Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Casting the Women of Gotham City

In what might be a contradiction of previous rumors about Julie Madison and Sarah Essen, Christopher Nolan is supposedly meeting with six actresses for two roles in The Dark Knight Rises: Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts, Blake Lively, Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway and Keira Knightley. One role is a love interest for Bruce Wayne, the other a villain. I would be perfectly comfortable with any of those actresses except for Blake Lively. She's extremely attractive, but I've yet to see her show off any kind of acting ability. Plus she's already in a DC movie as Carol Ferris in Green Lantern.

Julie Madison could certainly be the love interest, but a subplot about Gordon and Sarah Essen, the theorized Clayface/Julie Madison story, a detour to New Orleans for a Killer Croc plot, and a female villain (Catwoman, Talia al-Ghul, Poison Ivy, and Harley Quinn being the only likely possibilities) would make for a crowded movie. So at least some of these rumors are wrong.

In non-news, the above picture is BattGuano's entry into a contest to design a steampunk Batman on Warren Ellis' Whitechapel boards. There are many quality entries in it, so it's worth browsing through.

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