[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.
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.