Hopefully the headline is enough of a spoiler warning (and enough for you to go get your grain of salt), but some new rumors for The Dark Knight Rises have…you know…risen, and they aren’t the kind that see Eddie Murphy playing Crazy Quilt.

Sorry about that. Try to forget the image that just popped into your head.

Instead of broadcasting this on the home page, go ahead and skip ahead of the jump if you want to know some possible details about what characters will be doing what (could it be more vague?). If not, stay golden, Pony Boy, and avoid this post like the spoilery plague.

Devin over at Bad Ass Digest has used his special connections to learn that:

  1. Anne Hathaway will be playing (specifically) Catwoman (and not simply Selina Kyle) who eventually aligns with Batman.
  2. They will be fighting against the League of Shadows, headed up by Talia Al’Ghul (so that might be why Marion Cotillard is joining up), aided by Bane (who we already knew was being played by Tom Hardy), and aided further by a character being played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
  3. Gordon-Levitt’s character is unknown, but he’s definitely a baddie.

Some of this information shouldn’t be too surprising to Batman fans, especially those who have “Year One” sitting on their shelves on top of stack of other comics.

Catwoman’s role sounds especially plausible. Bane teaming with the League of Shadows makes sense for his character, and a little revenge from the Al’Ghul clan also sounds like a great way to bookend things.

Of course, it could all be wishful, sense-making, fan hope.

At any rate, if this is how the structure is set, it should make for one hell of a movie. It should also put to rest any speculation that Gordon-Levitt will be taking over the Joker role. Or add to it. Either way.

It also kills hopes for a Batman/Clone High cross-over where Bats takes on the Board of Shadowy Figures.

Guess away!

Editor’s Note: Special hat tip goes out to Bad Ass Digest for not spoiling the spoils in their headline and for using the word “whom” correctly.

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