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Israeli actor Alon Abutbul has been cast as “a mad scientist” in Christopher Nolan’s “Batman: The Dark Knight Rises.”  A possible character that fits the description as “a mad scientist” would be the odds on fan favorite Dr. Hugo Strange.  With further research, I have discovered some other possible Batman “mad scientist” types, which include Doctor Death, Blockbuster, Clayface III, Hush, Man-Bat, Mr. Freeze, Simon Hurt, Doctor Double X, Doctor No-Face, Doctor Phosphorus, The Key, Professor Milo, Professor Radium, and Zebra-Man.  I am sure that I have missed a few, but this pretty much rounds out the list of usual suspects.  My guess is Abutbul will portray the insane psychologist Dr. Hugo Strange.

The question everyone has on his or her lips at this point is, who is Alon Abutbul?

Alon Abutbul began his career in 1980 at the age of fifteen, when he received a part in his first film, “Morning Star.” His major role came in 1986 in Eli Cohen’s film “Two Fingers from Sidon,” a movie about the first Lebanon War. He received a best actor award for this, which launched him to play in an American film that same year. Abutbul’s career has taken off since those early years and he has been a part of multiple productions for television and the film industry in Israel and abroad. Currently Abutbul lives with his family in Tel Aviv.  However, rumor has it, he has recently moved to Los Angeles.

The award winning Abutbul appeared in such American films as “Rambo III” with Sylvester Stallone, the Steven Spielberg directed “Munich,” and Ridley Scott’s “Body of Lies.”  American television has embraced his talent in such series as “NCIS,” “The Mentalist,” “Fringe,” and “Castle.”

On a different note, one question from fans keeps dogging director Christopher Nolan.  Why are foreign actors being cast in roles that depict American superheroes and their supporting characters?  Is there a shortage of talent in Hollywood, USA?  Why go outside the country that gave birth to Batman and Superman?  What do Nuke the Fridge fans think about this?

Currently in production, “The Dark Knight Rises” will be released on July 20th, 2012.  The film will star Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Juno Temple, Josh Pence, Nestor Carbonell, Alon Abutbul, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  Christopher and Jonathan Nolan wrote the screenplay, from a story by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer.  Christopher Nolan directs.

Sources: IMDb, (special thanks to) omanoot.com