Nestor Carbonell Looks To Return For ‘Dark Knight Rises’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 9th, 2013 at 1:49 pm,

Nestor Carbonell Dark Knight Rises Nestor Carbonell Looks To Return For Dark Knight Rises

Christopher Nolan will actually begin shooting The Dark Knight Rises on location in Pittsburgh and other assorted locales by this summer. Before production can get underway however, there are still some loose ends that need to be tied up in the area of casting for the concluding chapter in Nolan’s Batman trilogy.

One such bit of casting concerns Nestor Carbonell, who is actively negotiating to reprise his role as Gotham Mayor Anthony Garcia in The Dark Knight Rises.

Carbonell famously appeared to have worn eyeliner for his part as Mayor Garcia in The Dark Knight, though it was eventually revealed to just be his natural look – and not a reference to the drawing style of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. Variety has confirmed that Carbonell is likely to return for Nolan’s final Batman picture – and will join actors like Daniel Sunjata and Josh Pence as another important supporting player in the film.

With so many noteworthy thespians signing on for The Dark Knight Rises of late, there seems to be some confusion about the significance of their parts in the film – so here is a rundown of the cast members and their respective roles in the pic:

  • Christian Bale – Bruce Wayne/Batman
  • Gary Oldman – Commissioner Jim Gordon
  • Michael Caine – Alfred
  • Morgan Freeman – Lucius Fox
  • Anne Hathaway – Selina Kyle
  • Tom Hardy – Bane
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt – Alberto Falcone?
  • Juno Temple – “a street-smart Gotham gal”
  • Josh Pence – Young Ra’s Al Ghul
  • Diego Klattenhoff – Rookie Cop
  • Daniel Sunjata – Special Forces Operative
  • Burn Gorman – ??? (supporting role)
  • Marion Cotillard – Talia Al Ghul?

The Dark Knight Rises to begin shooting in May 2011 Nestor Carbonell Looks To Return For Dark Knight Rises

Recent rumors about Dark Knight Rises featuring a third major villain from Batman’s rogue gallery or how the League of Shadows could fit into the picture aside, no one outside of Nolan and his crew possess any concrete knowledge about what will go down in the Caped Crusader’s next movie. We’ll get some answers soon enough – but, for now, feel free to speculate about how all these puzzle pieces fit together, as you will.

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

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  1. I don’t think he did wear eyeliner in TDK; his eyelashes always look like that, and he’s given numerous interviews about the fact that he just has dark eyelashes. You may want to check your source on that one.

    • lol your not by any chance his mum are you?

    • My apologies folks, Liz is right.

      That really is just Carbonell’s natural appearance after all.

      • By the way, where did you hear that he wore eyeliner to mimic Frank Millar’s drawing style? I’m curious because I’ve never heard that one before.

  2. Wasn’t Charlize Theron cast as a policewoman? Because, she was originally considered for Catwoman. That would’ve made more sense.

  3. Batmanuel is back.

    • Yesss! Someone else remembers THE TICK!!!

      • SPOOOON!!!!! lol

  4. That’s not eyeliner, that’s natural.

  5. Gordon’s right-hand woman cop friend, Ramirez, should reprise her role. Hopefully she becomes a clean cop after a guilt trip and near-death experience from Harvey Dent.

    • Dude, she was such a terrible actress. That first line “checked her back into the hospital” makes me cringe every time i hear it..

      • She did a better job than Maggie Gyllenhaal. The Dark Knight is almost unwatchable for me because of Gyllenhaal’s performance. It was so bad that I was wanting Katie Holmes back.

        • At least she is dead…

          • I wasn’t one of those people who cheered at the theater when she went KABOOM, but I do understand why they celebrated.

      • Probably one of the only characters who lacked emotion in that entire movie.

        • Word. made all that worthless acting worth it when the Joker blew her up.

          • Feel exactly the same way! I though Katie Holmes was way better. That was the only thing I didn’t like about TDK…

            • It’s good to know that there are people out there who see Gyllenhaal as I do.

              I know there are a lot of Gyllenhaal fans/defenders (or maybe they’re just Nolan fanboys who think he can do no wrong), but Gyllenhaal was just plain wrong for the role. She’s supposed to be beautiful (she has Dent, Wayne and even the Joker, in his own weird way, attracted to her), but her looks and performance had me wanting Katie Holmes back. Holmes wasn’t right for the role either, but I actually did care for what happened to her.

              So, why is it that Nolan and his casting people are perfect when it comes to casting for male roles, but they can’t even choose one good lead female.

              • She’s a pug faced weird looking woman. Look up “sad turtle” on google images.

  6. It’s news like this that makes me happy to be a Batman fan, I believe in Christopher Nolan.

    • And I believe in Harvey Dent… Sorry, I couldn’t resist :P

  7. Anybody else kinda wish there were room for Barbara Gordon/Batgirl?

    • Nope. Always thought Robin\Batgirl could never fit in Nolans version of batman.

    • There’s plenty of room, but she’s still a little girl in this universe. Her appearance as a significant character would make no sense, at this point.

      • I’m not saying there isn’t room, i’m saying neither of them belong in Nolan’s universe. The characters themselves are more corny than Christian Bale’s deep batman voice.

        • Yes because Batman is his…..

          Thank goodness it is over with this one. Enjoyed the run but Batman is not his.

          Ive said it a thousand times why not just run off and make your own instead of twisting decades of story telling to something you want it to be just cause you can.

          There is a way to do things and your way to do things. Burton did it very well. Nolan did ok. The others…. we wont mention them.

          • …And I believe…

            Nolan did it very well.
            Everybody else ranged from ‘campy’ to ‘MORE Campy’. :)

          • Tim Burton is only a one-dimensional director who knows how to direct Gothics and Fairy-tales **O-N-L-Y** (Read – The Sleepy Hollow, Edward Scissorhands, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd, Corpse Bride – all superb movies IMO). Unfortunately Batman is not any of the stuff from those two. Even the Comics/novels which were the basic sources, are mature. The Dark Knight Returns, Arkham Asylum, The Long Halloween, Dark Victory, Gotham By Gaslight, The Cult, Son of the Demon, Hush, Blind Justice, Black And white, Strange Apparitions,… you name it. I can’t even believe Burton based his 1989 stuff on the richly developed ‘The Killing Joke’. Where was the depth in the characters? And I’m not talking about the gimmicky stuff like falling in the chemicals pit and and all. Unfortunately THAT was the only stuff that Burton got right from that book. Whereas that was the ONLY thing that Nolan did not lift from the book. Thankfully, everything else that was worthy of being picked up was put into this series by Nolan, The Joker’s richly developed personality that is.

            • You base this on seeing it first hand (Burtons) or after it came out?

              Batman is very much a fairytale. He is a creature of the night, inhuman, something to scare the bejeezus out of people. You know “a 6 foot bat in Gotham city, and if so is he on the police payroll, and if so what’s he pulling down after taxes?”

              You know because criminals are a superstious cowardly lot.

              The Joker you apparently are referencing was not as…. defined(?) as he is now. Jack (Burton) nailed him for the time period the film was written and came out in.

              Sorry I like my comic book movies to look/feel like, well a comic book.

              You put Sgt Rock on the screen and I expect to see real life war expierences. You put a super hero I expect to see super things.

              There is a lot of stuff Nolan did not and would/will not lift from the books. Based on the claim that it is his universe. It is not. It may be his films and or he may have creative control within those films but it is not his universe.

              Again very enjoyable and they have a place in the mythos that is Batman. However when you change origins, refuse to include characters based on their believability, etc I just have to say you are no longer doing Batman in the DC Universe. You are taking the name Batman and doing with him as you please. If you have a universe make up your own characters. Dont take a defined character and place him where you want him.

              • (“Batman is very much a fairytale.”)

                “The Killing Joke, The Long Halloween, Batman: Year One, The Dark Knight Returns, Arkham Asylum, Dark Victory, Gotham By Gaslight, Knightfall, A Death in the Family, The Cult, Son of the Demon, Hush, Blind Justice, Black And white, Thrillkiller, A Lonely Place for Dying, The Last Arkham, Strange Apparitions”

                But these tales aren’t.

                These are based in reality. And Nolan picked the very essence of them. Which was what was needed. Not the gimmicks.

                Anyway what is NOT important is the Setup. It doesn’t matter whether it is real, gothic or a fairytale. What is important is how much the the interactions between the various characters are convincing. Burton’s characters’ interaction with each other were campy. Nolan’s weren’t.

              • (“I like my comic book movies to look/feel like, well a comic book.”)

                May be that’s why you like Burton’s Batman. BECAUSE it’s based on the VERY FIRST Batman comic ever: Batman #1 (1940) The Spring Issue.

                Nolan’s Batman is based on references to: The Killing Joke (1988), The Long Halloween (1996-97), Batman: Year one (1987). And these three are not Fairy-tales by ANY imaginations. And Batman is just an ordinary man with extraordinary will-power. That’s it. He doesn’t have super-powers and hence can be based in reality. The only thing is: Batman is IMPROBABLE but not IMPOSSIBLE in reality.

                • And this is what my friend ‘DanielF’ has to say about it (And These all are HIS words and I second them):

                  ” You often claim that it stays really close to the comics, but it makes just as many changes if not more than TDK or Begins. The only part of the Jokers origin it got right was the acid burn and they changed every other detail of his origin. They also changed it to where he killed Batman’s parents. They also changed the suit. They ruined the great Commissioner Gordon character absolutely ruined him. It was an insult to everything Gordon has been. They dropped the ball on Harvey Dent big time as well. If you like it fine, but you complain about TDK having Joker in make up as if making any alterations to fit your story is terrible , but don’t forget just how much was changed by Burton himself.”

              • Nolan’s Joker ACTUALLY HAS a plan, isn’t it? The mere words that he spoke dripped of Intelligence and Philosophy that the treacherous, glib-talking deceptive guy possessed and that made him even more dangerous and attractive both at the same time.

                …As for Burton’s Joker, anybody can copy the tricks and gimmicks from the books. It’s for anybody out there to read and implement because the Batman comics have been out there for since 1940. And I mean ALL the gimmicks. But to create a proper philosophy as a background to back up the actions of a character can NOT be JUST copied from a comic/novel. Nolan actually ABSORBED the essence of the Joker from the some of the BEST Joker novels around: The Killing Joke(1988), The Long Halloween (1996-1997) and A Death in the Family (1988) and he put it in his movies to back up the actions of the character.

                …All Burton’s Joker did to back up his acts was a grin or a laugh or some cheesy over-the-top one-liners. See? Burton was OUT OF IDEAS AS WHAT TO DO NEXT. How to explain Joker’s deeds? So let’s put in some One-liners. One-liners are easier to put in script rather than create a complex character. The same goes for Burton’s Batman.

                • (“…rather than create a complex character.”)

                  And by this, I mean The Joker from ‘The Killing Joke (1988)’

              • (“You are taking the name Batman and doing with him as you please. If you have a universe make up your own characters. Dont take a defined character and place him where you want him.”)

                …And Nolan created his universe based on the ***critically-acclaimed*** DC novels I mentioned.

          • Twisting decades of story telling to something you want it to be, you say ???

            On the contrary I found out some CRITICAL similarities.

            The Killing Joke and The Dark Knight: Similarities

            The Turning Point

            The Killing Joke (TKJ): Batman interrogates Joker in the Police station. At times even using brutal force.
            The Dark Knight (TDK): Batman interrogates Joker in the Police station. At times even using brutal force.

            The Appearance

            Joker falls into the chemical pit. And instead of dying gets his face deformed. – TKJ
            “I believe whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stranger” – TDK

            The Joker Philosophy:


            “It’s not about money.” – TKJ.
            “It’s not about money. ” – TDK

            Making a statement

            Barbara Gordon: “Why are you doing this?” Joker: “To prove a point” – TKJ
            “It’s not about money. It’s about sending a message.” – TDK

            The Past

            “Remembering’s dangerous. I find the past such a worrying anxious place.” OR “ONE BAD DAY – I am not exactly sure what it was. Sometimes I remember it one way. Sometimes another. If I’m going to have a Past, I prefer it to be multiple choice.” – TKJ
            The Joker has multiple stories of his past: 1. His fiend drinking father 2. His wife and the gambling sharks. – TDK.

            (Unfortunately, nothing can be believed of The Joker.)

            The Cracking Point

            “The Average Man. Most repulsive of all are its frail and useless notions of order and sanity. If too much weight is place upon them, one in eight of them crack up and go stark slavering buggo.”- TKJ
            “Their morals, their code… it’s a bad joke. Dropped at the first sign of trouble. They’re only as good as the world allows them to be. You’ll see- I’ll show you… when the chips are down, these civilized people…
            they’ll eat each other.” – TDK

            The Similarity

            TKJ – About himself: “All it takes is ONE BAD DAY for the sanest man alive to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy. That’s how far the world is from where I am.” About Batman: “I know you had a bad day and everything changed.”

            TDK – BATMAN: You’re garbage who kills for money.
            THE JOKER: Don’t talk like one of them- you’re not, even if you’d like to be. To them you’re a freak like me… they just need you right now.
            THE JOKER: But as soon as they don’t, they’ll cast you out like a leper.

            The Experiment

            Aim: To prove that ONE BAD DAY can make a sanest man go crazy, make him lunatic.

            On Commissioner Gordon – TKJ
            On the Gotham Citizens – TDK

            On both instances The Joker fails.

            The Masochism

            “Why don’t you kick the hell out of me and get a standing ovation from the public” – TKJ
            “Hit me. Come on. Hit me.” – TDK

            That **THE** Joker for me.

            And finally…
            I give an example for the reason I call Burton’s Batman a toned-down childish family version:

            In Batman (1989): The Joker danced with the female-lead beyond the walls where his goons were holding/stopping Batman.

            In The Dark Knight (2008): Had the Joker got the chance,…I hope you surely know he won’t have danced with her. Unfortunately for him, when he was just about to begin on this particular task, Batman appears from nowhere (“A little fight in ya..I like it.” ….”Then you are going to LOVE me.”)

  8. I discussed this with my friend but I had the theory of Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Dick Grayson but not as Robin but as Nightwing with a possible view to continuing the franchise in the current state, but with a different director/cast blah de blah. Nolan did however say that Dick Grayson was just a child at the time of his movies but it is just a theory. I think that Joseph Gordon-Levitt would bring a different aspect to the role, get away from the camp stereotype that has shrouded the character.

  9. Amol, now that’s what I call a Fan. Thanks for all these information bro Batman is one of the greatest super hero ever. The psychology behind him is breathtaking!