Let the hype begin: The Dark Knight sequel’s first real rumor

July 30, 2008 at 4:48 pm 3 comments

OK, so you have to dig through some muck to get to this juicy little tidbit, but Julie Newmar, the woman that defined the live-action Catwoman role, talked recently The New York Daily News about who she could see taking over the leather suit and whip should Christopher Nolan and Co. choose to reincarnate the villain-turned-hero-turned-Batman’s main squeeze.

Her hunch? The lovely Mrs. Brad Pitt. That’s right, Angelina Jolie, as if she’s not tired of the fanboy ogling she received after the “Tomb Raider” movies, was pegged by Newmar as someone who would “own the role,” if she actually accepted a spot in Nolan’s eventual third flick in the franchise. This could be kind of an interesting role. Jolie has been no stranger to Action movies, so there’s not doubt in my mind that she could handle it in that aspect, but I just don’t know if her acting is going to be up to par to handle Nolan’s intense and realistic vision. And with everyone inevitably judging the next villain’s performance against the likes of Heath Ledger’s Joker (one of the best on-screen villain ever, in my mind), I really don’t know if her talents are going to stack up as Catwoman.

But regardless of what I think, Newmar went on to say something that made her inkling sound like i might be insider information/semi-reliable:

“My industry friends tell me [Jolie] has made inquiries about the role,” added the 74-year-old actress, who played Catwoman in the original “Batman” TV series starring Adam West.

So, if Jolie is making “inquiries about the role” I think we can infer that there are at least a few other people involved with the development of the third installment of the Nolan trilogy that are also talking about the potential for Catwoman to enter the spotlight. I’m sure all of you that are obsessing over “The Dark Knight” like I am remember that David Goyer pretty much dismissed Catwoman (and The Penguin, for that matter) as potential upcoming villains, wanting to instead think outside the box for characters that have yet to be highlighted on the silver screen.

But this news suggests that there is at least a dialogue somewhere about featuring Catwoman in the next movie. I don’t know how they would make her feel real and gritty enough to fit into the intricate universe that Nolan has created, and I definitely think there are better directions in which they can take the third one. I’m not a fan of having Catwoman in “The Dark Knight” sequel, but at least it’s better than showcasing Robin.


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  • 2. Angelina Jolie  |  July 31, 2008 at 8:24 am

    I’m offended that you don’t take my acting talents seriously enough to think I wouldn’t do a bang-up job in the movie.

  • 3. nanananananananaBATMAN  |  July 31, 2008 at 8:42 am

    Here’s more from http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25840439/:

    Caine can’t imagine ‘Dark Knight’ follow-up
    Creating a record-breaking, blockbuster installment of a well-loved film franchise poses one big problem. How do you top it?
    Michael Caine, who plays Bat-butler Alfred Pennyworth in “The Dark Knight,” says it won’t be easy.
    “I think this one will be such a success, it will be difficult to do a sequel because we’ve done one and we’ve topped it, obviously, and now we’ve got to top this,” Michael said in an interview with WENN. “That is difficult. That is difficult because we’ve already broken the box office (record) in American movie history. We’ve got to break our own record. It’s hard.”
    The veteran actor explained that the problem lies in the fact that “The Dark Knight” isn’t simply the finest “Batman” ever made, but “it’s one of the best movies” ever made.


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