The past weekend brought us an interesting, if not critical bit of casting news for The Dark Knight Rises. Actor Josh Pence has been added to the cast, for a role that may have opened the floodgates on the film's plot.
Ironically enough, with the actor's most prominent role in The Social Network, his face is digitally replaced with Armie Hammer's as twin, Tyler Winklevoss. This time around, he'll still be picking up the role from another actor, but we'll likely get to see his face in director Christopher Nolan's 2012 swan song to his acclaimed Batman series.
Who's he playing? What will it mean for the film? (Potentially spoileriffic material ahead.)
It appears that Batman's mentor/enemy, Ra's al Ghul will be returning in The Dark Knight Rises, and Josh Pence is playing him. But make no mistake, he's still dead, and the Batman Nolan-verse won't be embracing the comic-conceived supernatural idea of the Lazarus Pit to bring him back to life. Rather, he'll appear in a cameo, set about 30 years before the film's events.
The fact that the film is alluding to the character, who appeared in the first entry, Batman Begins, becomes a critical clue that the clandestine organization, the League of Shadows (it was "Assasins" in the comics) will make its presence known in the aftermath of Ra's al Ghul's apparent demise.
With the news that Marion Cotillard was cast in the film for a still-unspecified role, this has also fueled the speculation that she will be playing Talia al Ghul, the villain's tenacious and sultry daughter, with whom Batman has also been known to romance from time to time.
So, let's look at the potential rogues gallery:
- Anne Hathaway: Selina Kyle/Catwoman
- Tom Hardy: Bane
- Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Alberto Falcone (Although several sources have called this into question.)
- Josh Pence: Ra's al Ghul (Via flashback.)
- Marion Cotillard: Talia al Ghul (Maybe?)
It's looking pretty crowded right now. While I don't doubt Nolan's ability to make the story flow cohesively, it would be extremely difficult to pull off a scenario where all of the events surrounding these characters come together towards a primary plot that's believable. [Fingers crossed.]
What say you, Batman fans? Getting a bit worried? Or "In Nolan We Trust?"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter