Will Barbara Gordon be in The Dark Knight Rises?

Multiple sources report that three new actors have been added to The Dark Knight Rises cast, though their roles are remaining a secret: Matthew Modine, Tom Conti, and Joey King. You may recognize Joey from her role as Ramona from Ramona and Beezus:

Joey King

DCWKA and MTV have both speculated that Joey might portray Barbara Gordon, Jim Gordon’s daughter and the future Batgirl. She’s the perfect age not to mention adorable, and I would love to see Barbara finally make an appearance. If we are right, however, chances are slim to none that she’ll be donning a mask. Joey is the right age for Babs, but too young for Batgirl; and while I wouldn’t put anything past Nolan, it would also feel too rushed to introduce Batgirl and/or Robin in the final movie of the trilogy. (Any films afterwards, however, is fair game!)

There is another possibility: Josh Pence has been cast as a young Ra’s al Ghul, and the DKR crew is reportedly building a structure very similar to a Lazarus Pit. So there’s a chance that King could instead portray a young Talia al Ghul, perhaps making an appearance in this supposed flashback.

But of course mum’s the word when it comes to Nolan’s third Batman film, and rumors and speculation are half the fun! What are your thoughts on this new casting?

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