Anyone who has seen a Christopher Nolan film knows to expect the unexpected. From Inception to The Dark Knight, twists and turns have become par for the course with each of his films, but now it seems that one of the mysteries surrounding The Dark Knight Rises may be solved.
It goes without saying that the following story contains SPOILERS for The Dark Knight Rises - so, if you're trying to remain unspoiled, look away now!
Earlier this month, Cillian Murphy refused to address rumors that he would reprise his role as Scarecrow in The Dark Knight Rises.
The release aims to inform the media of the film's European premiere and mentions that the following cast members are scheduled to attend the premiere:
Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Liam Neeson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Cillian Murphy, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine.
Neeson’s attendance isn’t much of a surprise, considering what we’ve already heard regarding how his character factors into the film. However, at this point, there’s no telling if the release includes Murphy in the cast list simply because of his past involvement in the series or if he will indeed appear in The Dark Knight Rises. Murphy has long mentioned that he would return to the role, if asked, so the real question is whether or not Nolan felt this third film had a role for Scarecrow.
Some fans have speculated that Bane’s mask may somehow be tied to the fear-inducing toxin that Scarecrow used in Batman Begins, and others think that the character will again wander the streets of Gotham in the midst of Bane’s attacks on the city. There’s a lot about this film we still don’t know - so there are any number of explanations for how Scarecrow could conceivably be involved.
Murphy’s reappearance could be looked at as repetitive, but it does make sense from a narrative standpoint. At this point, The Joker is the only previously introduced villain who has been confirmed to not feature into the plot, and Nolan has been making every attempt to tie narrative threads in his trilogy together with this last film. A Scarecrow appearance would only serve to perpetuate that goal.
The way things are going, fans will likely only know the truth for sure when the film is finally released.
The Dark Knight Rises, of course, hits theaters on July 20, 2012.