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Three New Additions To The Cast Of 'The Dark Knight Rises'

And I'm convinced that they're villains.

Bane's going to have more people to bump heads with. Maybe.
Bane's going to have more people to bump heads with. Maybe.

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES may already started shooting last week, but that doesn’t mean the casting announcements can’t continue. Variety has got the names of three last minute additions to the cast: Matthew Modine, Tom Conti and Joey King. Aside from Modine’s character being called “Nixon,” no other details about these roles have been revealed yet. Considering that we’ve basically got a vast, blank canvas before us, I’m going to splash some wild, brazen and unlikely casting speculations out like so much paint in a Jackson Pollock piece…

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Red boas totally fit into this vision of Gotham City.
Red boas totally fit into this vision of Gotham City.

Matthew Modine will play the Creeper. Why’s that? Well, his most famous role was as “Joker” in FULL METAL JACKET and Jack Ryder’s a sort-of Joker. He’s called Nixon, but there’s nobody named “Nixon” in the Bat Mythos. Thus, I conclude that he’ll start the movie pulling off a bank heist in a Richard Nixon mask in much the same fashion that the Joker knocked the mob bank up in that generic clown mask.

Joey King is obviously going to be Baby Doll. How many other tween girls are there in the rogue’s gallery?

It’s more of a reach, but I’m pegging Tom Conti as the Ventriloquist. Nothing in the character actor’s long career relates to that, but a quick Google search reveals that his daughter’s a professional Ventriloquist, and that’s all the connection we really need.

My dream of a third BATMAN movie featuring an entire gang of super villains may yet come true. Or maybe they’ll all just be regular, human characters, like how Anthony Michael Hall just ended up playing a journalist in THE DARK KNIGHT. What too-crazy speculations do you maniacs have?