While Tom Hardy has been cast as a yet-unannounced villain the Riddler has been officially de-confirmed as the villain, (not to mention that we finally have a title) some interesting news has been floating around some female casting in particular. The official word is that Christopher Nolan is looking for TWO female leads for The Dark Knight Rises (I still have trouble recognizing that as the new title). Anyone remotely familiar with 2008’s The Dark Knight will remember that the cast is pretty devoid of estrogen right now, what with the former female lead in about a billion pieces in downtown Gotham (no, I’m not going to spoiler alert that because if you haven’t seen that film yet you deserve it to be spoiled). I was one of the few people that actually didn’t have a problem with Katie Holmes, and Maggie Gylenhaal was fun in her role. The official word is that there are going to be two female leads, one is going to be a love interest, and the other is going to be a villain.The official shortlist being considered for either part goes as follows.
Naomi Watts-Best known recently for being the lead character in Peter Jackson’s re-imagining of King Kong, Watts (42) has also had parts in The Ring, The International, and 21 Grams. Batman’s love interest (Bale being 36 himself) would naturally have to be older, but Watts might be a little too old for it. On top of that you also have to take into account how these actresses might fit into Nolan’s style, and I’m not 100% sure she’d be the best fit.
Blake Lively-Blake Lively (23), who recently starred as a cracked-up hooker in Ben Affleck’s The Town, actually did a pretty good job, and it’s honestly surprising to see that she’s actually really hot when she’s not snorting coke in an Affleck film. She’ll actually be the love interest in next year’s tentpole film “Green Lantern”, and has had a few other roles in Accepted and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Personally I think she’s a little too young for the part, but it might be interesting to see where she can go from Green Lantern next year.
Natalie Portman-Portman (29), who’s been on a bit of a rebound since the Star Wars prequel trilogy, definitely has the look for it. She’s one of the best actresses out there right now, and would definitely be a solid choice, even though she looks a little bit like Maggie Gylenhaal. On top of that, she’s one of the most naturally beautiful actresses out there. She’s had starring roles in films like V For Vendetta, Brothers, she’ll be the love interest in next year’s Thor, and she’s even been the recipient of a few awards, including some for this year’s much-hyped Black Swan.
Anne Hathaway-It seems like Anne is popping up on a lot of lists on this site, so I’ll keep this brief. Hathway (28) is gorgeous, she’s proved she can kick butt before, she’s versatile (she’s one of the best parts of Burton’s Alice in Wonderland), and she’s one of the safest choices out there. I personally couldn’t see her in the part, and it may be a kiss of death to put her in there since she was cast in Spiderman 4 right before it died.
Keira Knightley-Famous for her part in the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Knightley (25) gave teenage boys a whole new idea of gorgeous women through the past decade. She’s one of the most critically-acclaimed actresses out there right now, and on top of being one of the best-looking, she’d definitely be an interesting choice for Nolan. She might just be able to give him the edge the film needs.
Rachel Wiesz-By far my favorite of all the choices, Wiesz (40) was one of the best parts of one of my favorite films from last year, The Brothers Bloom. She’s been in the business for about 15 years now, and if you need any indication as to how crazy talented she is you should rent Brothers Bloom as soon as you can. I would love to see her adapted into Nolan’s world as either a love interest or a phenomenal villain, and she could be some what of a Heath Ledger that this film needs.
Now before I wrap this up, what does this news exactly mean? We have a love interest, and a villain. Now I’ve heard that the love interest could have some relation to Jim Gordon, but that may have just been backwash rumors the internet’s known for. She may be some sort of love Wayne meets on the run, or a love that makes Gotham worth saving. The other part of the news has to be the most interesting though. When it comes to female villains, the world of Batman only has a few. You have Catwoman, Poison Ivy, and Talia Al Ghul. Whereas I have a little bit of trouble seeing them adapt Catwoman and even more so with Poison Ivy, Talia is one that could be easily adapted considering the inclusion of Ra’as in Batman Begins. Although according to some Nolan’s not had the best luck with female characters in the past, the right choices in this area could make or break the film.