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The Dark Knight Rises: Did Casting Of Josh Pence Reveal Plot?

Posted April 11, 2011 - By Joseph Baxter

The Dark Knight Rises: Did Casting Of Josh Pence May Reveal Points?

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

Tags: Comics, Movies

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  • IamCHRISnolan

    Batman Begins A+

    The Dark Knight A+

    Have no fear Batfans!!!!!

    Posted: April 12, 2011 8:12 PM
  • these2balls

    casting catwoman first and foremost was the sure sign the movie was going to be horrible, but with the new batman game coming and her being a prominent figure in the game, it was inevitable.

    but all the same, whatever. catwoman and bane being the main character additions, ok, its conceivable.

    but then, god damn near everyone from inception was added to the cast, and now the movie is basically just going to be a palette swap of inception.

    all bad moves for an overrated director who has let a falsely inflated ego take control.

    Posted: April 11, 2011 10:48 PM
  • Silverhawkbkk

    I hate to say it but at this point it's sounding like this is going to bomb. Trying to squeeze in 4 - 5 villains and sub plots in, at most probably a 2 hr. movie, means the story is not going to be anywhere as good as it could be. More than likely it's going to feel rushed and incomplete. I hope I'm proven wrong, but I've seen it too many times now, especially in all the previous Batman films with more than 1 main nemesis.

    Posted: April 11, 2011 6:00 PM
  • neopagn2011

    I think it's going to be heavy on the romance we have seen in batman/bruce's past between both selina and talia on the other hand though talia could actually be one of the major enemies in this with bane being her associate and cat bein one of those minor enemies that are usually in movies to kind of be a jumping off point for the intro to get the movie rolling and so quick and easy capture of her then the whole talia, los, and bane thing comprise the main plot filled with interesting back-flashes and whatnot all the while bruce is hard at work doin his brooding detective thing. To be honest I always wanted another batman film with robin it or maybe if someone every decided to at least make Death in the Family a movie or short film that would be awesome.

    Posted: April 11, 2011 4:18 PM
  • Dark Roarke

    In Nolan We Trust.

    Because to be perfectly honest, has and never will make a subpar film. He has always made amazing ones. As for it trumping The Dark Knight, that will be seen when it is released into theaters.

    Posted: April 11, 2011 3:41 PM
  • m0ccha

    I think that the Dark Knight was good because of the performances of Aaron Eckhart and Heath Ledger. Not really a fan of the first film, and without those guys, this one will probably be as bad or worse.

    Posted: April 11, 2011 2:37 PM
  • chuckfan19

    Look i have my faith in Nolan but I am also worrying a little... this has the possiblitty to be the best comic book movie of all time or the worst depending on how things turn out and I dont want it be the worst.... i'm praying it wont be the worst lol

    Posted: April 11, 2011 2:08 PM
  • legendofkokori2

    I don't see it being that hard to put a story together. You all keep assumming Catwomen will be a bad guy, but I see the opposite. Catwomen is a new vigilante, taking up where batman left off, since he had to go into hiding. Alberto and Talia team up to get Batman out of hiding, and Hire Bane to get him. And young ra's is seen in a flashback where he tells a young talia to avenge him if he ever dies or something like that.
    And this comes from somebody that is in no way as creative as nolan. If I can make it work, Nolan definetly will. Not worried at all.

    Posted: April 11, 2011 1:53 PM
  • MRB7

    in nolan we trust

    Posted: April 11, 2011 1:41 PM
  • jaywake9

    in nolan we trust

    Posted: April 11, 2011 1:31 PM
  • o0oPiZo0o

    In Nolan We Trust.

    Posted: April 11, 2011 1:31 PM
  • RevAscendant

    The Dark Knight Rises is going to stink, just like The Dark Knight.

    Posted: April 11, 2011 12:06 PM
  • Hitman_Mr.47

    All these enemies worry. I hope we don't have a Spider-Man 3 on our hands. I have faith you Nolan.

    Posted: April 11, 2011 11:22 AM