The upcoming Batman film may take a page from the 1993 DC comic book series “Knightfall” when the juiced up villain Bane is introduced. In the story arc, writer Doug Moench put the Caped Crusader out of action for a long time by having Bane snap Batman’s back.The rumor mill is spreading the word that director Christopher Nolan may borrow this element from the “Knightfall” series. Batman (Christian Bale) is said to have his back broken early in the film by Bane (Tom Hardy.) If this is the case, who will replace Batman until he regains his footing? In the comic book, Bruce Wayne chooses Jean-Paul Valley to don his costume.
Valley becomes the new Batman who punishes bad guys with prejudice. He is a true vigilante whose methods are both brutal and increasingly violent. After Wayne recuperates and takes back the bat cowl, Valley becomes the Sacred Order of Saint Dumas’s Azrael.
If this is the case in Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises,” who will play the role of “Jean-Paul Valley?” Could it be Joseph-Gordon Levitt? It is reported he will play the role of John Blake, but what’s in a name? This is Nolan’s last effort in Batman director’s chair and it will certainly add the excitement he could be looking for. The fans will know doubt go crazy to just view this scene on celluloid.
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.