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Batman Rumor #496: Rachel Weisz as Catwoman

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 unnecessary.

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.


Reader Comments (9)

I think Rachel Weisz is the best choice for the role of Cat woman i have herd so far. And i have seen The Shape of Things and that film proves that she would be perfect for the role. Rachel is a fantastic actress and she would do wonders for the role. As for Robert Pattinson as The Joker, come on , even i knew that ted meant that as a joke.

Monday, December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMArk

I just watched Dark Knight again the other day, and I like the angle of all of the fake Batman's appearing. So far they have all been weak, but what if a strong "fake" were to emerge?

Since Bruce Wayne has left town, it might be a good opportunity for someone to fill those shoes.

Azrael, anyone?

Monday, December 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWill

Of all potential catwomans she's ok... I'd be happy with her but happier with others (at least shes a great actress and they aren't pushing a megan fox). My picks are still Jennifer Connelly, Marion Coitillard, Emily Blunt or Anne Hathaway.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnyone

Well, seeing as Nolan killed off the only woman in the franchise, we need a big female role for the third one. Rachel Weisz is a good choice for almost any role :)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLengthy Johnson

How about an unknown Catwoman with experience? Check out for a Jim Balent inpired purple and black latex catsuit!

Friday, December 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterALM Talkies

I think she would be a good Catwoman. I think Charlize Theron is the best choice but Rachel Weisz would be good as well.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWill S

i think that rachel weisz will be geat as catwoman in dark knight returns and it would be geat that jim carry is the ridder or joker danny devo as penguin sam neil as mad hatter johnny depp as clay face thank you jeff martin

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwarner bros

i think that nicole kidman as polson ivy bill paxton as mr freeze val kilmer as two-face jim carry as joker chris o donnell as robin laura dern as bat girl that would be great sam neil as mad hatter sean bean as bane micheal keaton as alfred penny worth in dark knight returns thank you jeff martin

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwarner bros

I dont think that she would made a great cat woman, I mean she is beautiful and sexy, but the perfect cat woman would have to be Demi Moore.

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Thursday, February 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPopo

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