Joseph Gordon-Levitt Won’t Be Playing Batman According to Actor’s Reps

     November 28, 2012


A couple days ago, we heard the rumor that Joseph Gordon-Levitt might play Batman in Warner Bros.’ upcoming Justice League movie, and possibly see the actor don the cape and cowl even earlier.  It’s a rumor that’s bound to spring up considering the amount of fan-service The Dark Knight Rises provided.  However, has spoken to Gordon-Levitt’s reps who “refuted the rumor entirely.”

Of course, this is what representatives do.  They’re not in it to support the truth; they’re in it to support their client’s best interests.  Right now, it looks like Warner Bros. is still trying to figure out what they want their Justice League movie to even look like.  Zack Snyder recently said that Man of Steel would be “on course” for JL, which implied that the studio has the option to tie the Superman reboot to the big superhero team-up movie.  It’s possible that the involvement of Gordon-Levitt is another option on the table.  Hit the jump for more. [TDKR spoilers ahead]

dark-knight-rises-joseph-gordon-levitt-matthew-modineThe most important thing to remember is that Warner Bros. isn’t going to let the Batman franchise lie fallow.  They haven’t gone longer than four years without a Batman movie since 2005, and they’ll want to start setting up the next Batman movies as soon as possible.  Justice League may be the character’s true launching point (with possibly a cameo in Man of Steel), but presumably Warner Bros. wants their new Batman franchise to start hitting theaters in 2016.  And that’s certainly possible as we’ve seen The Avengers this year and we’ll see Iron Man again next year in Iron Man 3.  Throw enough resources at a project, and it can get made quickly.  But at the very least, you can’t waste time looking for a new Batman.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a safe choice.  Audiences already warmed to him in The Dark Knight Rises, and the end of the movie leaves the door open for him to return.  If Christopher Nolan truly wanted to make his Dark Knight Trilogy stand-alone, he could haven’t ended The Dark Knight Rises with John Robin Blake discovering the Batcave (even though the logistics make no sense; it’s tough for Batman to sneak out when there’s an orphanage fully of chatty kids on top of the grounds).  Personally, I’d be glad to see Warner Bros. take the chance of reinventing Batman without Bruce Wayne, but as I said before, it’s simply one option the studio is likely considering.


Around The Web

Latest News

George Miller’s Abandoned JUSTICE LEAGUE Movie Getting the Documentary Treatment

Australian filmmaker Ryan Unicomb will direct a documentary exploring the DC Universe that might have been.

Director Gil Kenan Talks POLTERGEIST, Why He Made the Film, and Future Projects

Plus, Kenan talks about knowing he'd face criticism no matter how good the film ended up.

JURASSIC WORLD: New Featurette Welcomes You to the Park with Tons of New Footage

"To see 'Jurassic World' come to life is like seeing 'Jurassic Park' come true."

Cary Fukunaga Will Not Direct Stephen King’s IT for New Line

Reasons ranging from the poor box office take of 'Poltergeist' to plain old budget cuts have been cited.

3 New ANT-MAN Images Size up Paul Rudd, Michael Doulgas, and Evangeline Lilly

Marvel’s next film is less than two months away.

9 Movies You Forgot Were Scored by Hans Zimmer

One of the best composers of our time has a resume that's both extensive and versatile, ranging from 'Cool Runnings' to 'Mission: Impossible 2'.

FANTASTIC FOUR International Trailer Brings New Footage; Josh Trank Denies Reshoot Rumors

The director takes to social media to debunk troubled word on the upcoming blockbuster.

More THE MARTIAN Images Feature Matt Damon Surviving Ridley Scott’s Red Planet

The upcoming film also stars Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kristen Wiig, and Jeff Daniels.

DHEEPAN Review | Cannes 2015

Jacques Audiard's latest film won the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

Bad Weekend: The Last 10 Memorial Day Movies, Ranked

It turns out most Memorial Day movies aren’t very good.

Page 1 of 3,96412345...102030...Last »