File this one in your “Any Dark Knight Rises news is still definitely news” folder, but yes, we can exclusively reveal that Liam Neeson will not be appearing in The Dark Knight Rises as Ra's al Ghul.
Speaking to us in the latest issue of the magazine (out on all good newsagents now, fact fans) we asked him about the rumour that Batman’s mentor-turned-nemesis will show up in Nolan’s final chapter of the trilogy.
“That rumour’s totally not true. In the comic books, Ra’s Al Ghul goes into a life bath of some sort and immerses himself to become immortal. So that’s probably where that comes from,” says Neeson. “But no-one’s approached me with an offer. I’d like to if it happens.”
The other reason why Batman fanboys might be wondering if Liam would reappear is because of another rumour (yes, another one) that Marion Cotillard might appear in the film as Ra’s’ daughter, Talia al Ghul. That’s complete speculation however – all we do know is that she has been in talks with Nolan’s people.
Still, nice to know that Liam would be up for it if Nolan did suddenly decide to bring him back in for one last Batman movie. In other words, there’s still hope. Barely any at all, sure, but still… a tiny little bit.
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And, just so you know, The Dark Knight Rises is set for a July 20 release.