The year 2022 is definitely an important milestone for the trajectory of what is considered by many to be the greatest hero created in comic books: The Batman, Batman. First of all, obviously, we have a new copy in the form of an overproduction of the character on the big screen, The Batman. The film has been getting all the praise possible from the specialized press and breaking box office records in these pandemic times. Directed by Matt Reeves and starring Robert Pattinson e Zoë Kravitzthe new Batman aims to establish a new hero franchise at Warner.
But the celebrations for the Bat don’t end there. The year 2022 is also the 30th anniversary of the launch of Batman – The Return, still considered by many to be the hero’s favorite movie on the big screen. For those who lived at the time, it is definitely one of the most remarkable, especially for having continued the hero’s first feature on the big screen, again directed by Tim Burton. Ending the festivities, another much-loved production of the character completes 10 years of its debut in 2022. The dark Knight Risesthe end of one of the most beloved trilogies not only in the superhero genre, but also in cinema in general – directed by Christopher Nolan.
Of course, there will be no shortage of tributes to the Batman on CinePOP, and here I continue with the series of articles about the actresses who almost played a very important character in the protagonist’s mythology, Catwoman. This time, let’s take a look at who came very close to playing the villain in The dark Knight Rises – and check out the other articles in the series below: about Batman – The Return e The Batman.
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Have you ever imagined this image? The singer Lady Gaga he’s an eccentric figure in his own right, and maybe it would fit the character like a glove. Many early-career fans drew a parallel between Gaga e Madonna, perhaps because of the boldness and shameless way that both interpreters created their personas. It is curious to note how both aimed at something else in common: the role of Catwoman in a particular Batman movie. Madonna is older and was one of the finalists for the character in Batman – The Return (1992). Gaga came to the entertainment world in 2008, and in 2012 he was already a pop music star, but he had never been in a movie (except for a little bit in Men in Black 3). Gaga wouldn’t get the role after all, and would make his big screen debut in the flop Machete Mata in 2013. In 2018, she would reach the peak of her career as an actress with an Oscar nomination for the new version of a star is born.
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the young woman Jessica Biel he started his career when he was still a teenager on the series seventh heaven. His transition to more mature roles took place in the remake of the classic horror The Texas Chainsaw Massacre in 2003 – one of the most lauded remakes of not just the genre. After the movie was when the career of Biel ascended, with super productions like Invisible Threat (2005) e Or Illusionist (2006). At this stage, the actress had the chance to participate in a comic book movie, in the role of a tough heroine, the vampire hunter Abigail Whistler, from Blade Trinity (2004). The role is what made the producers secure her spot among the finalists for Catwoman in the movie. Christopher Nolan. The actress even made a video test, after having passed the first stage of the audition. In the end, Biel did not keep the role and went on to participate in equally famous features such as the remake of The future Avenger e Hitchcockalso launched ten years ago.
It’s always hard to have a partner or relative who works in the same profession as you, because comparisons will always be inevitable. And invariably, one will always end up in the shadow of the other. There’s no way. It is the case with the young Kate Marawho although she even started her acting career longer ago, saw the meteoric rise of her younger sister, Rooney Mara – today the owner of more prestige, fame and a career, shall we say, more significant. Kate started as a teenager in children’s films, Rooney arrived kicking the door with the shocking The Men Who Didn’t Love Women (2011), of breaking taking off an actress nomination at the Oscars. Rooney already has two nominations, but was Kate pre-selected to play Catwoman. As Jessica Biel, Kate Mara was one of the finalists, even recording a video test. In the end, as we know, she didn’t get the role, but she would go on to star in the political series. House of Cards at the same time.
Another highly-renowned actress who auditioned for the role was the two-time Oscar nominee. Keira Knightley – which at that time had only one indication. On the other hand, the young British star already had blockbusters like the trilogy on his resume. Pirates of the Caribbean and Oscar-winning period dramas Pride & Prejudice (2005) e Desire and Atonement (2007). That is, the acquisition of Knightley to the cast would be most welcome. The inglesinha, however, was another one that got in the way, making room for Anne Hathawayand went on to star in yet another classic epic, the new guise of the Russian Anna Kareninareleased in the same year.
Speaking of prestige, no other actress who auditioned to play Catwoman at the trilogy’s conclusion The dark Knightfrom Christopher Nolanhad more morals than Natalie Portman. That’s because she had just won the Academy Award for Black Swan in 2011. That is, it would be an extremely popular star in the cast. Perhaps what weighed a little in the hiring of the young star is the fact that Portman was also in the cast of Thor, from rival Marvel, released in early 2011. In other words, maybe her contract for the God of Thunder sequel was a barrier when it came to playing Catwoman. Even so, Portman also tested for paper.
Another actress who is no stranger to super-productions of comic book heroes, the very blonde Blake Lively was the female protagonist of green Lantern (2011), another DC Comics character. The fact that she was already included in the cast of such a film, and with the possibility of sequels (which as we know, never came), may have affected the decision of the filmmakers. The dark Knight Rises at the time of actual hiring. Lively played pilot Carol Ferris in the movie flopped – whose experience brought at least one good thing for the actress, the marriage with her partner in the scene Ryan Reynolds in real life. In the same year as the film Nolanshe starred wilddramatic thriller Oliver Stone.
Another British among the actresses who auditioned for Catwoman in Nolanthe redhead Gemma Arterton perhaps it is one of the lesser-known names on the list that came close to being cast in the role. The fact that the actress is English and not American could be circumvented, of course. Whether through a change in the way the character was described, or through dialogue coaches, who often manage to completely eliminate an actor’s accent. In the early 2010s, Arterton even had more fame, participating in super productions like Rage of the Titans e The Prince of Persia. What happened was that these films, which would be the gateway to stardom for the actress, ended up becoming failures or not performing as expected. Anyway, in the same year as the third Batman of Christopher Nolanthe actress starred in the vampire film by Neil Jordan (the same as Interview with the Vampire), Byzantium.
One last curiosity on the list is Zoë Kravitzan actress who, as we know, is currently playing in theaters playing Catwoman in the recent The Batman. In 2015, Kravitz gave an interview where he said he auditioned for the cast of The dark Knight Risesbut not for the role of the aforementioned villain, but a secondary character. Kravitzwho was 24 years old at the time, said she had heard from one of the film’s crew, who auditioned her for the role, the following: that “they weren’t looking for an urban style” for that particular character. Kravitz did not mention the name of the professional, but the young star believes he was a victim of racism at the time. Ten years later, she would turn around and land the role of the female lead in a hero movie in The Batmandirected by Matt Reeves.