Variety is reporting that Maggie Gyllenhaal, most recently seen in “Sherrybaby” and “Stranger Than Fiction,” is in final talks to take over as Christian Bale’s childhood friend/love interest in “The Dark Knight,” currently set for a summer 2008 release.
The last set of “Batman” films became a revolving door for the actors wearing the cowl — Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, and George Clooney had all worn black latex before the series’ ignominous end in 1997’s “Batman & Robin” — so it would be sort of fitting if a different ingenue stepped into Rachel Dawes’ pumps for each new “Batman” movie. Who’s next — Rachel McAdams? Jessica Biel? Bea Arthur? The possibilities are endless!