Tom Hardy cast in Batman 3

But who's he going to play?

Tom Hardy cast in Batman 3

Tom Hardy has been cast in Christopher Nolan's as-yet-untitled Dark Knight follow-up.

And now that Hardy's signed up, they might as well call it The Best Film That's Going To Be Released In 2012 because at least that would be honest.

Seriously, we couldn't be more excited by this news if we'd been told that we've been cast as Catwoman.

Hardy's pretty much our favourite British actor at the moment, alongside Andrew Garfield and - go on then - Tom Felton.

Obviously we don't know who Hardy's going to be playing, but we can hazard a major guess. Call us crazier than an Arkham inmate, but we're almost certain that Batman 3 is going to be inspired by a graphic novel called Prey.

And the character from that book that's absolutely perfect for Hardy? Sergeant Max Cort. Allow us to explain.

Prey is Doug Moench's unofficial follow-up to Frank Miller's Batman: Year One, which so influenced Batman Begins and, to a certain extent, The Dark Knight.

The book's so suited to Nolan's sensibilities he could film it shot-for-shot and it'd fit perfectly in the Batman universe he's already established.

Tom Hardy cast in Batman 3

It features Jim Gordon finding his feet as commissioner following the events of Year One, whilst trying to work with a Batman who's as hated by cops as criminals (neatly tying into The Dark Knight's cliffhanger).

Professor Hugo Strange, a police psychiatrist obsessed with Batman, is the main villain.

When psycho cop Max Cort comes to Strange for treatment for his hatred of costumed vigilantes, Strange hypnotises Cort into becoming a costumed vigilante himself - named Night Scourge - in the hopes of bringing Bats out of hiding.

Gritty, violent, and - despite the hypnotism stuff - ultra-realistic, Prey is so perfect for Nolan, and Cort's such a good fit for Hardy, we'd be willing to bet serious money that all of the above will appear on a screen near you in 2012. Oh, and Prey features Catwoman in a major role. Win-win all round, really.

But we could be massively wrong, and Hardy's just playing The Riddler.

What do you think of the Hardy news? Who's he playing? Tell us below!

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    • rufus26

      Oct 13th 2010, 21:39

      Good article and as much as I would love to see Hugo Strange on the big screen, I just dont think that he is a big enough draw for the non Batman fanatical fans. I see him more as a bane type character, a strong henchman to Joseph Gordon Levitts Ridler. What do you think?

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    • graverobber666

      Oct 13th 2010, 22:47

      Excitement levels somehow just got even higher!!! And all suggestions had have been awesome but for me I'd LOVE to see Hardy be HUSH as it could lead to some awesome Bale vs Hardy stand-offs and the villain has a superb back story and stories that would suit Nolan's style perfectly. But I guess we'll just have to wait and see!

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    • Ali1748

      Oct 14th 2010, 5:29

      Hardy's too physical for The Riddler, he's more suited for Hush,Blackmask or Deadshot.

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    • Area51

      Oct 14th 2010, 20:41

      I predict Hardy will play Alfred's relative..... ;-)

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    • GoatBoy

      Oct 15th 2010, 11:55

      Idunno. All I know for sure is this: Rachel Dawes is about as dead as Judas Iscariot isn't.

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    • oui3d

      Oct 15th 2010, 12:34

      Well luckily it won't be Killer Croc... One superhero movie amphibian is more than enough. Given tha Nolan likes to play his bad guys mask off. (Fighting a Digital or Masked villain wont suit his sensibilities.) Which foes are left for Bale to pummel around the screen?

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    • oui3d

      Oct 15th 2010, 12:37

      Also, while we're throwing references about. If Ledger's Joker is not influenced by the Moore/Bolland "Killing Joke" Joker, my name's not Brian. And it isn't.

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    • nicolacarter123

      Oct 15th 2010, 16:34

      See when i see him he just completely reminds me of Hush , he just has that look of Thomas Elliot, but i think its wayyyyyyy to early into the Batman story to be introducing him in

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    • nard703

      Oct 15th 2010, 22:58

      Personally I think he would fit in with a great Riddler character accompanied by Hush as the article also points out... on a more random note, I would not mind a small cameo of catwoman to grace this movie, very minor role, but would make diehard batman fans like myself giddy!

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    • JohnJDuffy

      Oct 19th 2010, 22:35


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    • Deancox87

      Nov 14th 2010, 23:04

      i am confused with all this about tom hardy being cast in batman 3, i now hear he has signed up for snow white and the huntsman with johnny depp?? i really hope he is batman 3 and hope he plays killer croc, dev. harvey bulluck or black mask,

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