Ra’s al Ghul definitely won’t be in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

The last time we saw Ra’s al Ghul on screen he was in a train that flew off a monorail and exploded into thousands of pieces. In the comics, Ra’s would rejuvenate himself in the Lazarus Pit, but that type of recovery wouldn’t fit in Christopher Nolan’s world. Still, many fans thought it was possible he’d return in The Dark Knight Rises, especially with the rumors of Talia making an appearance. Unfortunately for those looking forward to Liam Neeson reprising his Batman Begins role — it’s not going to happen. In an interview with IGN, Neeson explained that he “definitely” won’t be in The Dark Knight Rises:

We spoke to Neeson this past weekend and asked him if he will play Ra’s [al Ghul] again at some point. The character, after all, is virtually immortal in the comics. His response was that he “definitely” won’t be in the next film and hasn’t even been approached about it, but he’d maybe kick around the idea of returning as Ra’s down the line sometime.

Could Talia al Ghul still be making an appearance to avenge the death of her father? We’ll have to wait and see.


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  • Manoschaos

    I doubt Talia will be in.However, there are no casting news from the other actresses who auditioned for Nolan. Rumor said 2 actresses are needed. Anne Hathaway is in. Let’s hope there’s another girl in the movie.

  • alx

    I’m glad Neeson isn’t in TDKR, he sucked as Ra’s in Batman Begins, it was the weakest thing in the movie, really. It was ridiculous. And he seems kinda of a dick too with that response.

    • Anonymous

      Are you kidding me? Liam Neeson was one of the high points of the film for me. His performance was absolutely convincing…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6VOWTC22IM2JCHJGKRJ5ZXZVTI Kala

      What are you talking about? These type of comments give fans a bad name.

    • Anonymous

      Wtf?? Liam neesons performance was pretty good as Ras.
      Dont go hating on him jus because he said hes a fan of superman

  • One-eyed Willie

    Yep! no Ras, no Talia, no lazaru´s pitt, no Joker, no Riddler, AND – NO ROBIN/NIGHTWING/GRAYSON/TODD/whatever!!! People starting to freaking out, everyday a nonsense rumor!

  • James

    It is sad that we don’t get to see Liam back in Nolan’s Batman world, but his revival just wouldn’t work. I think everyone who watches Nolan’s films can see that. As for Talia, I don’t think it’ll happen. Nor do I want it too. Revenge for her father just seems like a very weak premise for a Nolan film. He can and will do better.

    • bradley

      Wouldn’t make sense anyway. If he was in a million pieces, how would he get to the Lazarus pit, which probably doesn’t exist in the Nolanverse, in the first place?

      • James

        Exactly. No, Nolan won’t be using the Ghul’s in this film. But I think he has quite the plan in store. IN NOLAN WE TRUST.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MJTPX42RL23YISZHPYXWFM2KVE Drew

    Still hoping for Vicky Vale in this but I doubt it happens. Please no Ra’s or Talia.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JuliBaleGirl Juli Balehead

    Talia can still be in the movie!
    I hope Talia is in!
    Without her or the League of the Shadows,the trilogy IS NOT complete!
    All the trilogies always get back to the beginning.

    • One-eyed Willie

      …And THAT is the reason wich the most trilogies FAIL!

      • http://twitter.com/baleheadbr1978 Juli

        The most of the other trilogies didn´t have Christiopher Nolan as the director.
        And Wally Pfister said its a perfect trilogy.
        The trilogy without Ras/LOS or Talia is not complete,it´s not perfect…it´s incomplete and imperfect.

  • kane

    Awesome website. Possibly my new bof :-)

    • http://batman-news.com Batman-News.com

      Thank you very much! :) I think you’ll find that things are a lot more organized here. My main focus is to provide readers with a modern and easy to navigate design.

      • Bryanbreguet

        Oh yes, I love your template and how everything looks professional. Good job.

      • bradley

        Yeah BoF looks like it was from when the internet is first invented. I barely know basic HTML and I can do better than that.

        • Anonymous

          Haha. The first batman fansite i joined was this one. Without knowing anything about it but hearing ppl talk about BoF I checked it out and quickly turned back!

          Anyway on topic i wish Nolan would just put us all out of our misery and say whether or not Talia is gonna be in DKR.

          • bradley

            Me too. I saw this site before Batman on film, and its way better.

  • E Bostock

    To be honest i dont want to see anything to do with the league of shadows in TDKR , was happy with what we got in BB , dont feel we have to go back , and waste minutes on them which could be spent on BANE or CAT WOMAN !

  • Gott

    I’m glad he won’t be back!
    Ra’s and his daughter are 2 lame characters, c’mon!!!
    Even my mom knows who is the Catwoman, now if i ask “Who is Talia?” she will probably say ” ah, that mexican singer?”

    Talia = Nothing
    Catwoman = ICON

    • http://www.facebook.com/JuliBaleGirl Juli Balehead

      Catwoman=GARBAGE!! Icon of vulgarity and idiocy The most stupid,vulgar and lame character ever! I hate Catwoman!

      • Gott

        Catwoman = the most iconic female supervillain of all time
        Talia = ?????

        Catwoman >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Talia

        Stop whining…

        Nolan & Burton are Genius!

        • http://www.facebook.com/JuliBaleGirl Juli Balehead

          Nolan is not a genious,he is a jerk!
          Catwoman is garbage!
          She will RUIN the movie!

      • One-eyed Willie

        I agree that the Catwoman character is oversaturated nowadays, but she´s one of the most emblematic Batman´s villain besides Joker and Riddler. Definitively deserves a genius vision portrait from Nolan.

        • http://www.facebook.com/JuliBaleGirl Juli Balehead

          Catwoman ALREADY had her space in a Batman movie.
          And Talia deserves to be in it because she is a great character,one of Batman´s greatest loves and because she is the mother of his son.
          Selina/Catwoman is not the only interesting female character to use.
          Nolan was a jerk for including her again!
          Disappointed a lot with him!
          Nolan fell in my concept.
          I considered him as a genious,but I don´t consider anymore.

          • Gott

            You are really upset LMAO!!!!

          • One-eyed Willie

            You´re probably the biggest Talia fangirl worldwide! It’s almost a fetich… damn! Nolan picked up the iconic Joker character and turn it into a fresh and totally new stuff, so the same will happen with Cat and Bane! I´m 100% sure about that. Just relax, wait and see, girl!

  • Anonymous

    Never expected to see any Al Ghuls in DKR. All about Vicki Vale, Selina Kyle, secret identities exposed, female enemies become allies

  • Collin V.

    He was killed off in Batman Begins, there’s no way he will be back.

  • Harlene Q

    Anyone notice how Liam Neeson WASN’T Ra’s Al Ghul? He was Henri Ducard, a man working for Ras.

    • Ahmadabbas91

      please watch the first film again

      henri ducard was a cover for ras al ghul while ken watanabe was a decoy ras al ghul.