Liam Neeson confirms he’ll appear in The Dark Knight Rises

I’ve been trying to stay as spoiler-free as possible for The Dark Knight Rises, but when The Social Network actor Josh Pence was cast as a young Ra’s Al Ghul last year it suggested Liam Neeson’s character from Batman Begins may have an influence on the story.

At the time it was mentioned Pence would be playing Ra’s Al Ghul in flashbacks, and now it appears the villain will be in another set of flashbacks with Neeson reprising the role.

Neeson confirmed he’d shot some scenes while talking to ShowBizSpy:

“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.”

Christopher Nolan likes to keep audiences in the dark until the film hits, but some fans may have already figured out how Ra’s Al Ghul is connected to the third film, and Bane. I’m going to remain willingly oblivious.

The Dark Knight Rises is set for release on July 20th, 2012. Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman will reprise their roles alongside Anne Hathaway (Catwoman), Tom Hardy (Bane), Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.