It was revealed earlier today that Warner Bros. is currently seeking an actress to play the love interest of Bruce Wayne in their highly anticipated Man of Steel 2 sequel tentatively titled Batman Vs. Superman. We don't yet know which character will be plucked from DC Comics' vast catalogue of vigilante love interests, but we do know the type of girl they are looking for.
The studio isn't concerned with ethnicity, which brings up an interesting notion we'll get to in a minute. They are, however, looking for someone in their late twenties to play ten years younger than Ben Affleck's Bruce Wayne. Which makes sense. If you were a billionaire playboy, wouldn't you have a younger girlfriend? They are also looking for someone that is physically capable of going toe-to-toe with The Dark Knight, as well as someone who is tall enough to keep up pace with Ben Affleck's 6' 4" frame.
We're guessing that director Zack Snyder and writer David S. Goyer might want to veer off into uncharted territory with their new Batman love interest. We also have to consider that they are coming at Bruce Wayne in the twilight of his years, in order for him to play a mentor to Kal-El. Which rules out everyone's favorite speculated guesses right away. A lot of fans want to see Vicki Vale return, a character that first surfaced in the 1950s, and was immortalized by Kim Basinger in the 1989 movie Batman. Another name being lobbied about is Julie Madison, who first appeared on screen in 1997's much criticized Batman & Robin. Vicki left Bruce Wayne in his early years as a crime fighter because she couldn't stand his double life, and Julie left to marry into European royalty. Neither character stuck around to see Bruce in his later years of crime fighting. I think we can rule them out.
We doubt Warner Bros. is looking to tread on any of the recent Christopher Nolan love interests, either. It's too soon to revisit Selina Kyle or Talia al Ghul, especially since this is Superman's movie, and it will likely feature a Superman villain over a Batman villain. So who does that leave?
Well, quite a few characters, it seems. Here are our favorite choices for Batman's most likely love interest, and the actress that will play her, and why she fits into the overall story arc being created here.
1Kerry Washington as Wonder Woman
In terms of character, she's our number one pick. David S. Goyer has hinted in the past that Wonder Woman will also be making an appearance in Man of Steel 2, and it makes sense in terms of setting up Justice League as a stand alone movie. There will be some much needed romantic tension between the core group, as we've recently seen play out in Star Trek with Spock and Uhura. And it doesn't stray too far from the comic books. Diana and Bruce briefly dated in the pages of Justice League, but eventually broke things off, remaining friends and close team members. This relationship was also hinted at in the animated series. It's an easy and fun way to introduce her into the film world. Wonder Woman has proven to be a very hard character to bring to the screen, either big or small, and making her Bruce's girlfriend when we meet them in this world fits within the mythology during this timeline. Now here comes the kicker. Why Kerry Washington? Well, the casting break down isn't concerned about ethnicity. Which should be our first red flag. Diana is an Amazon, she can be any color the casting director so chooses, and we won't have much room to complain, despite her white appearance in comic books. We keep hearing how both Marvel and DC might cast a black actor in what was previously considered a white role, but no one has pulled the trigger. Yet! Here's where they could do it, and feel like they made the right choice. The casting news wouldn't even be as controversial as Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne, that's for sure. With her performance in Scandal, Kerry Washington has proven that she is a strong, capable, independent woman, yet she is also vulnerable and needs the right man in her life. She is physically capable of going toe-to-toe with Ben Affleck, though she might be too short at 5' 4", and too old at 36, but we can't think of anyone who might look better in that Wonder Woman costume. She was awesome in Django Unchained, so why can't it be her? I'm sure you have a good reason. Let's hear a better choice. Or a reason why not?
2Adrianne Palicki as Kathy Kane (aka Batwoman)
Kathy Kane is a logical choice, due to the fact that she was romantically interested in a later-in-life Bruce Wayne. She is a wealthy Gotham City heiress and former circus performer who uses her skills and resources to become Batwoman, a move she makes to catch the attention of Batman. Once they are together, Bruce begs Kathy to retire from crime fighting, though she remains his ally. She is later killed at the hands of the Bronze Tiger. Its unlikely that we would see Kathy as Batwoman in Man of Steel 2, but she could definitely work in the narrative if the film took a more Nolan-esque approach to the character. Often depicted with red hair, Adrianne Palicki fits the type. She is one of the taller actresses in Hollywood, standing at 5' 11". And she is 30 years old, which is close enough to being in her late twenties. She knows her way around the DC universe, having notoriously played Diana Prince, aka Wonder Woman, in the failed CW pilot. And fanboys loved her as Lady Jaye in G.I. Joe Retaliation. She seems tailor-made for starring opposite Ben Affleck as Batman. Maybe she's our best bet?
3 Phoebe Tonkin as Vesper Fairchild
Vesper is one of the few Batman love interests that have a connection to Lex Luthor, and her backstory makes sense in terms of bringing her into what is essentially a Superman movie. Vesper is a radio show host who dates Bruce Wayne later in his career as a crime fighter. She is killed on orders from Lex as revenge for Bruce's involvement in thwarting Luthor's plans to take over Gotham City. Maybe that same story arc wouldn't work here, but to have Lex kill Batman's girlfriend would certainly play nicely into setting up a motive for him joining Kal-El to take down the super villain. At 5' 10" and 24 years of age, Phoebe Tonkin has the right look and height for Vesper. The Australian actress and model showed she had the fighting skills necessary to keep up with Batman and Superman in the popular young adult thriller Tomorrow, When the War Began. She's still enough of an unknown to make waves with a project like this, as she continues to make a name for herself on TV with The Vampire Diaries and its spin-off The Originals. All she needs is a set of hipster-billy horn-rimmed glasses, and she's Fairchild. Having a love interest that is killed by Lex Luthor will certainly help set up Batman's place in this franchise, and we'll feel the pain, as this girl is just too beautiful to see blasted into tiny pieces.
4Naya Rivera as Barbara Ann Minerva (aka Cheetah)
In terms of setting up not only a Superman adventure that features other DC Comics characters, as well as a Justice League film, Barbara Ann Minerva is perfect, as she has connections to many of the key players. She is also ripe for reinvention, due to her many different incarnations over the years, especially in the confines of a Nolanverse type setting such as this. A scientist, it makes sense that Bruce Wayne would be dating someone of this stature. When her funding starts to run out for important research, she turns to Wayne Enterprises for help. Her experiment catches the eye of Lex Luthor, who pulls her into his Injustice Gang, which could be set up in Man of Steel 2 and later pay off in Justice League, as she helps Lex and The Joker capture Batman. This could all be done in a realistic setting, and the ethnicity clause in the casting search could indicate that they are looking for a character that is African American from the get go. Sure, we mentioned Kerry Washington as Wonder Woman, but she could work here as well. Though, she might be too all-American. Here, we need someone with a little more edge. Which brings us to Naya Rivera. She's pretty enough to catch the eye of a billionaire like Bruce Wayne, she's in great shape, and she's 26 years old. Maybe she's a little short for the role at 5' 5", but she's the perfect height to go against Washington as Wonder Woman, in a fight that would surely be included in Justice League. She's relatively unknown, unless you watch Glee, but her presence there shouldn't be enough to cast a shadow on her casting with fanboys who've probably never seen that show. She seems perfect for the role. And she might actually be able to pull off some nice, dark chemistry with Ben Affleck (no pun intended). Keke Palmer is a strong choice as well for Cheetah, though she might be too young at age 20.
5Miley Cyrus as Dinah Lance (aka Black Canary)
if you're going to have a casting announcement even half as controversial as Ben Affleck in the role of The Dark Knight, this would be it! If Miley Cyrus were cast in what is supposed to be one of the greatest fanboy movies ever made, you can expect that there would be petitions, death threats, and a general boycott of the movie. Thing is, she looks exactly like Black Canary, and the character fits into the overall arc of what DC is trying to do here. She has been both a member of the Justice Society of America and the Justice League of America. She is usually romantically tied to Green Arrow, but has had her dalliances with Bruce Wayne in his later years. Even if Green Arrow is not a part of the Justice League movie, she could be seen as an asset to the franchise, stirring up turmoil within the group, especially amongst some of the other key male players. She is one of the few Batman love interests that is tied to other DC characters. And you have to admit, it would be fun seeing Miley Cyrus in this role, even with as much hate as it would garner from fans and non-fans alike. Though, this is probably the most unlikely girlfriend of the bunch, as Miley Cyrus is too young at 20, and probably too short at 5' 5". Anyway, its fun to think about. Right guys? I mean, come on. Lighten up! Ben Affleck is Batman, you should have some fun with it!
Which of Batman's former girlfriends did we miss? Is there anyone you want to see that is missing from the list? Do you have an actor in mind that could match Ben Affleck's intensity? Do you even care? Let us know.