Breaking Down the Catwoman Contenders for Batman Begins 3

If it sucks being Aaron Eckhart and being asked constantly by oblivious reporters about your obviously dead character, it probably doesn’t suck too much to be one of the actresses rumored up for the part of Catwoman in the third Batman film. Or at least, if you’re a publicist worth his salt, you’ve already positioned your client as one of the women up for the role, even if said role doesn’t technically exist … yet. But let’s be honest: Catwoman is bound to show up in the rebooted Bat franchise sooner or later. That much is a give. So when the Cat finally does show up to get some Bat, who should play her? Let’s break down the candidates and see where they rank in the odds department. (And yes, I’m going to ignore the fact that some retard somewhere actually suggested Cher might star in the role.)


Angelina Jolie: The odds on favorite has Angelina Jolie playing Selina Kyle aka Catwoman. Why Angelina Jolie? Probably because she’s the most famous of all the names that have been bandied about, and let’s face it, Jolie could not only work in the role, she would own this thing the way Michelle Pfeiffer did in “Batman Returns” and the way Halle Berry failed so miserably in “Catwoman”.

Pros: She’s no stranger to action movies (the “Tomb Raider” movies, “Wanted”), and she has no problems oozing sexuality onscreen (pretty much every movie she’s done). Also, she can act, so Nolan can’t just dismiss her for lacking talent.

Cons: After giving birth to her 60th child, Jolie has said that she plans to go into semi-retirement. Also, Jolie isn’t just a big name, she’s a really big name, so Nolan may not want the distraction of having a major Hollywood diva in his midst. Forget about fanboys snapping pictures from the parking lot for AICN, the set would be full of paparazzis day in and day out. And after two mega hits, Nolan has earned the right to call the shots on Batman 3.

Odds: Pretty damn good.

Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) Movie Image


Maggie Gyllenhaal: Okay, so this may seem somewhat farfetched, but it’s out there. Maggie Gyllenhaal will return from the dead to play Catwoman in the third Batman film. I shit you not. This is one of the rumors regarding the third film and the Catwoman character. But would this Catwoman be a reincarnation of Rachel Dawes, the character Gyllenhaal played in “The Dark Knight”, or an altogether new character named Selina Kyle? Anything’s possible, I suppose.

Pros: Well, Gyllenhaal can act, so there’s that. Plus, she’s got creepy ass eyes, and could reasonably play a creepy ass Catwoman as a result, and she’s got the dangerous part down. That is, if Nolan and company wants to go in that direction.

Cons: Catwoman is supposed to be sexy and dangerous, not creepy and dangerous. Plus, how is Nolan going to wash bringing back Gyllenhaal as Catwoman, when he already killed her off as Rachel Dawes? Of course, they could go the reincarnation route, which would make even less sense, and completely turn the “gritty real world superhero” universe that Nolan is going for on its head, so I don’t see this happening at all.

Odds: Highly unlikely.


Rachel Weisz: The majority of the Batman cast are already filled by guys with accents playing Americans, so why not add another one? That would be Rachel Weisz, who lacks Angelina Jolie’s star power, but has her acting cache. Weisz could fit in if the script is tailored to her strengths and doesn’t force her out of her acting comfort.

Pros: While I don’t think Weisz can bring anywhere near the sex appeal that Jolie could bring to a sexy Catwoman role, if Nolan chooses to go the “Batman Returns” route and have Catwoman be a mild-mannered secretary who discovers the freak in her, or something similar, then Weisz would be perfect.

Cons: See above.

Odds: Pretty good if Catwoman isn’t a slick, sexy thief; not so much if she is.

Rachel Weisz


Rhona Mitra: Mitra is the latest name to be bandied about as a possible Catwoman. There’s really no rhyme or reason to how Mitra’s name came up; someone just decided to ask her about the role, and she’s said Yeah, she’d do it if Nolan called, what is she, nuts to say No?

Pros: Like Jolie, Mitra is no stranger to action films and kicking ass (“Underworld”, “Doomsday”, and her past modeling days as a Lara Croft model), but unlike Jolie, she’s not famous enough to have paparazzi stalking her. So less distractions with Mitra as Catwoman. Plus, she can fill out the catsuit like no one’s business.

Cons: Well, it’s Rhona Mitra, and she’s already considered a poor man’s Kate Beckinsale. So, you know, if you were going to get Mitra, why wouldn’t you go ahead and try to get Beckinsale first?

Odds: If Jolie is offered and declines, and Kate Beckinsale also declines, and other actresses also declines … you get the idea.


Notable Possibilities:

Kate Beckinsale: One word: “Underworld”. To be honest with you, I’m surprised no one has associated Beckinsale with the role yet. She seems like a perfect fit — an English thespian who has proven that she can go from big budget action movies to small-time indie dramas without batting an eye. Exactly the kind of actor Nolan likes to cast in his movies.


Sienna Miller: One word: “G.I. Joe”. Okay, so maybe that movie will turn out to be a big waste of time, but did you see how well Sienna Miller fit into that Baroness costume? Oh my. Sure, Miller will be a handful, but I’m sure the promise of greater fame and fortune as Catwoman in a Batman film will temper her bratty personality — at least until the movie finishes filming.


So why all this interest from fandom for a role that doesn’t even exist yet? Because it’s a juicy, career-making role, that’s why. This is, after all, a Christopher Nolan Batman movie. And yeah, every fanboy worth his salt has drooled over Catwoman before in the past, so there’s that.

But what do you guys think? Got any Catwoman casting favorites?



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  • dark knight forever

    I like Sienna Miller the most. In those picks of her she looks a lot like the perfect for Talia Al G

  • dark knight forever

    I like Sienna Miller the most. In those picks of her she looks a lot like the perfect for Talia Al G

  • dark knight forever

    I like Sienna Miller the most. In those picks of her she looks a lot like the perfect for Talia Al G

  • dark knight forever

    My stupid computer added my comment before I was done typing. As I was saying on those pics of her she looks like the perfect choice to play Talia Ah Ghul. She should be a mercenary Black Mask hires to kill Bruce Wayne because she wants revenge for what happened to Raj but she is stopped by Batman and she discovers his secret idenity in the fight. They fall in love and team up against Black Mask and the Riddler and possibly Firefly who plants bombs in Wayne Industries and sets a fire to prevent them from defusing them he succeeds and it explodes(this is the ending climax by the way). Meanwhile Black Mask discovers Talia’s reform and shoots her and a vengeful Batman battles Black Mask and wins and turns him into the police. We then show Batman holding a dying Talia and they kiss one last time before she dies. We then see Bruce Wayne mourning Talia at her grave. The camera then goes to another scene where Bruce is in his Batman suit on top of large builiding and sees the bat signal and glides off. Also I want Riddler to kill Commissioner Gordon and the mayor and Detective Harvey Bullock and Chief Angel Rohoss(from the batman not sure if he was in the comics) blame Batman but find out he’s not guilty at the end. Also after the end credits, Victor Fries comes out of a preservation tank that he ended up in after when his experiment was interrupted by Black Mask and Riddler. Please feel free to comment on my idea.

  • dark knight forever

    My stupid computer added my comment before I was done typing. As I was saying on those pics of her she looks like the perfect choice to play Talia Ah Ghul. She should be a mercenary Black Mask hires to kill Bruce Wayne because she wants revenge for what happened to Raj but she is stopped by Batman and she discovers his secret idenity in the fight. They fall in love and team up against Black Mask and the Riddler and possibly Firefly who plants bombs in Wayne Industries and sets a fire to prevent them from defusing them he succeeds and it explodes(this is the ending climax by the way). Meanwhile Black Mask discovers Talia’s reform and shoots her and a vengeful Batman battles Black Mask and wins and turns him into the police. We then show Batman holding a dying Talia and they kiss one last time before she dies. We then see Bruce Wayne mourning Talia at her grave. The camera then goes to another scene where Bruce is in his Batman suit on top of large builiding and sees the bat signal and glides off. Also I want Riddler to kill Commissioner Gordon and the mayor and Detective Harvey Bullock and Chief Angel Rohoss(from the batman not sure if he was in the comics) blame Batman but find out he’s not guilty at the end. Also after the end credits, Victor Fries comes out of a preservation tank that he ended up in after when his experiment was interrupted by Black Mask and Riddler. Please feel free to comment on my idea.

  • dark knight forever

    My stupid computer added my comment before I was done typing. As I was saying on those pics of her she looks like the perfect choice to play Talia Ah Ghul. She should be a mercenary Black Mask hires to kill Bruce Wayne because she wants revenge for what happened to Raj but she is stopped by Batman and she discovers his secret idenity in the fight. They fall in love and team up against Black Mask and the Riddler and possibly Firefly who plants bombs in Wayne Industries and sets a fire to prevent them from defusing them he succeeds and it explodes(this is the ending climax by the way). Meanwhile Black Mask discovers Talia’s reform and shoots her and a vengeful Batman battles Black Mask and wins and turns him into the police. We then show Batman holding a dying Talia and they kiss one last time before she dies. We then see Bruce Wayne mourning Talia at her grave. The camera then goes to another scene where Bruce is in his Batman suit on top of large builiding and sees the bat signal and glides off. Also I want Riddler to kill Commissioner Gordon and the mayor and Detective Harvey Bullock and Chief Angel Rohoss(from the batman not sure if he was in the comics) blame Batman but find out he’s not guilty at the end. Also after the end credits, Victor Fries comes out of a preservation tank that he ended up in after when his experiment was interrupted by Black Mask and Riddler. Please feel free to comment on my idea.

  • dark knight forever

    It’s Rojas not Rohoss. He wasn’t in the comics and was made for the batman but in the batman he reminded me of Harvey Bullock.

  • dark knight forever

    It’s Rojas not Rohoss. He wasn’t in the comics and was made for the batman but in the batman he reminded me of Harvey Bullock.

  • dark knight forever

    It’s Rojas not Rohoss. He wasn’t in the comics and was made for the batman but in the batman he reminded me of Harvey Bullock.

  • http://myspace.com/hulksmashnow Brad L. Wooldridge

    Rhona Mitra would be great as Catwoman, and pretty much all of these gals would do a good job. But, if Selina is going to be in the next “Batman Begins” film, I’ll bet it’ll be someone we least expect.