This post contains potential spoilers for Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. Read at your own risk.
In perhaps the only interview so far with any information on The Dark Knight Rises (albeit vague praise), Oscar-winning cinematographer and frequent Nolan collaborator Wally Pfister told Rope of Silicon in February “plain and simple — [Christopher Nolan] has done it. It’s a phenomenal script.”
It has been next to impossible to squeeze any details from anyone involved with the third and final movie, but Pfister said “dude, it’s a perfect trilogy” after rewatching Batman Begins and the smash hit The Dark Knight again. ”I think that was his intent, to work off those two pictures — and they are very different pictures,” Pfister said at the time.
Which brings us to the latest update, scooped by HitFix this week. Their sources tell them (confirmed by Variety) that Liam Neeson, who played Ra’s al Ghul in Nolan’s original Batman film, was on the London set and back in front of the cameras for a bit of shooting. Of course, there is no confirmation that the scene was a flashback, nor is there any information on how his potential revival fits into the story, but we do know that Josh Pence was hired as a “young Ra’s al Ghul” for the threequel. Maybe this is what Pfister meant about tying the trilogy together…
It has been widely speculated that Talia, Ra’s al Ghul’s daughter, would appear in the film and tie into the battle between Batman and Bane (played by Tom Hardy), but so far that secret is locked too. The more venturesome conspiracy theorists even believe Marion Cotillard is playing her, though Warner Bros has released her character’s name as “Miranda Tate,” a Wayne enterprises board member. Misdirection, Batman style?
Anne Hathaway is also on board as Selina Kyle (a.k.a. Catwoman) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt is playing John Blake, a Gotham city cop.
Again, there is little to go on outside of unconfirmed rumors since Nolan keeps his productions air tight — Gary Oldman confessed to reading a script without an ending — but we’ll be keeping a watchful eye for any new developments.