Three more gossipy bits of information on the next “Batman” film have emerged this week and as usual none of them add up to much in terms of concrete news.
The most interesting of the three comes from Entertainment Weekly which has picked up a fan site rumor that the storyline for the film will utilise much of “Prey”, Doug Moench’s five-issue serial is described as an unofficial follow-up to “Batman: Year One” which itself heavily inspired Nolan’s first Bat film “Batman Begins”.
In “Prey”, Police Commissioner Gordon tries to maintain his relationship with Batman whilst heading up a special task force dedicated to capturing him, a task force setup by the Mayor at the request of a deranged police psychiatrist named Doctor Hugo Strange. Strange deduces Batman’s identity and plays psychologically with him, eventually planning to kill him and take on the Batman identity for himself. Catwoman also figures into the story.
The second rumour sounds more of a reach. One of the key villains of George Miller’s defunct “Justice League” film was Talia al Ghul, daughter of Ra’s al Ghul and love interest of Bruce Wayne who later bears his child in the comics. Aussie actress Teresa Palmer was set to play that role.
Now Movieweb got in touch with Palmer recently and asked if she’d been in contact with Nolan’s people about potentially playing the part in ‘Rises’. She responded “I’ve definitely put the feelers out there with my agents and that would be something I would be really glad to have happen. I doubt I would be one of the actresses high up on Nolan’s list… we’ll see who ends up doing that role. My managers made the phone calls but I’m pretty sure that they will end up going with a big name girl.”
This has lead to a lot of commentary saying that Palmer essentially has confirmed the character will appear in the film, even though that hasn’t been confirmed as yet. Casting notices indicate there are two key female roles in the movie, one of them a villain, but what those roles will be remains anyone’s guess – Catwoman, Talia, a love interest for Gordon or Wayne have all been floated.
Finally comes an interesting reaction piece. Christian Bale was asked by Screen Junkies on his opinion of the film’s title. Bale admitted he didn’t know the title and when told said “I don’t even know if that’s true…until Chris tells me, I don’t know.”