A young Ra’s al-Ghul in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES? That’s what THR says we can expect in their report that Josh Pence of THE SOCIAL NETWORK and the upcoming BATTLESHIP has been cast for that specific part. Supposedly, there will be a some flashback portions showing events that happen 30 years prior to the plot. If that is, indeed, the case, it would fit well with the rumors of Marion Cotillard playing Talia and Gary Oldman’s cryptic comments about the plot coming “full circle” in this third flick.
Christopher Nolan and his team have won the benefit of any doubt. Most assuredly. However, if this does play out… I don’t know. I kind of preferred the League of Shadows business tied up in the second so the focus could be put on super criminals who were totally unrelated to Bats’ origin. Blood feuds make for great origin stories, sure, but there’s something a bit more exciting about your hero butting heads with dangerous total strangers. Were this to go forward, of course, I could easily see Bane being presented as agent of the League vying for Talia’s affections like he did in some latter storylines in the comics.
We’ve still yet to see a confirmation about who Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s playing, of course. Would you want him to be Holiday? I could see him as Black Mask or a Bullock-esque super cop with equal credibility.