Even before The Dark Knight went into production, we knew exactly who the main villain was going to be. Batman Begins set the film up beautifully and while there was little suspense about the identity, everyone in the world was hungry to see what Christopher Nolan's version of The Joker would be. Unfortunately, The Dark Knight didn't give us any heavy clues of that nature. We've spent years speculating who the Nolan brothers and David S. Goyer would pick as the villain for the next film, titled The Dark Knight Rises. At this stage we know (or at least we think we know) that there will be two villains, one male, one female. Because we have nothing else to go on, we expect that the one with the Y chromosome will be played by Tom Hardy, the most recent addition to the cast. Rumors have been flying around about what character he will play, from Killer Croc to Det. Harvey Bullock. Now yet another villain has entered the arena.
Batman-News has heard from an unnamed source that Hardy will play Prof. Hugo Strange in Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises. The article supports the story by saying that the source had identified both Rachel Weisz and Anne Hathaway as possible actresses for the female roles weeks prior to the story that emerged last week, but still makes a point of saying "The following information is a rumor, and should be treated as such." A reality-based character that fits in nicely with Nolan's established universe, Strange is a super-genius who uses his incredible intellect for a life of crime. One of the more interesting aspects of the character in the comics is that he's one of the only villains to figure out Batman's true identity, but it a secret for himself. The character also has a history of using his scientific prowess to create mindless, cannibalistic monsters, but it's highly doubtful that Nolan would include that in his story arc.
Strange would certainly be a cool character to see Hardy play, particularly because he's bat-shit nuts and the Bronson actor could have a ton of fun. At the same time, though, we've already seen a psychotic villain who likes to rob banks and wants to learn Batman's secret identity. If he is ultimately the choice, I'd be willing to bet that Nolan takes some liberties with the character and changes him just enough so that he can be recognized as the original character without being repetitious. Then again, that's a big "if."
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