Gratuitous Rumor Patrol: Will Joseph Gordon-Levitt Play The Holiday Killer In The Dark Knight Rises?

We’ve all heard that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in talks to re-join his “Inception” co-conspirators Tom Hardy and Christopher Nolan in “The Dark Knight Rises” in an as-yet-unnamed role. Conjecture and speculation have run rampant, like a late summer fire through underbrush made brittle and combustible by a long drought. Okay, enough cliché loligagging, I’ll get to the point. Here it is: the latest rumor to surface is that Gordon-Levitt will play Alberto Falcone, better known as Holiday, or The Holiday Killer, from Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s arc “The Long Halloween”. Most importantly, remember this is just a rumor, an unsubstantiated rumor, at this point, nothing more.

“The Long Halloween” follows a series of murders that hit the Gotham City underworld, each of which occurs on a major holiday. It’s not 100% that Alberto is Holiday, both he and Gilda Dent admit to committing the murders, but the odds lean heavily in his favor. Alberto is also the son of mob boss Carmine Falcone, who appeared in “Batman Begins”, played by Tom Wilkinson, so the part already ties into the world created by the films.

This could be a really cool addition to “The Dark Knight Rises”. Holiday is a great character, “The Long Halloween” is an incredible story, and Gordon-Levitt would be a perfect fit for the role. My only question is where would they find room for this in a film that already has a pair of high-profile villains in Bane (Hardy) and Catwoman/Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway)? If Nolan does go this way, he runs the risk of shortchanging the characters and stories, and, if true, it feels a little like he’s trying to cram everything he likes into the franchise before he leaves. Though I have faith in Nolan, and if anyone were to try to pull this off, I trust that he would find a way.

What do you think about this rumor? Would it be too much for a single movie? Or do you like it?

UPDATE:

So Comic Book Movie, the site that originally posted this rumor, pulled the article almost immediately, which more than likely means that it’s not true, not even a little bit. But hell, it doesn’t stop it from being any less fun to talk about. I’m still interested to hear thoughts on this possibility. If Gordon-Levitt isn’t going to be Holiday (I’m not sure how Bane would fit into the story, but Selina Kyle figures prominently in “The Long Halloween”, if they go that way), and if he does sign on, what who do you want him to be? Besides Robin. No one wants Robin.

So, to reiterate (like how I’m covering my ass?), Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Holiday is a rumor, just a rumor, and probably not true at all.

Thank you. Goodnight.