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Who’s The Mysterious ‘Old, Old’ Villain Of The Dark Knight Rises?

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Who’s The Mysterious ‘Old, Old’ Villain Of <i>The Dark Knight Rises</i>?

Although The Dark Knight Rises doesn’t even begin shooting until next month, the has long been bombarded with questions about the Christopher Nolan film, even when they’re busy doing other things — like winning Oscars, or promoting other projects.

Take, for instance, Gary Oldman, who’s supposed to be talking about his portrayal of the werewolf hunter in Catherine Hardwick’s Red Riding Hood. Instead, E! Online turns the conversation to who might face off against Christian Bale’s Batman in The Dark Knight sequel.

“I think it’s a villain from one of the old, old, from way back from the old comics,” the actor, who plays James Gordon, tells the website. “It is a Batman villian … It’s not going to be the Joker.”

E! concludes that it “sounds like Oldman could be talking about Bane, the bad boy being played by new castmate Tom Hardy,” or possibly Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s role. However, we already know about Hardy’s turn as Bane, a DC Comics character that debuted in 1993 — certainly not “way back from the old comics.” Long ago rumored to play the Riddler, a rogue that won’t appear in the film, Gordon-Levitt has been linked to the roles of the Black Mask and Alberto Falcone (aka the Holiday Killer). However, neither of those character is exactly “old, old,” either.

Catwoman then? She debuted in 1940, which certainly qualifies as old. But in the same brief exchange with E!, Oldman mentions Anne Hathaway and the catsuit. So is he merely confused, or is Nolan bringing in another villain for the final film in his Batman trilogy?

Or could there be truth to those old rumors about Hugo Strange (1940) after all?

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