Here’s a quick rundown of everything we know about The Dark Knight Rises: all the principals, from Christian Bale to Gary Oldman will be returning; Christopher Nolan is the director; the script was written by Jonathan Nolan; Tom Hardy has been added to the cast; neither The Riddler nor The Joker will be in the film; there are two female leads, one a villain, the other a romantic interest; and the title is The Dark Knight Rises. Absolutely everything else, however, is completely up in the air. The script is undoubtedly under security that rivals Fort Knox, the Nolan’s continue to be the most secretive dudes in the industry and nobody official is giving away any details. Until we do start getting official announcements, however, we’re simply going to have to make do with rumors and speculation, and we have three new ones for you today.
Collider has been in contact with some unnamed sources who have clued them into some details about the production, from the casting of the female roles to what we may see on the Batcave/Batmobile front in the last film of the trilogy.
Kicking things off, one of the sources says that former Bond girl Eva Green and Naomi Watts have officially signed on to the film, and while the source isn’t certain, it is believed that they will be playing the roles of Vicky Vale (fans may recognize her as the character played by Kim Basinger in Tim Burton’s Batman) and Talia al Ghul (daughter of Ra’s al Ghul, played by Liam Neeson in Batman Begins). It is expected that Vale will be the love interest while al Ghul is the villain, but the story doesn’t specify which actress will play which role.
The next rumor in the set of three is that production will run from May 6 to November 28. This rumor is easily the most believable, as Michael Caine suggested those exact dates back in November when he said that he would be receiving the script in January.
Lastly comes the matter of the new the Batcave and Batmobile (a.k.a. The Tumbler). Fans know that Bruce and Alfred have been hard at work on the new secret lair since the end of Batman Begins when it’s suggested that they improve the foundations in the south-east corner of Wayne Mansion. As for the Caped Crusader’s car, it was blown up while blocking a rocket launcher in The Dark Knight. So what’s going to happen in The Dark Knight Rises? According to the site’s source, The Tumbler has been redesigned to be sleeker, “but still powerful and with all the gadgets.” The new Batcave will be in the same cave we saw in Batman begins, but with new elements introduced, including the circular bay for the Batmobile, the display for the Batsuits, and the Batcomputer.
As suggested in the opening paragraph, please, for the love of God, don’t take this all as strict fact. This could easily all be proven wrong, and, frankly, most of it probably will be. Rule of thumb: unless you hear Christopher Nolan talking about it, don’t believe a word.
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