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Gordon-Levitt Up For Dark Knight Rises?
A likely reunion with Chris Nolan

02 February 2011  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

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Rumours about Joseph Gordon-Levitt working again with his Inception director Christopher Nolan have been circulating ever since… well… he took the job on Inception. So it comes as little surprise to find Deadline reporting that he’s in talks to join the cast of The Dark Knight Rises.

Naturally, nothing is official yet: Warners and Nolan always tend to keep Batman news close to their chests until the last possible moment (or until things are confirmed, such as the recent announcement of Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle aka Catwoman), but you’ve got to figure that the director would end up cherry-picking from the cast he enjoyed working with so much on Inception to fill out his Bat-world.

Tom Hardy’s already aboard as Bane and Gordon-Levitt’s schedule on Rian Johnson’s Looper should be finished by the time Nolan’s planned May shoot start for Rises rolls around.

Of course, now we’re starting to wonder what role he’ll play. Ssome are naturally quick to think of him as a natural successor to Heath Ledger as the Joker, but Nolan has said time and again that the villain won’t be showing up again, partly out of loyalty to the deceased actor.

So give us your best guesses. We'll get the ball rolling with the least likely option: could Nolan be using what he keeps describing as his final Batman film to finally address Robin?

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Not Robin, then who?
What about Bruce Wayne's best friend Doctor Thomas Elliot? Nolan was definite that Joker would not be appearing in this one. And we already know that Robin is not part of the Nolanverse Batman. So why not an early appearance of Hush? More

Posted by MaxxGothic at 19:23 on 08 February 2011 | Report This Post

I never thought Nolan would bring the Joker back and never will. But LOOK at that guys face....He looks identical to Heath Ledger face wise.....Hmm Imagine that face covered in white paint and a scar around his mouth..... = JOKER More

Posted by AntGC at 15:55 on 08 February 2011 | Report This Post

Nolan has always had a wonderful touch for balancing the characters in order to serve the story. He could have used Two Face way earlier in The Dark Knight but he rightly delayed his introduction to ramp up the story. I have full confidence he will use Levitt (as I think he's a genius) and I have full faith that he will pull off another masterpiece of character and storytelling. More

Posted by JRockwell at 18:33 on 04 February 2011 | Report This Post

Hmm unless Gordon Levitt is a successor to Bale and they take the Bane breaks Bats back narrative route. In which case he assumes Batman's mantle but is not necessarily Robin. It would be playing two strings with one bow to both have a powerful narrative moment of Batman being crippled and then having his successor extend the franchise, which is going to happen anyway. More

Posted by KnightofZyryab at 18:10 on 04 February 2011 | Report This Post

I don't think he'll be playing Robin, Christian Bale has said that if they bring Robin back in he's done. I think he'll do great whatever role he's in though, JGL is fun to watch. More

Posted by JoeyPottr at 06:50 on 04 February 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Wrong, wrong, wrong!
L: stuartgbaker Again, I am sorry to be picky but the latter does not apply to Batman, it would however apply to Bruce Wayne. re you seriously going to try and drag this one out? More

Posted by adambatman82 at 16:27 on 03 February 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Wrong, wrong, wrong! do know that Bruce Wayne Batman, right? They're kind of one in the same, he doesn't lose his skills when he dons the cape and cowl.... More

Posted by Shifty Bench at 15:58 on 03 February 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Wrong, wrong, wrong!
Again, I am sorry to be picky but the latter does not apply to Batman, it would however apply to Bruce Wayne. More

Posted by stuartgbaker at 15:44 on 03 February 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Wrong, wrong, wrong!
L: stuartgbaker rry to be picky but Batman is not a superhero,a vigilante, and even if he was a superhero the movies with several villans clearly do not work as we saw with Batman and Robin and Spiderman 3. JGL is a good actor and if anyone can bring in Robin in to a movie without it being pony Christopher Nolan is that person. ope, he is. The Mirriam Webster dictionary definition of Superhero is - "a fictional hero having extraordinary or superhuman powers; also : an exceptionally More

Posted by adambatman82 at 15:33 on 03 February 2011 | Report This Post

Robin is a brilliant character if done right, but part of doing it right means you have to actually have a kid in the role, not an adult! If you were going to do Robin, the way I'd introduce him that'd fit Nolan's world is to make him Comissoner Gordon's son. It's kind of cannon since Batgirl is his daughter, but mainly because he is one of the few people in the world who knows the truth about Harvey Dent and Batman. He knows Batman is a hero while the rest of Gotham hates and fears him. I More

Posted by Masked Dave at 13:25 on 03 February 2011 | Report This Post

Is this thread really here? More

Posted by Beno at 13:11 on 03 February 2011 | Report This Post

Fergiecool having more than one villain didn't stop Batman Begins and The Dark Knight from being amazing. More

Posted by The Hooded Man at 09:41 on 03 February 2011 | Report This Post

JGL playing the son of Falcone makes some logical sense, especially if Al Ghul's daughter is connected with the Bane storyline. Bane has a past that is comparable to Bruce (prison, etc) Al Ghul's daughter would have similar motivation to Bruce (honouring dead parents, carrying on a father's work) So Falcone's son would be another 'next generation' character following in a father's footsteps and an obstacle to him doing that would be Batman. Thusly Nolan would make the character More

Posted by jobloffski at 08:36 on 03 February 2011 | Report This Post

RE: 3 aint the magic number
Er, I was being sarcastic. <insert man slapping forehead image> More

Posted by fergiecool at 22:06 on 02 February 2011 | Report This Post

RE: 3 aint the magic number
L: fergiecool This sounds AMAZING. all know, superhero movies with more than one villain always work really well. he plays a deliciously camp Mr Freeze. In Christopher Nolan we trust. rm... Batman and Robin...Spiderman 3...X-Men3...anyone? More

Posted by Spaldron at 18:08 on 02 February 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Alberto Falcone
L: Dr Quinzel Up until now the Nolan Bat-films have always had two types of villains - the Gotham gangsters and the costumed wack-jobs. Bane fits the latter, so could JGL be going all Mafia on us? My guess, since Nolan has often stated that he's taken inspiration from The Long Halloween, is that he might be Falcone, AKA Holidayeedy, devious son of Tom Wilkinson's Carmine Falcone from Batman Begins. Ta-da! (And to everyone assuming Catwoman is going to be in it - remember that the press re More

Posted by JIm R at 16:50 on 02 February 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Balls to robin
Riddler? More

Posted by genejoke at 14:24 on 02 February 2011 | Report This Post

RE: No Robin
I'm thinking the Riddler. In fact I'm pretty sure. Why? Because Nolan seems to have a habit of clueing us in on upcoming characters. ("Should do fine against Cats" - Fox) And The Riddler did indeed pop up in TDK, just not on the actual film, but in the viral marketing campaign. And I seriously doubt that something like that is by coincidence when it comes to Nolan. More

Posted by piccolo135 at 12:38 on 02 February 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Roman Sionis
L: BishopQuaker Roman Sionis A.K.A. Black Mask. We know something of Nolan's Wayne's childhood as he was friends with Rachel etc, and Sionis's parents were friends with The Waynes. It's a bit of a stretch, but it's a possible tie in to a character which no one has covered in the films before and one which isn't too outlandish for Nolan's Batman Universe. sp; id this all along that Black Mask seemed to be the way forward from TDK and I think he's a logical step, however JGL ain't More

Posted by JIm R at 09:31 on 02 February 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Oh goodness
Why do people always think that the film will suck if there's an ensemble cast? Batman Begins had a few villains and that worked. Films like The Godfather and Heat had a lot of characters and those are pretty good too. Spiderman 3 sucked because the script and direction were awful, not because there were three villains. More

Posted by eruptus at 09:12 on 02 February 2011 | Report This Post

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