The entire goddamn internet lost its collective mind today when word got out that Batman Begins villain and all-around movie bad-ass Liam Neeson told ShowbizSpy that he’d been on the set of The Dark Knight Rises for a very, very brief amount of time.
“I can tell you nothing about Dark Knight Rises, seriously,” says Liam. “I was on set for maybe an hour-and-a-half and the director didn’t tell me anything of what it’s about. So, I’m being very honest when I say I have no idea what’s going to happen.”
And oh, the damage that quote did.
Of course he may have been lying*, but if we take his words at face value then Neeson was only on set for an hour and a half. Do you honestly think anything can filmed in an that amount of time? Especially once you factor in costuming, make-up, a run-through or two (because Nolan isn’t Brett Ratner), a couple of takes, Christian Bale losing his shit.
While it is possible, though I’d say very, very unlikely Neeson was shooting a scene, isn’t it far more reasonable to assume he was just there for a set visit?
I, too, would love to see Neeson’s Ra’s al Ghul stepping out of a Lazarus Pit, but then I’d also love to see Bale’s Batman have to deal with Bat-Mite. Somehow I don’t think either of these things are going to happen in Dark Knight Rises. It’s time to temper our expectations, people.
(Probably not coming back.)
* – And if he was lying, why tell us he was there at all?