One thing seems certain now: Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises”, his third and (most likely) final Batman movie, will feature two notable ladies in Bruce Wayne’s life, one of whom will be Talia, the daughter of Ra’s Al Ghul, the villain of the first film played by Liam Neeson. It would make perfect sense to bring the franchise back all around to the first movie if this is truly Nolan’s last Batman film.
According to Heat Vision, Nolan and company are currently looking for actresses to fill two slots — Talia (animated, below), and another female character. The ladies who will be playing them may end up being one of these five lasses: Keira Knightley, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel, Kate Mara and Charlotte Riley, all of whom are scheduled to test for the roles. Hollywood’s current go-to British gal Gemma Arterton is also said to be in the running, though how seriously she’s being considered isn’t clear, since she seems to have plenty going on, including the co-lead in Tommy Wirkola’s “Hansel and Gretel” re-imagining alongside Jeremy Renner.
Heat Vision also discounts a previous report that Eva Green and Naomi Watts have been cast in the film.
Whoever ends up with whatever role, “The Dark Knight Rises” is looking at a May start date, with shooting in London and Los Angeles.