Anne Hathaway has been confirmed by Christoper Nolan as the leading villain in the next Batman flick The Dark Knight Rises. The role was formely played by Michelle Pfeiffer in Batman Returns.
“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.” Nolan recently commented.
Nolan also confirmed that Tom Hardy would be starring as Bane – a chemically-altered super villain with a high intellect who was born and grew up in prison – who has previously appeared in the much derided film Batman & Robin.
He added: “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.”
Christian Bale will reprise his performance as the titular character, while Sir Michael Caine is expected to again play the role of Alfred the butler.
The Dark Knight Rises is expected to be in cinemas in 2012.