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The villain count for this movie is really starting to rise. We know Bane and Catwoman are in it. We know Liam Neeson’s Ra’s Al Ghul will at least be in a flash back. Now more rumors of other villains keep popping up around the internet. Insiders claim that Scarecrow has been seen on one of the sets. This wouldn’t surprise me Cillian Murphy did a great job in Batman Begins with the limited screen time he had. Then his one scene at the beginning of The Dark Knight really helped the film feel like a comic book movie. My question is would Scarecrow have a major part in the plot or again would just have a cameo? This is Nolan’s last Batman film and so throwing everything into the pot would make sense. It also seems clear that in the movie Bane looks like he wants to destroy the entire city. Why not get help from other super villains. Other rumors have said that another villain could show up. Now these are not as clear as the Scarecrow reports. The rumors have been all over the place, from Calender Man, which that one doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. I’ve also read that Two-Face would come back. Now I like the idea of that. My only problem with The Dark Knight… (SPOILERS)… I never liked that Two-Face died from the fall at the end. That didn’t work for me. So if they could go back and have it that they simply placed Two-Face in Arkham, I’d like that idea. But I have to admit if all of these characters are in the movie… Well Batman might only have like five minutes of screen time. So will see what happens.

So as filming continues in Pittsburgh for The Dark Knight Rises it seems more of the plot is getting revealed… I don’t plan to discuss that here. We all know Bane and the League of Shadows will be a major conflict in the film. We know Anne Hathaway will play Catwoman. But as pictures are flowing from the set and small plot details are leaked, bigger rumors continue to flow. Now to make it clear these are rumors and nothing is confirmed. But it seems Bane busts several people out of prison to create an army of sorts to destroy Gotham. Rumors are circulating that there will be references and possible appearances by the Joker and Two-Face. Now Nolan has made it clear no new actor would play the Joker. So I assume he will be referenced to off hand and never really seen. The idea of seeing Two Face again though is exciting. For me I never really liked how Dent went down in The Dark Knight. SPOILER…. At the end when Batman tackles him off the ledge I didn’t really believe the fall would have killed him. Also in the comics they pulled this trick a number of times, thinking that Two Face was dead but it turned out he wasn’t. For me I thought it would be interesting if Gordon locked Dent away in Arkham so he could be a symbol. Then if Bane broke him out he could use him to destroy to morale of the city. Again I doubt either of these things are true. Maybe a Joker reference could work but bringing in Two Face might be too much in an already stuffed film.

Batman is hands down one of the most popular comic book characters and most popular pop culture icon. As Nolan works on his final piece of his Batman film the studio is already planning on future films. The studio basically plans on rebooting the franchise but threw out this “But Nolan will watch over the project”. That is nonsense, even if Nolan produces his presence will be minimal. I think rebooting the franchise after Dark Knight Rises is frankly a horrible idea. I know many are waiting to see how the Spider-man reboot will do domestically. Are people ready for reboots of franchises that ended only a couple years ago? Personally I think reboots are stupid ad pointless. I prefer sequels like what they did with Tron. Rebooting Batman might mean we have to sit through another origin story. Batman Begins worked because frankly on film we never really saw Bruce Wayne’s origin. Now that we have and Begins is a film a lot of people remember, why would you reboot? Why not just make sequels of Nolan’s films. Just small tweaks like adding a science fiction element which would allow many more of Batman’s rogue gallery to be seen on film. I think it’s very possible to have Nolan’s “real world” gritty vibe mixed with comic book science fiction. I’d like to see Clayface, Mr. Freeze or Poison Ivy with a darker tone. So come on WB don’t reboot! Give us characters we haven’t seen before. I feel like this movie is a cop out just to bring The Joker out again on screen.

As Nolan prepares to make his third and final film of his Batman franchise, rumors are flying around epically. What we know is that Anne Hathaway is playing Selina Kyle and possibly Catwoman. We know Tom Hardy is going to play Bane. That is perfect in my eyes really and I’m glad they will do a dark and serious Bane. The last time we saw that character on screen was in Batman and Robin where he was basically a giant monster that could only say one word occasionally like “Bomb!”. Now though a range of characters are being mentioned and names attached to those characters are flying. First we have a rumor that Ra’s Al Ghul daughter and the League of Shadows will return. Then it was reported that Joseph Gordon Levitt would play Alberto Falcone which would set up a number of story lines from the comics. Then suddenly the report was shot down and the rumor is that Levitt will play Hugo Strange. That is funny because before Nolan confirmed it, many believed Tom Hardy was going to play Strange.

The real question now the Levitt is confirmed to be in the film one possibility is that he could play the Joker. He could work really well as that character. There might not be enough room for the Joker in the third film. Frankly his story line in the Nolan universe is pretty much over. Batman did ruin his ultimate plan and proved humanity can win even in the face of absolute chaos. Joker lead to Dent becoming Two Face and then Batman took the blame. That story line is over. Now this is about Batman redeeming himself and most likely trying to protect his identity. It’s almost a shame Levitt is in the Dark Knight Rises because you know even after Nolan there will be more Batman films and I think Levitt would be a good Joker for the future.

It’s been slow in movie news (besides Superman) so I decided to put the debate in place that is it possible Tom Hardy’s Bane and Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman can impress audiences after Heath Ledger’s Joker? Now to be clear it hasn’t been confirmed Hathaway will actually be Catwoman. She’s playing Selina Kyle officially. Now with Nolan behind the camera I have total faith. Batman Begins in my opinion had great villains. Scarecrow was done very well in the most realistic way possible and I loved Liam Neeson’s Ras Al Guhl. Heath Ledger’s Joker though in the Dark Knight scared the shit out of people. He was something everyone feared, a man who first off doesn’t care about his own life, yet all he wants to do is kill and create chaos. His character was everything that scares us about terrorism. Ledger’s performance was a home run and the ending was perfect between him and Batman.

Tom Hardy is a great actor, most audiences know him from his charming character in Inception. Go rent or buy the film Bronson and see what this guy can do. He is perfect for Bane. A lot of people rolled their eyes at the thought of Bane being in the movie but that’s because they remember the character from Batman and Robin. They portrayed him as a one note monster, just repeating lines and sounding like Frankenstein. In the comics Bane was a beast but also very smart and had a boner to hunt down Batman. In the comics he broke Batman’s freaking back! With Hardy and a true version of the character, Bane should be a stand out villain for the franchise.

Anne Hathaway is just one of the best actresses out there hands down. A brilliant female villain is just necessary for the franchise. Rachel Dawes was the only female character in the first two films. Sure she was more important to the plot in the second movie, but over all her character did not have a lot of screen time. Selina Kyle is a fantastic character and Catwoman is a balancing force for Batman. Nolan could make this work. I still feel like Catwoman won’t show up in The Dark Knight Rises, I think it’s a fake, but will see.

Comparing these characters to the Joker is pointless. His character is hard not to enjoy, a villain who doesn’t care and just does whatever he wants is just plain fun to watch. Bane and Catwoman are not like this. They are not about chaos. Bane is about power. Catwoman is straight about sex and lust. I feel bad for Hardy and Hathaway because they will be judged by Ledger’s performance. The comparison will be unfair and unavoidable though. I feel like Nolan picked these villains for a reason. They are the exact opposite of the Joker. Many thought the next baddie would be the Riddler. That character is just too similar to the Joker, as our many bad guys. Also the Joker is not a physical match for Batman, in the film he needed hostages, henchmen and dogs to even slow Batman down. Bane is stronger and better than Batman in every way. This isn’t about fighting random chaos his is about stopping fury that is coming right at you. So sure will people say “Not as good as the Joker”, you bet they will. Still look at the villain choices through the three films and what they will represent and I think most will be very impressed and satisfied.