antagonist. He's gained eternal life by bathing in a mysterious chemical pool known as the Lazarus Pit, and like most
immortal, evil geniuses, he wants to rule the world.
OUR BAT-WISH - That the movie skips the comic-book subplot in which Batman falls in love with Ra's Al Ghul's daughter,
LIAM NESSON - Henri Ducard
WHO? - A French investigator who teaches Wayne crime-fighting skills.
IN THE MOVIE - Neeson will play a mentor role here, with scenes in which he trains Wayne.
OUR BAT-WISH - Any chance for a Darth Maul cameo?
CILLIAN MURPHY - Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow
WHO? - A masked villain who uses "fear gas" to instill paralyzing terror in his victims.
IN THE MOVIE - Crane, a professor at Gotham University, may not use the Scarecrow name or even wear the mask, according
to Warner Bros. But he'll no doubt develop his fear gas, and try to put it to use against Batman -- even though Crane is
apparently a mere secondary villain in the film.
OUR BAT-WISH - Put on that mask, Cillian. We want Scarecrow!
MORGAN FREEMAN - Lucius Fox
WHO? - The savvy executive who runs Bruce's company, Wayne Enterprises.
IN THE MOVIE - Fox's climb to power is just beginning -- he lost his spot on the company's board after the death of
Wayne's parents and found himself marginalized. We'll likely see him win Bruce's friendship and take the corporate reins.
OUR BAT-WISH - That Freeman can make a marginal comic-book character interesting.
KATIE HOLMES - Rachel
WHO? - Bruce Wayne's love interest -- apparently not drawn from the comic books.
IN THE MOVIE - Rachel's character is a childhood friend of Wayne's who reportedly grows up to become a Gotham assistant
OUR BAT-WISH - That the movie won't end up feeling like "Batman's Creek".