Feb 2, 2011

'The Dark Knight Rises' may add Joseph Gordon-Levitt to the cast. Start speculating: Hugo Strange? Riddler? Robin?

I love JGL (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and have since he was a kid on 3rd Rock from the Sun...yeah, I know, forever ago.   It is cool to see him take on these bigger roles.   Somehow he struck me as an indy kid, but when he was on Rise of the Cobra as the evil genius it was definitely cool to see a different, commercial side of him.  
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The Dark Knight Rises may be recruiting another cast member from Christopher Nolan’sInception dream team: Joseph Gordon-Levitt is reportedly in talks to join a starry corps of actors that includes Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway and Levitt’s Inception chums Tom Hardy and Michael Caine. No word yet on who Gordon-Levitt may play, but fanboys around the Web — not yet ready to give up on the well-traveled rumor that Batman foe Hugo Strange will appear in Nolan’s third and final Bat-flick — are speculating that Gordon-Levitt will take on the role of the mad shrink whose comic book resume of evil includes cracking the code of the caped crusader’s secret identity and then trying to sell it other super villains. Can you imagine Gordon-Levitt playing auction barker for Bruce Wayne’s name? I think I can. (I could also see a scene where scores of famous actors cameo in the movie as interested buyers participating in said auction.) Of course, there’s also the rumor that the movie will be based on the Prey storyline, in which Strange participated in the hunt to arrest the vigilante hero. The argument against Gordon-Levitt as Hugo Strange theory? The actor — slender and boyish — doesn’t look much like the comic book villain. But hey: Artistic license. (PS: That rumor that a mysterious “RW” — Robin Williams? — will be playng Hugo Strange? The source of that rumor now says he was just doing what we’re doing here: Having fun wondering aloud.)

But there could be other possibilities, too. Many fans — noting that Gordon-Levitt has a passing facial resemblance to Heath Ledger — are speculating he could be tapped to play a younger version of Joker in flashbacks. (Or how about this idea that just popped into my brain: Remember all those wannabe Batmans in The Dark Knight? What if we find out that inThe Dark Knight Rises, there’s now a gang of wannabe Jokers giving Gotham City money-burning, eyeball-stabbing, ferry-blowing grief? What if Gordon-Levitt is one of them, if not their leader?)
Some fans think the thesp would make a fine, funny, fiendish version of The Riddler. I can picture Gordon-Levitt in manic SNL-hosting mode bouncing around the screen in question mark-imprinted tights and giggling up a “Riddle me THIS, Batman!” dark comedy storm — but remember, Nolan did tell The Los Angeles Times a couple months back that The Riddler won’t be in the film.
Casting Gordon-Levitt as a villain, however, would put The Dark Knight Rises at risk of bad guy overload. We have Hathaway playing Selina Kyle (a.k.a. Catwoman, though Nolan conspicuously omitted the word “Catwoman” in Hathaway’s casting announcement) and Hardy playing Bane. So what do you guys think of Batman taking on a protege in The Dark Knight Rises? No, not Robin the Boy Wonder — I’m thinking Nightwing, a.k.a. Robin/Dick Grayson all grown up?
Your nominations and speculations: Go!


  1. just a few points here.

    there have been two major villians in each of the batman movies so far. scarecrow and ra's al ghul. and joker and twoface.

    both twoface and ra's were portrayed as kinda-bad guys.

    Selina Kyle aka Catwoman is a complicated character. in her more contemporary portrayal in the comics she is not so much a bad guy as a badly inclined goodish guy.

    it's entirely possible that Nolan may not cast her as an antagonist to batman at all (assuming that hathaway will indeed play catwoman and not just selina)

    oh and also if Nolan casts JGL as NightWing then there had better be a younger actor playing Tim Drake (Robin 3) thats all im sayin.
    because it will be bad enough not to have dick graysons back story explained.

  2. Cool insight- you are way more knowledgeable about all of this than I am, I loved Michelle Pfeiffer's catwoman, that's really my only real expertise on the subject so I can only thank you for commenting and wait to see what actually happens :) I will keep posting updates as i find them...

    I want Nolan to cast a younger Robin for an entirely different reason- that being the younger they are, the longer they can play the character thus ensuring the possibility of more movies with these same actors. I love Christian Bale so as long as I can keep seeing him as Batman, I am pretty much going to support anything Nolan puts out there.

    When does Poison Ivy show up? I wonder who can play her...

  3. they have a minor problem with Ivy.i mean really minor
    basically all comic fans are gonna want to see Poison Ivy along with Harley Quinn. and Heath Ledger is dead, so without Joker there is no Harley Quinn...,but they could get around it with doubles (Joker corrupts Harley in a prison cell, it could be dark and badly lit) or they could tweak her background and make her just a joker minion gone extreme. but that would be unfortunate.

    one of the best thing with the batman series is the intensity of the things joker does to people. turning the upstanding Dr. Harleen F. Quinzel into Harley Quinn was one of the greatest joker story arches ever.

    PS if you want to see the best portrayal of Joker-psych go on Hulu and watch the BATMAN BEYOND: THE RETURN OF THE JOKER. its different from the comic book portrayal of the joker killing Robin 2 (Jason Todd) and mashes a couple of elements together but the story is great.

  4. not Hulu.. i meant Netflix

  5. Thanks for the tip- definitely will add it to my Netflix queue asap!

    I wonder if they have enough footage of Heath that they would be able to superimpose him into scenes with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn...tech today should be able to do that fairly well, and computers can make the voice work a piece of cake too.

    I love seeing evil female characters- especially the comic kind, so I hope they work it out somehow.