More Cryptic Casting Rumors From The Dark Knight Rises

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Christopher Nolan is creating quite a queue of actresses for “The Dark Knight Rises”, the third installment of his Batman films, which Warner Bros has slated for release on July 20, 2012. Deadline reports that there are two main female leads. The first is a love interest for Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne, to replace Rachel Dawes, who got exploded by the Joker the last time out, and the second will be a villain, who will presumably operate in some sort of conjunction with Tom Hardy’s as yet unidentified villain.

The six actresses named are Rachel Weisz, Natalie Portman, Blake Lively, Keira Knightley, Anne Hathaway, and Naomi Watts. These are just the actresses that Nolan is going to meet with initially. As is his style, he is keeping the specifics of the roles under wraps, but that just provides more room for rampant speculation.

If you care, my particular preferences are as follows: I would like to see some combination of Weisz, Portman, or Watts in the available parts. Weisz has a darkness that could be really cool as a femme-fatale villain (Catwoman? Talia Al Ghul?), and she, as well as Portman and Watts could pull off either good or evil. Has Portman ever played a real badguy? None spring immediately to mind, but it might be a lot of fun to see her get villainous. As for the other three, even though she was good in “The Town”, I’m not completely sold on Lively, I often forget that Hathaway exists at all, and I just don’t like Knightley for some reason. She’s so skinny that she always seems to be on the verge of snapping in half, and her face always looks like something smells bad. But that’s just my opinion.

Author: Brent McKnight

Brent McKnight lives in Seattle with his dogs. He likes beards, movies where things explode, and overcast skies. His three favorite movies are "Rubin and Ed", "A Bittersweet Life", and "Out for Justice". He wishes his knees didn't hurt. On Twitter @BrentMMcKnight
  • Anonymous

    if there is no catwoman, that will be HUGE disappointment!

  • http://twitter.com/baleheadbr1978 Juli

    No Catwoman! Talia!

    • Juggernaut

      Talia all the way!

      • Juggernaut

        Rachel Weisz as Talia. Tom Hardy as Ra’s Al Ghul risen from the Lazarus Pits! AWSOME!!!!!

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

          THAT would be awesome!!! Tom Hardy playing a younger, revived Ra’s Al Ghul. I like it!!!!

          • Juggernaut

            With The Riddler, who everyone was expecting to be the next villain, out of the running anything is possible. Hardy could definately pass for a younger Liam Neeson. It may be going back to the well but I think that it would serve the trilogy well and end the series with some linking closure. Just my opinion. I also like the idea of bringing Hush to the big screen. While Hardy could be almost any of Batman’s foes (Black Mask, Deadshot, Hush, Riddler, Bane, Man-Bat, Killer Croc, Anarky, Hugo Strange, Clayface, etc.) The list is really extensive. I hope that Hardy is cast as either the new Ra’s or Hush.

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

            Agreed! I actually think Hush would be an awesome film villain, someone that tests his brains and brawn. He’d actually work for all of those you mentioned. So yeah, bring on the Dark Knight Rises.

  • baddog

    Titan 1! How can you say Weisz is not a fighter. Remember a little movie called the “Mummy”? Remember the fight scenes in those? Especially with the Kings wife when she had a flash back. Or in “Constantine when she was a cop”. Weisz can hold her own. I never did much care for Portman, Knightley did do a good job in “Domino” and “King Arthur”. I love Watts, Hathaway is interesting. Remember Christopher Nolan brought a guy in to do the Joker that most of us said “What”? And he turned out to be fantastic. If he can transform Heath Ledger into one of the best or the best villian (Heath had something to do with the performance) then I would love to see what he could do with any of the above.

    • Juggernaut

      I completely agree. While I have a definate favorite in Weisz for Talia, any of these actresses could take it to another level. Ledger before TDK was already becoming a serious actor with roles in Oscor heavies like Monster’s Ball, Brokeback Mountain and the critically acclaimed I’m Not There but the majority of roles that he had taken were not all that challenging. Then comes his portrayal of The Joker, one of pop cultures all time villains, and he nails it! Almost on his performance alone (not to take away from Nolan and the rest of the cast) he redefined the way people viewed comic book movies. No longer popcorn chomping fun, they were now serious, character driven dramas. All of this from the guy who was in 10 Things I Hate About You and The Brothers Grimm! LOL. I was not a fan and definately not on board for him to play the Joker when I heard that he was cast. I was thinking comic book Joker or 60′s TV Joker. Even the slightly darker take on the character by Jack Nicholson and Tim Burton were child’s play compared to Nolan’s vision and Ledger’s execution. So for that reason alone I will concede to having Nolan make the right decision. It seems, so far, that he always does.

    • Titan1

      those fight scenes were horrible, but I do trust Nolan’s choices as you pointed out no one believed in Ledger but he was fantastic as the Joker. I just can’t see it right now I guess.

    • Titan1

      those fight scenes were horrible, but I do trust Nolan’s choices as you pointed out no one believed in Ledger but he was fantastic as the Joker. I just can’t see it right now I guess.

    • Titan1

      those fight scenes were horrible, but I do trust Nolan’s choices as you pointed out no one believed in Ledger but he was fantastic as the Joker. I just can’t see it right now I guess.

  • http://www.phatsonic.de b_i_d

    My personal wishlist for female villains in the right order:

    - Harley Quinn
    - Catwoman
    - Poison Ivy

  • Moondog715

    vickie vale? catwoman?

  • Moondog715

    vickie vale? catwoman?