The Dark Knight Director Disappointed Katie Holmes Turned Down Role

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The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan has said that he was disappointed that Katie Holmes turned down the part for the sequel. Katie played Rachel Dawes in Batman Begins and decided not to continue with her role in The Dark Knight. She was replaced with Maggie Gyllenhaal, who I have heard did a terrific job.

Nolan said, “Katie wasn’t available for the role, which I wasn’t very happy about, but these things happen, and I was very, very fortunate that Maggie was able to take it over.

The director had nothing but good things to say about Gyllenhaal and was quoted as saying that her energy helped generate chemistry between her and her co-stars.

Gyllenhaal actually sought out Katie’s approval before agreeing to replace her in the Batman sequel. She of course received Katie’s approval and decided that she would “offer a new interpretation of the character“.

I wanted to be sure, first of all, that I had her blessing,” Gyllenhaal explained. “And I was assured that I did. I’m a big fan of hers, I think she was really great in the first movie.”

And yet I felt like it wouldn’t have done anyone any good if I tried to imitate her. Really what I decided was that it had to be a whole new woman. If I’m going to do what I do well, I have to be free to do it.”

via Digital Spy 

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    • Keith

      I think that the re-release of the movie should have katie holmes replacing maggie Gyllenhaal, if possible. In my opinion that is the only flaw in the movie (a big one in my eyes). It looses that realism and its hard to believe. Im not her biggest fan nor do I think shes the greatest actress, but movie sequals need the original cast. Plus the death scene would of been more shocking. If they make a 3rd installment it could of gone down as the best trilogy of all time, next to star wars, but that replacment kills it, what if star wars replaced princess lea in empire strikes back? it would have been weird huh? That why I think it should be done.

    • http://www.smith.com GO

      Keith, Dude… do you realize what you’re askin’ for?

      How exactly do you propose they go about refilming all her scenes with the LATE Heath Ledger???

      And, no thanks, let’s not try FIX things with CGI.

      Yeah – Maggie brought it down for me, too, but nothing can be done about that. It’s at least a good thing the script called for her to be killed off…

    • Prince

      Maggie G was not a patch on Katie, and I didn’t like her interpretation of the character at all. Katie gave the character so much more depth, so it was a shame that the character was killed off form that point of view, but without Katie playing the role it just wasn’t the same anyway.

    • Dan

      Katie Holmes should not be missed. She turned down a role that would’ve been just as big as the first role. If anything, the incorporation of Maggie Gyllenhaal was poor, they could’ve made her a different “main character” without having to be who Katie was. All in all, both films are great alone and/or together.

    • matt

      Katie was superb, just excellect in ‘Begins’. Such a horrible let-down for her to not be there in ‘Dark Knight’. Her presence would have made the film that much greater. So far, I really like Maggie, especially in ‘Stranger Than Fiction’, and she did just fine in ‘DK’, but, it was like Claudia Wells’ being replaced by Elisabeth Shue in ‘Back To The Future’, just completely unsettling.
      It would have been better to just make Maggie be a more recent ‘flame’. And had her fit in that way. But, ‘DK’ is premium quality either way.

    • supr_g

      Katie’s Rachael was a mousy character, but personally I’d rather take the consistency of one actress over having her replaced by a better one. I felt a major disconnect from the Dawes character when the actress was switched. But it seems this was one of many mistakes Katie Holmes has made this last decade.

    • Doug Denslowe

      Biggest mistake of her career!

    • Francisco

      I don’t know if this is true,but I think that she saw that it was a dead end for her being
      killed in the movie. And why make a movie that has no future for her when at the same time,there are other movies with futures in them. Who is going to remember
      some one that is killed off.