Originally Posted by Loki882
The audience isn't stupid enough to make the leap from "Catwoman is in this movie" to "this is a sequel to TDKR." This is especially true if Hathaway doesn't play her.
I remember one of the people I watched "Batman Begins" with was all like "wait, in the other Batman movie was' the girl he was interested named Vicki, how does this work as a prequel."
We could have Barbara Gordon as the Police Commissioner of Gotham City and very much Batman's love interest, go as far as to suggest he started as Batman to get closer to her, and people would still think this was a sequel to "The Dark Knight Rises".