Casting Notices for The Dark Knight Rises and 21 Jump Street

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Two bits of casting news today. The first has Christopher Nolan’s already stuffed to the gills “The Dark Knight Rises” adding yet another castmember in Josh Stewart. Predictably, no word on what character Stewart will play, but like the previous Batman movies, it’ll probably be a minor role that, except for the fact it’s in a Nolan Batman movie, would never have made it into the news.

Stewart joins Christian Bale as Batman, Gary Oldman as Gordon, Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, Tom Hardy as Bane, along with Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The bat rises July 20, 2012.

Over at “21 Jump Street”, directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have added “The Office” actress Ellie Kemper (also recently in the comedy hit “Bridesmaids”) to their young undercover cops in high school movie.

Unlike “The Dark Knight Rises”, though, we know what character Kemper will play, which in this case is “Ms. Griggs, an annoyingly sincere chemistry teacher who’s attracted to Tatum’s character and surprised when she discovers he’s not a real student.”

Because, you know, Channing Tatum can pass for a teenager. Riiiiiiiiiight.

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  • Ironfist fan# rogernator5000

    wait so anne is cat woman wow, I like the idea of bane, but c,mon, clay face and black mask didn’t get a movie yet

    • Juggernaut

      There are a lot of classic and cool Batman villains that I’d love to see. However, only a few transpose well into a movie. I think that they could have found ways to make characters like Riddler, Penguin and even Mr.Freeze or Killer Croc but it would have been straying too much from the source material and pissed off fans.
      Other characters like Black Mask, Red Hood, Hush and Dr. Hugo Strange were better suited for this series. Too bad this is Nolan and company’s swan song.

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

        Agreed! For inspiration on how to do someone like crock they need look no further than Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo’s “Joker” graphic novel. It had a great pin on a couple of Bat’s villain.

        • Juggernaut

          I didn’t read that but I heard about it. Croc was just a big ass dude with a horrible skin dissorder right? There are so many diseases and deformities that coming up with a reasonable cause for Croc to look like that would be kind of easy in my opinion.
          I’ve had an idea for The Riddler for a while. Have him be a hitman that the mafia hires for extremely difficult or high profile jobs, similar to the character of Mr. Shhh played by Steve Buscemi (who actually wouldn’t be a bad choice for Nygma/Nash now that I think of it…HMMM) of in the 1995 Gary Fleder crime film ‘Things To Do In Denver When You’re Dead’.
          As for Mr. Freeze, I could see him playing a doctor who loses his wife in a similar yet more gruesome manner as in the comics. Tie in some key figures from the movie-verse as the men behind it and Victor Freese eventually developes a cold demeanor and penchant for doling out vengence “Best served cold!” Lol. A lot more thought would need to be put into his charcter but along those lines.
          I liked the idea of The Penguin being a British arms dealer with ties to the mob and using his club, The Iceberg Lounge, for a front to his criminal operation.
          All of Batman’s villains could be re-imagined for the big screen, it’s just the fact of finding the right tone and design and staying as close as possible to the original vision and material. It is tough and certainly so far Nolan has handled it perfectly. Hopefully after he leaves the franchise whoever picks up where he left off or starts anew will take some ques from him and deliver more terrific movies.

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

            Exactly. Everything you mentioned would work. I personally liked the version of Riddler from “The Batman” being tech savy and stealing evryone’s info. Take that to the next level with him crashing all the computers and causing total chaos in the city while Batman solves riddles trying to either fix the problems or just find Nygma. But the hitman idea works too.

            And yeah that’s pretty much how they portrayed him. Think a muscle bound Reptile from the “MK:Rebirth” short, as he was eating his victims in a stew or something. It’s a great read for anyone who is a batman or Joker fan.

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

            Exactly. Everything you mentioned would work. I personally liked the version of Riddler from “The Batman” being tech savy and stealing evryone’s info. Take that to the next level with him crashing all the computers and causing total chaos in the city while Batman solves riddles trying to either fix the problems or just find Nygma. But the hitman idea works too.

            And yeah that’s pretty much how they portrayed him. Think a muscle bound Reptile from the “MK:Rebirth” short, as he was eating his victims in a stew or something. It’s a great read for anyone who is a batman or Joker fan.

          • Juggernaut

            The tech savvy version appeals more to the cerebral side of Batman, which I like and wish that there was more of in the Nolan films. However, there would be no physical threat for him to overcome. That is what I find most appealing about the inclusion of Bane in the next film. He is truly Batman’s equal on all fronts, amped up to ten! That would be the only reason I have for wanting a Riddler with more of a violent nature. In almost every incarnation of The Riddler he is portrayed as an evil genius. If he were made to be more ruthless and physically imposing as well as cunning he’d be a much better villain for Batman. Having him be a hitman with a military back ground, seals or special forces maybe. Did black ops work and moved on to mercenary work afterwards. Finally finding a niche as a hired gun to the highest bidder. I undersatand that Batman has an array of villains with different talents and tactics. It just plays better on film to have a sense of immediate danger and having the protagonist in constant peril, in my opinion anyway.

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

            You are absolutely right. If I did do Riddler as tech savy, I’d have used someone like Croc as the muscle. I wholeheartedly agree about Bane being a great choice because he’s intelligent AND physical.

            Sent on the go.

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

        Agreed! For inspiration on how to do someone like crock they need look no further than Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo’s “Joker” graphic novel. It had a great pin on a couple of Bat’s villain.