Christopher Nolan announced in a press release that Anne Hathaway will be playing the part of Cat Woman, Selina Kyle, in the next Batman movie The Dark Night Rises. Also what other villain was announced to be in the movie?

With a slender physic and long lims, Anne Hathaway should do just fine dazzling us with feline like agility and grace. Too bad we have to wait until July 2012!

Nolan also discussed the other villain to be in the movie, Bane.

“I am delighted to be working with Tom [Hardy] again and excited to watch him bring to life our new interpretation of one of Batman’s most formidable enemies,” Christopher continued. Tom will play Bane, a villainous escaped prisoner “who became abnormally strong after being pumped full of drugs”.

MTV explains the history of this mysterious villain:

First appearing in the pages of "Batman: Vengeance of Bane" in the early 1990s, the Caped Crusader's heavily muscled rival is also one of his fiercest foes: as a prisoner, he was forced to become a test subject for Venom, a drug that enhanced his physical strength to superhuman levels. The catch is that Bane has to constantly inject himself with Venom or else risk some severe side-effects. Making matters worse, Bane isn't just an unstoppable physical force; he's also a serious mental threat, with wits that are as formidable as his muscles.

In the DC Universe, Bane remains best known for deciphering Batman's secret identity and subsequently breaking the costumed vigilante's back, rendering Gotham's greatest hero a paraplegic. Naturally, not even paralysis can keep Bats off his feet for long, and he eventually provided Bane with the proper dose of justice he deserved.

Exactly how Nolan and Hardy deal with Bane remains to be seen, though it's a safe bet that the character's intelligence will be featured much more prominently than it was in "Batman & Robin," his laughable first appearance on the silver screen. It'll be interesting to see how Nolan deals with Bane's Venom-infused strength, too. Will it physically alter his body as is the case in the comics? Will it simply yield a psychological effect? Nolan's sensibilities lead us to think it's the latter, but the man does love his curveballs: perhaps he'll find a way to ground Bane's power in reality.