With Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises set to film this spring, get ready for the onslaught of casting rumors, contradictions, and announcements up until the first day of production. Our latest comes from Comic Book Movie, in which an agency source told them a few actresses in contention for two separate roles.

One of their clients, Charlize Theron, “has been approached to play a Detective Named Sarah Essen–a love interest for Jim Gordon,” the police commissioner played by Gary Oldman. But didn’t The Dark Knight end with him and his happily traumatized family intact? CBM has a possible answer below:

Sarah Essen first appears in Batman #405, part of the Batman: Year One storyline. She is a detective partnered with then-lieutenant James Gordon. She and the married Gordon start a brief affair. She is murdered by the Joker and is hinted as the real Mother of Barbara Gordon (batgirl).


Kacie Thomas, Theron’s The Burning Plain co-star, and Vera Farmiga have reportedly auditioned for the Julie Madison role. More info below as well.

Julie Madison was originally portrayed an oft-imperiled socialite who is engaged to Bruce Wayne. She was not aware of his activities as Batman when, in her first appearance, she was used as a pawn in the vampiric Monk’s battle with the Dark Knight. She has also been associated with the villain Clayface.

It was recently reported that Nolan was holding auditions for a female lead, and I’d much, much, much rather seen these characters than Catwoman. Farmiga especially. We know that the regular crew will return, as well as Inception star Tom Hardy in an unknown, but major role.

The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters July 20th, 2012.

What do you think about these characters? Who should get the role?

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