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Is Chris Nolan already looking for his female lead for Batman 3?

10.26.2010

So far, filmmaker Christopher Nolan's third BATMAN movie is filled with question marks (maybe literally).

We know he's directing from a script by himself and bro Jonah, and that we'll almost definitely see several principals returning -- Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Gary Oldman. Recently added to the mix is Nolan's INCEPTION actor Tom Hardy as... whoever he's playing.

Now Moviehole says things are rolling along, with Nolan and the producers secretively meeting with possible female leads to play an undisclosed character -- even the actresses don't know who it is until they step in the room. Moviehole does say that Nolan is "open to casting a fresh face as the female lead", so it could be anybody's role to win.

And now the fun part: speculation! Will this lady be the expected Selina Kyle/Catwoman? Or a villainess seeking vengeance, like Harley Quinn or Ra's Al Ghul's daughter Talia? Plant manipulator Poison Ivy? How about the ghost of Maggie GyllenHolmes? Or some original love interest for the Grumbler in the Tumbler?

It will probably be a while before we know, since the site says the project is wrapped up tighter than Michelle Pfeiffer's purring mischief-maker. The THE DARK KNIGHT follow-up (no small feat, that) will likely arrive in theaters Summer 2012.

Extra Tidbit: I wonder if Mayor Mascara is coming back too?
Source: Moviehole.net

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4:41PM on 10/28/2010

Hell bent for leather..

Diora Baird as Catwoman... nuff' said..
Diora Baird as Catwoman... nuff' said..
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6:28PM on 10/28/2010
omfg this x1000
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12:21AM on 10/28/2010

BECKINSALE AS TALIA

Which leads into the return of Ra's al Ghul
Which leads into the return of Ra's al Ghul
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5:08PM on 10/27/2010

to the extra tidbit

Nestor has never worn mascara a day in his life. His eyes has always been like that, he says he always got shit for it all his life.
Nestor has never worn mascara a day in his life. His eyes has always been like that, he says he always got shit for it all his life.
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12:55AM on 10/28/2010
I love the fact that he played Batmanuel on the live action TICK show. I wonder if Nolan factored that in when he cast him?
I love the fact that he played Batmanuel on the live action TICK show. I wonder if Nolan factored that in when he cast him?
1:38PM on 10/27/2010
I don't care who it is as long as she's hot, wears leather and shows tons of camel toe!
I don't care who it is as long as she's hot, wears leather and shows tons of camel toe!
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1:18PM on 10/27/2010
Catwoman and Harley Quinn could easily fit into the universe. They did away with the Joker falling into a chemical bath, they can do away with Catwoman being brought back to life by cats and still make the character. Maybe she comes out of a coma confused, has a split personality, something like that.
Catwoman and Harley Quinn could easily fit into the universe. They did away with the Joker falling into a chemical bath, they can do away with Catwoman being brought back to life by cats and still make the character. Maybe she comes out of a coma confused, has a split personality, something like that.
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12:43PM on 10/27/2010
Can we just not have a love interest....
Can we just not have a love interest....
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12:05PM on 10/27/2010
Emily Blunt would make a great, sexy Catwoman.
Emily Blunt would make a great, sexy Catwoman.
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11:15AM on 10/27/2010

My logic is...

If an iconic Batman character "doesn't fit" in this universe, maybe the wrong universe was created.
If an iconic Batman character "doesn't fit" in this universe, maybe the wrong universe was created.
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11:00AM on 10/27/2010
I'd like to see the new female lead as something besides a simple love interest for Wayne.

And I hope Nestor Carbonell will return as Gotham's 300 year old mayor.
I'd like to see the new female lead as something besides a simple love interest for Wayne.

And I hope Nestor Carbonell will return as Gotham's 300 year old mayor.
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9:58AM on 10/27/2010
Betty White as a love interest for Alfred.
Betty White as a love interest for Alfred.
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9:36AM on 10/27/2010

"Mayor Mascara"

Nestor Carbonell is a boss, I ought to drop you.
Nestor Carbonell is a boss, I ought to drop you.
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8:35AM on 10/27/2010

What if the new mayor

or D.A. is a female who's hell-bent on capturing Batman? That would make for an interesting dynamic, especially if she and Bruce become involved.
or D.A. is a female who's hell-bent on capturing Batman? That would make for an interesting dynamic, especially if she and Bruce become involved.
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8:35AM on 10/27/2010
I don't know. I don't think a female lead is necessary. But if there has to be one, my vote is for Selina Kyle WITHOUT her actually becoming Cat Woman in the film. Hints of it would be OK. Kind of like 'Catwoman Begins' as a subplot . . .
I don't know. I don't think a female lead is necessary. But if there has to be one, my vote is for Selina Kyle WITHOUT her actually becoming Cat Woman in the film. Hints of it would be OK. Kind of like 'Catwoman Begins' as a subplot . . .
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8:18AM on 10/27/2010
Crispy Zombie Rachael would be a messed up character, though undoubtedly not Nolan's style. Harley Quinn or Talia could both work as their blokes have already featured in the series, but if Nolan's ending his trilogy then he's probably got something cool up his sleeve.
Crispy Zombie Rachael would be a messed up character, though undoubtedly not Nolan's style. Harley Quinn or Talia could both work as their blokes have already featured in the series, but if Nolan's ending his trilogy then he's probably got something cool up his sleeve.
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5:19AM on 10/27/2010
Oracle! let's set this bad boy like 30 years after TDK.
Oracle! let's set this bad boy like 30 years after TDK.
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3:10AM on 10/27/2010
I say Talia or Harley Qiunn, no one can deliver a Catwoman performance like Michelle Pheiffer but yet again it is Chris Nolan so he might have someone good in mind to play the feline role.
I say Talia or Harley Qiunn, no one can deliver a Catwoman performance like Michelle Pheiffer but yet again it is Chris Nolan so he might have someone good in mind to play the feline role.
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3:00AM on 10/27/2010
Catwoman is the obvious go-to, but Talia would be a far more interesting choice to bring it full circle as a trilogy.
Catwoman is the obvious go-to, but Talia would be a far more interesting choice to bring it full circle as a trilogy.
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2:30AM on 10/27/2010
You can't out-cat Michelle Pheiffer's version, so don't go there!
You can't out-cat Michelle Pheiffer's version, so don't go there!
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2:57AM on 10/27/2010
I agree with you, but at the same time, who thought Heath Ledger would out do Nicholson's Joker?
I agree with you, but at the same time, who thought Heath Ledger would out do Nicholson's Joker?
10:52AM on 10/27/2010
I'm with fury159. I don't think we'll have a Catwoman nearly as hot, I'll agree with you there DeadAce. If it happens at all, it'll probably be a very practical costume.
I'm with fury159. I don't think we'll have a Catwoman nearly as hot, I'll agree with you there DeadAce. If it happens at all, it'll probably be a very practical costume.
2:24AM on 10/27/2010
Talia as the Phantasm is what I'll always want to see
Talia as the Phantasm is what I'll always want to see
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10:51AM on 10/27/2010
...except Talia isn't the Phantasm and never has been... Interesting mix idea, though.
...except Talia isn't the Phantasm and never has been... Interesting mix idea, though.
7:44PM on 10/27/2010
Well of course I know that, but look at the Phantasm. It screams League of Shadows and they could follow a similar to Mask where Batman is pinned with her murders further making him the villain
Well of course I know that, but look at the Phantasm. It screams League of Shadows and they could follow a similar to Mask where Batman is pinned with her murders further making him the villain
2:14AM on 10/27/2010
im sure its just a new love interest and not a new villian at all.
im sure its just a new love interest and not a new villian at all.
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2:02AM on 10/27/2010

I VOTE FOR CATWOMAN

I have a feeling their will be some kind of Love triangle with Catwoman appealing to the Batman persona and someone like Vicki Vale appealing to Bruce Wayne and he will have to choose between a normal life and being Batman. I think the theme of the third will be about Bruce deciding if it's still worth it to be Batman or not but can he just abandon Gotham when it needs him most.
I have a feeling their will be some kind of Love triangle with Catwoman appealing to the Batman persona and someone like Vicki Vale appealing to Bruce Wayne and he will have to choose between a normal life and being Batman. I think the theme of the third will be about Bruce deciding if it's still worth it to be Batman or not but can he just abandon Gotham when it needs him most.
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1:50AM on 10/27/2010
Talia is an excellent guess as she can be Batman's love interest in the third installment.
Talia is an excellent guess as she can be Batman's love interest in the third installment.
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1:37AM on 10/27/2010
I'm a huge Batman nerd... but I've never liked Selena Kyle OR Harley Quinn. So hopefully it's, uh, someone else.
I'm a huge Batman nerd... but I've never liked Selena Kyle OR Harley Quinn. So hopefully it's, uh, someone else.
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1:35AM on 10/27/2010
Silver St. Cloud or Talia.........

Catwoman and Harley Quinn would not fit in Nolan's Universe.
Silver St. Cloud or Talia.........

Catwoman and Harley Quinn would not fit in Nolan's Universe.
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1:46AM on 10/27/2010
Catwoman doesn't have superpowers like Poisen Ivy and with the right approach she could work just fine. Nolan found a way to ground Ras Al Ghul in some kind of reality.
Catwoman doesn't have superpowers like Poisen Ivy and with the right approach she could work just fine. Nolan found a way to ground Ras Al Ghul in some kind of reality.
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1:35AM on 10/27/2010
Noomi Rapace from Girl With the Dragon Tattoo would be great for either role in my opinion. Very dark but seductive at the same time.
Noomi Rapace from Girl With the Dragon Tattoo would be great for either role in my opinion. Very dark but seductive at the same time.
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5:59AM on 10/27/2010
IMO, your strikeback is the only one so far that makes sense. I hate the fact that you're getting so many thumbs-downs. I guess it's popular to hate on the "it girl." +1.
IMO, your strikeback is the only one so far that makes sense. I hate the fact that you're getting so many thumbs-downs. I guess it's popular to hate on the "it girl." +1.
1:28AM on 10/27/2010
Please let this be Harley Quinn!!
Please let this be Harley Quinn!!
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1:40AM on 10/27/2010
Harley Quinn doesn't work w/o the Joker.
Harley Quinn doesn't work w/o the Joker.
1:48AM on 10/27/2010
Agreed, No Joker, No Harley.
Agreed, No Joker, No Harley.
12:51AM on 10/27/2010
Maybe Jezebel Jett? I'd be all for the black glove. I'd love to see Proffesor Pyg or Flamingo.
Maybe Jezebel Jett? I'd be all for the black glove. I'd love to see Proffesor Pyg or Flamingo.
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12:33AM on 10/27/2010
Kristen Bell for Harley Quinn or Rachel McAdams for Catwoman. I could also see Rachel Weiz making a great Catwoman.
Kristen Bell for Harley Quinn or Rachel McAdams for Catwoman. I could also see Rachel Weiz making a great Catwoman.
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9:32AM on 10/27/2010
I sincerely hope you're kidding.
I sincerely hope you're kidding.
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12:28AM on 10/27/2010
Ellen Page for Harley Quinn = win. do it do it!
Ellen Page for Harley Quinn = win. do it do it!
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12:32AM on 10/27/2010
Zooey Deschanel would be a better Harley Quinn
Zooey Deschanel would be a better Harley Quinn
12:15AM on 10/27/2010

Dollars to doughnuts...

....that its none of the above.
....that its none of the above.
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12:15AM on 10/27/2010
call me crazy but I was never too fond of catwoman but i can definitely get behind a toned down harly quinn. I want the jokers presence to still be felt in this film and having her, even as just a two bit villain, would be great.
call me crazy but I was never too fond of catwoman but i can definitely get behind a toned down harly quinn. I want the jokers presence to still be felt in this film and having her, even as just a two bit villain, would be great.
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11:58PM on 10/26/2010
Evangeline Lilly for Catwoman.
Evangeline Lilly for Catwoman.
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11:55PM on 10/26/2010
Somewhere at this moment, Sean Young must be removing the dust of her old Catwoman costume.
Somewhere at this moment, Sean Young must be removing the dust of her old Catwoman costume.
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11:54PM on 10/26/2010
Maggie GyllenHolmes, Grumbler in the Tumbler? You're on a roll! The new female is possibly a Rachel Dawes-type of character. I'm still wondering who the villain is going to be.
Maggie GyllenHolmes, Grumbler in the Tumbler? You're on a roll! The new female is possibly a Rachel Dawes-type of character. I'm still wondering who the villain is going to be.
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11:53PM on 10/26/2010

Hard to top Dark Knight but.....

....if anyone can do it, it's Chris Nolan! Having further proven his brilliance with Inception, I'm looking forward to the further psychological escapades of our beloved Grumbler in the Tumbler!
....if anyone can do it, it's Chris Nolan! Having further proven his brilliance with Inception, I'm looking forward to the further psychological escapades of our beloved Grumbler in the Tumbler!
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11:49PM on 10/26/2010
REBECCA HALL WOULD BE THE PERFECT CATWOMAN
REBECCA HALL WOULD BE THE PERFECT CATWOMAN
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9:33AM on 10/27/2010
I agree!
I agree!
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11:49PM on 10/26/2010
I thought Nolan said he was against to the idea of having Catwoman and Harley
I thought Nolan said he was against to the idea of having Catwoman and Harley
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11:47PM on 10/26/2010
I say Catwoman played by Anne Hathaway.
I say Catwoman played by Anne Hathaway.
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11:38PM on 10/26/2010

Catwoman!

I'm hoping for Catwoman -- she's no special case, no special powers, just a gal with skill like Bats. He needs a new female love interest, after all.

My casting choice: Olivia Wilde -- I think she'd be the PERFECT Catwoman.
I'm hoping for Catwoman -- she's no special case, no special powers, just a gal with skill like Bats. He needs a new female love interest, after all.

My casting choice: Olivia Wilde -- I think she'd be the PERFECT Catwoman.
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11:36PM on 10/26/2010
I am all up for Catwoman in this and Mayor Mascara sounds like some type of cheesy villain name. Maybe he is a secret villain?
I am all up for Catwoman in this and Mayor Mascara sounds like some type of cheesy villain name. Maybe he is a secret villain?
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12:19AM on 10/27/2010
Richard Alpert is da man. Recognize.
Richard Alpert is da man. Recognize.
12:40AM on 10/27/2010
Well, no shit. I was joking.
Well, no shit. I was joking.
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