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You Can Stop Arguing Now – Liam Neeson Is Absolutely, Positively, Definitely In The Dark Knight Rises

Officially Official


I thought this debate was over a few months ago after actor Liam Neeson talked to the press about being on the set of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. Apparently I was wrong. About the arguing, not about the fact that Neeson is actually in the film. Which he 100% is. How do we know for sure? Read on! 

Rumors had floated around for a while that Neeson had been on the set of TDKR. There was no confirmation on that until Neeson himself confirmed it to the press in January.

“I can tell you nothing about Dark Knight Rises, seriously,” he said while discussing reprising his role as Batman’s enemy, Ra’s al Ghul in TDKR. “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, I took that as confirmation but others argued that since he didn’t actually say he was filming, he could have just been visiting the set. But I held true to my beliefs in the face of great adversity and behold! I was proven correct!

The confirmation comes via the Wrath of the Titans production notes which Comic Book Movie noticed. The copy reads:

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.”


Nolan had already cast young Ra’s in actor Josh Pence but fans were hoping/wishing Neeson would be brought back. Of course we still don’t know in exactly what capacity that will be (flashbacks, a Lazarus Pit resurrection, etc) but at least we know now for sure that he’s in the film.

Personally, I’m hoping Nolan says “screw it” to the Batman realism and does some sort of resurrection. It’s too cool not to. And while we’re at it, Susana and myself would greatly appreciate another TDKR trailer any day now. Can we make that happen?

(via Blastr)

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."