Is This Finally Confirmation Of Talia Al Ghul In TDKR?

We all assume that Marion Cotillard is playing Talia Al Ghul but we still don't know for certain if that character is even in the movie at all. Until now. Probably..

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By Mark "RorMachine" Cassidy - 12/12/2011
It has just become sort of a given that when discussing Marion Cotillard's character in The Dark Knight Rises, Miranda Tate, here on CBM that we are really talking about Talia Al Ghul - daughter of Ra's and new leader of The League Of Shadows. But we have not actually had any confirmation of this aside from Cotillard looking like she is definitely playing some kind of dual role in a few very revealing set images. Well now we might just have confirmation that Talia, while not definitely played by Cotillard, is at least in the movie in some capacity.



From io9..

Well, we now might have that confirmation from what absolutely has to be the most unlikely place imaginable: a profile of eight-year-old actress Leilah De Meza in an English local newspaper. Her mother is quoted in the piece as saying her daughter was offered the part of "young Talia al Ghul", and here's why they supposedly turned down the role:

"After careful consideration we turned it down as they were insistent that Leilah had to shave all her hair off. We were prepared to have it cut short but not shaved at such a young age. We were concerned how this could have affected Leilah's confidence and general social welfare."


So if this is true, and we have no reason to suspect it isn't, we know that not only is Talia a part of the story but that a younger version of the character will appear with a bald head. It's likely that she will appear in scenes featuring Josh Pence who has been conformed to appear as a younger version of her father, Ra's.




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CraptainAmerica - 12/12/2011, 6:30 AM
Get the clippers out woman! It's TDKR!

I shave my balls and pube 'fro and it doesn't affect my confidence or general social welfare...quite the contrary
Jolt17 - 12/12/2011, 6:31 AM
Ah, beat me to it! But eh, not surprised at all. I've always guessed so...but let's see. Hopefully she is indeed Talia, though, because I'm not really a fan of originally-created characters. (That also including Rachel Dawes.)
Jolt17 - 12/12/2011, 6:34 AM
Meh, I think I misread the context...but still, Talia in it - whether she is Tate or not - will bring this movie even up to another level.
RorMachine - 12/12/2011, 6:41 AM
You do? Must be pretty bored if that gives you your jollies.
PapaMidnite - 12/12/2011, 6:51 AM
Shaved head? Maybe for some religious / monastic purposes? Interesting...
CraptainAmerica - 12/12/2011, 6:51 AM
Now now ladies. There's no need to start throwing faceless insults at each other from a safe distance.

The only thing I would say, Ror, is to not say Talia's name in the heading as some people may be passing on the spoilers...or burying their heads until the release date.

Nice find though! I usually skim over the articles in the local rag if it has 'child's mother refuses to shave kids head' in the title. The only time it's appropriate to post the words 'shave', 'picture' is when the words 'Mila Kunis' proceed it
TheHitchhikingGhost - 12/12/2011, 6:51 AM
How is the new TDKR poster with Bane and the broken Bat cowl not on this site yet? Am I missing a post? http://www.examiner.com/pop-culture-in-new-orleans/the-dark-knight-rises-new-poster-photo
JDUKE25 - 12/12/2011, 6:52 AM
JDUKE25 - 12/12/2011, 6:53 AM
@ggoblin31 it was put on here 2 days ago.

http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/JoshWildingNewsAndReviews/news/?a=51008
KNIGHT3000 - 12/12/2011, 7:04 AM
When I "manscape" my confidence goes up
BackwardGalaxy - 12/12/2011, 7:07 AM
We all had "confirmation" of this as soon as we were born with brains.
MrReese - 12/12/2011, 7:10 AM
@JDUKE25 LMAO

Y the [frick] wood she have a bald head tho thats a big wtf moment 4 me lol
Unionjack - 12/12/2011, 7:17 AM
Nice find Ror. Let's hope that she does end up being Talia, think it could help bring the trilogy full circle!!

For all we know Bruce has been dating Miranda for years, it would make the betrayal even harder!!

Can't wait for this movie!!
RorMachine - 12/12/2011, 7:20 AM
Sure we all knew she was in it, but now we KNOW she's in it!..unless this is untrue but I don't see why thsi chick would make it up.
randymongoose - 12/12/2011, 7:42 AM
My theory is back, Joey King (little girl on TDKR IMDB page) is playing young Talia, which (due mainly to hair colour and look) means Juno Temple is playing older Talia...
JatevinM - 12/12/2011, 7:47 AM
She could easily just be showing up in a flashback as a little girl lol.
NeoBaggins - 12/12/2011, 8:00 AM
@Nephillim How many Mother's are geeky enough to know such an obscure character?

Makes sense to me- more so than most of the rumors around here. Not a biggie either way but,I'll thumb this up for logical deduction.
vtopa - 12/12/2011, 8:02 AM
What an idiot mother. Trust me the kid will get over it and have plenty of confidence later when she can tell her classmates she was in the LAST BATMAN MOVIE.
blvdnoise - 12/12/2011, 8:07 AM
Also more evidence of a "Bane changing" fire?? Kool find man..
soaponapope - 12/12/2011, 8:22 AM
her mother never said this. there is no direct quote. there isn't even a paraphrase. this is a conclusion the writer came to on his own. here's what the article says:

The young actress was offered the part of "young Talia al Ghul", who, in the Batman comics, is the daughter of Ra's al Ghul, the man who trained Batman's alias Bruce Wayne in Martial arts.

that's it. the mother never says this, this is just the writer making things up. do you really think christopher nolan and the casting directors would tell someone who was only tentatively being considered and may not even get the role (and eventually didn't) a secret like this?
Ranger14 - 12/12/2011, 8:35 AM
"The child will never forgive her mother for turning down a pivotal character role in TDKR! HOW COULD YOU!"

Acting careers don't revolve around playing bit roles in Batman movies. For all we know the kid may only have 5 seconds of flashback screen time. Put down the kool-aid people.

balegirlbrazil - 12/12/2011, 8:59 AM
There´s absolutely no chance for Talia not being in the movie or only as a child. Makes no sense.
Sorry,Talia haters...you lose! Definately!
toekneemango - 12/12/2011, 8:59 AM
Bald cap. Problem solved.
marvel72 - 12/12/2011, 9:12 AM
would of made a better catwoman than hathaway.
Batman5 - 12/12/2011, 9:18 AM
are you kidding me? shave yo head bitch its TDKR!!!!
RyKnow - 12/12/2011, 9:33 AM
I'm not buying it. A lot of what's in the newspaper is over exaggerated bollocks and it probably came from a tabloid paper anyway. If it's true, I'll wait until I hear it from a source a bit closer to the film than a newspaper before I believe it.
GiftedYoungster - 12/12/2011, 9:51 AM
LOLOLOL

"Little girl, why'd you shave your head? You look dumb."

"Umm, I was in a billion dollar Batman movie costarring Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, and Morgan Freeman. . ."
NeoBaggins - 12/12/2011, 10:04 AM
@marvel72 lol You didn't use to Troll, bro. What happened? You were always pro-MARVEL but pretty neutral when it came to the mud-slinging. Pretty civil. But you've been going in on the TDKR stuff for a while now. At one point I thought someone hacked your account.

Oh well, happy hunting.
Fogs - 12/12/2011, 11:00 AM
NeoBaggins - you say that because of his opinion on catwoman? He and tea never liked hathaway as I remember.
Ranger14 - 12/12/2011, 11:21 AM
Neo@ Just because someone doesn't like the casting of Hathaway doesn't make them a troll. I guess I am a troll too, because I don't care for her as Catwoman or Hardy for Bane. Just because that is my opinion and I am not sure about this film doesn't mean I am a troll.
alucard365 - 12/12/2011, 11:26 AM
I always considered Talia the most sexy character in the DC Universe.
xmen145 - 12/12/2011, 12:26 PM
huh!
Moonwalker1991 - 12/12/2011, 1:52 PM
@Alucard: So true.
NeoBaggins - 12/12/2011, 2:06 PM
"Neo@ Just because someone doesn't like the casting of Hathaway doesn't make them a troll."-Ranger14

That is correct.
Cavillian - 12/12/2011, 2:16 PM
She would have been a good non ginger Lois.
WhoDaFoo - 12/12/2011, 2:43 PM
I'm leaning towards True...as back when the first ever set pics were released from India (the "Lazarus Pits" looking ones) some sites were saying a bald kid was seen walking from the pits. Many immediatley assumed it was Bane, but it could be Talia as well.

BUT, there were also several rumoured prologue descriptions involving Bane, Talia, Ra's, and the LOS that were said to be 100% fact. Ehh..
WhoDaFoo - 12/12/2011, 2:43 PM
I'm leaning towards True...as back when the first ever set pics were released from India (the "Lazarus Pits" looking ones) some sites were saying a bald kid was seen walking from the pits. Many immediately assumed it was Bane, but it could be Talia as well.

BUT, there were also several rumoured prologue descriptions involving Bane, Talia, Ra's, and the LOS that were said to be 100% fact. Ehh..
mgeoff88 - 12/12/2011, 4:22 PM
I was hoping that Marion Cotillard was Talia Al Ghul. We've heard many of the cast mention it's going back to Batman Begins. Its supposed to come full circle; her becoming the successor to the League of Shadows and getting revenge on Batman for her father's death. You know, something along those lines.

Even in that above picture she's dressed in Asian garb which suggests she's a long way from Gotham City.

@balegirlbrazil I haven't seen too many people complaining about her being in the movie, surprisingly. Ever since Marion Cotillard was cast in the movie, I was hoping she was actually Talia because she's a great casting choice IMO.
ISleepNow - 12/12/2011, 9:27 PM
"After careful consideration we turned it down as they were insistent that Leilah had to shave all her hair off. We were prepared to have it cut short but not shaved at such a young age. We were concerned how this could have affected Leilah's confidence and general social welfare." o.O


Tell ya what you do. Just give her a TDKR baseball cap to wear and leave her to deal with which geek she lets carry her books home from school..

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