Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Anne Hathaway has been cast as Selina Kyle in Christopher Nolan’s follow-up to The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises. Interestingly, Catwoman is being referred to by The Hollywood Reporter as "the coveted female lead," which I suppose means Catwoman is going to be as much a love-interest (or at least a sex-interest) as a villain.

Christopher Nolan:"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."

In addition, Tom Hardy, who was previously seen in Nolan's Inception,  is set to play Bane. Nolan again: "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."

This sounds pretty cool, mostly because Tom Hardy is big, which is what Bane is, and Anne Hathaway is sexy, which is what Catwoman is. I'm of the opinion that the definitive screen Catwoman is Michelle Pfeiffer in Batman Returns, but Hathaway could very well pull a Heath Ledger and make everybody forget about anyone else who ever played the character in the past (for a while at least). Certainly much better than that Cher rumor that was going around (sorry, Gay America)! As for Bane, the only time he's been seen in a movie is Batman and Robin, which I'm pretty sure we all agree never existed. (via Superhero Hype)