Are Batman and Commissioner Gordon Getting Girlfriends in The Dark Knight Rises?

They may very well be, if this CBM rumor turns out to be true.

According to the site, rumors have Charlize Theron (below) being approached by the filmmakers to play Detective Sarah Essen in the Christopher Nolan film, while two actresses, including “Orphan’s” Vera Farmiga (left), have auditioned for the role of Julie Madison.

In comic lore, Sarah Essen was a Gotham City Detective who had an affair with Jim Gordon while the two worked closely together. The character was first introduced in Frank Miller’s “Batman: Year One” storyline. Later in comic book continuity, she and Gordon ended up getting married, before Essen was murdered by the Joker.

I can see Theron in the tough cop role, though that might depend on what happens with George Miller’s delayed “Fury Road” and if she signs on to “Snow White and the Huntsman”, where rumor has her being courted to play the evil Queen.

As for Julie Madison, she’s a socialite who was once engaged to Bruce Wayne, aka Batman. According to CBM, actresses Vera Farmiga and the lesser-known Kacie Thomas have auditioned for the role. I can’t see Farmiga losing out if she really did audition. She’s a fine actress. Curiously, if this is the same Kacie Thomas as the one listed on IMDB.com (pictured, right), then Thomas and Farmiga are pretty far apart in terms of age. If you add in Christian Bale, then Farmiga would probably be more age-appropriate.

Of course, these are all just rumors, so take them for what you will.



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  • Juggernaut

    I like the idea of adding in a love interest for Bruce Wayne but I’m not sure that it is neccissary at this point in the story. Maybe Nolan is trying to set up a “happily ever after” for Bruce at the end (since this is supposedly the last of Nolan’s films). A new beau for Gordon is really pointless and doesn’t fit with Nolan’s characterization of him at all. In the past two films Nolan has built Gordon up as an upstanding, family man. Portraying Gordon in such a light now makes no sense. Bruce sees Gordon as the last “good” person in Gotham. Having him suddenly become a filanderer casts negativity on his character, ultimately taking away from his role in these films. If Essen does show up I really hope that they don’t go that route. If they make her Gordon’s right hand, a “good” cop for him to trust, that would be cool since the rest of his unit turned out to be dirty. It would help establish a change in Gotham. As for Bruce’s love interest, I didn’t think that Nolan would rehash an old flame that has been done alredy like Vicki Vale or Chase Meridian. Julie Madison has been done. Albeit in a very small role in Batman & Robin. I was expecting either Selina Kyle, which has already been done, or Talia Al Ghul. Vera Farmiga is a good actress but not as hot as I would expect a Bruce Wayne love interest to be. Although Katie Holmes and Maggie Gylenhaal aren’t beauties either. Hopefully Nolan will do another double identity like he did with Ducard/Ra’s Al Ghul and have the love interest turn out to be Talia Al Ghul. But, like I end every post that pertains to this subject, I’ll just have to wait and see.

  • Juggernaut

    I like the idea of adding in a love interest for Bruce Wayne but I’m not sure that it is neccissary at this point in the story. Maybe Nolan is trying to set up a “happily ever after” for Bruce at the end (since this is supposedly the last of Nolan’s films). A new beau for Gordon is really pointless and doesn’t fit with Nolan’s characterization of him at all. In the past two films Nolan has built Gordon up as an upstanding, family man. Portraying Gordon in such a light now makes no sense. Bruce sees Gordon as the last “good” person in Gotham. Having him suddenly become a filanderer casts negativity on his character, ultimately taking away from his role in these films. If Essen does show up I really hope that they don’t go that route. If they make her Gordon’s right hand, a “good” cop for him to trust, that would be cool since the rest of his unit turned out to be dirty. It would help establish a change in Gotham. As for Bruce’s love interest, I didn’t think that Nolan would rehash an old flame that has been done alredy like Vicki Vale or Chase Meridian. Julie Madison has been done. Albeit in a very small role in Batman & Robin. I was expecting either Selina Kyle, which has already been done, or Talia Al Ghul. Vera Farmiga is a good actress but not as hot as I would expect a Bruce Wayne love interest to be. Although Katie Holmes and Maggie Gylenhaal aren’t beauties either. Hopefully Nolan will do another double identity like he did with Ducard/Ra’s Al Ghul and have the love interest turn out to be Talia Al Ghul. But, like I end every post that pertains to this subject, I’ll just have to wait and see.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    Only love interest I wanna see for Bruce in this right now is Talia Al Gul. ANyone else is just replaying the role that the character of Rachel Dawes filled in the first tow films. I also agree that Essen should only be brought in as Gordon’s right hand and one of the few good cops he has working for him.

    • Juggernaut

      Talia Al Ghul is my number one pick. I could get on board with Julie Madison. Especially after doing some research on her character. She apparently has ties to Clayface, Sal Maroni and to an extent Ra’s Al Ghul. They could go a few different ways with Madison’s character. Since she is a socialite they could also do a love triangle with Bruce and his friend Thomas Elliot aka Hush. That is what I’d like to see.

  • http://twitter.com/baleheadbr1978 Juli

    I hope the new Bruce/Batman´s love interest it´s Talia Al Ghul.
    Please no Julie Madison neither Selina Kyle.