By Keith Staskiewicz
Updated October 14, 2010 at 04:55 PM EDT
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The Dark Knight

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Image Credit: Steve Granitz/WireImage.comChristopher Nolan has tremendous loyalty to his actors. Christian Bale, Ken Watanabe, and Cillian Murphy have all appeared in multiple Nolan movies. Inception’s Joseph Gordon-Levitt was rumored to be under consideration as the Riddler in the new Batman sequel. And Michael Caine has been in so many of his films that I’m tempted to rewatch Memento just to see check to make sure he’s not in the background somewhere hiding behind a lamppost or in a garbage can.

Now Tom Hardy, who was the breakout supporting star of Inception as the dream-team’s “forger,” has been added to Nolan’s relatively stable stable. Deadline reports that Hardy is set to get a lead role in the upcoming Batman sequel. It’s unclear what the part will be, although based on the virtuosic crazy he demonstrated in Bronson, I’m hoping it’ll be a villainous one. In fact, it’s actually a pretty strong possibility that he’ll end up playing a certain green-suited cryptic criminal instead of Gordon-Levitt, although others have speculated that he might be good as the Killer Croc. I’ll wager that if Nolan has expressed in the past that the Penguin is too far-fetched a baddie for his Gotham, him including a green-scaled crocodile-man in the next sequel is an unlikely bet. Mr. Freeze is also probably out, if only because Schwarzenegger’s terrible puns left so many people cold (sorry!), as well as the possibility of he being Heath Ledger’s replacement as the Joker, since Nolan has said he won’t do that. Personally, if he’s not the Riddler, I could see him as Black Mask or Hush, if only to have a villain that was created in the decades since the days of Cesar Romero and Frank Gorshin.

So, PopWatchers, riddle me this: Who should Hardy play? Should it even be a villain?

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The Dark Knight

  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • 152 minutes
  • Christopher Nolan