Israeli actor Alon Aboutboul has signed on to The Dark Knight Risesand according to Xnet he will “embody the image of a particularly evil mad scientist”. Aboutboul has appeared in various films and television shows including Body of Lies,Munich, Fringe, The Mentalist, Castle, and NCIS.
The mad scientist description certainly isn’t going to help quell those persistent rumors that the character of Hugo Strange might appear in The Dark Knight Rises. Fans have been teased with the possibility of his involvement from the earliest stages of the film’s development and his name popped up again just last month.
Gary Oldman previously hinted that a large portion of The Dark Knight Rises would center around another major villain who had yet to be announced. While Strange seemed like a strong contender at the time, recent revelations from the set in India are starting to make his inclusion seem far more unlikely.
Although the idea of Christopher Nolan incorporating one of Ra’s al Ghul’s Lazarus Pitsinto the film’ storyline still seems slightly out of step with the more grounded approach he took with the mythology in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, the rumor that one of these pits is somehow connected to Bane’s origin and is filled with Venom (or at least this film’s equivalent of it) doesn’t seem totally far-fetched.
Either way, my money’s on Aboutboul’s character being a scientist who has a hand in the creation of Venom and is somehow tied to the League of Shadows. In fact – fans of the comics may remember that when Bane was initially exposed to the drug, the doctor who administered it coincidentally looked quite a bit like Strange.
If they are indeed using one of the pits as a component in Bane’s back story, then they’re making substantial deviations from the character’s incredible origin from the comics. Nolan has certainly earned our trust at this point, though – and there’s definitely a very intriguing finale coming together here.