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Old January 12 2011, 02:14 AM   #312
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Re: Third Nolan Batman film title announced!

According to recent rumors, Eva Green (Casino Royale) and Naomi Watts (The Ring) have been cast in The Dark Knight Rises. Green is rumored to play Talia al Ghul while Watts has been purportedly set to play Vicki Vale, who was played by Kim Basinger in Tim Burton's first Batman movie back in 1989.

There are other rumors circulating the net as well. Apparently we'll see a new Batmobile (aka The Tumbler) in the new movie since the last one was destroyed by a rocket launcher in The Dark Knight. This Batmobile will purportedly be "sleeker" than the last design, with the requisite gadgets. The Bat-Cave will also feature in the new movie, and will mirror the design of the cave that we saw in Batman Begins, but with some familiar elements from the comics that fans know and love, such as the rotating platform that the Batmobile uses to enter and leave, storage facility for Batman's outfits, a huge supercomputer display, etc.

These of course are all highly speculative so take them with a grain of salt until you hear otherwise, however they don't seem at all outlandish given the circumstances of the last two movies and the recent string of rumors. It was pretty much expected that we'd see a new Batmobile and Bat-Cave after the events of the previous films, and we've been hearing rumors for a while about a female villain and a love interest, so these rumors seem to jive with what we've been hearing.

What are everyone's thoughts? I'm a huge fan of Eva Green, so I'm stoked for this casting if true. I was kinda pulling for either Rachel Weisz or Natalie Portman, but Green is still an excellent choice regardless. I'm not so sure how I feel about Watts or Vicki Vale appearing again, but I'm open to the idea. Of course, I'm really excited at the notion of a new Batmobile and Bat-Cave, and very curious to see what aesthetic direction Nolan heads in terms of the designs for both.

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