This morning brought with it the announcement that Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Get Smart) and Tom Hardy (Inception) had signed on to appear in Christopher Nolan's third Batman picture, The Dark Knight Rises. Hathaway is announced to be playing Catwoman, while Hardy will be Bane.
With this announcement, a vital missing piece of the film's perception has begun to fill into fans' minds: namely, "What the *%^& is it going to be about?" Knowing the bad guys, of course, is far from knowing the plot (especially with Nolan) but it helps build expectations. Expectations we can all smugly say "It didn't live up to" when it comes out next summer. It kinda feels like, after The Dark Knight and Inception, anything less than a home run from Nolan would be an utter failure. Which is a bad attitude, mister.
The question remains to be seen how Nolan will interpret the characters, given his unique yet faithful spins on Two-Face and the Joker from the previous installment. Me, I'm just disappointed Nolan has not yet announced whether he will be incorporating King Tut.