‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Casting Update

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 7:06 am,

The Dark Knight Rises casting update The Dark Knight Rises Casting Update

After literally years of waiting, fans were quite happy to receive the news earlier this week that principal photography has at last commenced on The Dark Knight Rises, director Christopher Nolan’s finale to his Batman trilogy.

However, just because shooting has begun on the hotly-anticipated project does not mean that casting is complete yet – in fact, three more thespians have now joined the film’s cast.

Variety has confirmed that the likes of Full Metal Jacket‘s Matthew Modine (insert obligatory joke about “The Joker” appearing in Dark Knight Rises), elder actor Tom Conti (The Tempest), and 11-year-old actress Joey King (Ramona and Beezus) have officially signed on for Nolan’s third Batman movie. Modine will be playing a character named “Nixon”; the other roles are being firmly kept under wraps for now.

The only relatively non-obscure reference to any sort of “Nixon character” in the original Batman comics was when a convenience store robber wore a Richard Nixon mask in The Dark Knight Returns – so unless Modine is playing a criminal bearing similar attire in Dark Knight Rises, it’s presumably safe to say that his character was essentially invented by Nolan.

Speaking of Dark Knight Returns: that Frank Miller graphic novel also introduced the world to then 13-year old Carrie Kelley, a.k.a. the first full-time female Robin. A number of fans previously speculated that Juno Temple might be playing the character in Dark Knight Rises – though King is actually closer in age. However, it’s very unlikely that Carrie Kelley will appear in Nolan’s new film – without being reworked significantly, at least. Chances are better that King is playing either a slightly older version of Jim Gordan’s daughter Barbara (which would also indicate how much time had passed since the events of The Dark Knight) or another, possibly nameless, young female character entirely.

Carrie Kelley in The Dark Knight Returns The Dark Knight Rises Casting Update

Carrie Kelley first appeared in 'The Dark Knight Returns'

Yesterday, fans got an early and unexpected treat in the form of a first look at Tom Hardy as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises – and that image alone was enough to kick off further speculation about how the villain will function in Nolan’s film. Now we just have to wait until an early image of Anne Hathaway in her (presumably, skin-tight) Catwoman outfit is released for the Internet to explode again. Moving on…

The Dark Knight Rises cast will feature franchise veterans Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Nestor Carbonell. Newcomers to Nolan’s Batman series include Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Juno Temple, Josh Pence, Daniel Sunjata, Burn Gorman, Diego Klattenhoff, and Alon Aboutboul.

For a breakdown of rumors versus concrete information released concerning Nolan’s new comic book film, check out our Dark Knight Rises status report.

The Dark Knight Rises in theaters on July 20th, 2012.

Source: Variety

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  1. THis movie is going the Te Return Of the King of comic book movies this will be epic!!!!

  2. More Robin nonsense. For that ridiculous character to emerge in Nolan’s vision of Batman would be a sure fire way to kill the franchise (read: any further installments).

    • If there was to be 5 batman movies Robin would def fit in but since this is the last one Robin cant be here….

      • robin killed the last two BATMAN movies before BATMAN BEGINS

        • @ Matt

          Imo people at Warner Bros. killed the last two films before Batman Begins. It wasn’t just Joel Schumacher alone.

          • @ Matt

            Btw Robin had nothin to do with last two films being bad. In fact Batman Forever was actually good. It was just Batman & Robin that was the film that killed that franchise.

              • @ Ghost

                If i remember right, id like to borrow Nolan’s words ” Unlike comics, films don’t go on forever” Somthing like that. Point is like in the comics Robin was gettin fed up living in Batman’s shadow. And as i read on Wikipedia, if Batman & Robin would been successful w/ a 5th Batman film being greenlit-Dick Grayson would move on from being Robin to becoming Nightwing in the film. Bale’s Batman whined about getting mauled by a pitbull on the arm, when Kilmer’s Batman had Alfred patching his injuries up after Two-Face’s ambush sequence. Maybe because he was ticked off at Dick for saving him that he wasn’t paying attention to his injury to complain. Anyways, Robin was acting as he was in the comics before abandoning the costume.

                • (“Bale’s Batman whined…”)???

                  I disagree.

                  He was actually attending to his pit-bull injuries ALONE withOUT much facial agony and without any external aid before Alfred walks in and Batman tells him regarding his bruises and injuries that : “Batman has no limits”. Is that what is called “whining”?

                  I don’t think so.

    • I’m gonna take a wild guess and say you’ve never read a Batman comic. Just because there has never been good casting doesn’t make the character ridiculous.

      • While I don’t think the character of Robin is ridiculous, I think it brings some very real-world concerns to the surface:

        Child Endangerment
        Child Abuse
        Child Slavery

        All in the name of a character, who let’s face it, has had a somewhat varied reception even in the comics.

        • @ Dante

          I like the character of Robin, well except for Carrie Kelley version. Ironic when i first saw Burton’s 89 film, I didn’t Know Robin excisted till i watched reruns of the 60′s show. But my real interest in the charecter came when i watched Batman:TAS cause i liked how they handled Robin on that show better till this day despite how he debuted in the comics. Imo i think would be great to have Robin in the franchise again. One of the reasons about him is as Bruce Timm stated about the character is in his opinion it wouldn’t be easy for anyone to be like Batman in every way, but with Robin ,its nice to have a character where people can put themselves into that character’s shoes & wonder if they can be him, help Batman w/ clues or be somewhere while Batman has to be somewhere else at the sametime, help solve riddles by the Riddler etc. I forget which DVD boxset that commentary was from but Bruce Timm had good points why Robin should be included imo.

  3. I want nicolas cage in this movie.

    • YES!

      • Now that be something!!!

      • Now that would be cool.

      • @ gotham75

        I know how alot of people blame Schumacher over the last two Batman films he directed, among things he had done within the film. Im not defending the guy cause i didn’t like things he did in the films but i wouldn’t place all the blame on him. I believe half of the blame would be Warner Bros. aswell since they wanted to make the franchise more family friendly in the first place among other issues.

        • your absolutely right… i did enjoy forever i can quote the dam thing lol… and i also enjoyed the black light concept at times with comic book art background after all i was raised on the repeats of the campy tv show, Mayor Adam West will always be my first tour guide into the world of the dark knight…. but yes, warner bros., as much as i enjoy they’re movie collection and animation, they are the ones to blame.

          • @ gotham75

            I enjoyed Batman Forever aswell. It so happens a co-worker of mine were quoting lines from that film & the 89 Batman film,lol. As for the campy tv show, i didn’t about Robin till i watched reruns of the show. I forget what channel it was on. I saw the 89 Batman film on vhs then saw reruns of show & ask one of oldest brothers howcome he wasn’t in the film, lol he simply put it because he just aint. I really got into the character of Robin when watching Batman:TAS & still do till this day. It was too bad Warner Bros. screwed the franchise by makin it too family friendly etc.

  4. Yup it woudl be cool to have a “Death in the Family” Batman movie.

    • @ pawn654

      Now that would be sweet!, Especially if it Nolan directed it & Bale starred in it. That was one of my favorites.

  5. I’m glad that Matthew Modine has joined the cast. He should have joined the A-list years ago and should have only been doing movies that went to the cinema. Unfortunately, he has remained a straight to DVD king but he is an underrated actor. So, I hope that he does more movies which get released properly at cinemas.

    I’ve been saying that the cast still feels incomplete and like it’s missing key characters. It feels complete now. If they add any other recognisable actors in this film, it will be a bonus.

  6. Ive learned one thing From the Nolan Universe. Trust him!! Him and his brother are truly masterful at what they do… The only thing that makes me nervous is that he cant write female roles and last time i checked alot seem to be in this movie.. If he brings robin in as a female or male its his world and we should go with the flow and enjoy the ride. I was scared when i heard the news that Nolan cast the late great My Heath Ledger and i was pleasantly surprised and in AWWWW of his world of Gotham..

  7. Christian Bale said there will never be a Robin in any Batman film he’s in, so you can lay these Robin things to rest.

    • But he just act,he does not write the scripts.

      • Even Nolan said he would never bring Robin unless the studio forced it upon him. And trust me, that will NEVER happen.

  8. King will be Barbara Gordon.
    As for the other two, no idea

    • Barbara Gordon,in TDK, was a + – 5 years-old.
      Time difference between TDK and TDKR is less than a year.
      Joey can´t be Gordon´s daughter.
      Joey has to be the young Talia.
      She looks like a Marion Cotillard´s toung version,they have blue eyes.
      And also,Joey said on her twitter(1st May) she´d go filming in another country,and only on day 7 (last day of filming in India) she came back to post on her twitter.
      Suspect huh?
      And I saw a recent pic of her and she dyed her hair in black.
      For me she is the young Talia.

  9. I’ve said it before…

    Red Herrings for Everyone!

  10. Cat Woman first look should get an even bigger reaction than Bane’s. In the best or worst way. lol

  11. King will be a young Talia al Ghul in the scene where Josh Pence is the young Ra’s al Ghul. That’s my guess. Heard it here first folks!

  12. In the next casting announcement for the Dark Knight Returns:

    Everyone in the known world, playing themselves.

  13. I’m going to say Joey king is a young Selena kyle

    • She can´t be the young Selina Kyle because she has blue eyes and Anne has dark brown eyes.

  14. She can´t be the young Selina Kyle…she has blue eyes and Anne has dark brown eyes.
    And why would put a young Selina Kyle in the movie?
    There´s no reason.

  15. If Robin is going to be in this movie make it a quick transition to Nightwing………please.

  16. Changing eyecolor would not be a major deal breaker in hiring an actress I think.