Nestled within the rumored plot synopsis that has once again prompted speculation about the possible appearance of Hugo Strange in The Dark Knight Rises, there was also information about the shooting locations for Christopher Nolan’s new film – specifically, locales like Pittsburgh, New York, London, and India.

Now there’s been semi-official confirmation that Nolan’s third and final Batman pic will indeed be shooting on location in India. If nothing else, this information lends further support to the idea that the League of Shadows will indeed play an important role in the film – even though it may do so in a fashion that differs from previous rumors on the topic.

The Daily Bhaskar is reporting that Dark Knight Rises will be shooting in Jodhpur – also known as “the Sun City” – the second-largest city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. To refresh your memory: in Batman Begins, Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) spent a period of time imprisoned in Bhutan prior to his meeting with Henri Ducard/Ra’s al Ghul (Liam Neeson) and training with him at the League of Shadows’ home base, located somewhere within the vicinity of (or actually in) India.

Between Josh Pence’s role in Dark Knight Rises and Gary Oldman’s comments about the third movie bringing Nolan’s Batman trilogy full circle, it seemed all but a given that the League will play an active role in the film – and not just appear via flashbacks. However, while this new information supports that (admittedly, at this point, kind of obvious) idea, I wouldn’t say it lends further credence to the Hugo Strange rumors. Then again, it’s still all just speculation at this point, right?

The recent official confirmation of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard as being members of the Dark Knight Rises cast also included information about their respective roles in the pic – and, naturally, many a fan (us here at Screen Rant included) were immediately suspicious about the true nature of their characters in the film. With Cotillard in particular, there seems to be good reason to suspect that she could actually be playing Talia al Ghul, who uses the name Miranda Tate as an alias (like her father did with Henri Ducard).

It is of course possible that Cotillard’s character has no secret identity, but (as I see it) there are a handful of reasons to think otherwise (Nolan’s tricky tendencies aside):

  • If the League of Shadows is playing an important part in the plot of Dark Knight Rises, then Talia seems all the more likely to show up as well.
  • Tate is said to be aiding Bruce Wayne with his “philanthropic endeavors for Gotham.” So isn’t she also well positioned to either ruin and/or control his resources – a position someone like Talia would definitely covet?
  • Both Talia and Selina Kyle/Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) are morally ambiguous anti-heroines who (in the original comics) become romantically involved with Batman at one point or another. So if the two were to both show up in Dark Knight Rises, it would really force the Caped Crusader to question his own beliefs about the criminal mind – and offer him all the more temptation to embrace “the dark side” of his vigilante personality, so to speak.

To reiterate: it’s entirely possible that Cotillard’s Miranda Tate has no ulterior motive and that the League of Shadows won’t feature that much in the plot of Dark Knight Rises. For the time being, however, I think there’s good reason to be suspicious.

All will be revealed when The Dark Knight Rises in theaters on July 20th, 2012.

Source: The Daily Bhaskar