No Katie Holmes, Penguin in Dark Knight

Good news: Warner Bros. decides to remove the one factor that slowed down Batman Begins. Bad news: There'll be no Penguin!
Katie Holmes will not appear in The Dark Knight, the sequel to Batman Begins. Also, there will be no Oswald Cobblepot (a.k.a. The Penguin) in the sequel, Latino Review says.

There are no details on why Holmes will not return as Rachel Dawes, but Latino Review confirms that the character will return in the film without her.

It also reports that Matt Damon passed on a role in the film; that of Harvey (Two Face) Dent.

Other actors who have been approached with the role of the Gotham City D.A. turned psycho-criminal are Josh Lucas, Jamie Foxx and Ed Norton. Ryan Philippe had been talked of for the role.

Other minor roles to fill:
  • Eastern European Heavy - tough bad guy mobster, 40s-50s
  • Female Cop - Latin, 30s. Elizabeth Pena type.
  • Asian Accountant - male, 40s

Pre-production began Jan. 11 according to Production Weekly.

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