Christopher Nolan runs a tight set, as anyone who has been frantically searching the Internet for new information about The Dark Knight Rises knows too well. There’s been no shortage of rumor or speculation about the possible involvement of one classic Batman villain in particular: Dr. Hugo Strange. Star Gary Oldman previously hinted at the appearance of an “old, old” villain in the movie and Tom Hardy, who we now know is playing Bane, was once rumored for the Strange role as well.
Now what appears to be a synopsis for Rises has popped up on film production site My Entertainment World (via MovieWeb). There’s no telling if it’s real, but it does specifically mention Strange and even appears to peg him as the film’s main villain.
“The Dark Knight Rises (aka MAGNUS REX & FOX HILLS GREEN) – Mid June, 2011 – India & London, UK & New York, NY & Pittsburgh, PA; STORY: As Batman deals with his new status as a wanted vigilante, Dr. Hugo Strange, a villainous psychiatrist, concocts a plan to destroy him and become the new Batman. (Posted: June 17, 2010. Revised: April 14, 2011)”
Could this be the not-Alberto-Falcone role that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was hired for?
The Dark Knight Rises stars Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Juno Temple, Josh Pence, Nestor Carbonell, Daniel Sunjata and, presumably, Marion Cotillard. It opens on July 20, 2012.