Will Joseph Gordon-Levitt Play Batman in the Justice League Movie?

We’ve known for a while now that Warner Brothers are hoping to use Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel as a jumping off point for their upcoming Justice League movie, a fact that was recently confirmed by Snyder himself. However, we’re still not sure how that is all going to play out, and aside from Henry Cavill, we don’t know who will be playing the rest of the Justice League roster either. The general belief up until now has been that Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy would remain self-contained and separate from the rest of the DC Universe, but now this week we’re getting our first hint that his films may tie directly into the Justice League after all. Word on the street is that there are a couple of actors being pursued to reprise their roles from The Dark Knight Rises. Warning: spoilers for The Dark Knight Rises lie after the jump!

If you’ve seen The Dark Knight Rises, you’ll know that the initial rumours that had Joseph Gordon-Levitt pegged to play Robin actually turned out to be sort of true. By the end of the movie, his character inherits The Batcave from Bruce Wayne, with the implication that he will continue to fight crime in Gotham as a vigilante who operates outside the law. And now, according to Hitfix, Joseph Gordon-Levitt will actually play the new Batman in the Justice League movie and may even appear in Man of Steel as well.

I have to admit, my first reaction is that this is just another crazy rumour. But on the other hand, Christopher Nolan is helping to produce Man of Steel and he did consciously leave the door open for The Dark Knight Rises to continue. The scoop seems to be coming from multiple sources, and they’re also saying that Warner Brothers are in talks with another (as of yet unknown) actor from The Dark Knight Rises as well. Gary Oldman, perhaps?

Either way, this news brings up the question of whether or not Joseph Gordon-Levitt is actually a good choice to play Batman. I think he worked fine for his role in The Dark Knight Rises, but the idea of him actually wearing the cape and cowl does seem a bit odd to me. He doesn’t have the physical presence or the air of authority that is necessary, in my opinion. Did Christopher Nolan even actually think this far ahead when he cast him in TDKR? It’s hard to say. I do think the idea of tying into Christopher Nolan’s world is an intriguing one, however. What do you think, is this a good idea or do you want Nolan’s films to remain untouched? Could JGL actually make a decent Batman?

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  • FoxMulder

    Why not bring Nolan to direct The Justice League? And JGL could definitely make a decent Batman, he’d just have to spend the next half year in gym! I also think it will be Catwoman that they will be bringing back.

  • Steve

    ^Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe Nolan said he is done with Batman. I would be interested to see how JGL would handle Batman, especially the voice. I remain skeptical about this whole endeavor.

  • FoxMulder

    Yeah he said that, but who knows… I just rewatched TDKR and it is amazing. A true epic, monumental film. That movie is ferocious like no other superhero movie ever before. It will be very hard to top!

  • cincyredsfan

    Why wouldnt he be Robin? I would think it would be a few years before a Justice League movie is made and whats to say after time goes by Christian Bayle wouldnt return as batman? Either way sounds good to me.

  • Steve

    As Jay said, if your first name is Robin, you wouldn’t pick Robin as your superhero name. The end of TDKR just sets up JGL’s character to take up the mantle as Batman, not to be Robin. Although I guess a case could be made for Nightwing.

  • Jonny Ashley

    I’m perfectly fine with this, since it would indicate a clean departure from the Dark Knight series. The torch has been passed and so forth.

  • might explain why JGL didn’t end uo on the cutting room floor – his part, storyline in The Dark Knight Rises was useless

  • Derek McFarland

    I don’t know how I feel about JGL playing Batman. Robin would seem to remain the better choice. Plus switching him from the supposed Robin character to Batman would be somewhat confusing to a lot of people. Him playing Nightwing in a JLA film would be a hell of a lot more simple. But at the same time I’m still not sure about Nolans take on the Batman Universe tying in with the JLA. Nolan did an awesome job steering away from the Tim Burton and Joel Shumacher (or however you spell his last name) films. But those earlier takes on the Batman films seemed more for a JLA Universe, cause they were more towards action/adventure, rather than action/drama/suspense which I considered Nolans versions to be. But then again I could be wrong….. I don’t know EXACTLY what direction Snyder is going for; cause The Watchmen seemed like a bit of an action/drama/suspense as well (as oppose) to Sucker Punch. The only true difference between TDK movies and Watchmen, was there were supernatural heroes in Watchmen. I guess we’ll see… But I really think having JGL play Batman, would be a not so good idea. I’m sure there’s a way to get Bale back if they do decide to tie the Nolan films to the JLA. If he was down for playing John Conner in Terminator “4”, I don’t see why he wouldn’t except the right price to reprise his role as Batman in a JLA movie. It would be wise to get Bale back, cause Marvel seems to be kickin DC’s at the moment.

  • scott

    Bring back Bane! I want to see him take on the JLA!

  • Derek McFarland

    I think the JLA would totally best Bane in no time. If catwoman could kill him with a Bat cycle cannon, I don’t see how he would be much of a threat to the JLA. I personally would prefer to see the JLA go up against Doomsday. I would love to see that showdown on the big screen. Zack Snyder would be perfect for for that kind of directing. Done right…. It could be right up there with the Avengers…. or better.

  • Bob

    JGL in Looper shows that he can play the anti-hero well enough. But, fanboys might not like that Batman would not be Bruce Wayne in the film. Also, I’m just throwing an opinion down right now: The Dark Knight is easily the best of the three films.

  • AmKe

    Robin/Nightwing takes on the cowl and becomes Batman in the comics for some time.. There’s no reason JGL couldn’t play batman he like another stated just needs to hit the gym a bit.

  • mark

    JLA just sounds stupid period.

  • rob

    if they go with the whole “batman beyond” type thing where the future technology helps an under athletic type of hero become more super human then JGL would make a fine batman.