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Lights Out's Teresa Palmer wants to be Talia al Ghul in Ben Affleck's Batman

10.25.2016

Superhero movies are the big cheese right now, and everyone wants a taste. Performers big and small are campaigning for roles in the next big comic book blockbuster, some possibilities more exciting than others. But it's not in many instances we see stars campaigning for roles they technically already got. This is one of those instances.

During an interview with Screen Rant, actress Teresa Palmer (LIGHTS OUT) was asked if she was interested in Ben Affleck's upcoming BATMAN movie, and in the process said she's “100 percent” invested in the idea of playing none other than Bats' on-again-off-again lover and femme fatale, Talia al Ghul:

“I was going to be her. I think Marion Cotillard played, I don’t know how to pronounce her last name by the way, um she played Talia Al Ghul in one of the Batman’s, I remember thinking, okay well, obviously she’s going to play Talia Al Ghul, but if there’s ever an opportunity I would absolutely love it. Put it out there. Can you put it out there for me?”

For those curious about that quote, let’s go back in time using a Wayne’s World-style flashback. Palmer was originally cast as Talia back in 2007 when George Miller was set to direct his JUSTICE LEAGUE movie, but we all saw how well that turned out. That ship sunk, and then Christopher Nolan used the character in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (with Marion Cotillard), which remains our only major cinematic version of the character.

However, a new dawn has risen and a new guard has entered leaving plenty of room for Palmer to regain her role as the famous character. Now is the time to campaign, and she is totally ready:

“Can you make it a thing? I’m doing it.”

I only vaguely remember Palmer from movies like I AM NUMBER FOUR and WARM BODIES, but she did a fantastic job in this year’s LIGHTS OUT, and I have no doubt she would make a great Talia al Ghul. Her character in LIGHTS had a deep vat of painful emotions lurking inside her, but it was covered by an intimidating, rebellious exterior, which is very much in line with a character like al Ghul. Whether her campaign will gain any traction is yet to be seen, but I for one am on the train. Plus she's in like 10 movies this year, so clearly she's earned it.

You can catch Palmer in the upcoming HACKSAW RIDGE with Andrew Garfield on November 4.

Source: Screen Rant

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12:43AM on 10/27/2016

To me, she's much more Batgirl/Oracle than Talia.

As this is the tale of an older, more experienced Batman, we need someone like Chalize Theron or Jessica Chastain to match wits with Ben Affleck's Bats.
As this is the tale of an older, more experienced Batman, we need someone like Chalize Theron or Jessica Chastain to match wits with Ben Affleck's Bats.
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7:39PM on 10/26/2016
Nope, doesn't look like a Talia to me.
Nope, doesn't look like a Talia to me.
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8:45PM on 10/25/2016
Might as well give her the part, can't be any worse than Marion Cotillard was.
Might as well give her the part, can't be any worse than Marion Cotillard was.
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3:27PM on 10/25/2016
She's a very underrated actress who hasn't got the parts or recognition she deserves in my opinion.
I am glad she is trying to put herself out there.
She's a very underrated actress who hasn't got the parts or recognition she deserves in my opinion.
I am glad she is trying to put herself out there.
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2:22PM on 10/25/2016

Since this is older Batman, I think they might need a Talia and even a Damien...

We don't know yet if Damien has come and gone as Robin in Batflecks universe, but since he is supposed to be older I would think Damien has to be part of his life somehow. Unless they don't do a Damien storyline (to help separate from Nolanverse, then they wouldn't need Talia at all either).

Odds are there won't be a Talia or a Damien in these movies.
We don't know yet if Damien has come and gone as Robin in Batflecks universe, but since he is supposed to be older I would think Damien has to be part of his life somehow. Unless they don't do a Damien storyline (to help separate from Nolanverse, then they wouldn't need Talia at all either).

Odds are there won't be a Talia or a Damien in these movies.
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11:35AM on 10/25/2016
Affleck will no doubt have no shortage of people wanting to be in his film considering a lot of people seem to be throwing their interest towards it and the fact that he's directed three very well successful films on his own.
Affleck will no doubt have no shortage of people wanting to be in his film considering a lot of people seem to be throwing their interest towards it and the fact that he's directed three very well successful films on his own.
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11:21AM on 10/25/2016

She doesn't have the chops for it

Honestly when has this ever worked in the history of modern cinema with an actor campaigning via interviews and/or social media for a role? With the one glaring exception maybe being Ryan Reynolds for Deadpool, but that charming sonofabitch is ridiculously watchable and born for the part. If Palmer was good enough for the part, she wouldn't have to ask for it, they'd ask her.
Honestly when has this ever worked in the history of modern cinema with an actor campaigning via interviews and/or social media for a role? With the one glaring exception maybe being Ryan Reynolds for Deadpool, but that charming sonofabitch is ridiculously watchable and born for the part. If Palmer was good enough for the part, she wouldn't have to ask for it, they'd ask her.
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11:42AM on 10/25/2016
Ryan Reynolds was campaigning for the money to make Deadpool, not so much the part.
Ryan Reynolds was campaigning for the money to make Deadpool, not so much the part.
11:59AM on 10/25/2016
True enough. That and he worked his ass off to get it made rather than groveling at the feet of public opinion to "please make me Deadpool".
True enough. That and he worked his ass off to get it made rather than groveling at the feet of public opinion to "please make me Deadpool".
8:47PM on 10/25/2016
you don't need acting chops to bein the DCU, just need good looks and a pulse, much like the directors and writers.
you don't need acting chops to bein the DCU, just need good looks and a pulse, much like the directors and writers.
11:20AM on 10/25/2016
I want to be in The Batman too where's my article
I want to be in The Batman too where's my article
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10:36AM on 10/25/2016
I'm most familiar with her from "Take Me Home Tonight" and "Warm Bodies". Honestly, she's too young and just not talented enough to be Talia Al Ghul. Affleck's Batman is like 45 years old? She must be like late 20's? With how the DCEU is being established, Batman and his history is well established, meaning he would already know Talia, making her that young would be off-setting. Character should be closer to Affleck's age.
I'm most familiar with her from "Take Me Home Tonight" and "Warm Bodies". Honestly, she's too young and just not talented enough to be Talia Al Ghul. Affleck's Batman is like 45 years old? She must be like late 20's? With how the DCEU is being established, Batman and his history is well established, meaning he would already know Talia, making her that young would be off-setting. Character should be closer to Affleck's age.
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9:55AM on 10/25/2016
Nope. I'm not familiar with her work but she was supremely annoying in Point Break remake.
Nope. I'm not familiar with her work but she was supremely annoying in Point Break remake.
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