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12-Year-Old Joey King Lets Slip Her Role in The Dark Knight Rises

Warning: Spoilers ahead!

It’s been nearly eight months since Joey King, the 12-year-old veteran of such films as Horton Hears a Who!, Ramona and Beezus and Battle: Los Angeles, landed an unnamed role in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. And during that time, well, we’ve pretty much forgotten all about her.

But now, King is back in the spotlight, confirming what many already suspected: that she’s playing the pint-sized version of one of Batman’s love interests/nemeses.

“I play young Talia al Ghul,” she reveals to My Entertainment World. “I can’t give too much away because I promised Mr. Nolan I wouldn’t say anything. There are too many secrets about the character and the movie.”

Presumably we’ll see King in the flashback in which Josh Pence portrays plays the young Ra’s al Ghul. While her role may be a throwaway cameo, it will likely reignite nagging speculation that Marion Cotillard’s Miranda Tate isn’t merely a Wayne Enterprises board member but Talia al Ghul bent on avenging her father. No matter what Cotillard insists.

The Dark Knight Rises also stars Christian Bale as Batman, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle, Tom Hardy as Bane, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake, Michael Caine as Alfred, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox. It opens July 20.

(via Blastr)


  • Owen Ground

    Crap. I hate Talia. Hopefully Bruce ends up with Selina in the end.

  • Jacob

    Lol, this kid’s adorable.

  • John

    How could you have Ra’s and the League of Shadows and not have Talia. Although she doesn’t look like a young Marion Cotillard.

  • Mythos

    And this surprises no-one.


    It’s also not a coincidence that she highly resembles Maron Cotillard.


  • Mythos

    You sure about that last bit? Scroll down the page.

  • Juli Balehead

    No,I prefere Bruce and Talia. I don´t like Selina.

  • parko saurus

    fingers cross, with all these characters jammed into a single film it will turn out alright. In Nolan, I trust!!

  • Lord Prong

    You’d prefer Bruce to end up with an ex-hooker than the daughter of the League of Assassins? 

  • ninformant

    i think it’s a fair assumption that marion cotillard is portraying miranda tate, who is indeed a board member of wayne enterprise. however, she’s really talia al ghul and has simply infiltrated the board to get close to wayne himself. we know how good the league of shadows are at those sorts of operations ;-)

  • Jean Cruz

    This makes zero sense at all having a child play the woman that we all know as not only the mother of Batman (Bruce Wayne) son Damian but also the daughter of one of his most formidable arch nemesis Ra’s Al Ghul.I guess this can be overlooked as the rest of the film looks pretty good.The comic book with Batman team up with his son is really good.I’m glad Dc Comics didn’t kill that chapter in Batman’s life.