All we know of Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises is that Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) and Bane (Tom Hardy) are in the film, and there is some sort of flashback structure that involves a young version of Ra’s al Ghul, the villain of Batman Begins. Oh, and everyone and their mother is in it. A bloated cast consisting of about 18 or so other characters that include series regulars like Micheal Cain, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman and newcomers to the franchise including, Matthew Modine, Tom Conti, Joey King, Brett Cullen, Chris Ellis, Daniel Sunjata, Diego Klattenhoff and Burn Gorman.
Now it looks like there may be another shocking addition to the film. HitFix has reported that Liam Neeson has been seen on the set and may be reprising his Batman Begins Ra’s al Ghul role! Huzzah! It should be noted that Drew McWeeny at HitFix has tried to confirm his info with Warner Bros., which politely declined to comment at all, but Warner Bros. is foolin’ no one. Neeson’s involvement seems fairly obvious, given the recent set pics of the lazarus pit and Nolan’s previous comments about the film book ending the first one.
Neesons supposed time on set could be nothing but a flash-back. However, if Nolan is indeed aiming to bring an appropriate close to the trilogy, it only makes sense that things would come full circle to Ra’s.
Bah! There’s officially too many goddamn people in The Dark Knight Rises. The other day we reported that Matthew Modine, Tom Conti and Joey King were joining cast (their roles were undisclosed). There additions brought the grand cast total to 15. Fans were responding with a collective ‘Whoa. Fuck. Shit, that’s a lot of people’, but we defended it. After all, it’s pretty equivalent to the previous bat flick and that was a pretty well balanced film. But now, we’ve officially reached the fucking ceiling. There are 2 more folks coming into the fray. The now-shooting Dark Knight Rises has just added Brett Cullen (LOST, Ghost Rider) and Chris Ellis (Catch Me If You Can, Transformers). Reportedly, they will play judge (Cullen) and a priest (Ellis).
So if my math is right (and it almost never is) that’s 17 characters that will appear in the 2+ hour threequel. I dunno about you but I am honestly on the verge of questioning the all mighty Nolan (dun, dun, dunnnnn). Since we all follow the “In Nolan We Trust” mantra, lets try think about this logically.
Modine, Conti, King, Cullen and Ellis are pretty prominent actors, yes? Does their notoriety automatically indicate that their roles in the film must be significant?Well, it’s the conclusion we jump too anyway. Big names must mean big parts, right? I don’t think that’s the case here. Being cast this late in the game almost certainly means their roles are minor. These are fine actors playing two-bit roles. Side characters that further along the narratives of the major players. A step above goon #3 and cop #5 but right below Nestor Carbonell and Morgan Freeman. Something like that.
So, I think we all need to calm the fuck down and take these casting announcements in stride. Yes, there is a lot of people, but I’m confident it will all work together smoothly.
For the record here’s a list of who’s who:
Christian Bale as Batman/BruceWayne,Tom Hardy as Bane, Anne Hathaway as Catwoman/Selina Kyle, Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake, Michael Caine as Alfred, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon, Morgan Freeman as Lucious Fox, Nester Campbell as Mayor of Gotham, Josh Pence as a young Ra’s al Ghul, Alon Aboutboul as un-named Mad Scientist. Juno Temple, Matthew Modine, Tom Conti and Joey King‘s roles remain unannounced.