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Who is Dr. Leonid Pavel? Are these leaked CIA documents part of a viral campaign for The Dark Knight Rises?

12.07.2011

The viral campaign for THE DARK KNIGHT was pretty awesome. I ended up getting a ton of loot from that. Now that THE DARK KNIGHT RISES is on the horizon I am interested in seeing what kind of viral campaign they come up with.

It looks like it may have already begun. Two news sites, Wired and Empire received two leaked CIA documents (fake obviously) from anonymous sources that they cannot trace to anywhere on the interwebs. There is speculation that the photo on the document for Dr. Leonid Pavel is actor Alon Aboutboul. The last credit on IMDB for Aboutboul is indeed, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. Nowhere on either document is there anything indicating Batman or any character from the movie. On the transcript a name is marked out, but who could it be?

There is speculation that Pavel is connected to Bane in some way. There's another rumor stating that maybe it has something to do with MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL, although I didn't see anything tying the actor to that movie. Let the games begin. If you figure anything out mystery team, let us know.

Check out both documents below.

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Source: WiredEmpire

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2:56AM on 12/09/2011

Spoilers abound!

SPOILERS!

Don't be a little bitch to me if you read anything after this point that you didn't want to know. Because frankly I don't give a shit.

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Did a slight bit of interweb sleuthing, and found out that Dr. Leonid Pavel is supposed to be a Russian nuclear physicist. He develops a bomb that Bane and his group want. Supposedly he also has something to do with Ra's Al Ghul.
SPOILERS!

Don't be a little bitch to me if you read anything after this point that you didn't want to know. Because frankly I don't give a shit.

Still there?

Did a slight bit of interweb sleuthing, and found out that Dr. Leonid Pavel is supposed to be a Russian nuclear physicist. He develops a bomb that Bane and his group want. Supposedly he also has something to do with Ra's Al Ghul.
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1:21AM on 12/09/2011
Sounds like R'as & The League of Shadows will factor heavily into this viral campaign.

But for the sake of baseless fanboy rumor-mongering. Pavel is Russian, so he must have something to do with KGBeast!
Sounds like R'as & The League of Shadows will factor heavily into this viral campaign.

But for the sake of baseless fanboy rumor-mongering. Pavel is Russian, so he must have something to do with KGBeast!
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11:34AM on 12/08/2011
I hate when people think they are witty and say the "interwebs". Let the negatives fly but you know it be true!!!
I hate when people think they are witty and say the "interwebs". Let the negatives fly but you know it be true!!!
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3:02AM on 12/09/2011
The interwebs are a tough and lonely place.
The interwebs are a tough and lonely place.
9:48AM on 12/08/2011
I always find these very interesting, I am looking forward to this viral campaign.
I always find these very interesting, I am looking forward to this viral campaign.
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8:32AM on 12/08/2011

Hugo

I have a feeling this guy is Nolan's interpretation of Hugo Strange...maybe not. Still I love the actor who is playing him. He was fantastic in Body of Lies
I have a feeling this guy is Nolan's interpretation of Hugo Strange...maybe not. Still I love the actor who is playing him. He was fantastic in Body of Lies
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2:59AM on 12/09/2011
Nope. Strange isn't in the movie, and this isn't any 'interpretation' of Strange either. It's another character entirely.
Nope. Strange isn't in the movie, and this isn't any 'interpretation' of Strange either. It's another character entirely.
1:20AM on 12/08/2011
The viral campaign for The Dark Knight was fantastic. And the film itself far exceeded expectations.
Whereas with Cloverfield, I feel that the viral marketing ultimately created a desire to see more than what we saw in the film. The viral campaign was brilliant and intriguing and did its job of getting people's butts in theaters but also left many disappointed. Even Super 8 was a little underwhelming, though enjoyable.
Despite being a little concerned about how Anne Hathaway might act in
The viral campaign for The Dark Knight was fantastic. And the film itself far exceeded expectations.
Whereas with Cloverfield, I feel that the viral marketing ultimately created a desire to see more than what we saw in the film. The viral campaign was brilliant and intriguing and did its job of getting people's butts in theaters but also left many disappointed. Even Super 8 was a little underwhelming, though enjoyable.
Despite being a little concerned about how Anne Hathaway might act in TDKR, I have a feeling we'll be getting nothing less than a quality film. So bring on the viral content.
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1:14AM on 12/08/2011
And here, we, Go!
And here, we, Go!
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11:53PM on 12/07/2011
If one man knows how to do a viral it's Christopher Nolan (and JJ Abrahms).
If one man knows how to do a viral it's Christopher Nolan (and JJ Abrahms).
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12:14AM on 12/08/2011
Nolan doesn't have anything to do with the marketing for his films, viral or traditional. The Dark Knight viral campaign was sourced to a company called 42 Entertainment so I assume TDKR will be too.
Nolan doesn't have anything to do with the marketing for his films, viral or traditional. The Dark Knight viral campaign was sourced to a company called 42 Entertainment so I assume TDKR will be too.
8:10AM on 12/08/2011
I would be hard pressed to think that Nolan has no say whatsoever. I am in marketing and when we deal with various vendors, we provide them with some data and content, and they do the creative portion. Although JSIN, you are accurate in putting the creative aspect in the vendors hands, I think this situation is more of a give and take on both sides
I would be hard pressed to think that Nolan has no say whatsoever. I am in marketing and when we deal with various vendors, we provide them with some data and content, and they do the creative portion. Although JSIN, you are accurate in putting the creative aspect in the vendors hands, I think this situation is more of a give and take on both sides
11:30AM on 12/08/2011
You said one man not "2" HA
You said one man not "2" HA
1:06AM on 12/09/2011
@bryant - That is a great point you raise, as Nolan does have the much sought after Hollywood clout to make the executive decisions on the campaign. I don't have any experience in the marketing game so I just assumed it was a division of labor issue not just a creative control thing.

Good to know:)
@bryant - That is a great point you raise, as Nolan does have the much sought after Hollywood clout to make the executive decisions on the campaign. I don't have any experience in the marketing game so I just assumed it was a division of labor issue not just a creative control thing.

Good to know:)
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