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Liam Neeson

If you can become more than just a man, you become something else entirely: a legend. And that's exactly what Liam Neeson, our Hero of the Week, has become over the course of over thirty years in the acting business.

Naturally, Splash Page readers have a soft spot for Neeson's turn as Ra's al Ghul in "Batman Begins," supplying fans of the Dark Knight a much-needed bad guy with gravitas to get rid of the bad taste of "Batman and Robin" and, to a lesser extent, "Batman Forever."

But that's not why we're saluting him. We're saluting him because he's about to get "Taken."

(Yes. Again.)

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Liam Neeson

It's no secret that Christopher Nolan likes his secrets. In fact, the notoriously tight-lipped filmmaker likes to keep his twists and turns so close to the vest that he doesn't even let his star players in on the full scope of things until the time is right.

Take Liam Neeson, for instance, who tells Hollywood.com that for his "Dark Knight Rises" cameo, he knew approximately nothing about what he was being asked to do.

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Liam Neeson Dark Knight Rises

It was the confirmation we all figured would come eventually. We just thought that we might have to wait until seeing "The Dark Knight Rises" in the theaters. Liam Neeson will be back to reprise his role as Ra's Al Ghul in the final Christopher Nolan Batman movie.

Bringing someone back who died in a previous installment is always tricky business, so we've done Mr. Nolan the favor of looking at the four ways to bring Neeson back into the series. Needless to say, some are better than others.

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Well, that was fast. Only days after it was revealed that the "Wrath of the Titans" production notes confirm Liam Neeson is in "The Dark Knight Rises," the actor has come out and offered his added confirmation as well. Unfortunately, he didn't give us anything that we didn't know already.

"I think so," he told CNN of the inclusion of his role during the "Wrath" junket. "I have no idea what the story is about. Nothing. Nothing. Seriously, I'm not sure if I'm still in it. It's a cameo -- let's put it that way -- if it still survives.”

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It feels as though we've been speculating about the return of Liam Neeson's Ra's al Ghul ever since "The Dark Knight Rises" was announced. The actor has gone as far as to confirm that he was on the set of the film, but now we have definitely proof that he is actually going to play a role in Christopher Nolan's final Batman movie.

Warner Bros released production notes for "Wrath of the Titans," Neeson's next film, that confirmed he will have a role in "The Dark Knight Rises." And if we're going to believe anyone, it's going to be the studio that is handling the flick.

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Now that 2012 is finally upon us, it's time to face the harsh reality that after this year, there will be no further Christopher Nolan Batman movies to look forward to. It's a day we hoped would never come, and while it's still some months away, those months are going to fade all too fast.

As "The Dark Knight Rises" approaches, we're making a point of talking to as many people involved in Nolan's revival of the Batman franchise as possible — and with "The Grey" hitting theaters today, MTV News had the chance to chat with "Batman Begins" villain Liam Neeson about the impact Nolan's had on the superhero scene.

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There's plenty of mystery surrounding the upcoming superhero flick, "The Dark Knight Rises." If we were to take Christopher Nolan's word as law, then we'd believe the movie is only about Tom Hardy's Bane causing trouble for Christian Bale's Batman with Anne Hathaway's Catwoman wreaking some havoc on the side.

Fortunately, we're of the belief that there are going to be some awesome surprises in "The Dark Knight Rises." One of which will (hopefully) be the return of Liam Neeson as "Batman Begins" villain Ra's al Ghul.

The appearance has long been rumored, but for the first time Neeson has commented on it and confirmed that he actually was on "The Dark Knight Rises" set for long enough to shoot a scene.

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Liam Neeson is busy fighting wolves, but could supervillains be in his future? That might be the case if Joe Carnahan has his way!

Carnahan, the director of Neeson's new movie, "The Grey," has been loosely attached to an adaptation of "Nemesis," the Mark Millar-written comic book about a diabolical supervillain who goes on a cop-killing spree. In Carnahan's eyes, the titular nemesis (illustrated by Steve McNiven) resembles Neeson, and if the project moves further, it could be a natural fit.

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Christopher Nolan's fantastic Batman trilogy began with the nefarious League of Shadows leader Ra's al Ghul's attempted takeover of Gotham City — and if the "Dark Knight Rises" trailer is any indication, the series will go out on a similar note. But if you're looking for Liam Neeson to shed some light on the "Dark Knight," you're out of luck.

MTV News spoke with Neeson during the recent New York City press day for "The Grey," the actor's survival thriller about a group of oil drillers forced to survive the Alaskan wilderness as a fierce pack of wolves stalks their every move. As we attempted to pick Neeson's brain about "Dark Knight Rises," it became clear that the actor's knowledge of Nolan's final Batman movie was somewhat lacking.

"You're throwing me for a loop," he told MTV's Kevin P. Sullivan when asked about the upcoming comic book movie. "That's right. I was in 'Batman.' I trained him," he added in his best Ra's voice.

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The Dark Knight RisesNews related to the cast of “The Dark Knight Rises” has been trickling in quite a bit lately, but it hasn't offered too many hints about the plot of the film... until now.

Although this is only through hearsay at this point, the latest name attached to the film could be a big deal — and a BIG SPOILER. Consider this your warning!

According to Hit Fix, actor Liam Neeson was spotted on Monday filming a scene for "The Dark Knight Rises." Neeson played villain Ra’s al Ghul in 2005's "Batman Begins," the first film in Christopher Nolan's celebrated Batman franchise. Read More...

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