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Look, there’s a very big possibility that this rumor has absolutely no grain of truth whatsoever, but it does come from a pretty reliable site. And let’s face it, even if it doesn’t turn out to be true, no one will remember I ever posted this today. So, with that said, is Joseph Gordon-Levitt your new Batman? Does that mean he’s close to signing on for the role? And should we expect to see JGL in the batsuit even earlier than Warner’s planned 2015 launch of the “Justice League” movie? Maybe, maybe, and maybe again.
According to Drew McWeeny’s website Hitfix, Warner is already trying to get Gordon-Levitt into the batsuit, following up on his character’s ending in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises”.
As you’ll recall, at the end of “The Dark Knight Rises”, Gordon-Levitt’s John Blake character had essentially inherited Batman’s batcave and everything in it from Batman himself. The idea, of course, is that Blake would continue on as Gotham City’s protector now that Batman is, well, in Paris somewhere with Catwoman. Or if you don’t buy that theory, then he’s dead. Either way, Gotham City needs a new protector.
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That all sets up perfectly for Joseph Gordon-Levitt to take over as either Batman, Robin, or perhaps, even Nightwing. But definitely a costumed vigilante of some sort.
According to Hitfix, it’ll be Batman — and you might see him even earlier than 2015:
According to sources, Joseph Gordon-Levitt absolutely will be appearing in “Justice League” as the new Batman.
Now here’s where things get interesting. The more insistent the drumbeat has become, the more poking around I’ve been doing, and it’s looking like we may see Gordon-Levitt in the suit earlier than that. They’re a long way from filming anything “Justice League” related, but they appear to be solidifying deals for Gordon-Levitt and, potentially, at least one other actor from the Nolan films to do… something.
Hitfix seems to insinuate that “other actor” being Gary Oldman, reprising his Commissioner Gordon role from the Nolan Batman movies. Which, you know, would make sense.
The idea, of course, is to do what Marvel did with their Marvel Movie Universe — build the universe brick by brick instead of just tossing it all into one big grab bag with a “Justice League” movie in 2015. Marvel did this with “Iron Man”, culminating in the world-beating box office juggernaut called “The Avengers”. Hollywood is nothing if not willing to follow trends that have proved box office winners.
Also, there was that “Man of Steel” article we posted yesterday about Zack Snyder perhaps confirming that his “Man of Steel” was very much a part of an overall plan that Warner Bros. was cooking for their D.C. Movie Universe.
Of course, this could all be crap, in which case, hey, I’m just telling you what I read. Don’t shoot the messenger and all that.