Joseph Gordon-Levitt To Join ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:25 pm,

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We’ve known Tom Hardy would play a key role in The Dark Knight Rises for quite some time, but it was only recently when it was confirmed that he would be playing the villainous Bane character alongside Anne Hathaway who is also joining Christopher Nolan’s Batman franchise as Selina Kyle. If two hot Hollywood actors joining an already powerful cast for the sequel to the biggest comic book movie of all time wasn’t enough, it might soon become three….

In what seems to be becoming a full-on Inception reunion for director Christopher Nolan, growing star Joseph Gordon-Levitt is next in line to join the star-studded cast of The Dark Knight Rises.

Deadline has the exclusive on a big update to previous rumors about Levitt being a candidate to join the cast of Nolan’s third and supposedly final Batman film. While there are no specifics on what character he would play, JGL is currently in talks to join the cast of The Dark Knight Rises and speculation immediately points towards JGL playing another villain in the film.

While Joseph Gordon-Levitt has a busy schedule going forward, it turns out that he has enough of an opening to participate in the filming of The Dark Knight Rises, and will be good to go when production begins this Spring.

If you’ve been following the development of Batman 3, and the obligatory rumor mill associated with it, a fake (but maybe not all fake) casting grid made its way online back in July and on it was Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s name along with the character he was being looked at for: The Riddler.

Any fanboy who knows Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s talent, growing popularity and how positive the Inception experience was for him and Nolan, can piece together the obvious that he’d be a good match for Nolan’s next Batman outing, but now it’s becoming a reality and we’re excited at that fact. Levitt was also connected to the Spider-Man reboot as a potential lead due to his connection with director Marc Webb, but that didn’t pan out and we’d really like to see him work again with Nolan and better yet, to once again share the screen with fellow Inception star Tom Hardy.

With the rumored possibility of The Riddler being a villain for Christian Bale’s Batman to oppose being debunked, is there still a chance that character is in the movie? If not, who should Joseph Gordon-Levitt play in The Dark Knight Rises?

Let us know your thoughts on Twitter @rob_keyes and @screenrant.

The Dark Knight Rises is scheduled to hit theaters on July 20, 2012.

Source: Deadline

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  1. From what I have heard JGL is going to play the blackmask, which fits perfectly with Nolan’s gangster motif he’s been using for the trilogy. Also, if you’re going to think about characters you want to see in Nolan’s batman, you always have to consider that Nolan is creating a batman that operates in the confines of reality, and not every character works. So, for example, you would never see Mr. Freeze in Nolan’s batman because it is not realistic. Lastly, Batman Forever and Batman and Robin are awful movies. Awful!

  2. I want harvey bullock and blackmask jgl would make a good black mask and danny devito as bullock.

  3. I woulike to see nightwing in a batman movie

    • @ MICAHEL

      I liked Batman Forever too. And we almost would of seen Nightwing in a 5th Batman film if Batman & Robin wasn’t what it was. From what i read the film made enough to greenlit a 5th film bit was canceled due to the negative critic & fan critism of Batman & Robin. Supposely Shumacher was gonna make the film darker as the first two films and the villains would of been Scarecrow as the main villain aswell as Harlequinn wanting revenge on Batman for killing the Joker. It was even noted Nicolson might of reprised his role as hullucinations due to Scarecrow’s gas.

  4. i dont want a riddler. jim carrey mad a perfect riddler. i want to see a villion that was never done. like: scarface, clayface, blackmask, hugo strange, manbat, mad hatter, zsasz. i mean comeon ppl do someone new. i know hathaway will be perfect for catwoman. but why bane? do someone else, nolan. but good choice on hathaway. but please choose blackmask. and hugo strange. heres my small idea for strange: so bruce goes to a shrink becase he has these nightmares of what hapend to his harvey dent. and the shrink turnsout to be hugo strange. in hugos office bruce lies on the couch and talks about these dreams he has. bruce tells him. strange gives him some medacine then tells him to come back the next day. so he comes back and strange sprays some gas knocks bruce out.brain washes him, figurs out who bruce is. then strange makes a batman costumes. kills people robs banks, frames batman for murder. bruce recovers puts on the mantle of the bat. has a big, epic battle. towards the middle we see blackmask.he blows up arkham. takes over gotham and batman is still framed for murder. batman and blackmask have a even more epic 30 min battle. car chase exploshions, batman jumps on top of blackmaskes car, punces out the windshiled, pulls out mask, throws him on the ground, beats the crap out of him blackmask shoots batman in both legs. batman still has life in him to throw him off the bridge. batman recovers. in the manchine black mask breaks in. the alram goes off police arive. mask holds bruce hostage harvey bullock and gordon yell at mask to let him go bruce elbows mask. he ducks they shoot mask in the chest 5 times he dies. the rest is batman clearing his name. boring stuff. the end?

  5. I think that Joseph Gordon-Levitt would make an amazing Robin, he’d play Robin completely different to all the others. For example, he’d show Robin more mature for the age and not like a 15 year old kid. && I can’t wait to see Anne Hathaway play Catwoman, she’ll fit the character perfectly

    • @ Lucy

      I agree with you on that. Id think he’d be good as Robin in Nolan’s version & including him within the film after reading all the news so far about it-Imo i think it would be a great way for Nolan to conclude the trilogy.

      • Sames, but I also thought about the Joker, he’d make a good Joker as well. Maybe if he played the Joker we’d find out more about the Jokers past. But, I think he’d make a better Robin.

    • Read the comics, robin is suppose to act like a 15 year old kid…

  6. @michael lol! I see I’m not alone on bale’s voice

  7. i. dont like. c bales batman voice. I KNOW WHO JGL IS GOING TO PLAY! IT WAS ON THE NEWS! HES GOING TO PLAY BATMANS SPEECH THERPIST! ITS TRUE! NOT LIEING!

  8. @CLAUDE

    I mean they should have captions for him in the movie. I rather listion to chewbacca’s voice (from STAR WARS)yell in my ear, then have batman talk in mine. I mean is that voice necessary?

  9. I KNOW WHO JGL IS GOING TO PLAY! IT WAS ON THE NEWS! HES GOING TO PLAY BATMANS SPEECH THERPIST! ITS TRUE! NOT LIEING! IF ANY OF YOU DONT BELIVE ME. GO LOOK AT IMDB.COM/ THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. THIS IS NOT FAKE!

  10. Doesn’t say, i’ve just looked

  11. @LUCY

    HA HA MADE YOU GUYS LOOK! CANT BELIVE YOU GUYS BELIVED ME! LOL!

    • Ummm, michael…

      That is a sad thing to try and impress us with, and you might want to rethink how people will view you (snotty, obnoxious twit) after such an outburst.

      Just sayin’…

  12. SUPERMAN

  13. @ Archaeon

    LISTION I WAS JUST TRYING TO HAVE FUN. OK? IT WAS JUST FOR FUN. YOU DID NOT HAVE TO SAY ANYTHING MEAN OR CALLING ME A TWIT. I WAS IN COMPUTER CLASS TIME WAS GOING SLOW. OK? IF I WAS HAVING FUN, EXUSEEEEEEE MEEEEEEEE!

    • michael…

      No harm, no foul. I did not call you a snotty, obnoxious twit. I simply said that is how people will view you after your (LOUD) teasing of a poster who did nothing more than look up some information. Lucy was not attacking anyone, and I was just defending her right to check up on anything she finds interesting…or suspicious in the various posts and outright rants.

      We’re square…

      • thank you Archaeon

        • …my pleasure. I enjoy the fact that people are willing to discover truths (whether simply of films OR Life, itself) for themselves. That’s what sets us apart from other animals–a thirst for knowledge that trumps mere instinct.

          :)

          • I agree

      • @ LUCY AND Archaeon
        I AM SORRY IF I OFFEND YOU IN ANY WAY
        I WAS JUST HAVING FUN. IM A PRANKER AND THATS WHAT I DO
        IM SORRY I WROTE THAT. BUT COME ON….
        JGL PLAYING BATMANS SPEECH THERPIST IS FUNNY.
        BUT I AM NOT SORRY IF I WAS HAVING FUN!
        SO PLEASE BACK OFF.

        • I wouldn’t be surprised if Joseph Gordon-Levitt did play a speech therapist cause batman sure needs one.

  14. @ LUCY AND Archaeon

    OK. I AM SORRY TO EVERYONE WHO I TRICKED. I AM A PRANKER, THATS WHAT I DO. AND IM SORRY LUCY IF I OFFEND YOU. OR I KNOW I DID NOT SAY ANYTHING TO YOU… BUT IM SORRY I PRANKED EVERY ONE. BUT COME ON (JGL PLAY BATMANS SPEECH THERPIST WAS A FUNNY IDEA IN FOR A BATMAN MOVIE.) SO ANYWAY.. IM SORRY.

    LETS PUT THIS BEHIND US.

    • michael…

      As far as I know, we were done with all of this, so don’t worry about it.

  15. ok. so were cool. but. i like the fact jgl playing batmans speech therepist is funny.

  16. IM NOT SORRY

  17. you’re either sorry or you’re not :S

  18. You’re ridiculous Michael. Of course he is playing a mafia character, because the first two movies have largely been gangster films. And he is playing a character we know: Alberto “Holiday Killer” Falcone, Carmine Facone’s son, who was in the comics, and is a perfect role for the movie and for JGL. And Dick Grayson would be a terrible idea. Its Christopher Nolan, not Joel Schumaker. Christopher Nolan has never made a bad movie in his life. Always have faith in Nolan, he’s never led astray.

    • I LOVE GANGSTER MOVIES LIKE THE 1940 SCARFACE.
      NOT THE GOD AWFUL AL PACHNO ONE. EWW.

      AND MUCH MORE. I LUV BATMAN MOVIES
      HES MY FAVRET HERO SINCE I WAS A KID.

      AND I LOVE GANGSTERS. NOT WHAT THEY DO
      BUT THEY ARE interesting TO ME.
      BUT I WANT BLACK MASK!
      HES A GANGSTER.

      WHAT I DID NOT LIKE IN THE DARK KNIGHT
      IS HOW THEY KEEP MESSING UP 2FACES ORGINS
      HE HAD ACID THROWN ON HIM!
      NOT FACEDOWN IN ACID!
      GET IT RIGHT!

    • He made batman begins and dark knight. They were terrible, sooo far from the story line in comics. Action was good but the story line oh dont even get me started! And dont hate on me cause I wont respond or know so its a waste of your time.

      • Oh, goody…a troll.

  19. JGL IS GOING TO PLAY A MAFI CHACTOR. NOT BLACK MASK, NOT DICK GRAYSON. NO ONE WE KNOW. AND YES I’M SORRY. IM REALY MAD AT NOLEN. HE DISPOINTED ME!

    • he’s playing Alberto Falcone: The holiday Killer

  20. Oh man you’re being a stickler now. I loved it. It set up Dent’s evolution into Two Face perfectly, and it had to happen that way so that Rachel would die, and Harvey would have a personal vendetta against Gordon, Marone, Batman, etc. Trust dude, this movie is going to be amazing because, like you said, Batman is the best superhero, gangster stories are awesome, and Nolan is one of the most intricate writers and directors in Hollywood.

  21. I trust in Nolan

  22. The whole trailer hints ROBIN. The “R” in the beginning, then the name “WARD” on the players jersey. In the original Batman series Burt Ward was the name of the Actor who played ROBIN. Then in the end where 2 “BAT” vehicles were used indicates another person in training.

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