Warner Bros have just confirmed that Anne Hathaway is set to star as Selina Kyle, better known to the world as Catwoman (although the press release doesn’t mention her by that name), in the next Batman installment from Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight Rises.

The press release also confirms the character Tom Hardy is to play, that of Bane.

A few months ago a rumour spread that Hathaway was to being considered for Lois Lane in the new Superman film, rumours which did not stick and perhaps this explains where some of the rumours started.

Here’s the quote from the L.A. Times,

Christopher Nolan stated, “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Anne Hathaway, who will be a fantastic addition to our ensemble as we complete our story.”

In addition, Tom Hardy has been set to play Bane. Nolan said, “I am delighted to be working with Tom again and excited to watch him bring to life our new interpretation of one of Batman’s most formidable enemies.”

Instant reaction on the Twitterverse has been very positive and the surprise inclusion of Hathaway in Nolan’s next is a popular choice.