Hollywood's hottest actresses Keira Knightley, Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway and Rachel Weisz are apparently in the race to join the new Batman
cast. Director Christopher Nolan has also lined up two blondes - Blake Lively and Naomi Watts - to meet with as he casts two leading ladies for The Dark Knight Rises
, the upcoming third installment of the superhero franchise, reports the Daily Express
According to Deadline.com
, the super-secretive filmmaker is on the hunt for a female villain and a love interest for Christian Bale's Bruce Wayne. Speculation has been rife about the forthcoming blockbuster's plot details, with recent reports suggesting Tom Hardy will play Batman
's foe in the follow-up to 2008's The Dark Knight
The earlier Batman
films had Katie Holmes and Maggie Gyllenhaal playing the lead roles.