Natalie Portman Denies ‘Man of Steel’ & ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Rumors

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Natalie Portman denies Superman Dark Knight Rises rumors Natalie Portman Denies Man of Steel & Dark Knight Rises Rumors

When the average person announces that they’re not in the running for a high-profile job, it generally only matters to their immediate peers. But when your name is Natalie Portman and the work in question involves Superman: The Man of Steel and The Dark Knight Rises, more people tend to be interested.

The soon-to-be twice Oscar nominated actress has laughed off rumors that she’s up to star in either Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot or the final entry in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.

Entertainment Weekly recently interviewed Portman about a potential (and at this point pretty much guaranteed) Oscar nod for her Black Swan performance and snuck in a few questions about both Man of Steel and Dark Knight Rises. Portman replied by saying she neither had heard or knew anything about either of those projects – even thought word leaked out a few months back that Warner Bros. wanted her to be the new Lois Lane and that Nolan scheduled a meeting with her about his next Batman venture.

Portman has been quite busy this year, between her physically and mentally exhausting work in Black Swan and her role in four other films that’ll hit cinemas in 2011 – the ranks of which include Marvel’s Thor, Ivan Reitman’s No Strings Attached, the medieval comedy/action adventure Your Highness, and the somber drama The Other Woman.

That’s on top of the recent news that the 29-year old actress is now pregnant and engaged to her Black Swan dance choreographer, Benjamin Millepied. So it seems likely that Portman will be out of commission for the next year or so – a matter that may have even affected her decision to pass on Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity back in October.

Natalie Portman Black Swan image Natalie Portman Denies Man of Steel & Dark Knight Rises Rumors

*Insert Natalie Portman works too hard joke here*

The rumors circling both the next Superman and Batman flicks are far from settled for the time being. Anne Hathaway was the most recent high-profile actress to be rumored for the part of Miss Lane in Snyder’s Man of Steel and Nolan always keeps everything close to the chest, so it’s anyone’s guess as to which actress the filmmaker has in mind to play a part in his Dark Knight Rises, which could include a female villain, new love interest for Bruce Wayne, or both (a la Talia al Ghul).

Dark Knight Rises begins production this May and shooting on Man of Steel is expected to get underway around the same time this year. That essentially means that Portman’s name can be safely crossed off the list of A-listers up to appear in either movie – though that probably won’t stop fans from speculating since Portman did not just say “no” about either project. The fact that stars have flat-out lied about their connection to tentpole pics in the past doesn’t help either.

But since we’ve yet to hear any official decree on the subject – who do you want to see play Louis Lane in Superman: The Man of Steel? And what leading lady and/or villain are you hoping for in The Dark Knight Rises?

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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  1. Lady villain for DKR should be Harley.

    • I’d agree with you if The Joker was coming back, but I see no point in bringing her Harly in now.

      • Still shes the best lady villain. Or no?

        • I really don’t think she would be the best choice. Harley is The Joker’s sidekick, and I don’t see the point of bringing her in w/o Joker. IMO, Talia would be the best and most likely female villain. Having said that, I don’t think Portman would have been the villain anyways. She seems more fit as a love interest than an oponent.

          • But with Talia she is both.

            • Well, I kind of doubt that Talia would be a love interest and villain in this film. Unless, she was in disguise as Bruce’s new girlfriend, and secretly plotting against Batman. But that sounds too much like Catwoman to me.

  2. I’m not surprised she’s not in either film, but I would have, of course, been happy to see her in either one. Le Sigh…

  3. yeah I wpould say Portman is out also due to the fact she is preggers

  4. As if she’s really gonna tell the press she’s up for a role in one of the most secretive films being made.

  5. I’m quite glad she’s pregnant. As much as I love her I feel like if I hear about her in another movie I’m gonna start liking her less. This is a great break for her.

  6. I’m still crossing my fingers for Marion Cotillard to play Talia or Selina Kyle.

    • I think Talia is the most likely choice. Nolan has been scouting locations in India, and while it doesn’t mean the character will be in the film, it does somewhat hint that she or The League of Shadows could be in the film. If it’s Catwoman, then I’m not even gonna watch the movie.

      • Little monster I completely agree with you here about the character choices I would like it to be hangman but unlikely although it would fit can’t say I won’t watch it though as I would watch paint dry if nolan filmed it lol

        I think they would have used Harley if heath hadn’t died but she wouldn’t make sense now without joker being involved she is my favourite female in the Batman universe but I’m sure she will get her chance one day

  7. she would do good in both of the movies

  8. Nooootttt really interested in seeing Ms. Portman play a lead in back to back super hero films. Usually I don’t get too hung up about casting, but that would mess with my head a little. Monster Monster Monster, we have to talk about your bias against Catwoman. Lol.

    • I’m just sick of directors using the same characters over again. Okay, so I loved seeing The Joker in TDK, but there’s reason for that: 1) The Joker is the greatest supervillain ever created 2) You can’t have a Batman trilogy w/o bringing Joker in at some point. Nolan needs to use a character that has NOT been used before. IMO, Batman has the greatest rogue gallery, there’s far more interesting characters than Catwoman.

      • Again I totally agree and I’m gonna keep sayin it until they announce the characters that hangman should be in there you could also do calendar man or even mad matter but he is a lot like joker just not as good imo lol

        • I forgot to mention bane I wasn’t a fan of his but I’m now reading knightfall and I think he could be a great physical opponent for Batman maybe replace the venom with pcp or some other drug

        • The villain is the gonna the biggest problem for this film b/c it will have to exceed Ledger’s Joker. That’s gonna be almost impossible IMO.

          I do fully expect Black Mask to show up as Nolan will likely continue the use of the Mob

          • I would be happy to see black mask in there somewhere or hush would be good but he would need a big back story I think

            Scarecrow is gonna appear also to complete his story to I hope I like his story so far even.though he was only a cameo in tdk

            Is like to see zsasz have a lil story to after his brief appearance in bb

  9. Anne Hathaway can make an awesome Harley Quinn

  10. If she doesn’t make her mind to play Lois Lane try a different actress like Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jennifer Garner, and Mischa Barton these actresses will be more a-like