Anne Hathaway as Catwoman? Tom Hardy as Bane? Intriguing Batman News! 

Warner Bros. has issued a press release regarding Christopher Nolan's new Batman film, "The Dark Knight Rises." And it's intriguing!

First, Anne Hathaway will purr her way as Selina Kyle aka Catwoman! I hope Hathaway channels the Michelle Pfeiffer version from Tim Burton's "Batman Returns" and not Halle Berry's version in the horrible "Catwoman."

Then, we have Tom Hardy, the guy who stole all his scenes in the brilliant "Inception," as Bane:

In the Batman myth, Bane is a fascinating character and known as the king of the Gotham underworld. But before that, he was a prisoner at the fictional Caribbean Republic of Santa Prisca, in a prison called Peña Duro ("Hard Rock"). There, he became the king of Peña Duro prison where he was forced to become a test subject for a mysterious drug known as Venom. Instead of killing him, the drug increased his physical strength but he must take it every 12 hours or he would suffer side-effects.

Bane also carries a teddy bear he calls Osito. See? Lots of drama and character development right? No wonder, Nolan added him into the mix.

Both Catwoman and Bane will join the pantheon of Batman villains that Nolan paid homage to namely the Scarecrow, Ras Al-Ghul, Two-Face, and of course, the Joker.

In the press release (via LA Times), Nolan said, “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.”

Here's what the director said about Hardy, “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.”

Nolan co-wrote the script with his brother, Jonathan Nolan, based on a story by the director and David S. Goyer. Nolan is also producing the film whit his wife, Emma Thomas, and Charles Roven.

We all have to wait until July 20, 2012 to see Nolan's masterpiece, and truth be told, I can't freaking wait!

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