Could Joseph Gordon-Levitt Play Batman in the Justice League Movie?
UPDATE: This rumor has been denied by Gordon-Levitt’s people. Darn you, Hollywood agents, couldn’t you just let us believe a little bit longer? Even still, the fact that this would be an awesome casting choice is still cool.
The rumor around today is that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in talks to play Batman in the upcoming Justice League movie. The news is courtesy of Hit Flix, and really is just an unsubstantiated rumor at this point. No official word from either Gordon-Levitt or Warner Bros. And I usually hate publishing this kind of Hollywood casting rumor, but it’s a slow news day, and I think this would be awesome.
Will it happen? Maybe, maybe not. But then I’m still not convinced that a Justice League movie will be released in 2015.
I’m not going to play it safe with The Dark Knight Rises. There will be SPOILERS in this article, but I’m just going to assume that anybody who reads this geektacular blog has probably seen The Dark Knight Rises. But if, for some reason, you’re still waiting for the DVD release next week, then turn away now!
As we all remember, at the end of The Dark Knight Rises, Gordon-Levitt’s John Blake character was revealed to be Robin (sort of), and he was positioned to take over as Batman from a retiring Bruce Wayne. I loved that ending, especially the shout out to us Robin fans. John Blake was a fun character, and Gordon-Levitt was fantastic in the role. However, despite being the big Robin fan that I am, I did not engage in any speculation on what might happen next for the character. I agree with Gordon-Levitt himself and the directors and producers that this was a perfect ending to the trilogy, and there doesn’t need to be a fourth movie starring John Blake.
I also didn’t speculate as to whether or not Blake would become a costumed Robin or Nightwing or Batman. I thought it was pretty clear that he would become the new Batman. Speculating that he would become Nightwing is just fan guessing, which I’m usually in favor of, but was unnecessary.
But what do I think about today’s rumor? I think it’s awesome!
We already know that Man of Steel, the new Superman film, is coming out next year. It’s been filmed and it’s definitely coming out. DC has also promised that they want a live action Justice League film in 2015. Nothing concrete has been done about this film (short of maybe ordering a script), so I’m less than generous about whether DC and Warner Bros. will actually make this movie. They barely got a Green Lantern film into theaters, and it sucked. They also haven’t had films for Flash or Wonder Woman either. Something is seriously wrong at Warner Bros. if they can’t make these superheroes into feature films. So no, honestly, I don’t think they can pull off a Warner Bros. film.
But I really hope they do. It would be awesome!
I mean, come on! Marvel have shown them exactly how to do it! Marvel made a popular Thor movie, for crying out loud! Thor would be a lot harder of a concept to grasp than Flash or Wonder Woman. Marvel turned Iron Man into a household name. And need I remind you that The Avengers made a bajillion dollars this summer?
So clearly superhero movies are still a big deal. And if the executives at Warner Bros. aren’t trying to copy Marvel exactly, then they need to be fired. The blueprints are right there. Make the damn movie!
Signing Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a great starting point, if they really do it. People loved Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, and people seemed to really like John Blake. So people are already on board with this character and would like to see him progress. So why bother hiring someone brand new to play a rebooted Batman in the Justice League movie? There’s no rule that says they can’t use John Blake as Batman in the next film. I doubt there’s any sort of contract stipulation that DC and Warner Bros. can’t touch Nolan’s films creatively. Why cast a new Batman when Nolan left one gift-wrapped for you already floating on fan support?
Granted, it would be a little weird that the Batman in the Justice League movie was not Bruce Wayne. But I definitely wouldn’t complain if they went ahead and continued John Blake’s story. I would have no problem with that.
And one other thing: production on Man of Steel hasn’t wrapped yet. If Warner Bros. signs up Gordon-Levitt this early for Justice League, that still gives them time to film some kind of cameo for the Man of Steel. I said it before and I’ll say it again: Marvel has nothing that could compare to the awesome spectacle of a Batman/Superman team-up on the big screen.
I can think of no better way to start the hype building for Justice League than by having Batman show up in an after-credits teaser to Man of Steel. Our little geek minds would explode.