Feb 15, 2011

"The Dark Knight Rises" With Marion Cotillard ?

According to reports out of Europe, French actress Marion Cotillard ("Inception") has been cast to play in director Christopher Nolan's feature "The Dark Knight Rises".

Based on the DC Comics character 'Batman' created by Bob Kane, Warner Bros. "The Dark Knight Rises" will be the third and final installment in Nolan's 'Batman' film series, scheduled for theatrical release July 20, 2012.

Filming is scheduled to start May 2011, with Nolan's commitment to IMAX and high-definition cameras enabling him to avoid dim-image challenges that come with 3-D film, which he believed would distract audiences from the storyline.

"We’re looking to do something technologically that’s never been done before," said Nolan about the new film.

According to a leaked screenplay online, "The Dark Knight Rises", will feature the villains 'Killer Croc' and 'Hugo Strange', based on the DC Comics characters.

'Killer Croc' (aka 'Waylon Jones') was created by writer Gerry Conway and illustrator Gene Colan, debuting in "Batman" #357 (March 1983).

The character was born with a form of 'regressive atavism', or an inherited trait of reptilian ancestry, augmented by the presence of a 'metagene', enabling extraordinary physical abilities relating to endurance, strength, and speed.

Croc's skin is also hardened to the degree that it is nearly impenetrable to ordinary forms of abrasion including high caliber weapons fired from a distance.

'Professor Hugo Strange' first appeared in "Detective Comics" #36 (February 1940) and is one of Batman's first recurring villains, preceding 'Catwoman' who will also appear in "The Dark Knight Rises", portrayed by actress Anne Hathaway.

Along with Catwoman, female lead in "The Dark Knight Rises" will be the DC Comics character 'Talia al Ghul', debuting in "Detective Comics" #411 (May 1971).

Talia is the estranged daughter of supervillain 'Ra's al Ghul', a love interest for Batman and the mother of his son, 'Damian Wayne'.

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