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Christopher Nolan Considering A-List Ladies for 'Batman' Cast

Christopher Nolan Considering A-List Ladies for 'Batman' Cast

Christopher Nolan is casting actresses for leading roles in the new Batman film, set to hit theaters in July of 2012!

The two roles are very different – one is Bruce Wayne’s love interest and the other is a villain, although Christopher hasn’t announced which baddie just yet!

According to Deadline, Anne Hathaway, Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts, Blake Lively, Natalie Portman and Keira Knightley are all under consideration.

WHICH ACTRESS WOULD YOU CAST as a love interest? A villain?

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# 1

Ugh. Blake Lively can go away already. She’s horrible.

Rachel and Naomi are serious actresses with talent to spare.

Natalie is OK. Dont see her as a villain or a love interest to Bruce though.

# 2

Anne & Natalie :)

# 3
SaadGkhan @ 11/11/2010 at 5:30 pm

Keira Knightley, Natalie Portman and Anne Hathaway …
Why not Rachel McAdams, that’s sad she auditioned for Katie holmes role but lost it and then again Maggie Gyllenhaal got the part.
Love Blake Lively but this movie is too big for her…
Rachel Weiz and Naomi Watts and Comic books Heroins doesn’t go along!

# 4

Anne hathaway and natalie portman !!! or maybe keira ..

what is blake doing in that list ??

# 5

is blake really A list, at the most she’s B list especially in regards to the other actresses on the list, who hold much higher accolades!

# 6

Actually Rachel McAdams turned down The Dark Knight.

Call me crazy, but I want Maggie Gyllenhaal to come back as a villain. I feel like she was underused in The Dark Knight. She’d make a great Catwoman. No boring love interests!

# 7

Keira Knightley would fit perfect for this role…. :))

# 8

Okay, I love Blake Lively but if she’s in this I cannot watch it! She’s fun and bubbly and cute and good for the shallow stuff (cough, GOSSIP GIRL) but not in the same movie as Christian Bale. It’s bad enough what’s her face, the one married to Tom Cruise was in the first one, let’s not repeat this. I say Anne Hathaway and Natalie Portman! Even Kiera Knightly. Rachel Weisz…I can see her as a villain, but that’s about it.

# 9

Please stop putting Blake Lively in real movies. I don’t get it.

I’d love to see Rachel or Anne up in this.

Love interest wise I love Anne Hathaway.
Villain wise I can see Keira Knightley playing a villain.

Rachel McAdams. She has enough charisma and spunk (see “The Lucky Ones”) if they’re looking for a sassy actress!

I agree with Annie. Blake is hardly A-list. And Rachel + Naomi are getting too old anyway. It should be someone younger! Keira Knightley overacts all the time. Watched “Last Night” at TIFF and she overdid all her parts. She doesn’t have a different style of acting other than ‘defiant’. Ditto with Anne Hathaway.

wtf is blake doing in an A-list?
def natalie portman and anne or keira

Christopher please spare us !!!!
Her head is already that big enough. I don’t want her in another blockbuster !
Even Megan Fox could be better than her !!!!

Natalie Portman as cat woman.

Oh and by the way. Since WHEN Blake Lively is a “A-List” lady ???
Someone can explain me that ? I don’t get it !

more blake lively! more blake lively! more more more blake blake blake lively!

DramaQueen15 @ 11/11/2010 at 5:48 pm

I would pick Keira as a villain and Rachel as the love interest. I also love Anne. Any of these three

What has Blake Lively done but proven herself to be a second-rate actress with marble-mouth.

i n f a m o u s l y c o o l @ 11/11/2010 at 5:54 pm

portman’s in thor, so that’s not happening. lively’s in green lantern, so that’s not that’s also not happen.
knightley’s the obvious choice for the villain, so that’s a perfect reason they shouldn’t pick her (and because she’s ugly).
go.. anne or weisz for the love interest and watts for the villain. watts doesn’t look bad, that’s why she’s be perfect.

Kate Bosworth!!! Look what she did to Superman! She’d bring the same charisma to Batman. PLEASE PRAY that this happens.

i n f a m o u s l y c o o l @ 11/11/2010 at 5:57 pm

@annie: …it’s true. she’s a-list now. who would have ever thought.

i n f a m o u s l y c o o l @ 11/11/2010 at 5:58 pm

@challah: …ahahahahahahahaha …i know you’re being sarcastic but i still wanna drop-kick you in the head for typing that name. ahahahahahahaha

Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts or Natalie Portman! But I really think Rachel for a love interest, I think she and CB would look good together

So Swedish @ 11/11/2010 at 6:05 pm

Actually, I don´t wanna see any of these actresses in the new Batman movie.

Some of them are too old, some is too young, some is too inexperienced etc.

I didn´t like Katie Holmes or Maggie Gyllenhaal either. I did not see any chemistry between them and Christian Bale.
I wan´t suppressed feelings, sexual tension, power games and some serious obsession between Bruce and his ladylove. And his lady must be strong, smart and charismatic and also a sensitive and refined woman to balance him.

But who should play that lady? And the villain?
Gosh, that´s a tough one.
Love interest – Monica Bellucci? Marion Cotillard? Or are they too old?
Villain – Maybe Keira or Natalie Portman…

Marion Cotillard would be great villain!

Keira Knightley would be great in either part. But I think she’d make an amzing villain! She was great in Never Let Me Go as the baddie.

Gimme Keira anytime.

tsengeltsetseg @ 11/11/2010 at 6:23 pm

For villain:Keira
the interest one: Natalie

A picture is worth thaisand words.

Carlos Joel Aponte @ 11/11/2010 at 6:29 pm

I don’t know who, but I know it won’t be Blake Lively.

She’s playing Carol Ferris in “Green Lantern”


Did you not see The Town? I think you are the only one who thinks she’s horrible.


Did you not see The Town? I think you are the only one who thinks she’s horrible.

I agree with people saying Rachel McAdams. That would be great.

But from this list. I think Blake Lively (because of how awesome she was in The Town), Anne Hathaway, and Natalie Portman.

Naomi Watts I think may be too old. And Rachel Weisz… ugh, can’t stand her for some reason. And she may be too old as well.

Laís Tavares @ 11/11/2010 at 6:39 pm

Marion Cotillard, Eva Green for villains. Rachel McAdams, Carey Mulligan, Emily Blunt, Anne Hathaway or Amanda Seyfried for love interests.

Butter_Fly @ 11/11/2010 at 6:40 pm

Please, please, PLEASE let the villian be Harley Quinn! Screw Catwoman! I want Harley Quinn!

what THE HELL is blake doing in that list ??

she can’t act!!

Why is Blake Lively always being considered with all these top notch actresses?? She hasn’t earned that spot yet. Ughhh

Rachel, Natalie, Keira ..

Anne is okay but I can’t picture her in a Batman movie ..

laverdadduele @ 11/11/2010 at 6:52 pm

Blake Lively…A-list actress?…LMAO

natalie as the love interest and rachel as the villian!! she’s mysterious

Anne Hathway !

hypnotikal @ 11/11/2010 at 7:04 pm

whatever happened to Vera Farmiga! She was so lovely in Up in the Air!!

Rachel, Natalie or Keira for love interest.

Villian? There’s only ONE choice: MEGAN FOX.
She would be perfect for this role. Love her to death.

In this list

love interest? Rachel
A villain Keira

mine, maybe

love interest Marion Cotillard
A villain Angelina

Natalie Portman is the only one I would like to see in Batman 3.

I hope he’s casting for Harley Quinn and Cat Woman, but I guess that would be two villains.

love interest – Rachel Weisz
villain – Natalie Portman

If “Poison Ivy” is the Villain, I’ve seen a photo shop of Rachel Nichols as Poison Ivy, and she looks dead-on. And, after both “GI Joe” and “Conan, the Barbarian” she has the physical chops.

Would love to see Anne tackle the villain. Love interest? Keira could do a great job. I love Angelina Jolie, but I don’t know if I would put her in Batman 3. That’s just me.

The love interest is going to be someone ugly as usual in recent superhero movies….


How about a blonde for the love interest, so it would be a throwback to the first Batman with Kim Basinger? Not Blake Lively though……lol.

Natalie Portman would be cool as a villain, never see her play any bad girl roles, but she’s a good actress and could pull it off with the right script…or even Noomi Rapace as a villain…hmmmm

Marquita Smith @ 11/11/2010 at 7:57 pm

Why aren’t there any black women in the running i mean really. Hollywood is so for white actresses. Black women can act to hello.

Oh my gosh people. Stop hating. As if you can even act!

And those ladies are all talented in their own ways. I’m just excited to see who the final cast will be!

It depends on the age of the character. Naomi and Rachel both seem too old. Keira drives me nuts and Portman is limited. I’d like to see unknowns play the part. But Blake could be fun as a villain.

SaadGkhan @ 11/11/2010 at 8:12 pm

Keira Knightley (Poison Ivy), Natalie Portman (Harley Quinn)and Anne Hathaway (Cat Women) …
Why not Rachel McAdams? that’s sad she auditioned for Katie holmes role but lost it and then again Maggie Gyllenhaal got the part.
Love Blake Lively but this movie is too Big for her…
Rachel Weiz and Naomi Watts and Comic books Heroins doesn’t go along! they are good for indie movie… wouldn’t you agree if a main stream girl has done Batman movies before … she could have touch the stardom but Both Katie Holmes touched Tom Cruise and Maggie Gyllenhaal talented but not Gorgeous enough to Rule Hollywood.

***I still doubt that they will choose a Mainstream girl, Christopher Nolan likes to keep Focus on his Men Momento (Carrie Ann Moss), The Prestige (Piper Perabo and Scarlett Johansson), BatMan Begins (Katie Holmes), The Dark Night (Maggie Gyllenhaal) and Inception (Ellen Page and Marion Cotilard). so this list indicates that he likes talented girls but not Top Media Personalities because it takes the focus away from Movie.
P.S among them Scarlett Johansson is Huge but her role was like cameo in The Prestige.

SaadGkhan @ 11/11/2010 at 8:16 pm

@Marquita Smith: you just did not bring a Black and White sh*t into this, C’mon they are Comic book characters and they were white in Comic book so how they become black for the movie…
P.S Halle Barry did Cat-woman and tank the franchise forever and ever. because it was not accurate.

My pick would be Naomi Watts – best actress out of the lot. Natalie is boring.

@SaadGkhan first of all FU. Second of all instead of just looking at the actress you need to look at the writer and you also need to look at the director. Get your **** straight it doesn’t all fall on the the actress. And yes i did bring up race. Comic book characters should be able to played by any race of people not just white. The thing about actors is that they becone there character, they are there character. So don’t give that bullshit about black actors can do comic books because the comic book people are white were not in the 40s wake up

Kira Knightly = Harley Quinn

As for the love interest i think Rachel Weisz would be good.

PLEASE! pick anyone BUT Blake Lively!! she’s a terrible actress! She isn’t even the best (or prettiest) actress on Gossip Girl!! She can only do one expression! Come on..

You know, I kind of think that people should accept that Blake Lively is not a B list anymore, she was praised across the board for her performance in The Town, and she was cast in one of the most high profile roles in the upcoming Green Lantern… That said I seriously hope for Rachel Weisz to be cast as f*cking Catwowan, how sexy would that be, not to mention she obviously has the acting chops. I love Keira but the backlash of people talking about how thin she is for the role, blah, blah, blah, could get out of control…

Blech Lively is a joke,all those ‘under the table’ negotiations may obviously get her favors but her acting will always suck. All those actressess she’s listed with are way more talented that she will ever be!

Portman, Hathaway, and Knightley are definitely A-listers! But why is Blake Lively on this A-list? She hasn’t done that many movies to even be judged along the same line as the others.

love interest natalie villain naomi

if i had the choice; Rachel Weisz, as the baddie. she would be so good in that role. as for love interest, i have no real idea. but anne hathaway would be good.

phat-ruley @ 11/11/2010 at 9:21 pm

Blake Lively is an A-Lister – So not true just like her FAKE nose & tits!

Anne as the villian!!!!!!

bananarama @ 11/11/2010 at 9:26 pm

Wtf is Blake Lively being considered? She’s a terrible actress with no talent. She had came this far only because of her father, her boobs and her fake plastic face. I wish people would stop giving her the credit she does not deserve.

Anne as the love interest… she have that sweetness to be such a great girlfriend
Blake as the villain.. come on… give her a chance.. beside she have the fierceness to be ivy or catwoman…

WHO IS SALT ? @ 11/11/2010 at 9:49 pm

Actually one of the first catwomen was black
Eartha Kitt and it suits her to the core…her face, eye shape, walk, souplness and even meow and roar…were all reminescence of a feline.
If she was younger, i would have opted for someone like Lucy Liu to play the part of Cat Woman…she has that feline quality about her.

Love interest – Anne or Rachel
Villain – Keira

But seriously, Blake Lively? She’s already attached to a comic book movie. I would rather have Leighton Meester be considered than her.

Okay I love Blake but the girl is not that good of an actress. Blake gets outperformed week to week by Leighton. If Blake cant carry a tv show what makes people think she can carry a big role like this. I dont understand how she even gets considered for big movie roles. As of right know she has not done anything amazing. Yeah she did an okay job in The Town but she still needs to work a lot in the acting department. Maybe she will prove me and everyone else wrong once Green Lantern comes out but as of right she is the worst choice for this role.

i’ll love keira or anne!!
natalie is great but can’t picture her here. Same for rachel and naomi.

but blake, come on! Please nooooooo

This very simple: Natalie for the love interest and Rachel for baddie.

Rachel Weisz is so gorgeous, but as Catwoman? Don’t see it. Blake Lively does not have the acting chops to pull off the most famous villainess in the Batman universe! What a joke to even suggest her… However, I am so glad no one has mentioned Angelina-Overrated-Jolie… She’s the action genre’s Jennifer Aniston… lol Always plays the same Mrs. Smith role. Milla Jovovich would be perfect for Catwoman.

There was possible chemistry between Katie Holmes and Christian Bale but every time she was lecturing him I had to laugh, I just didn’t buy her character. Maggie Gyllenhaal did much better, she had better chemistry but I don’t think she’s coming back. I would pick Marion Cotillard, she was in Public Enemies briefly with Bale and I thought they had great chemistry plus I would buy her as a villainess. Blake Lively? No it would be like casting Katie Holmes for the part again I think, too young, not convincing enough. Anne Hathaway would do a good job, Natalie is too tiny, to be an imposing villain for Batman 6’2 1/2 Christian Bale. Keira would do good as well. Naomi Watts is too old, seriously Bale is not that old. If Scarlett Johanssen wasn’t playing Black Widow in the Iron Man/Avenger movies I would put her in there too. Rosamund Pike is another choice, she was underused as the bad girl in Die Another Day, I think she’d make a good villain too.


No, Naomi is the weakest actress of the group.

no one sorry, it’s always the same actresses, anne, blake,and nathalie specally i don’t want to see these actresses in the dark knight rises. if christopher nolan want dark knight rises win box office, that would be not with this actresses. my choice would be kate winslet for the love interest and naomi watts for the vilain that would be very very very good for the box office

yeah kate winslet would be good for the love interest but about naomi watts no, i would chose agelina jolie for the vilain
kate winslet + angelina jolie = BIG BOX OFFICE

How about Zoe Saldana for a role? I think she’d be a great villain or love interest.

Christopher Nolan is known for casting incredibly talented actors in his movies and some of these actresses are just nooooo. I personally like Rachel Weisz and Marion Cottilard for any part! Villians or love interests.

my vote goes for naomi watts :)


blake lively is a joke! what talent?

None of them!

Natalie Portman I can 100% imagine in Nolan Batman universe. Blake Lively, as much as I like her, I don’t think I’d get used to being on one of Nolan’s films, especially since she’s already cast in Green Lantern, which is also another DC movie. Anne Hathaway comes a close second though.

please no blake lively.

@ryan: yes but it’s not about money, this is Christopher Nolan we’re talking about, he makes no mistakes in casting.


How about Leighton Meester, who is a better actress than Blake Lively?

anne or rachel as love interest. villain no one of the other chicks

as much as i love NATALIE PORTMAN and as much as she is my kween, i don’t see her working in this movie simply because she’s in THOR. ANNE HATHAWAY would make a pretty love interest but i don’t see her having chemistry with BALE. and i can’t see her playing a villain. KEIRA KNIGHTLEY is versatile enough to play either so she could work. RACHEL WEISZ and NAOMI WATTS are super talented and would make perfect love interests. but i don’t see either of them having chemistry with bale. they simply look too old next to him. and i don’t see either of them as villains either. so neither can work in the movie. BLAKE LIVELY is an amateur actress. i’ve seen her works and she’s not impressive. her performances are bland and the way she talks irritates me to no end. I HOPE TO GOD NOLAN DOES NOT CAST HER. katie holmes did not get a fine reception from your prev film, kate bosworth tanked as lois on the superman film. this chick will be doing far worse. if nolan has to cast an A-list celebrity, than cast an A-list celebrity. BLAKE LIVELY IS FAR FAR FAR FROM AN A-LIST CELEBRITY. please do not subject us to her teen soap opera acting. WHY NOT CAST RACHEL MCADAMS? she is the perfect love interest. CAST KEIRA KNIGHTLEY AS A VILLAIN AND RACHEL MCADAMS AS THE LOVE INTEREST.

Keira as love interest and Rachel W. as villain

i think keira & anne hathaway r the best

Red Velvet @ 11/12/2010 at 6:28 am

Blake Lively is a B- at best.
She better working Harvey Weinstein better than now to be an A list

they’re all great and talented actresses…except fpr blake lively

Rachel Weisz or Anne Hathaway would be great as a love interest and
I think (and know) that Keira Knightley would be great as a villian. Or as some others pointed out: Naomi Watts






I love Keira Knightley! i hope she is in the movie

Natalie Portman !!!

ModestMouse @ 11/12/2010 at 10:10 am

Please, no love interests unless it’s Harley Quinn or Catwoman! So many great actresses such as Maggie Gyllenhaal and Nicole Kidman were given such boring, underdeveloped ‘love interest’ characters. The women need to kiss ass, too.

ModestMouse @ 11/12/2010 at 10:11 am

Sorry, I meant ‘kick’.

Keira Knightley and Natalie Portman with Natalie as the villian because I don’t believe Natalie has ever done a antagonistic role unless you count The Other Boleyn Girl. Keira too would make a great villian.

I raise my hand for Blake. Peace.

WHO IS SALT ? @ 11/12/2010 at 11:23 am

#74 ELKE
Milla Jovovic is EXCLUSIVELY the action genre’s. So your critics against jolie’s choice for being action while chosing Mila is laughable.
Jolie does more drama than action while Milla does action ONLY !!
One thing i agree with you though is that Jolie should do that role but not because she does action. But Mila ? Pluhease !!!!

Keira Knightley, Natalie Portman, Rachel Weisz, Anne H. and Naomi are good choices. Blake.. not so much.. Sorry she’s great in Sisterhood of Traveling Pants and wasn’t too bad in The Town but really the new Batman movie?

Rachel Weisz for Catwoman!

Butter_Fly @ 11/12/2010 at 11:59 am

You know I think Anne Hathaway would be a good Harley Quinn. I can definitely seeing her in that character.

Anne Hattaway as a vilain would be great ! And Rachel Weisz is so beautiful she could be a marvelous girlfriend for Bruce !

rachel weisz is GORGEOUS… shes is absolutely stunning! but i say bring back EVA GREEN…. she has something none of these ladies have… amazing, stunning, great actress… shes so underrated. shes absolutely perfect.

Love Interest – Anne Hathaway <- Super Talented
Villian – Rachel Weisz/Keira Knightley <- Gorgeous/Perfect Villains

ANGELINA JOLIE as CAT WOMAN. She’s already an Oscar winning actresss (along with other countless award nominations) and she’s finally gotten rid of her veiny arms after of her mom’s death. And plus she’s gaining weight if you check her Bosnian pics out. HALLELUJAH!

@So Swedish:

Yes…Marion Cotillard seriously. She’s perfect for the villian. Rachel McAdams, Rachel Weiz, or maybe even Anne Hathaway.

I agree Leighton does great in GG but because I do think it doesn’t involve a lot of acting, just her being herself. She does do the emotional/crying thing well.
Now for Blake… get over it people. She’s there, she’s considered to big movies and she actually got the parts in The Town and Green Lantern. So you can cry and pout all you want, but she’s there. I think it’s sort of pathetic (and envying) from you, but maybe you feel good doing it.
I don’t consider any of those actresses A-listers… those are the likes of Angelina Jolie, Kate Winslet, Sandra Bullock, etc… The closest this list has of an A-lister (maybe one in the making) is Natalie Portman.
The rest are too new in the scene to get the title. But if they give the title to some ridiculous chick flick/sitcom actresses, I guess it’s okay to give it to those too.

Rachel, Naomi & Natalie all the way.

Kiera doesn’t fit either the love interest or villian.

Blake still needs to prove to us the audience & movie goer’s that she can deliever in a box office smash hit….but not yet for the franchise of Batman.

Anne, I still can’t get her out of the Princess Diaries scenario.

id say Anne Hathaway as love interest. can’t think about who (from the list given) can be a good villian. definitely not blake lively or keira though.

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Maybe he could consider some women of color, perhaps? Maggie O? Taraij P Henson? Or an unknown? You know, just to shake things up a bit…

But, that’s just me…

What’s with all the Blake hate? She is lovely.

i like all of these actress but please not blake ,she cant act and is too young !!!
i agreee with a comment behind EVA GREEN would be really hot catwoman

To all the people bashing Blake Lively…

you are all correct. Yes she was in the town and she held her own but that is against Ben Affleck. This would most likely be with Christian Bale who is an amazing actor.

I agree villian would be Keira Knightly

Love interest if it is not Maggie then it should be Anne Hathaway.

The best girl for a Batman Movie, no matter the character is obviously Christina Ricci, She would be the best CatWoman ever in the world, you just have to look at her eyes, her face: She was born to be CatWoman…

You can take Blake or Natalie If you want, but the best, is the best

Blake Lively?

Someone trying to sell some baloney.

I’m going to say that one of them is up for Talia Algul and one for Catwoman. Not sure I’m going to go out on a limb and say that because Neeson is almost 60, that the 30′s/nearly 40 ladies are up for Talia and the 20′s are up for Catwoman.

I get that some people might not like Blake Lively, I think she’s amazing though.. She is known because of Gossip Girl but maybe she deserves a change to get a role in a bigger movie to show us whether she is or not a great actress.
Not that I have anything against Anne, Natalie or Keira, because they are truly amazing and I’d be happy to know if they got the part! xx

I say Kate Beckinsale for the villain and rachel Weisz for the love interest.

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