Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Play Alberto Falcone in The Dark Knight Rises? [Updated]

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:30 pm,

[UPDATE: Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Joseph Gordon-Levitt isn’t playing Alberto Falcone in The Dark Knight Rises.]

Last month, I wrote an article discussing who Joseph Gordon-Levitt might play in The Dark Knight Rises.

My number one choice was Alberto Falcone, aka The Holiday Killer. It looks like I was right.

A new report, which cites anonymous “insiders” on the set of The Dark Knight Rises, claims that Joseph Gordon-Levitt will indeed be playing Alberto Falcone in Christopher Nolan’s third Batman film. In the comic book story The Long Halloween, by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, Falcone plays the “Holiday Killer,” a serial killer responsible for offing some of Gotham’s biggest criminal figures.

According to Variety, which ran the report, most blogs had Gordon-Levitt pegged as either Deadshot or The Riddler. I guess they don’t read Screen Rant. In addition to the Gordon-Levitt news, Variety writes that 21-year-old actress Juno Temple is “being eyed for a supporting role as a street-smart Gotham girl.” There’s no word on whether or not Temple’s character is someone who currently exists within the Batman universe or is a new creation.

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The reason I liked Alberto Falcone so much as Gordon-Levitt’s possible character was because it fit perfectly into Nolan’s Batman series. Not only was Alberto Falcone plausible within Nolan’s realistic style, but, because Alberto is Carmine Falcone’s son, it ties the narrative back into Batman Begins. Assuming that Marion Cotillard plays Talia al Ghul as many fans expect, The Dark Knight Rises would also see the return of the League of Shadows — another nod to Batman Begins.

Because we know that The Dark Knight Rises is Nolan’s last Batman film, it makes sense that he would try to wrap things up with a nice tidy bow. Gordon-Levitt playing Falcone is not only the logical choice, but it’s one that the actor is well-suited to play. Despite many fans who liked Gordon-Levitt for Nightwing (with hopes to continue the franchise), JGL is a much better fit in a non-action role.

I should add one huge note about this story. While I’m confident that Variety‘s report is correct (since it would mean I was right too), Christopher Nolan is extremely secretive about his projects. It’s entirely possible that Gordon-Levitt won’t play Alberto Falcone, and that someone from Team Nolan is just feeding the story to the press in order to keep us guessing. Would Nolan toy with our hearts like that? Without a doubt.

That being said, I think there were only so many logical choices for Gordon-Levitt’s role, and Falcone is the best fit for the third entry in Nolan’s franchise. As a fan, this rumor is very exciting to me, and suggests that Christopher Nolan is going to deliver another excellent Batman film and close out his massively popular series in style.

UPDATE: A new Entertainment Weekly report citing a “source close to the situation” claims that Joseph Gordon-Levitt will not play Alberto Falcone in The Dark Knight Rises. Is this more misinformation from the Nolan camp, or was Variety‘s report wrong? Only time will tell.

Source: Variety

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  1. So JGL is not Bane then as CR predicted at one time? Do we know if Bane is a definite for the film or not?

  2. What a waste! JGL is a complete Heath Ledger look-alike. He should have taken over the Joker role. Disappointed to say the least!

    • Don’t forget Ken Watanabe.

      • he was already in Batman begins and the al gul impersonator/double

        • Yes, I know, and he can come back as well. :)

  3. Yeah I think Bane’s a definite. Does anyone think the Scarecrow will be back in this one?? If so, long or short part??

    • yes. hes been interviewed by various british news programs and sites it was confirmed for bane and selina kyle

    • I hope he has, at least, a little bit more screen time than what we saw in Dark Knight.

  4. My only real problem with doing the “Holiday” angle, is that Alberto Falcone’s character and story with his father would be a really great storyline, but would definitely take time to develop and along with the other villains in the story, I feel Alberto’s story will not be righteously told. Granted I will give immense credit to Christopher Nolan for actually has really dug so deep, to bring characters with amazing yet UNTOLD stories to life… I mean doing the same villains (Riddler, Penguin,Etc) would have really been disappointing… as much as I am a skeptic, I am totally open and ready to see how Nolan pulls this off.

    • ” I mean doing the same villains (Riddler, Penguin,Etc) would have really been disappointing…”
      What you mean like The Joker, Bane and Catwoman?

      • Well, The Joker, is Batman’s opposite, it’s like removing Lex from Superman, it doesn’t work… without Joker there is no Batman, and vice versa. Bane… honestly yeah, I’m not to crazy about him at all.. I totally agree. Catwoman… it really depends how Nolan uses her character…because if It’s directed to more of the love story between Kyle and Wayne, then it might work, but if he’s gonna pull a Pfeiffer I don’t think it would work really well. I would have loved to have Nolan go deeper into the Batman Universe, but at this point I have no Idea…

  5. I wont believe any rumor about who JGL is playing until I see a press release that confirms it.

    • Gary,

      I hear he’s playing Batgirl. 😛


  6. He will play Deadshot(the old villain who Gary Oldman said)…or Roman Sionos aka Black Mask.
    No dooubt.

  7. This seems more like a sequel to Batman Begins rather than The Dark Knight, so lets change the title to something less crap.

  8. you know what? Im going with the characters that SR picked that DONT make any sense, just because I want to have every area covered. JGL will either play Robin/Nightwing OR another incarnation of the Joker.

    Yeah Yeah I know Nolan and his click have already debunked this but WHAT IF? Be ready for anything people.

  9. *reincarnation

  10. I just read some conflicting reports but it seems JGL is playing Black Mask. Did anyone else hear this?

  11. He’s playing either Alberto Falcon/Holiday Killer or Black Mask, no one knows which out of the two yet though. I hope it’s Alberto Falcone/Holiday Killer. <3 Joseph Gordon-Levitt <3

  12. Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Alberto Falcone\The Holiday Killer i achally believe that Could work clearly as it just fits perfectly,

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