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Old December 4 2010, 10:40 AM   #1
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"The Dark Knight Rises" storyline revealed?

http://www.aintitcool.com/node/47661

In a somewhat cryptic post, AICN is saying that a source is telling them the story for The Dark Knight Rises involves Tom Hardy playing Dr. Hugo Strange, and that the plot will be heavily influenced by a specific Batman story... PREY, by Doug Moench.

I've never read that particular story. The AICN story gives some details on that particular story and it certainly sounds very Nolan-ish.
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Old December 4 2010, 11:38 AM   #2
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Re: "The Dark Knight Rises" storyline revealed?

I've always wanted to use Hugo Strange in a Batman story.

I am both elated and crushed by this, if true.
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Old December 4 2010, 11:48 AM   #3
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The more I read about this "Prey" storyline the more I believe this rumor. The plot and tone fits like a glove.
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Old December 4 2010, 11:57 AM   #4
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It does. It would make a lot of sense for this story to take place after the events of The Dark Knight and Hugo Strange as a villain has a wealth of untapped potential. He's a villain that strives on psychological torment and it would absolutely fit Nolan's sensibilities and the type of Batman movies he enjoys to make.
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Old December 4 2010, 12:05 PM   #5
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Re: "The Dark Knight Rises" storyline revealed?

Yeah this story was brought up on another website a couple weeks ago. I agree the story fits like a glove for the type of world that Nolan has created. Hugo Strange has always been one of my favorite rogues and I thought how "The Batman" used him was excellent. The plot of "Batman:Prey" makes me excited for "The Dark Knight Rises". The graphic novel is so old though that my library has no copies of it and it doesn't even have a wikiarticle lol.
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Old December 4 2010, 01:33 PM   #6
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Re: "The Dark Knight Rises" storyline revealed?

A couple of months back, I speculated which Batman stories might be used as an ideal basis for the next Nolan movie - and Prey was the first story I thought of. Like everyone says, it fits like a glove.

Still, I don't imagine Hugo Strange as the primary (or at least only) antagonist, so certain elements would definitely be lifted from the story, but probably with additions and modifications.

It's an excellent story, by the way; from the early days of the Legends of the Dark Knight title, when it was consistantly good. Pity it's out of print.
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Old December 4 2010, 01:39 PM   #7
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Who the hell is Dr. Hugo Strange?
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Old December 4 2010, 01:42 PM   #8
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Dr Hugo Strange is one of Batman's very first villains, who has been portrayed as either a crazy psychologist, crazy geneticist, or both. Turns up in the 70s storyline Strange Apparitions by Engelhart and Rogers, the aforementioned Prey, and, more recently, in Matt Wagner's Batman and the Monster Men - a remake of Hugo's original story.
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Old December 4 2010, 01:44 PM   #9
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Still, I don't imagine Hugo Strange as the primary (or at least only) antagonist
Tahlia? Catwoman?
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Old December 4 2010, 01:45 PM   #10
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That doesn't sound like a very good movie compared to the first two... I haven't read the story just how AICN described it.
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Old December 4 2010, 01:47 PM   #11
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it sounds awesome! cant wait to see it
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Old December 4 2010, 02:02 PM   #12
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I like it because I can see the Nolans and Goyer making it fit as has been suggested like a glove especially after the events of "The Dark Knight". I highly suggest watching the first season of "The Batman" since he was a primary villain in the show. I realize to some casual Batman fans that he might not seem like a particularly interesting villain or even a main villain but the way Nolan writes and his fascination with these types of "cerebral" unconventional characters makes me elated that he is being used or is being reported that he is the villain. I think that if Selena appears she will be a secondary character but featured prominently and might even be combined as the romantic interest.


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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugo_Strange
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Old December 4 2010, 03:26 PM   #13
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This sounds interesting and plausible. Apart from the fact that it was reported on AICN.
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Old December 4 2010, 03:49 PM   #14
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Still, I don't imagine Hugo Strange as the primary (or at least only) antagonist
Tahlia? Catwoman?
Personally, I loathe Talia and hope she isn't the primary villain. Catwoman may be good for some minor screentime (like in Miller's Year One or, indeed, Prey). I'm beginning to wish more and more that the Riddler hadn't been completely ruled out....
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Old December 4 2010, 04:17 PM   #15
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If you want to know about Hugo Strange, you should watch the very fun "Batman: The Animated Series" episode "The Strange Secret of Bruce Wayne". The character is goofy and played for laughs in the episode as he arrogantly presumes that he's smarter than Batman and ultimately gets completely tricked. It's very entertaining and even though Hugo is a bit ridiculous in it, based on the episode I can see how the character could be effective if played straight.

Whenever I hear about Hugo Strange, I always think of him as a guy obsessed with exposing Batman's secret identity. The only other experience I have with this character is a Batman comic audio tape I listened to as a kid, and in that as well, that same obsession was his defining personality trait. I don't know how close that is to his depiction in the comics, though.
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