Now that Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises” has closed the final chapter for Christian Bale as Batman, who might next wear the cowl? Perhaps none other than Joseph Gordon-Levitt in “Justice League,” reported HitFix on Nov. 26.
In his coverage of “Justice League,” Drew McWeeny cites anonymous sources that claim Gordon-Levitt is “absolutely will be appearing in ‘Justice League’ as the new Batman.”
In his HitFix exclusive, McWeeny even suggested Warner Bros. might introduce Gordon-Levitt as Batman earlier than “Justice League.”
“[Warner Bros. is a] long way from filming anything “Justice League” related,” McWeeny said, “but they appear to be solidifying deals for Gordon-Levitt and, potentially, at least one other actor from the Nolan films to do… something.”
He then posited Batman might appear, somewhere, in Snyder’s “Man of Steel” when it comes out in 2014.
McWeeny’s speculations aren’t that surprising or out-of-line with industry speculation. After all, Nolan’s final film in his Batman trilogy clearly established was revealed to be Gordon-Levitt as the heir apparent.
Spoiler alert for those who haven’t yet seen “The Dark Knight Rises.”
True, in “The Dark Knight Rises,” it was revealed Blake, Gordon’s character, has a familiar first name: Robin. Plus, Blake knows about the Batcave. With just a bit of storytelling finesse, as Time has suggested, Gordon-Levitt’s Blake-Robin could step into the role of Batman.
After all, Warner Bros. still needs a Batman, whether Batman’s alter-ego is Bruce Wayne or is a willing stand-in. And Gordon-Levitt seems willing, or at least open to the possibility.
When MTV as the actor back in September whether he would be willing to do “Justice League,” Gordon-Levitt responded:
“It always depends. I always pick projects that I want to be involved in for the same reasons. Is the script really good? Is the filmmaker a really inspired artist that I feel connected to? That’s what I always pay attention to.”
This practice response is something Gordon-Levitt also used on his recent press tour for “Lincoln.” He’s up for various projects, depending on the director and the script.
Of course, there is a lot of speculation surrounding “Justice League.” It has yet to name a director, although Will Beall has been hired to write the screenplay.
But this much industry insiders agree upon: Warner Bros. is most likely setting up as a cinematic superhero universe following Marvel’s successful “The Avengers” model. After all, “Justice League” will have Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Aquaman and the Flash, among other superheroes, around which to build franchises.
McWeeny’s speculations also fall in line with the recent New York Post’s article on “Man of Steel.” When Reed Tucker asked about the studio’s intentions for “Justice League”:
“I don’t know how ‘Justice League’ is going to be handled. Honestly, I don’t,” Snyder told the NY Post. “But ‘The Man of Steel’ exists, and Superman is in it. I don’t know how you’d move forward without acknowledging that.”
As to whether the studio intends Snyder’s Superman reboot to be part of this superhero cinematic universe:
“Um, how can I answer that?” the director replied. “I can’t really say anything to that, because that’s a big spoiler. I will say, yeah, they trust me to keep them on course.”
Adding more fuel to the rumor is that Nolan has received both producer and story credit on “Man of Steel.”
Warner Bros. is currently keeping quiet on its intentions for “Justice League,” as well as how “Man of Steel” might relate to the later film. That said, it’s probably a good idea for Batman fans to see Synder’s film, due for release on June 14, 2013, and to stay through the credits.
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