Batman Needs A Woman
We’re almost two years away from the release of The Dark Knight Rises, Christopher Nolan’s likely final entry in his thus far superb series of Batman films. Two years. Which means we’ve got a long time for speculation, adulation, criticism, fawning, bitching, hand-wringing, and general nerdtastic fanboy splodeyism. Yes, all of those are words. Fuck you.
Speaking of nerdtastic, am I the only one who inexplicably doesn’t like the title, The Dark Knight Rises? Something just seems off about it. I dunno. Whatever. Moving on.
Women have not fared particularly well in Nolan’s Batman universe. Katie Holmes, as Rachel Dawes, was messed up by the Scarecrow and gave an breathtakingly dull performance. Maggie Gyllenhaal, who I think is lovely and amazingly talented, took over the role and got herself blown to smithereens and was derided by shallow dickheads as not being pretty enough, which is a) one of the most idiotic, immature, asinine and generally shitty criticisms one can make, and b) not true and c) irrelevant anyway, because she’s a damn fine actress.
news rumor broke today that three actresses are either attached or auditioning for roles in the film. The first is that Charlize Theron has been offered the role of Sarah Esson, a detective who Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) has an affair, an eventually marries. She was created during Frank Miller’s Year One series, and I barely remember her. But the more key piece is that if she’s being cast, and by a potentially big-name actress, that means more screen time for Oldman, which is never, ever a bad thing.
Secondly, both Vera Farmiga (The Departed and Kacie Thomas (um…) auditioned for the role of Julie Madison, the love interest for Bruce Wayne. The character was portrayed (miserably and boringly) by Elle MacPherson in Joel Schumacher’s atrocious Batman & Robin. I don’t know shit about Kacie Thomas, but she can’t possibly be worse. Vera Farmiga is absolutely brilliant, so that’d be a win too. Madison has had a few different iterations in the confusing-as-fuck DC universe, but the most recent, post-Crisis incarnation was a law student and daughter of a businessman who’s in debt to Sal Maroni (played by Eric Roberts in The Dark Knight), so that incarnation makes the most sense.
It’s an interesting mix. Nothing is solid yet, all is conjecture. But the discussion is worth having. Personally, I’d love to see Farmiga in the part — Thomas has a pretty threadbare resume, but at the very least, she seems a bit young. As for Charlize Theron, I used to hate her. Loathe her, in fact. Until I saw this: