A Look Back at The Best, Completely False, Absolutely Ridiculous ‘Batman 3’ Casting Rumors

We come to bury the Dark Knight Rises casting rumors, not to praise them. It’s true, though. They’re dead – killed by the official announcement that Anne Hathaway and Tom Hardy would be playing Selina Kyle and Bane respectively.

For those who knew the rumors best, they were a source of comfort in an uncertain time. Although, even though they almost always made us laugh, the rumors were like a madman, cropping up every few months and chaotically cutting through the banal everyday like a breath of fresh hurricane.

Now that those casting rumors are dead, let’s fondly and somberly look back at our favorites.

The Catwomen

Anne Hathaway has stolen the role that could have gone to (apparently) a whole host of possible Selina Kyles. The best of the best included:

  • Angelina Jolie – perhaps the most obvious choice for a rumor considering she’s the “biggest” female star out there, and she’s up for every role out there that includes latex jumpsuits.
  • Rachel Weisz – some fans are probably disappointed that this didn’t happen, and it’s unclear whether it was even ever a possibility, but she would have undoubtedly made a sultry, deadly version of the character.
  • Megan Fox – Go ahead and laugh, but Fox could nail the hooker angle on this one.
  • Cher – The absolute, hands down winner of the list. There was once a rumor that Christopher Nolan wanted the character to be an aging, burnt out has-been clinging to glory and stage make-up. Cher was apparently his top choice, which made everyone ever laugh and laugh and laugh.

The Riddlers

Perhaps because it’s the second-most famous male villain in Batman pop culture, The Riddler got tossed out a lot. Fortunately, he won’t be making a starring appearance in the next feature. But if he had, who was supposed to play him?

The Banes

No? No one guessed Bane? Alright. Moving on.

The Penguins

There’s something so incredibly obvious about The Penguin as a villain after Tim Burton tossed him into the mix of Batman Returns. On the plus side, there were two astounding actors that could have made the role their own (even if the reports of their casting happened before the script had even started):

  • Paul Giamatti – He thought playing the role would be truly challenging and fun, and it’s highly unlikely that many disagree with him there.
  • Phillip Seymour Hoffman – It’s as if God himself were planning to cast the Penguin in The Dark Knight Rises. Sadly, God never got the EP credit he wanted.

The Batgirls

As if anyone could ever replace Alicia Silverstone. Still, the rumors of who would ultimately be cast as Batgirl turned out to be (accidentally) prescient:

  • Anne Hathaway – It turns out the rumor was just off by a few feet.
  • Miley Cyrus – Imagine if you will, for just a moment, that any two of these rumors were true. In your mind, try to picture a world in which Christopher Nolan is directing Dane Cook as The Riddler and Miley Cyrus as Batgirl. Do it. Wash your mind out with bleach later, but do it anyway.

The Rest

Not all the best casting rumors could fit into the nice major roles that people who had never read the comic assumed would exist in the next film. They may be out of left field, but these random ones are some of the best:

R.I.P. Casting Rumors

It’s been a wild ride, and we’ve weathered it together. In some ways, it will be sad to see the wildly inaccurate casting rumors go away, but it’s also nice to get some concrete information about a massively anticipated movie.

They are gone but not forgotten, unless Joseph Gordon-Levitt still has a shot at a bit role as The Riddler…

What do you think?

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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