Debate of the Day: Are These the Right Batman Villains?

By now most of you have probably heard yesterday’s big news that Warner Bros. officially announced that Anne Hathaway would be Selina Kyle (Catwoman) and Tom Hardy would be Bane in Chris Nolan’s third Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises.

I figured I’d take the temperature of what you guys felt about this, as it is pretty unexpected. There have been a lot of possible villains thrown around, but I’m pretty sure I never once heard the combo of Bane and Catwoman. Killer Croc, Black Mask and Clayface were tossed around as possibles for Hardy’s character, and Catwoman and Nolan didn’t seem like they would fit together, but here we are.

I have to assume that both characters will be ‘new’ interpretations of their comic book counterparts, meaning Bane is probably not going to be 600 pounds of pure muscle, and Catwoman may not have a whip and ass-tight leather. Though the latter would definitely be a shame. I think the actors themselves are good picks, as Hardy is a great up and comer, and he’s been fantastic in everything I’ve seen him in, and Hathaway has proven herself to be a very solid actress in the last few years.

What do you guys think about all this? Are these villains a misstep, or do you have faith in whatever Nolan deems best?