The shortlist of Batman 3 actresses — and one major role — revealed

Which women will be beguiling Batman in The Dark Knight Rises? The Hollywood Reporter has posted the shortlist of possible co-stars in Christopher Nolan's third Batman film... plus the female villain that some of them might be playing. Spoilers ahead!

According to THR, three established actresses are front-runners to co-star in Rises: Keira Knightley, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Biel. But two relative unknowns are also in the running: Rooney Mara's sister Kate, and Tom Hardy's fiancee, Charlotte Riley. Gemma Arterton might also be in the running, but she's just landed the lead role in Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. Also, rumored possibilities Naomi Watts and Eva Green may be too busy with other projects.

So who are these actresses in line to play? According to THR, the two roles are a villain and a love interest. And one of those two is Talia Al Ghul, daughter of the first movie's villain, Ra's Al Ghul. (Who, as THR points out, eventually has Bruce Wayne's baby in the comics.) Who's the other woman? Inside sources tell Collider that she might be Vicki Vale, the plucky reporter last seen in Tim Burton's 1989 Batman film. (Although Collider's source thinks they're being played by Green and Watts.)

[The Hollywood Reporter]