Guess Who Has a Surprise Cameo in The Dark Knight Rises? SPOILERS!!

I know that Warner Bros. and Christopher Nolan want to maintain as much secrecy as they can with their “Batman” movies, but let’s face it, the more they try to keep this thing hidden, the more people want to know. Frankly, I think that’s the whole plan. They WANT us to want to know, that whole theory of, “What you can’t have, you desperately want”, etc. Hell, it’s working. Who doesn’t want to know everything they can about Nolan’s third (and possibly last) Batman movie?

And so, with that in mind, here’s a little info about a surprise cameo in “The Dark Knight Rises” that you may want to STOP READING NOW if you’d rather preserve the surprise. I’m warning you, turn back now. Frankly, if you’re averse to “The Dark Knight Rises” spoilers, I would just avoid any articles on the movie on the Internet, cause there’s going to be one or two nuggets drop here and there that might ruin your day.

Having said that, proceed at your own risks.

















According to the boys at Hitfix, none other than Liam Neeson has recently shot a cameo as Ra’s Al Ghul, his character from “Batman Begins”. In the first Batman movie, Al Ghul not only trained Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) to essentially become Batman, but he also ended up being Batman’s main enemy.

Hitfix is unclear if the scene with Neeson as Al Ghul is a flashback or a current scenario, but there you have it, expect to see Neeson back in the Nolan Batman fold for the third film.

I suppose in a way this isn’t really too much of a surprise, especially given the casting of Josh Pence as a young Ra’s Al Ghul, and much speculation that Marion Cotillard is in fact playing Talia Al Ghul, the new leader of Al Ghul’s villainous The League of Shadows, in disguise. Or not.

Who knows, really? It’s all speculation until the movie opens July 20, 2012.



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  • Anonymous

    I’ve only read a handful of Ra’s and Talia stories, but I’ve been waiting these two to show up in a Batman movie for a long time

  • Zero-shot

    probably a flashback showing talias backstory.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

      Agreed! but it’d be awesome if he actually showed upat the end and was behind it all.

      • Juggernaut

        That would be awesome! Nolan has to leave it off with no solution to Gotham’s plight. Batman can never stop. Having Ra’s show up in the end after he defeats Bane, Talia (possibly) and the League Of Shadows just to let Batman know that he was behind the attack and was never killed, is still out there and he’ll never stop only to have Batman reply “Neither will I.” would be legendary! Meanwhile Selina, after the occurances of the film, is perched atop a building. Her silhouette is set against the nightskyline. She pulls her mask over her face and smiles mischieviously. Roll credits! It leaves you with a sense that there are more stories waiting to be told without having to actually tell them.

      • Juggernaut

        That would be awesome! Nolan has to leave it off with no solution to Gotham’s plight. Batman can never stop. Having Ra’s show up in the end after he defeats Bane, Talia (possibly) and the League Of Shadows just to let Batman know that he was behind the attack and was never killed, is still out there and he’ll never stop only to have Batman reply “Neither will I.” would be legendary! Meanwhile Selina, after the occurances of the film, is perched atop a building. Her silhouette is set against the nightskyline. She pulls her mask over her face and smiles mischieviously. Roll credits! It leaves you with a sense that there are more stories waiting to be told without having to actually tell them.

        • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

          Very nice Juggy! I like I like. I’m really hoping we’ll get Catwoman in caostume in this though. But yeah I like the way you wrote that last interaction between R’as and Bats. It’s like coming full circle.

          • Shazam!

            Perhaps Bats will find out that it was Ra’s who was behind the Joker? The Joker did after all make several references to not being the guy with the plan while Ra’s also made mention of the League of Shadows practice of trying new tactics – economics, poison, madman… bruiser to break the bat?

          • Juggernaut

            I could see that. However, I think that, while it would be a cool thread to piece together the three films, Nolan will most likely stray away from any mention of The Joker due to not being able to utilize him in a meaningful way. A reference to Joker in there somewhere would be really cool though!

          • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

            He said he wasn’t “A man with a plan” but not “the man with the plan.” I really think the Joker was just playing the role of an agent of chaos, while he thuroughly planned everything out but with it all being chaotic to begin with. But I wouldn’t count that idea out at all.

          • Juggernaut

            Thanks. In my opinion, that’s where I think this film needs to go. Nolan will no doubt deliver a fit ending to his trilogy. Hopefully they don’t get into the Catwoman aspect too early. Bane is a big enough foe on his own. Add to that the possibility of Talia and maybe a third villain in Levitt’s possible duel roled character and it starts getting into ‘Spider-Man 3′ territory. I’d like a scenario where Selina is going in that direcion throughout the film but the final touch of the full on costume isn’t revealed until the end of the film.

          • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

            I think Catwoman will be more distraction/ally than villain. She hasn’t been a full on Villain in a while.

      • Juggernaut

        That would be awesome! Nolan has to leave it off with no solution to Gotham’s plight. Batman can never stop. Having Ra’s show up in the end after he defeats Bane, Talia (possibly) and the League Of Shadows just to let Batman know that he was behind the attack and was never killed, is still out there and he’ll never stop only to have Batman reply “Neither will I.” would be legendary! Meanwhile Selina, after the occurances of the film, is perched atop a building. Her silhouette is set against the nightskyline. She pulls her mask over her face and smiles mischieviously. Roll credits! It leaves you with a sense that there are more stories waiting to be told without having to actually tell them.

  • Dafna

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    • Juggernaut

      WHAT?!?!?!?!

    • Juggernaut

      WHAT?!?!?!?!

    • Juggernaut

      WHAT?!?!?!?!

  • Garrick316

    i think it was al gaul who became batman after bane broke bruces back and from what i read they r gonna put that in the movie

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

      No it was Jean Paul Valley, Azrael, who became Batman during the Nightfall, Nightsend stories.

      Sent on the go.