Maggie Gyllenhaal is reportedly in "final talks" to replace Katie Holmes in the next Batman movie. That loud whooshing noise you just heard? The collective sigh of relief heaved by fans everywhere. The last Batman film, Batman Begins, had such fabulous potential. Directed by Christopher Nolan (Memento)? Check! Starring pretty, brooding actor Christian Bale (Velvet Goldmine) as the melancholic Caped Crusader? Check! Featuring the blank slate-ish Katie Holmes as Batman’s feisty love interest? Um…..
Pre-Cruise-ology, I had no opinion one way or the other about Ms. Holmes (I was never a big Dawson’s Creek fan, but when I did check it out, it was for the dishy Michelle Williams) so it’s not as if I were rooting against her when Batman Begins was released. It’s just that she seemed woefully miscast as the tough, bleeding heart attorney who goes head to head with her childhood love, Bruce Wayne. For me, she had no depth, no pathos. And a girl needs ample reserves of pathos if she’s going to be the Bat Babe, right?
That’s why I’m so excited to learn that Maggie Gyllenhaal may be stepping into the role originally played by Holmes. The always amazing Gyllenhaals’s recent turn in SherryBaby is getting rave reviews, but I’ll always think of her as the complicated little masochist from Secretary.