And I couldn't be more excited. Variety tells us tonight that Maggie Gyllenhaal (who was once rumored alongside folks like Rachel McAdams and Emily Blunt) is in final talks to play Rachel Dawes in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight (which, of course, is the sequel to Batman Begins.) Gyllenhaal will replace Katie Holmes as the love interest of Christian Bale, and Batman fans around the world are cheering with glee. I swear, I can hear them -- cant you? They're cheering!

There was never a good reason given for Holmes' departure; some thought hubby Tom Cruise did not approve of the role, while others felt she was just interested in another project. Needless to say, fans of the first film never quite took to Holmes in the role of Dawes, and now that Gyllenhaal -- with her cool, smooth and sometimes edgy persona -- is in the picture, you'll be hard-pressed to find a negative reaction as The Dark Knight officially heads into production. In the pic, Batman will face off against his arch-nemesis, The Joker (Heath Ledger), while Aaron Eckhart arrives on the scene as Harvey Dent, Gotham district attorney. Dent, as we all know, will at some point make a transformation and become the villain Two Face. Big Batman news, folks! Thoughts? Concerns?

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