I laughed out loud reading this news from the Onion A/V Club. It's hilariously well-written; I love the evocative way Chris Nolan was turned into a Roman praetor or Hedonismbot. (I also loved the comment "Zoe Saldana as Eartha Kitt as Catwoman.")
But since the subject has been broached, there are two intriguing aspects to this story: 1) Who will be cast in The Dark Knight Rises and 2) Who is the Bat villainess going to be?
I think the list of actresses in the article sounds a bit like "the usual suspects"; no intriguing, outside the box names in that group like Heath Ledger was for The Joker (that seemed to work out well, uh, except for how he's dead now) or Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent. Which is the ultimate point of that Onion article.
Myself, I'd love most of all to see Talia Al Ghul as the villain. She's never been done before in a Batman movie and it makes sense story-wise since her father R'as was the villain in Batman Begins. I'd prefer to see Talia over Catwoman, popular as Catwoman is. (Although if it is Catwoman, I really would like to see Zoe Saldana in the catsuit over the actresses in the list, except maybe Knightley. Definitely not Portman.)
I seriously doubt Poison Ivy is an option; Nolan doesn't do fantastical or supernatural in his Batman movies. And despite her ties to the Joker, I'm gonna flat out state for the record I despise the character of Harley Quinn. I'm guessing Harley's not an option regardless.
Who do you think should be cast and which Bat villainess would you prefer?
Talia makes the most sense, especially because she could double as a love interest. Perhaps they could use her as a FAKE OUT love interest. Have a villain occupy things, only for Batman to figure out that the girl he wants is the daughter of one of his mentors and she's pulling the strings for ~REVENGA.
So yeah, Talia all the way.
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If we're going the realistic route and if the object is to tie together the series in a neat little bow, you'd have to go with Talia Al Ghul as the main villain. Plus, she's every bit the conflicted love interest that Catwoman is.
No idea who would play her, though. You'd have to go British for this one, but steer away from Keira Knightly (she wouldn't fit that role at all). Give an unknown a shot.
Talia is a very good, original choice. I've always thought that Poison Ivy could be done in a realistic way if you just repurpose her character from 'super-powered plant goddess' to 'overzealous eco-terrorist.' Though it seems that Nolan isn't keen on fitting "unrealistic" Batvillains into his films, but rather just taking the ones that are a bit closer to reality already.
There's a pretty wide age range between the actresses on that list. Could Nolan possibly be casting for Barbara Gordon/Oracle/Batgirl, rather than a villain?
But then, if both those characters are supposedly in, plus a Bat villain, that makes three major female characters all of a sudden. Both Batman Begins and Dark Knight only had Rachel Dawes. Then again, who's to say Julie Madison or Sarah Essen would be major characters as opposed to minor subplot characters, if they're even in the movie?
I kind of doubt Barbara Gordon would be in the movie; we know from the previous Batman movies Gary Oldman's Jim Gordon has a young son. Does he have a daughter too, one old enough to be Batgirl? I don't think that's been mentioned. And wouldn't you cast Robin before Batgirl, in the order of Bat sidekick hierarchy? Not that Nolan has ever shown any interest in including Robin in his Batman saga. But who really knows?
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The newer Batman Animated did Batgirl before Robin and it made little or no sense. I am thinking Talia, it makes sense with Nolan's cryptic remarks about new and old characters. I would think Talia is not going to be the only villain, I am banking on Penguin.
I'd rather see Nolan's take on Catwoman. I've never been a fan of the entire Demon clan and think Ras is one of the most overrated Bat Villains. Plus I thought the Ras storyline was the weakest part of either Nolan movie.