Game of Thrones’ Most Iconic Villain’s Forgotten Role in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy Has Caused a Massive Confusion Among Fans

Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy featured this Game of Thrones villain in a small role that could be of a DC supervillain

Game Of Thrones and The Dark Knight Trilogy

SUMMARY

  • Aidan Gillen, who played Littlefinger in Game of Thrones, had a brief role in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises.
  • Some clues about the character's name led some fans to believe that he is the DC supervillain Deathstroke.
  • The debate gets fierce on social media as one set of fans argue it as Nolan's brilliance while others dismiss the claim.
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Game of Thrones fans would agree that Arya Stark slaying Littlefinger was one of the most rewatchable moments in the entire series. British actor Aidan Gillen put up a convincing performance and made the character as despicable as possible. Little do fans know that Gillen was a part of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. Interestingly, his character was one of the most widely debated ones in Nolan’s universe.

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Aidan Gillen in a still from Game of Thrones | HBO
Aidan Gillen in a still from Game of Thrones | HBO

Gillen appears in a brief role during the opening scene of The Dark Knight Rises and gets killed off quickly by the villain Bane. While the character’s name is not mentioned in the film, some online clues led fans to believe that he is a major Batman supervillain.

Game Of Thrones Villain’s The Dark Knight Rises Role Causes Major Confusion

Aidan Gillen in a still from The Dark Knight Rises | Warner Bros. Pictures
Aidan Gillen in a still from The Dark Knight Rises | Warner Bros. Pictures

Aidan Gillen is listed as CIA Op during the credits of Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises. During his scene in the film, the character is introduced only as CIA to the Russian nuclear physicist Dr. Leonid Pavel, who is being extracted from Uzbekistan. However, in Greg Cox’s novelization of the film, the character was named Bill Wilson.

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Interestingly, the character’s CIA file circulated on the internet which gave fans some clues about the nameless operative. The document remains unverified as to whether it is from the film’s marketing team or a fan-made one. Famous scooper @MyTimeToShineH recently shared the file in response to a post about the actor’s role.

The name of the operative is mentioned in the file as William Joseph Wilson. His codename is mentioned as Bill Wilson (which many fans pointed out to be weird). However, it is his alias mentioned in the file that caused the massive confusion. It is mentioned as Slade and DC fans will immediately recognize the character hint here.

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Slade Wilson aka Deathstroke is a famous DC supervillain, who was an elite operative in the U.S. Army. He is the archenemy of the Teen Titans and also plays the villain to Batman, Green Arrow, and the whole Justice League. While the comic version is not CIA, fans could still draw the parallels between Bill Wilson and Deathstroke.

Aidan Gillen’s character, however, does not possess the ruthlessness of a mercenary as he only pretends to shoot his prisoners in the scene. A fandom trivia noted that Bill’s gun might be loaded with blanks since the slide on his gun doesn’t recoil like a live round (via Batman Fandom).

Nolan is infamous for throwing such character names randomly in his Batman universe. Fans still debate whether Joseph Gordon-Levitt‘s John Blake is Robin in The Dark Knight Rises. While the common consensus confirms it, some still argue that the first name alone doesn’t necessarily mean he is Nolan’s universe’s Robin.

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Fans Engage In Debate Over Aidan Gillen’s The Dark Knight Rises Role

Aidan Gillen in a still from The Dark Knight Rises | Warner Bros. Pictures
Aidan Gillen in a still from The Dark Knight Rises | Warner Bros. Pictures

One fan on X argued that as long as it was not explicitly mentioned anywhere in the movie, Aidan Gillen’s Deathstroke claim carried no weight. Another shared that Nolan could have possibly added it only as an Easter Egg and that fans were trying to read too much into it. Others also claimed the document to be a fake.

However, fans supporting the Deathstroke theory shared that if they accepted John Blake as canon Robin, then they would have to accept Aidan Gillen’s character as Slade Wilson too. Some of the fan reactions read:

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While fans are unsure about Deathstroke in Nolan’s Universe, Zack Snyder’s DCEU definitely had an underutilized Deathstroke, played by Joe Manganiello. The actor tried to secure the same role in James Gunn‘s DCU, but he admitted that it was very unlikely. Gunn’s universe will probably have the character as they have a Teen Titans movie coming out.

The Dark Knight Rises is now available for streaming on Max.

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Hashim, Entertainment Writer. With over 1000 published articles on FandomWire, he covers a wide range of topics from celebrity life to comic book movies. He holds a Masters degree in Sociology and his expertise proves invaluable in handling sensitive news. His passion for crime investigation thrillers has turned him into a detective, exploring the darkest corners of the internet during his research.