The Cat's Out of the Bat

As Zach mentioned yesterday in the Moviefile, there are rumors swirling about Cher playing Catwoman in Christopher Nolan's next Batman sequel. Or, rather, there were rumors. Over the weekend, the Telegraph was reporting that a "studio executive" said that Nolan wanted Cher to play the feline beauty as a "'vamp in her twilight years.'" Turns out it must have been Joe Magination, Senior Executive in Charge of Hooey, because a post at the Geeks of Doom has quashed that rumor. A response from Warner Bros. says simply: "Those casting rumors are untrue."

When I first heard about the (admittedly far-fetched) possibility of Cher in the next movie, I thought it was a terrible idea. But the idea kind of grew on me. A sort of sadder, faded Cruella DeVil brand of Catwoman certainly couldn't be worse than Halle Berry's 2004 turn in the leather bodysuit, could it? And it might even be an interesting change of pace. Who else might they cast in the part? Julie Newmar (none other than TV's original Catwoman herself) said that "she has knowledge" of Angelina Jolie wanting the part. Jolie, who is appropriately gorgeous and slinky and even has the backing of a porn star, is almost a little too obvious for the role. Where's the suspense? The surprise? She's already played a cat, anyway.

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