It’s been quite a while since it was announced that saucy young actress Juno Temple would be appearing in Christopher Nolan’s upcoming and omnipresent The Dark Knight Rises. But other than the fact that she would be playing a “street smart Gotham girl”, nobody has been able to dig up the specifics of exactly who her character is, and if she would be somebody who has already appeared in the Batman mythos. Of course, when absolutely anything about a highly anticipated comic book movie is left unclear, speculation often runs rampant. Would she be the “The Dark Knight Returns” version of Robin, Carrie Kelly? Would she be playing the youthful psychologist turned clown-faced wacko, Harley Quinn? It turns out, no. Total Film seems to think they have a scoop on the role Temple is filling, and it’s that of sometime Catwoman sidekick Holly Robinson.
Robinson first appeared in Frank Miller’s seminal story “Batman: Year One” and in recent years has reappeared in a prominent role in Catwoman’s third ongoing series, which was first launched by writer Ed Brubaker. Robinson is an ex-prostitute, ex-junkie who Selina Kyle picked up and sort of adopted as a little sister back when she was part of the life as well. Recent years in comic book history have seen the girl sharing an apartment that Catwoman uses as a base of operations, working as Catwoman’s eyes and ears on the street, trying to stay clean, getting kidnapped and abused, and even taking on the role of Catwoman herself for a time. She manages to stay busy.
Total Film’s exact quote where they make the casting claim said, “Then there’s the big one, The Dark Knight Rises, where Temple plays ‘street smart Gotham gal’ Holly Robinson. Speculation has it that her Holly is the young prostitute first seen in Frank Miller’s ‘Batman: Year One’, and that she may be the sidekick to Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman.” The reason that this doesn’t just seem like a random claim based on nothing is that, when questioned, Temple doesn’t seem taken aback by hearing the Robinson name, and she doesn’t refute the claim. She just tells the mag, “I can’t talk about that. But I think it’s going to be [frick]ing unbelievable.” You can’t talk about what, Ms. Temple? Can’t talk about what? Clever girl. I wonder if Batman is going to be jealous that Selina Kyle gets a sidekick and he doesn’t. Somebody get Fred Savage on the phone, is he still rumored to be Robin in one of these Batman movies? [Total Film via Comic Book Movie]