Will Nolan Cram Yet Another Villain Into ‘Dark Knight Rises’?

Wednesday, March 9 by

Superhero movies are like Thanksgiving turkeys. They won’t taste good unless you stuff duck, chicken, pork, ostrich and some hippo skin in there. In this analogy, the extra meats are villains, because as we learned from Spider-Man 3 and Batman and Robin, the more evil doers, the better. Or to put it in non-sarcastic terms, the opposite of what I just said.

At the premiere for Red Riding Hood, Gary Oldman (Commissioner Gordon) hinted at the possibility of there being another villain in Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises. With Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) and Bane (Tom Hardy) already confirmed, that’d be a whole lot more sinisterness in ol’ Gotham.

“If I told you who the villain was, they’d kill me,” said [Oldman] cautiously when pressed for details by E!. “I think it’s a villain from one of the old, old, from way back from the old comics … It is a Batman villian… It’s not going to be the Joker.”

You might think he was accidentally talking about Catwoman, except Oldman then discusses Hathaway later in the interview, saying she “will probably wear the cat suit pretty well.” So he must know that she’s been announced already. He. Must. Know. And that announcement went hand-in-hand with Bane.

So, Bat Detectives, who is this mystery crook the Commissioner’s alluding to? Perhaps it’s a character Joseph Gordon-Levitt will play, since he’s been cast, but his role remains a mystery. Crazy Professor Hugo Strange? He’s a little young for the role, but it’s a possibility. The Riddler? Nolan said there’d be no Riddler in this one, so that answer likely won’t solve this riddle. One hint: Nolan also said he’d like to give Bruce Wayne‘s story closure in this final installment.

Holy Cryptic Actor Statements, Batman. Guess we’ll have to wait and see. (ScreenRant)


  1. March 9, 2011 8:40 pm

    Andrew Walker

    Didn’t they already say how Hugo Strange was going to be in the movie? He was Batman’s first villian in the comics I think.

  2. March 9, 2011 8:40 pm


    It was rumored, but then they announced Bane and Catwoman. I don’t think it was confirmed. But maybe. It’s not like I work here, or anything.

  3. March 9, 2011 8:40 pm


    Christian Bale batman will have his back broken at the hands of Bane (Tom Hardy). Nightwing (JGL) will then take the place of the dark knight and then they conveniently have the batman actor for the new reboot films and the Justice League movies. Fortunately JGL is talented enough to hopefully make those films not suck.

    Just a theory but if you want to get some attention on the internets, feel free to circulate it as confirmed.

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