While director Christopher Nolan remains tight-lipped over major details of "The Dark Knight Rises", it has long been rumored that Batman's old archenemy Ra's al Ghul might appear in the upcoming film. Adding fuel to the rumor was Liam Neeson. The al Ghul depicter in "Batman Begins" recently admitted that he was actually on the "Dark Knight Rises" set to shoot a minor scene.
"I can tell you nothing about 'Dark Knight Rises', seriously," Neeson told ShowbizSpy. Although he refused to confirm if he will reprise the role, the "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" actor revealed, "I was on set for maybe an hour-and-a-half and the director didn't tell me anything of what it's about. So, I'm being very honest when I say I have no idea what's going to happen."
Rumors that Ra's al Ghul and his villain daughter Talia will appear in the highly anticipated Batman film have been swirling for quite a while. It was said that Marion Cotillard, who is credited to play Miranda Tate, is actually set to star as the female villain. However, Cotillard once slammed the rumors by claiming to MTV News that her character "was not based off of a character in the comic."
Young actress Joey King, in the meantime, recently revealed one major detail, gushing that she has been cast as young Talia al Ghul in the movie. "I play young Talia Al Ghul," she told My Entertainment World. "I can't give too much away because I promised Mr. Nolan I wouldn't say anything. There are too many secrets about the character and the movie."
"The Dark Knight Rises" will be the final installment of the Caped Crusader trilogy from director Chris Nolan. It will take place eight years after the Harvey Dent case in "The Dark Knight". Terrorist leader Bane arrives in Gotham City, pushing it and its police force to their limits, as well as forcing Batman to resurface after taking the fall for Dent's crimes.
The film, which will open in the U.S. theaters on July 20, has Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman returning as Bruce Wayne a.k.a Batman, Alfred, James Gordon and Lucius Fox respectively. They will be joined by Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Matthew Modine.