<i>The Dark Knight Rises</i> Targets Hathaway, Knightley And Others

Like the revolving door that just can't seem to keep the villains of Arkham Asylum locked down, rumors surrounding Christopher Nolan's third Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, just keep on coming around.

Unlike our last report, which focused on an alleged leaked script for the film, this one centers on the two female leads Nolan is still searching for—or is he? According to a rumor at Collider, actresses Eva Green and Naomi Watts have already won the two roles of Talia al Ghul and Vicki Vale respectively. This fits the idea of the previously reported villain and love interest angle with Talia, the daughter of Liam Neeson's Ra's al Ghul, filling the part of the former and Vicki, a love interest of Batman played by Kim Basinger in the original Tim Burton film, fitting the latter.

On the flip side, Heat Vision tells us that no actresses have been cast in any role and the shortlist for those due to test includes Keira Knightley, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel, Kate Mara, Charlotte Riley and Gemma Arterton. Interestingly enough, not only do the two reports conflict, but neither Green nor Watts are listed on Heat Vision's shortlist.

Collider's alleged source also provided info on filming, which reportedly begins on May 6 and continues through November 28. They also report that a new Batmobile makes an appearance and the Batcave finally debuts. The previous "Tumbler" Batmobile got its face blown off by the Joker in The Dark Knight, so one way or another, we'll likely see a new one in the upcoming film. The new Batmobile is going to be much sleeker in design, leading toward what we see now in the comics as opposed to the tank-style version in the first and second film. As for the Batcave, we saw Alfred and Bruce working on and in it in Batman Begins, but as this stands as Nolan's final film, a fully realized Batcave finally being employed makes perfect sense.

Again, all this stands as rumor because Christopher Nolan hasn't commented on any of this himself and probably won't because the man loves his secrets, just like Batman.

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