Christopher Nolan Sets Tom Hardy for Major Role in 'Batman 3'
by Ethan Anderton
October 13, 2010
Though we'd heard over the summer that Joseph Gordon-Levitt had been listed on a studio casting grid for the role of The Riddler in the next Batman film from Christopher Nolan (which he's finally confirmed to be directing), it seems another Inception star might step into the role. Deadline reports Nolan has set Tom Hardy (Bronson) for a lead role in the next installment of the Batman franchise at Warner Bros. However, as with everything surrounding Nolan's projects, Hardy's role is being kept secret and sources won't even confirm whether or not it's a villain role. After you get through cheering raucously, read on for our take on the news.
Honestly, I'd be surprised if Hardy wasn't playing the villain. The real question is whether or not the villain will end up being The Riddler or if another villain has made it into the script. There's always the possibility for two villains again since The Dark Knight utilized both The Joker and Harvey "Two-Face" Dent, but for now we're left waiting for official word on Hardy's role. It seems development is moving forward fairly quickly since the film is supposed to start shooting early next year, so hopefully we'll have some solid announcements regarding more casting and confirmation of just what villain will face-off against Batman this time around. Excited?