Possible Major Spoiler for THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

     June 15, 2011

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By now, it’s common knowledge that Christopher Nolan goes to great lengths to keep the plots of his films under closely guarded lock and key. But sometimes, no matter how many safeguards are used or how careful everyone is—especially on a film as massive as The Dark Knight Rises—something slips through. It appears that today a possibly major spoiler for the film has been revealed. If you’re spoilerphobic or want to stay as fresh as possible going into the flick, I urge you not to read ahead. That said, if you’re so inclined, hit the jump for more details.

This is your last chance. A possible MAJOR SPOILER for The Dark Knight Rises lies below…

 

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Christopher Nolan image Batman The Dark KnightOkay, this is the spoiler-zone. While essentially no plot details have been revealed regarding The Dark Knight Rises, what has been mentioned multiple times by all parties involved is that the film wraps Nolan’s trilogy up nicely, and brings the story back around to Nolan’s first Bat flick Batman Begins. This idea was supported by the fact that Josh Pence had been cast as a young Ra’s al Ghul, the villain played by Liam Neeson in the first film. One presumed that Pence would be playing al Ghul in flashbacks. Well today, Drew McWeeny from HitFix revealed that Neeson himself was on the Dark Knight Rises set on Monday shooting as scene as Ra’s al Ghul.

The question now is, was Neeson shooting a flashback or was it a scene set in the present? A resurrected character may sound a bit incredulous for Nolan’s universe, but set photos that hit the web last month revealed what appeared the be al Ghul’s Lazarus Pit, used in the comics as a way to bring the dead back to life.

If the scene is indeed a flashback, it could be that we find out that something we’ve presumed to be fact all along isn’t necessarily true (yes, I’m using Scream 3 logic here, but it applies to most trilogies in general). That being said, Nolan is an insanely creative guy, so the most obvious answer is more than likely not where he’s going. Personally, I’m hoping to not learn too much about the nature of Neeson’s role before the film hits theaters. While him returning to the franchise is fantastic news, I’d love to be completely blown away/shocked by what Nolan has in store for us.

It’ll be interesting to see how Warner Bros. and Nolan’s camp reacts to this news getting out. It’s possible that their reaction may give us a better idea of Neeson’s involvement (ie. is his part essentially a cameo or does he play a bigger role?). Also, how does this affect the marketing of the picture? Do they roll with the news being out there, or do they try to put everything back in the box and pretend it didn’t happen? McWeeny says he contacted the studio for comment, but they politely refused, saying it’s not their policy when it comes to Batman/Nolan flicks.

Nevertheless, this is very big news. With Rises most likely the final chapter in Nolan’s Batman saga, it’s definitely shaping up to be as ambitious as we all hope. The lead cast for The Dark Knight Rises includes Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon- Levitt and Marion Cotillard. The film hits theaters July 20th, 2012.

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