Liam Neeson “confirmed” in The Dark Knight Rises – kinda
The enthusiasm to be found on fan sites is a joy of this business, but it can create all kinds of confusion because fans and bloggers love to use journalist words when they “break a story” but they don’t really know how to use them the way journalists do. Consider the news that Liam Neeson has been “officially confirmed” as returning as Ra’s al Ghul in The Dark Knight Rises.
In June of 2011, Variety reported that he was would be: Liam Neeson back for ‘Dark Knight Rises’ but Warner Bros. wouldn’t comment. It was enough to put him on the Internet Movie Database page as “rumored.” When he was spotted near the location shooting in England, the rumors got a little more interesting, since it was at a location where, let’s say, Ra’s al Ghul should not be. We began to suspect maybe Mr. Nolan was playing a deeper game than the fans are giving him credit for. (Considering the number of them that still haven’t figured out Inception, we hold to our belief that none of the leaked facts and images fit together in the way they think.)
In January, it got interesting. Neeson Liam told something called “showbizspy.com”
“I can tell you nothing about Dark Knight Rises, seriously. I was on set for maybe an hour-and-a-half and the director didn’t tell me anything of what it’s about. So, I’m being very honest when I say I have no idea what’s going to happen.”
Now, translating that, he confirmed it was him on the set, which considering he was talking to some outfit called “showbizspy.com” was very big of him. At this point, we at Gotham Trending still wouldn’t discount the possibility that he was just invited to lunch by his old friend Nolan, just to mess with us.
But wait, now he is starring in Wrath of the Titans and the good chaps over at ComicBookMovies.com are all a-twitter because it says in the promotion materials:
“Neeson next appears in Peter Berg’s actioner Battleship, and he also will be seen in Christopher Nolan’s much-anticipated action thriller “The Dark Knight Rises.”
which they interpret as “official confirmation” that he “will be reprising his role as Ra’s al Ghul.”
We hate to throw cold water in anyone’s faces, but to a studio, the mere use of his voice in the first trailer covers that. This is Hollywood, there’s a union, there are rules. They use his voice from the first film, Warner Bros. cuts a check, and he’s in the credits, he’s in the film. Alas, we know nothing more than we did before. (Or, happily we know no more than we did before, because some of us really feel seeing the movie the first time is better that way.)
One thing is certain, we’ll only really find out in July.
The Dark Knight Rises is Christopher Nolan’s third and final installment of his Batman trilogy, starring Christian Bale (Batman/Bruce Wayne), Anne Hathaway (Selina Kyle/Catwoman), Tom Hardy (Bane), Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and other Nolan alums Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard, to be released by Warner Bros. July 2012