According to the production notes on the Wrath of the Titans website:
“[Liam] Neeson next appears in Peter Berg’s actioner ‘Battleship,’ and he also will be seen in Christopher Nolan’s much-anticipated action thriller ‘The Dark Knight Rises.'”
Oopsy? Did Warner Bros. just inadvertently let the Ra’s al Ghul cat out of the bag?
Liam Neeson, as you’ll recall, played the main villain Ra’s al Ghul in Nolan’s first Batman outing, aptly entitled Batman Begins. In it, Ghul was seemingly killed in a train explosion as a result of Batman’s machinations. There was a whole brouhaha on the Internet as to whether or not the Caped Crusader — the man who refuses to kill anybody, even that deranged Joker fellow — was responsible for Ghul’s death after he (perhaps incorrectly) uttered the line, “I won’t kill you, but I don’t have to save you.”
Since The Dark Knight Rises was announced, there has been rampant speculation that Ra’s al Ghul’s League of Shadows will play a major role in the film. Questions have arisen far and wide:
- Has the League of Shadows placed Gotham City under siege?
- Is Bane the new head honcho commanding said league?
- Is he working in cahoots with Marion Cotillard’s character, Miranda Tate, who may or may not be Talia al Ghul, Ra’s daughter? (After all, we’ve seen Cotillard in pictures looking mighty commanding on top of one of Bane’s Tumblers, and 13-year-old actress Joey King has said she plays a “young Talia al Ghul” in the upcoming film.)
Furthermore, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard about Ra’s al Ghul appearing in TDKR. While Warner Bros. officially announced a year ago that Josh Pence would be playing the young Rha’s — assumedly in a flashback – there were also reports tying Liam Neeson to the set, and Neeson himself seemed to admit as much back in January.
This latest slip on the part of Warner Bors. is the first official confirmation that Neeson is in the film, though it’s still unclear whether or not his character is alive and well.
So which is it, Screen Ranters? Do you think Liam Neeson will be appearing in The Dark Knight Rises via flashback, or do you think that the Lazarus Pit from the comic books is going to be making an appearance? Frankly, I wouldn’t put anything past Christopher Nolan at this point – not even magical pits of green resurrection juice.
The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters July 20th, 2012.
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