If you’ve seen The Dark Knight Rises, the idea that Joseph Gordon-Levitt might be the next Batman may not sound entirely shocking. In the concluding film of Christopher Nolan’s trilogy, Gordon-Levitt played a police officer named Blake, who proves to be a man of honor and integrity, comes to the assistance of Batman, and, without spoiling the ending, becomes a heroic character who may be extremely helpful to billionaire Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting alter ego in the future.
Still, what is surprising is the thought that Gordon-Levitt may have already been cast to play the iconic caped crusader. More than one source claims that Gordon-Levitt “absolutely will be” the new Batman in the upcoming Justice League movie, according to Drew McWeeney at Hiftix. Since the movie is not due out until 2015, such a deal sounds a touch premature, but the report says that Gordon-Levitt and another, unidentified actor from Nolan’s Batman trilogy are getting ready to film “something” -- perhaps a cameo in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Superman reboot, Man of Steel, or perhaps something else entirely.
As we reported yesterday, Snyder has already commented that he can’t see any Justice League movie going forward without acknowledging Man of Steel, which also lends weight to the idea that Man of Steel might include some direct connection to Justice League. And that, of course, leads back to the report about Gordon-Levitt playing Batman and shooting something that could be included in Man of Steel. That movie isn't due out until June 14, 2013, so there would still be sufficient time to include a cameo of some kind, if that's what has been decided.
Is Joseph Gordon-Levitt ready to play Bruce Wayne, aka the Dark Knight? The actor, now 31 years of age, has built an enviable career in the decade since his run on TV sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun concluded, with notable star turns in Rian Johnson’s high school noir Brick, Marc Webb’s romantic (500) Days of Summer, and Jonathan Levine’s cancer comedy/drama 50/50.
Within the past few months alone, he has demonstrated his versatility with supporting parts in The Dark Knight Rises and Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, as well as showing his charming side in the bike-messenger flick Premium Rush and his dark side in the the sterling time-travel movie Looper. So, yes, he’s ready as an actor and as a personality. The question becomes: is the studio (Warner Bros.) ready to entrust its valuable franchise in his hands, as they did with Christian Bale? And who will direct the Justice League movie, which may now have both Henry Cavill (as Superman) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (as Batman) attached to star?