Monday, December 15, 2008 at 10:32AM
We haven't heard a good Batman rumor for a while, but I actually like this one quite a bit. Will it happen? Impossible to say, really, but when we talked about Batvillains this summer and who you'd like to see in the third Christopher Nolan movie, this name didn't come up. And maybe it should have.
Ted Casablanca at
the letter I
comes after I except after C says that Warner Bros. insiders have
leaked to him that
Rachel Weisz is in the running to play Catwoman.
I know, I know - there's been no confirmation of any kind that Catwoman will
ever make an appearance in one of these movies, and if you read The Big Picture
as it relates to this subject, our own opinion is that she's completely
With that in mind, I do like the prospect of Weisz as Catwoman. And here's the reason why: The 2003 movie The Shape of Things. Actually, as I look at her filmography now, there are a few indicators from 2003 that would shine a little light on why Weisz might be successful in the role. The Shape of Things casts her as an absolute bitch, evoking the c-word from Paul Rudd in a manner that's completely justified. Around that same time, she sauced it up in Confidence, which is not a particularly good movie, but you could see elements of her performance that would help. And in Runaway Jury...I don't know; didn't she run around in that a little bit?
The point is, we knew from the Mummy flicks that she could be coached into some action, although probably not anything too extravagant. We know from Constantine how dark she's willing to go, and then there is evidence of her playing a bad, bad girl. And that's Catwoman. She's also tall enough to be a convincing physical foe (5' 7"), and she's an Oscar winner who hasn't done anything on screen in three years that's particularly noteworthy. Fred Claus? Eragon? She does have The Brothers Bloom and The Lovely Bones next year, however.
Also worth pointing out is that Weisz is engaged to Darren Aronofsky, who at one point led the charge for a darker Batman opus, with his stalled Batman: Year One. Oh, and Christian Bale was apparently going to star in that, funnily enough. Does that make this more or less possible, I wonder? So, I like the rumor, but it's just a rumor. DC and Nolan have to put something compelling in theaters after the sucess of The Dark Knight, so while I might be against Catwoman as being a rather predictable way to go, the bottom line consideration may be too much to look past. Of course, if it's all bottom line, then I'm not sure Weisz is Option A.
And to throw water on the fire, Casablanca wonders aloud who else we'll see in the film, including the many-times-over denied Philip Seymour Hoffman as The Penguin and Depp as The Riddler. He also mentions Robert Pattinson as The Joker, which makes me think that Ted Casablanca is the real joker here.