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The Dark Knight Rises Targets Hathaway, Knightley And Others

Like the revolving door that just can’t seem to keep the villains of Arkham Asylum locked down, rumors surrounding Christopher Nolan’s third Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, just keep on coming around.

Unlike our last report, which focused on an alleged leaked script for the film, this one centers on the two female leads Nolan is still searching for—or is he? According to a rumor at Collider, actresses Eva Green and Naomi Watts have already won the two roles of Talia al Ghul and Vicki Vale respectively. This fits the idea of the previously reported villain and love interest angle with Talia, the daughter of Liam Neeson’s Ra’s al Ghul, filling the part of the former and Vicki, a love interest of Batman played by Kim Basinger in the original Tim Burton film, fitting the latter.

On the flip side, Heat Vision tells us that no actresses have been cast in any role and the shortlist for those due to test includes Keira Knightley, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel, Kate Mara, Charlotte Riley and Gemma Arterton. Interestingly enough, not only do the two reports conflict, but neither Green nor Watts are listed on Heat Vision’s shortlist.

Collider’s alleged source also provided info on filming, which reportedly begins on May 6 and continues through November 28. They also report that a new Batmobile makes an appearance and the Batcave finally debuts. The previous “Tumbler” Batmobile got its face blown off by the Joker in The Dark Knight, so one way or another, we’ll likely see a new one in the upcoming film. The new Batmobile is going to be much sleeker in design, leading toward what we see now in the comics as opposed to the tank-style version in the first and second film. As for the Batcave, we saw Alfred and Bruce working on and in it in Batman Begins, but as this stands as Nolan’s final film, a fully realized Batcave finally being employed makes perfect sense.

Again, all this stands as rumor because Christopher Nolan hasn’t commented on any of this himself and probably won’t because the man loves his secrets, just like Batman.


  •!/haversam [A]

    Jessica Biel and Kate Mara? Inconceivable.

  • Beow101

    Please let it be Charlotte Riley. She would be perfect for the movie. She’s beautiful and a fantastic actress. She needs a good break out role for the States.

  • Thehotactress

    All of the familiar names should be skipped. Don’t know why Nolan needs get an A-list actress. He developed this during Memento getting the “hot at the time” Carrie Ann Moss from the Matrix. Katie Holmes was an awful choice for Begins. He got it right for the second movie. Why is it so hard now?

  • Don

    I’d love to see Kate Mara as Barbara Gordon. Not as Batgirl, of course. It’d be nice to see an actress that actually looks like Barbara!

  • Just A Beat Writer

    I can already see one error in this report. Liam Neeson played Henri Ducard in the first film, who worked for Ras al Ghul, played by Ken Watanabe. Which means Eva Green’s character would be Watanabe’s daughter, not Neeson.

  • Jay

    Neeson was Ras Al Ghul, he initially introduced himself Ducard, but in actuality he was Al Ghul.

  • Otto66hb

    Batcave? Hope its not like the “come-one-come-all” of the Schumacher films. Batmobile? We always need a new Batmobile.

  • kalorama

    You may want to watch Batman Begins again, and pay closer attention.

  • thatwasadumbcomment

    So basically he always has since his only feature length film before Memento was Following which was an indy film made for 6 grand, and 6g’s won’t even get an A-Lister to pick up the phone to laugh at you.

  • Akachris

    I always thought Rhona Mitra would have made an excellent Talia al’Ghul.

  • Eightiesologist

    Wow really? The key plot twist in the movie and you still don’t know?

  • Eightiesologist

    I seriously doubt Nolan is considering Jessica Biel or Anne Hathaway for a part in this film. I also seriously hope he’s not considering them. It would be like someone casting Denise Richards in the next Bond movie.

  • Mcbar032

    Denise Richards WAS in a Bond movie..

  • Eightiesologist

    I know….it was bad casting back then. Imagine how bad it would be too cast her in the current Bond franchise. That’s how i’d feel about Biel in a Batman flick. (And i think she’s hot.)

  • BlackPookie

    i dont care about Who but I want a Catwoman in Nolan’s movies…
    Selina rocked Bruce’s world so I wanna see that in the big screen!

  • BlackPookie

    u should see the movie and pay attention to the details!

  • BlackPookie

    do u guys think there will be a robin in the movie?
    i seriously hope so…