As the more or less confirmed May start start date for The Dark Knight Rises grows closer each day, fanboys (and girls!) everywhere grow antsy in anticipation of official news. In the void left by lack of official news grow rumors. Many of them. The latest and most interesting rumors come to us from the folks over at Collider. Today they reported a couple rumors given to them by confidential yet reliable or trustworthy sources.
The first rumor, as you can guess from my rather plain but descriptive title, is that Eva Green (Casino Royal) and Naomi Watts (King Kong) have been cast in The Dark Knight Rises. A source told them Eva Green is set to play the role of Talia al Ghul, daughter of Ra’s al Ghul (Liam Neeson’s character in Batman Begins) and possible baddie. Naomi Watts will play Vicki Vale, photojournalist and possible love interest to Bruce Wayne – a character who also appeared in Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman. Collider has been unable to confirm this rumor, and another website listed several other actresses who are supposedly still in talks for a role in the film and even go as far as to rule out Green and Watts. They do however believe that Talia al Ghul is a definite character appearing in the film.
A different source let slip some details on the new Batmobile and Batcave. The previous two installments in the franchise set up the need for replacements for them both. The source tells Collider that the Tumbler is being redesigned to be more sleek, but still powerful. The “new” Batcave will be essentially be the same as the one in Batman Begins, but they’re adding a bay for the Tumbler, and areas for computer systems and Batsuits, presumably similar to the ones in The Dark Knight.
Lastly, Collider is reporting and essentially confirming the May to November production dates that Michael Caine mentioned a couple months back. Their first source cites May 6th as the start of production, and November 28th as the end. Sounds pretty dope to me. What do you think about all of this? I think some of it seems pretty reliable or believable at least. Much more so than some of the other rumors flying around.