Is Matthew Modine Playing A "Key Villain" In 'The Dark Knight Rises'?

by Kevin Jagernauth
May 30, 2011 10:25 AM
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So it's Monday of Memorial Day weekend which means you've spent the quality time with family, had way too many hot dogs at your Uncle's BBQ, perhaps laid in the sun a bit too long and before it's back to the daily grind at the office tomorrow, you're using Monday afternoon to catch up on some websites or Twitter feeds you've been neglecting. Which may explain why this latest bit is only picking up steam now, nearly a week after it first kissed the internet.

Anyway, Roger Friedman's Showbiz 411 (which currently appears to be offline) reported last week that Matthew Modine was set to play Nixon "a politician and a key villain" in "The Dark Knight Rises." The report came five days after Modine was first announced to playing a character named Nixon and his report was seemingly missed by most outlets (including us).

Friedman speculates that the name is an homage to the other Nixon we all know and hate but how true this is or not remains to be seen. Friedman's intel tends to be iffy at times -- remember last year when he dubiously reported that James Franco was in the running for "The Bourne Legacy" after Tony Gilroy went to see "127 Hours"? But then again, he definitely has a fat Rolodex and lots of Hollywood connections so this could have some basis in truth and he has been on the money many times before. Our guess? Modine is a politician looking to bring Batman to "justice" for his vigilante brand of crime-fighting, but perhaps calling him a "key villain" might be a stretch. We've already had a politician/villain in Two-Face and we doubt Christopher Nolan would want to go down a similar road. Modine will shoot all of his scenes in a London studio if that helps in deciphering things out any more clearly.

Anyway, "The Dark Knight Rises" is currently shooting and we'll get all of our answers on July 20, 2012.

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6 Comments

  • sink | May 31, 2011 8:13 AMReply

    @TheoC
    Abel Ferrara movies. (Which are better than Christopher Nolan movies.)

  • TheoC | May 31, 2011 6:31 AMReply

    I really don't care I'm just happy Matthew Modine is in something potentially good. As much as I enjoy the stupidity of the transporter movies I can't think of the last good thing Modine was in? The real Blonde?

    @gonad I love that you assume people sit there forwarding through boring talking scenes in movies. It reminds me of a guy I know whose father recorded Die Hard for him while it was on TV but for fear of running out of tape he only recorded the action stuff.

  • rodie | May 31, 2011 3:57 AMReply

    I think you're right on with your character description Playlist. Maybe he'll be a Senator or a challenger to the mayor of TDK who really beats the drum for Batman's head. So yes, he'll be a "villain" but based on the fact that all his scenes are being shot in London, I have to think he's only in 2-3 sequences, so he's not really a major character, but more symbolic of the mounting public pressure for Batman to be brought to justice.

  • Abner | May 31, 2011 2:41 AMReply

    Here's my guess: He either is or he isn't.

  • Zack | May 31, 2011 1:11 AMReply

    I hope his character is THAT Nixon somehow, because that would go a long way towards making the movie completely insane.

  • gonad | May 30, 2011 12:35 PMReply

    It's going to be a boring unnecessary character, his scenes will be the ones people skim past when it hits DVD.

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