we’ll never see, almost all of which look better than Dollhouse.

Harry Potter. Another round of spoil-or-not: A pivotal death scene is being changed for Deathly Hallows: Part 2. Or, see Alexis Liddell’s concept art for ‘The Three Brothers’ sequence in Deathly Hallows: Part 1.

A Game of Thrones. There’s been so much news on the HBO adaption over the past few weeks that I can’t keep up, but one thing you don’t want to miss is the latest teaser.

5 thoughts on “And the rest: Anne Hathaway is The Dark Knight Rises’ Selina Kyle; X-Men prequel blitz begins

  1. Aaron

    And Firefly didn’t even make the gonners’ list. :-(

    As to Ms. Hathaway becoming Catwoman: I’m surprised Nolan went for an actress who’s mostly known for being extremely nice, disappointed he didn’t go with Rachel Weisz and tremendously relieved Liv Tyler wasn’t even on the short list. ;-)

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  2. Dunc Post author

    That’s because Firefly actually got off the ground, however briefly. The point of that article was the stuff that didn’t.

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  3. Aaron

    True, but it’s also about sequel and spin-off stuff, and Firefly could need that. A Firefly cartoon series. A spin-off live-action show. A Kaylee/Inara makeup line. So many possibilities. ;-)

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  4. jawajames

    i picked up the end of Buffy Season 8 yesterday. After the major drama and showdown that had been built up over the last half of the season, the ending was more of a coda and a getting back to nearing square one for season 9. and it had a page letter from Joss.

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