Batman: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Katie Holmes has been caught in the light of the Bat signal.

Sources said the actress is close to being cast opposite Christian Bale in Warner Bros. Pictures' new Batman movie, which is being directed by Christopher Nolan.

She would play Rachel, the love interest in the film, and her casting is said to be contingent on a screen test. In addition to the Batman project, Holmes also is the top choice for A Lot Like Love at Beacon Pictures.

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If she takes a role in the Warner Bros. franchise, Beacon likely will move on to another actress because both projects are scheduled to shoot around the same time. Holmes gained widespread popularity as Joey on the WB Network's "Dawson's Creek."

Brian B.