Rumor of the Day: Scarecrow returning for The Dark Knight Rises

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Dec 15, 2012, 11:18 AM EST

Just when it seemed the list of villains was complete for Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises, fan sightings are putting Scarecrow actor Cillian Murphy on the film's Los Angeles set. Will the Scarecrow become the only villain to appear in all three Nolan Batman flicks?

There are no photos or otherwise solid evidence to suggest that Murphy has definitely been doing work on the flick, but fans who've been lurking around the set swear they've seen him. Take this message board posting from user Magnusrex:

"Cillian Murphy is returning in TDKR. You can see him at Union Station in Los Angeles, but at least that's where I saw him earlier on my way back home from taking spy photos.

I couldn't take a picture of him because there are a ton of security guards, but he's definitely there.

You can take this as 100% legit fact.

Scarecrow is in TDKR.

He was wearing a black robe, probably to disguise his suit underneath."

It could be argued that Murphy's just visiting old friends, but then there's the robe to consider. Plus, it's not the only account. Here's a snippet from a supposedly legitimate scene description on a Dark Knight Rises Facebook community page:

"It appears that exile means walking a dangerous frozen river on the outskirts of Gotham. Which would coincide with the LA River scene filmed with Gordon and his men tip toeing awkwardly in the leaked video.

Oh P.S.

Judge's identity: JONATHAN F#CKIN CRANE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cillian Murphy is back with a bang!"

You can read the full scene description here if you're not scared of potential spoilers, and decide for yourself if this seems like an actual snippet from the flick.

With all the rumors and long-lens photographs and people who claim they've been to the Dark Knight Rises set floating around, it's tough to distinguish fact from fiction on this film anymore. We do know, however, that Ra's al Ghul—Scarecrow's Batman Begins accomplice—is returning for the flick in some form, so it's not out of the realm of possibility.

What do you think? Is this another rumor that won't die, or is Scarecrow actually back?

(via Comic Book Movie)