This could all be a steaming pile of bull. It could also be true, but maybe the script is being overhauled and this stuff won't ultimately matter. We'd ask Christopher Nolan, but he's not exactly on our speed dial and doesn't seem to return our calls. That said, the scuttlebutt online today is that the script for The Dark Knight Rises has several villains in it, including one character who is a composite of two Bat-villains.
ScriptFlags claims that "an actual script has been forwarded to us entitled The Dark Knight Rises and if it is fake, its the best fake we have ever come across. 165 pages long dated October 2010 and written by Jonathan Nolan & David Goyer with story by Christopher Nolan. Its is a seriously well constructed and contained work that bears no traits normal fakes harbor." They also add, "One has also to consider that if this is in fact authentic, its not a finished draft which was completed up to 4 months later in January this year. The jury is truly out."
The rundown the site provides is very detailed so, if the script they've read is the real deal, these are pretty big spoilers ahead.
The biggest and most surprising claim is that "Nolan it seems has merged the character of Hugo Strange together with Edward Nashton [Their is no reference to The Riddler and he makes no appearance in the film as Nolan previously admitted but Nashton does] Nashton like Hugo Strange figures out Batman's identity and toys with him."
Here are some other highlights:
1.There's no Catwoman, but Black Mask plays a supporting role and Talia Al Ghul makes a "brief" appearance.
2.The story's other major villain is Deadshot, aka assassin Floyd Lawton, who has been busted out of prison in Europe and smuggled into Gotham by a secret underground cabal dubbed "The Society" to kill Batman.
3.The other female lead is a Detective Adams, who helps Commissioner Gordon in his task force to capture Batman. ScriptFlags claims that Gordon's plotline closely mirrors that of his arc in the graphic novel "Prey." But here's one BIG HINT that this whole "script leak" could be bogus. There's a female GCPD detective named Adams who appears in this Batman fanfic.
4.There's a new Batmobile, as well as a Bat-aerial assault craft dubbed The Wraith, which has a 40' wingspan.
5.Black Mask is allied with Roland Daggett, CEO of Daggett Industries, whose lawsuit against is taking quite a toll on Wayne Enterprises and Lucius Fox, in particular. Roland Daggett debuted on Batman: The Animated Series, where he was basically the Lex Luthor/Norman Osborn of Gotham. He ran a pharmaceutical company and was behind the creation of Clayface, and was also connected to Hugo Strange at one point.
6.Wayne Manor has been rebuilt and a new Batcave has been constructed.
7.Batman keeps a pretty low profile in Gotham now, due to the effectiveness his presence has had on crime in the city.