New Villainous Rumors Surround The Dark Knight Rises
03.04.11 by Ryan
When it was announced that actor Tom Hardy and Anne Hathaway were cast in director Christopher Nolan's upcoming sequel The Dark Knight Rises as Bane and Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman, respectively, it seemed like the villains of the third installment of Nolan's Batman saga had been revealed. Then, Joseph Gordon-Levitt was cast in an unspecified role, which has been rumored to be several characters, from the Riddler to Robin to, possibly, Alberto Falcone, son of Carmine Falcone (Tom Wilkinson in Batman Begins). None of these rumors have been substantiated, and the mystery of Gordon-Levitt's character remains unsolved.
Gordon-Levitt isn't the only character who hasn't been revealed. Weeks after Gordon-Levitt's casting, Maion Cotillard was also cast in the sequel in yet another unspecified role, though it is rumored to be that of Talia al Ghul, the daughter of Ra's al Ghul, the character Liam Neeson played in Batman Begins. Again, no confirmation has been given about the role.
The latest rumor ties in all four actors, possibly revealing what Nolan has planned for them all.
Badass Digest reports, via a "source near the Batcamp" that the villain in The Dark Knight Rises is none other than the League of Shadows run by Ra's Al Ghul in Batman Begins.
In the comic books, Ra's al Ghul founded the League (called the League of Assassins in the comics), but, after his death, the leadership role eventually lands with his daughter Talia.
In The Dark Knight Rises, the report's source claims that Talia is in charge of the League, with Bane (Hardy) as her "muscle/possible love interest." Gordon-Levitt's character isn't revealed, though the source claims that he is "certainly an antagonist and involved with the League of Shadows." Hathaway, as Catwoman, will become an ally of Batman's by the end of the movie and will help him take out the League.
While we've spent a considerable amount of time trying to separate the truth from fiction in the Dark Knight Rises rumors, we admit this is an intriguing possibility. Nolan has repeatedly mentioned that his return for another sequel "was about finishing the story" and "giving a conclusion to our story." It seems right that Nolan, and his screenwriting brother Jonathan, would want to complete their trilogy by dealing with the League that helped train Bruce Wayne to become Batman in the original installment.
Still, it is just a rumor.