Black Mask and Deadshot to appear in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’? [Update]

Today The Daily Blam posted exclusive news regarding the villains in The Dark Knight Rises. According to their source, Black Mask and Deadshot will be facing off against The Dark Knight in Christopher Nolan’s final Batman movie. My first reaction was that they were reporting on the “leaked script” that made its way online last week, however there may be more to it then that. In the past hour The Daily Blam has pulled their original article at the request of the studio. It’s worth noting that The Daily Blam Editor-in-Chief, Pietro Filipponi has had reliable sources within Warner Bros. in the past. They mention this is all still a rumor until it’s confirmed by the studio, and I’d take it with a grain of salt at this point. However it’s very interesting that they were asked to remove the information. We’ll have to wait and see how this pans out. Let me know what you guys think in the comments!

Update: I found The Daily Blam’s original post and have included it after the break. As suspected, it sounds too similar to that “leaked script” from last week. Though Pietro Filipponi has had good scoops in the past, I wouldn’t look too much into this report unless we get official confirmation.

Update #2: I did some digging and I’m told this is BS. Black Mask and Deadshot may very well be characters we’ll see in The Dark Knight Rises, but this report, along with the plot summary below, is just not real. I’m going to hold off posting rumors like this from now on, official news is just around the corner!



PUBLISHED: JANUARY 13, 2011 – 7:19AM

Exclusive: According to a source at the studio, the Dark Knight will face off against the both expert assassin and mob boss in Christopher Nolan’s final Batman film.

The Dark Knight Rises stars Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman and Micheal Caine. The film is set to start production early next year, with a theatrical release date of July 20th, 2012. Several days ago, Collider released information regarding tentative casting of Eva Green and Naomi Watts as the characters Talia al Ghul and Vicki Vale, respectively. They also went into detail about several of Batman’s upgraded gadgets for use in the film. According to our source, those reports are accurate; and new light has been cast on another major plot point: the film’s villains. Though he does warn that things may change between now and the production start date, as of this week the basic storyline is this:

The story continues with the assassin Deadshot (Floyd Lawton) being broken out of prison by Russian Agents and sent to northern Europe where he is then smuggled into America as he has been hired by a clandestine organization from the Gotham underground; “The Society”.

Batman has become more of a “myth” in Gotham as the criminal underworld has dissipated. Gotham is safer with arrests 30% down so The Dark Knight keeps a very low profile. Batman also has a new aerial vehicle, “The Wraith”. A modified military prototype aircraft/drone with a 40 foot wing span. The Batmobile is now equipped with an E.M.P device.

Wayne Manor is rebuilt but Wayne Enterprises is struggling with a lawsuit filed by a rival corporation, Daggett industries and Wayne Enterprises are almost brought to the ground, so much so that Lucius Fox feels he must turn against the irresponsible Bruce Wayne to save the company. A new Batcave has been constructed beneath the re-constructed Manor. Deadshot meets the organisation “The Society” headed by The Black Mask who wears an ebony skull. Black Mask is also in alliance with Roland Daggett, Ceo of Daggett Industries.

(Eva Green, Naomi Watts, Keira Knightley, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel, Kate Mara, Charlotte Riley, and Gemma Arterton are testing to fill two female roles, the villain Talia, daughter of Ra’s Al Ghul and a love interest reporter Vicky Vale.

SOURCE: The Daily Blam

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  • I’d be 100% OK with that. If Talia is in the film, too, I could see her being like Ra’s in Begins, with Deadshot in Scarecrow’s place and Black Mask functioning like Falcone. I doubt it will be that simple; I’m sure Nolan & Co. won’t be rehashing Begins by any measure.

  • Fribledib

    How exciting!

  • Jezza

    Another day, another rumour

  • RustyKoi

    If Collider’s report is accurate, then where are Talia and Vale in that plot outline?

  • Crap. That’s the “leaked” script. I don’t buy the Batplane/Wraith for a second.

  • Miles Bumgardner

    I’m interested to see Nolan use Black Mask. I think that would be great! A little iffy with Deadshot, but it could work.

  • Saiderrick

    “under the hood” even though it’s animated, it’s not as good as dark night but definatly beats batman begins for #2 on my batman list

  • Sdjks_dkljfhweuhfs

    I know its great we get scoops but do you have to post EVERY unconfirmed rumor that comes out. Seems 99.99999999999999999999% of them are unconfirmed. Wasting a lot of time here…

    • Simon


    • I try to only post rumors from credible sources here on This rumor came from Production Weekly, a well respected publication in the film world (republished by The Daily Blam). However it seems they were wrong about this, but that’s why they’re called rumors. The only “official” news is that Christopher Nolan is directing The Dark Knight Rises, Tom Hardy is joining the cast, and they begin filming in May in LA and the UK. I’ve got to post rumors to keep people coming back.

      • Jessica4122

        well said!

  • One-eyed Willie

    CRAP! BS! A load pile of sh*t… sounds like a hushed nerd orgasm!

  • Rockychavomunoz

    FAAAAAAAAAAAAkkkkeeeeeeeeeee please stop printing these. Heres an Idea Ask the people who matter. Anybody asked Morgan Freeman anything? Or Emma Thomas? or Charles Roven. Maybe if u interview the “supposed cast list” maybe u might find NONE of them know anything. Before you waste your time–please think about what a rumor is and where u need to focus your time.

    • I’m going to make up for this post later today. Stay tuned!

    • Don’t be so harsh. Every rumor is welcome.

    • Jessica

      calm down – he’s not just reporting “these” rumors. He read a story, he did his research, and found that it’s most likely not true. If he hadn’t posted the story and it ended up being true, you’d be wondering why the story wasn’t on the site. Just at Fribledib said, some people like rumors. It’s all in fun. Relax.

  • Fribledib

    Jeeze, some of you guys are jerks. If you don’t want to hear any rumors/speculations, then wait until Nolan/WB makes an official announcement and shut the hell up. Some of us like rumors and speculations, they’re fun.

    I appreciate that posts the latest buzz info from the net. Thanks!

    • One-eyed Willie

      I like rumors… yeah, they´re really fun! But dude! At least make a decent fake plot that does not offend the intelligence of others.

  • how many fucking villians are in this movie.