Note: This Post Originally Published 3-10-07
I don’t know if you’ve heard, but Maggie Gyllenhaal has all but signed on to the Batman Begins sequel (called The Dark Knight) to replace Katie Holmes as Rachel Dawes. Let me say, I couldn’t be happier about this decision. First of all, the sequel will tout the talents of Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Heath Ledger, and Aaron Eckhart. Does Katie Holmes really stand a chance of standing up to talent like that? No way. But does Gyllenhaal? Most definitely.
Listen, I liked Katie Holmes just as much as you did up until the literal day Batman Begins opened. I didn’t care she was linked with Tom Cruise, didn’t bother me at all. However, what did bother me was when she brought him along to the premiere and everything and everyone got overshadowed by all-powerful Tomcat. I’m sure Christopher Nolan was seething that his hard work had turned into just another media circus for the Hollywood power couple.
Listen, Holmes, by doing that, proved that she cared more about herself than her art and the film she was promoting at that moment, and, in my eyes, that contradicted everything the rest of the cast and crew were doing.
To top it all off, in my opinion, Gyllenhaal is twice the actor Holmes is, and I think her every-woman appeal will prove a good match with Bale.