EXCLUSIVE: Teresa Palmer Still Wants to Play Talia Al Ghul in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

The actress that was once set to play the villain in the unmade ‘Justice League’ film wants to portray the role in the next Batman movie.

Teresa Palmer still pining after Talia al Ghul role in The Dark Knight Rises
Teresa Palmer still pining after Talia al Ghul role in The Dark Knight Rises
In the comic books, Talia al Ghul is the mother of Batman's son, Damien, and the daughter of his archenemy, Ra's al Ghul. In director George Miller's proposed Justice League of America film, Talia al Ghul was going to be one of the villains and actress Teresa Palmer (The Sorcerer's Apprentice) was set to play the role, but unfortunately the film was never made. Currently director Christopher Nolan is casting two unknown female roles in The Dark Knight Rises, one of which is rumored to be a villain. While many have been speculating on who this female villain could be, some rumors have surfaced indicating that it is Talia al Ghul. This would make some sense since her father, Ra's al Ghul, was the main villain in Batman Begins. In that film, he was played by Liam Neeson and while the character did appear to die at the end of the movie, he is immortal in the comic books.

We recently had a chance to catch up with actress Teresa Palmer and we asked her if she had tried contacting Nolan's office to be considered for the part, since she was prepared to play it once before. We were surprised by her response.

"I've definitely put the feelers out there with my agents and that would be something I would be really glad to have happen," Palmer replied. "I doubt I would be one of the actresses high up on Nolan's list. I think they are definitely going after woman with a much bigger profile than I," she added.

We continued by asking the actress how she had prepared to play the role in Justice League of America?

"I was going to do it with a Russian accent in Justice League of America and I was fitted for all the outfits," she said. Finally, Palmer had this to say about playing Talia al Ghul in The Dark Knight Rises. "It is the longest shot in history for sure but I've put my name out there with my agents and things. So we'll see who ends up doing that role. My managers made the phone calls but I'm pretty sure that they will end up going with a big name girl."

The Dark Knight Rises was released July 20th, 2012 and stars Tom Hardy, Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Liam Neeson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman. The film is directed by Christopher Nolan.

Sources: Jami Philbrick

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  1. Emmytt

    shes hot enough

    4 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  2. TiJuRod

    @CBF Chris Nolan himself said The Dark Knight Rises was the title for the movie, Unless he changes it, that actually is the title of the movie..... So FAIL right back at ya.

    4 years agoby @tito-loves-jujuFlag

  3. Ryan Moran

    i can see her as that shes through she should dye her hair to talias color

    4 years agoby @nightwing18Flag

  4. gumperman

    @CBF ""The Dark Knight Rises" isn't even the title of the movie. Fail."

    okay, then what is the title of the movie?

    4 years agoby @gumpermanFlag

  5. CBF

    "The Dark Knight Rises" isn't even the title of the movie. Fail.

    4 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  6. Vamp

    Hmmm. Interesting thought...

    4 years agoby @vampire2000Flag

  7. slysnide

    The obvious unaddressed point in the story: There's no guarantee "that role" will even be in the movie.

    4 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  8. Dan

    @Narrator I'm aware it builds excitement and anticipation, but I want to know! Now! Lol :)

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  9. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @IUH, I know, I know, I just got really excited. I love Talia and I enjoyed her in the batman animated series and batman beyond, so I hope she is confirmed

    4 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  10. the Narrator

    @Supes. "And enough with these rumors... Spiderman is coming out with confirmed roles every other day it seems, and is also coming out in 2012, so I don't see why we don't have more confirmed knowledge for TDKR already..."

    That's why TDK's marketing campaign did not bring in one of the highest grossing films ever. Lol. I too am tired of rumors, but they really do bring in the crowds after a while.

    4 years agoby @narratorFlag

  11. Ensigndesign

    The al ghouls are some characters I would love to see in the new batman.

    4 years agoby @ensigndesignFlag

  12. Matthew Lausmann

    Someone Could Be Front Runner

    4 years agoby @matthew-lausmannFlag

  13. knobie09

    you go,girl!

    4 years agoby @knobie09Flag

  14. knobie09

    wishing you the best of luck. ra's al ghul must return(if not two-face) :D

    4 years agoby @knobie09Flag

  15. Summit10

    so your out right???

    4 years agoby @summit10Flag

  16. Dan

    @IUH No worries, you and I both know Nolan would never throw a 'monster' type villain into his Batman trilogy. That would be beyond stupid and nonsensical given the nature of the universe he's created for Bats.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  17. T.Clark

    @Bawnianxyz: Talia isn't confirmed. It's still speculation at this point, even by Palmer.

    4 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  18. T.Clark

    "i will say this for the record--use a monster in this one nolan. i love inception and you are a genius maker. use bane or killer croc."


    4 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  19. JasonKat

    i thought that was avril lavgine,..almost wet my self, psh.

    4 years agoby @jasonkatFlag

  20. Remy72883

    she would make a good villain not familiar with this actress though, but im not gonna get excited until their are confirmations

    4 years agoby @remy72883Flag

  21. bounded

    @Supes it's because Spider-Man starts production in a month. the rest start in early to mid 2011

    4 years agoby @boundedFlag

  22. ejk1

    This doesn't mean anything, guys. She's giving the interview, not Nolan. Just because she wants the role, and is campaigning for it does not make the character a reality of the movie. Although I definitely wouldn't mind Palmer's involvement, this story just adds more smoke, but no fire.

    On a side note, we did not see Ras Al Ghul die in BB, so it is possible, however unlikely, that Nolan could resurrect him in a grand fashion for TDKR.

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  23. CBF

    Is Palmer a good actress? I am unfamiliar with her work. I know she has been trying to land a comic book film role this year, auditioning for the role of Gwen Stacy in the Spider-Man Reboot this past summer. If she is a good actress, and they dye her hair black and she resembles Talia well enough, then I would say awesome choice.

    4 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  24. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    I KNEW it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I knew that Talia would be the choice of a female villain

    4 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  25. skywise

    Still sounds like speculation but it would make sense as they stated above, tying in to the Begins and bringing the trilogy full circle.

    4 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  26. Dan

    And enough with these rumors... Spiderman is coming out with confirmed roles every other day it seems, and is also coming out in 2012, so I don't see why we don't have more confirmed knowledge for TDKR already...

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  27. Brian

    Yeah, lets face it. They need a hot chick that can act. Teresa could do it.

    4 years agoby @brianFlag

  28. Dan

    She definitely has that sexy villain look to her. I wouldn't mind this one bit if it happened.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  29. Daveactor7

    I could see her as Talia

    4 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  30. Brian

    Ha. I'd say so.

    4 years agoby @brianFlag

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