Do you believe?

Posted by · 3:38 pm · August 25th, 2008

God only knows where the Telegraph managed to dig up this rumour – if it was in The Sun, I’d assume some intern made it up during a particularly slow bank-holiday interlude.

But just for fun, let’s humour them and enter their world of make-believe for a moment. Okay? By that token, I’m excited to inform you that, in Christopher Nolan’s next Batman installment, the role of Catwoman will be played by…


Riiiiiight. Even with my full guard of irony intact, that’s still hilarious. Don’t get me wrong, I like Cher’s acting work back in the day – when her face could still move and Ronald Reagan was still president. She’s great in “Moonstruck,” better in “Mask,” better still in “Silkwood.” But the thought of the 62 year-old strapping herself into the leather suit and getting frisky with Christian Bale … well, “beggars belief” is putting it lightly. According to them:

A studio executive said: “Cher is Nolan’s first choice to play Catwoman. He wants to her to portray her like a vamp in her twilight years.

“The new Catwoman will be the absolute opposite of Michelle Pfeiffer and Halle Berry’s purring creations.”

Well, I must say I like the idea of a revisionist take on the character, particularly after Berry pretty much shredded the credibility of Catwoman’s conventional incarnation. They’d need to do something radical with her along the lines of Nolan’s reconceptualisation of the Joker, and the prospect of Catwoman as a surgery-paralysed Norma Desmond type sure fits with Nolan’s bleaker approach. It’s arguably insane enough to work … but I still don’t believe a word of it. (Not least because the story takes as a given the casting of Johnny Depp as the Riddler.)

Kris’ own Batman casting call a while back generated numerous suggestions for Catwoman, ranging from Milla Jovovich (Kris’ choice) to Angelina Jolie (seemingly the default selection) to Christina Hendricks (my own left-field pick). All that, and not one of us picked Cher. Shame on us. I’m switching.

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  • 1 8-25-2008 at 4:12 pm

    Rob said...

    Cher would make a good old hooker Catwoman from DKR. Other than that, Jolie all the way. Speaking of DKR, does anyone think that it’s in any way possible they’ll go that route in the third? Tim Curry as an old Joker would be amazing. Zack Snyder expressed interest in directing it at comicon. Personally I would be devastated if Warner let him get his greasy hands on another valued comic property. I for one won’t be watching the Watchmen.

  • 2 8-25-2008 at 4:59 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Jolie? Really? Yawn.

    I just can’t see her bringing anything particularly surprising to the role – it meshes too neatly with her regular onscreen persona.

  • 3 8-25-2008 at 5:33 pm

    Alfredo said...

    I’m still championing Emily Blunt for the role of Catwoman

  • 4 8-25-2008 at 5:36 pm

    Brian said...

    I advocated Amanda Plummer and still do. Just imagine.

  • 5 8-25-2008 at 7:29 pm

    Matthew Lucas said...

    If Nolan actually did this no one would take the next film seriously.

  • 6 8-25-2008 at 9:44 pm

    par3182 said...

    i don’t believe it, but i love it…

  • 7 8-26-2008 at 12:01 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    What a laugh.

  • 8 8-26-2008 at 7:07 am

    John Foote said...

    Stupid, stupid, stuipid…c’mon…CHER?????!!!!! She of the non-moving face???

  • 9 8-26-2008 at 8:56 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    The funny thing is that this was the first Catwoman rumor from 1990. Hilarious indeed.

  • 10 8-26-2008 at 9:19 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    I did not know that, Kris. How bizarre.

    I just remember Annette Bening being cast before pregnancy forced her out and Pfeiffer entered the frame … thank God for that.

  • 11 8-26-2008 at 9:59 am

    John Foote said...

    Come on Guy, Bening might have been terrific!! I love Pfeiffer, and she was brilliant, but Bening is a formidable actress and might have offered something different in the part. God, anyone but Sean Young who campaigned openly for the role. Maybe Anne Hathaway could do it? I sense a dark side there…

  • 12 8-26-2008 at 10:26 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Bening has always left me completely cold as an actress, and I can’t pin down why. Even in her better performances (“The Grifters” in particular), she’s all surface to me.