We interrupt the ongoing script to bring you the latest casting rumor for the next Batman film. It's from a London rag called the Telegraph so it might be a load of hooey. But I -- Sigh -- am inclined to believe it. Sadly.
Cher 'to play Catwoman' in next Batman film
Cher has been lined up to star in the next Batman movie, it has been claimed.
By Jessica Salter
Cher is said to be director Christopher Nolan's first choice for the role.
The 62-year-old singer and actress is reported to be in talks to play Catwoman opposite Christian Bale in the third Batman film from British director Christopher Nolan.
The Oscar-winner will join a cast that includes Johnny Depp as The Riddler as she plays the whip-carrying burglar. The character has also been played by Michelle Pfeiffer and Halle Berry.
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."
Filming of the new Batman instalment, provisionally entitled The Caped Crusader, is due to begin in Vancouver early next year.
The Dark Knight, this summer's blockbuster, has become the most successful of the Batman movies. Warner Bros expects the film to make about $530m.
It stars the late Heath Ledger, who was found dead in his Manhattan apartment after taking an accidental drugs overdose. His performance as The Joker is widely expected to garner an Oscar nomination.
Cher's recent acting performances have included Tea with Mussolini in 1999 and Stuck on You, in 2003 in which she played herself.
Finally, Batman will benefit from the Tea With Mussolini juggernaut!
When I advised Christopher Nolan to return to the roots of the character, I didn't think he'd take me to mean someone who was born the same time.
I'm inclined to believe -- or should that be "Believe!" -- this unfortunate rumor because it would be yet another in a pattern of mishandlings and missteps with the Catwoman character. Why not this travesty?
Catwoman is the single most recognizable female villain in comics. No one else is even close, not even the ones who've appeared in movies (Mystique, Poison Ivy). She deserves a decent showcase. Just once. And in her prime, not gone to seed.
But between the 2004 Halle Berry pile of droppings and this goof-nuts concept, it ain't gonna happen in my lifetime.
Oh well. More of the script coming soon. At least here at Pop Culture America, there will be one itty bitty cry in the wilderness for the dignity of my favorite villainess.