Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Play Robin in The Dark Knight Rises?

Here’s a pretty wacky casting rumour that seems to be making the rounds this weekend, and even though it sounds like a huge stretch, I felt that it was intriguing enough that it should not go unmentioned. Earlier this week, Deadline.com reported that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was in talks for an unspecified role in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. This set off a wave of speculation as to who he could possibly be playing, and whether or not he would be inhabiting a villain or some other civilian role. Now, a few days later, there is a report coming out of left field that Batman’s sidekick Robin may actually be making an appearance in the film. Coincidence? Maybe, maybe not.

A news report from WILX.com indicates that a production crew has been scouting locations for the film in Michigan, with a hideout for Batman’s sidekick being listed among the necessary locales:

“According to Eaton County and Grand Ledge officials who didn’t want to be identified due to confidentiality agreements, production crews from “The Dark Knight Rises” scouted locations in Grand Ledge’s Fitzgerald Park last week. They looked at the Ledges as well as a water treatment plant located inside the park. Sources say the area is being considered as a hideout for Batman sidekick Robin.”

The Daily Blam has since confirmed these reports with Alex Goldsmith, who wrote the original post, and says he heard “Robin’s Cave” being mentioned from multiple sources.

Now as far as I know, Christopher Nolan has always said that Robin will never be a part of his Batman universe, and it seems very hard to believe that he would suddenly be throwing him into the third film. It was one of the many mistakes that Joel Schumacher made with the third Batman movie in the ’90s series of films, and who would want to repeat that? On the other hand, Joseph Gordon-Levitt does seem like an ideal choice for such a role. Heck, he basically played Leonardo DiCaprio’s sidekick in Inception. What do you think, could there be any truth to these rumours? And if so, could Christopher Nolan and Joseph Gordon-Levitt make it work?



  • No way man, he’ll be Alberto Falcone

  • Napalm

    eh i don’t see it happening. the cast is crowded as it is… too many heroes/villains could lead to bad things.

  • Bas

    If there has to be a Robin in the coming film then JGL is the right actor for the role. But I’m more worried about Bane & Catwoman. Such a shame we’re not getting the Riddler or Hugo Strange (I know about the Robin Williams rumour).

  • alechs

    All Nolan needs to do now is backtrack and reveal that they plan on post-conversion 3D. Might as well go out in a terrific bang, am I right?

    Seriously though, when will people give Nolan a break?

  • kyri

    Robin’s true role in the comics was to help Batman hold his shit together. Considering the fact that in the NolanUniverse we see Batman flirt more and more with insanity, I can say I am surprised with the use of Robin in there. But can this translate to a good film? Let’s all hope that Robin is Nolan’s creative choice.

  • Brendan

    “Robin’s Cave” sounds like prison lingo. I hope Bruce Wayne doesn’t drive his “Batmobile” into “Robin’s Cave” if you know what I mean.

  • rjdelight

    I’m down for a Nolan-verse Robin.

  • projectgenesis

    I love Nolan and it hurts me to say it, but let’s be honest: there’s no way this will live up to The Dark Knight. I would love to be proven wrong but I really can’t see it. Yes, some of it had to do with Ledger’s death and the subsequent hype about his performance, but regardless…Dark Knight relishes in its freedom not to have to introduce OR conclude the character of Batman. That can never be replicated.

  • The term Nolanverse needs to be retired.

  • rjdelight

    Never! lol.

  • kyri

    I wonder who is Nolan going to kill this time in order to hype his movie..

  • scott

    nolan won’t go back on his word about robin. It would seem silly and out of place in the universe he’s thus far created. I’m excited to see who he will play though. I’m still pissed off that they are going for bane and selena kyle (sense so far there has been no word that she will actually be catwoman) instead of the riddler albeit bane is the only one to take batman out of commission. WHo knows? this is getting exciting though isn’t it. biggest movie of 2012

  • Maopheus

    The only way Robin can work is if they don’t call him Robin and if he’s not a juvenile, subservient sidekick to Batman. That never works. I liked Miller’s take on Robin in the Dark Knight Returns but that was a special deal and can’t really be replicated too easily with the Nolan/Bale Batman. “Robin” has to be older, able to stand on his own as a superhero crimefighter, perhaps even someone who challenges Batman at first as a possible rival. The problem in the script is how to use Robin to enhance the story without also diminishing Batman’s stature. It’s hard to do. Nolan shouldn’t feel obligated to use Robin just because he’s a major character in the Batman history.

  • Matt

    You mean Knightwing? ^^^Stupid.

  • Tom

    My feeling is that if Robin is in the movie, he will not be Robin. Instead, maybe Dick Grayson makes a cameo at the end of the film. Or Batman could just die at the end of the film. :)

  • Phantom1592

    Ok… let’s clear one thing up. Introducing ROBIN into the movies was NOT one of Joel Schumacher’s mistakes.

    Casting a 30 year old who was physically TALLER than Batman was the mistake! I love Robin as an idea and as a character and wholely support him in a serious movie…

    but the casting HAS to be correct. Gordon-Levitt was too old to play a decent robin when 3rd rock from the sun ended… and how long ago was THAT??

  • JOn

    He’s not going to be robin, I bet that he is going to appear as the joker

  • Vince

    personnally I don’t understand why people don’t like Robin, he was great even in Batman Forever (might have been the only good character in this one)

    I’m sure Mr Nolan will make a great Robin if its ever going to happen
    theres not going to be any gay romance between Batman an Robin, thats for sure, those characters were not meant to be gay in the first place

    and I think introducing Dick Grayson, not yet Robin, would be great without him being Robin in this movie

  • Jake

    Nolan never said anything about nightwing not being in the film… Personally as much as I would hate it, i think this will be the last of Nolan’s batman films. Looks like I’ll just have to play Arkham city after this.

  • Abe

    They’ve already announced he’s gonna be a detective, this is a retarded rumour.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1345836/

  • William

    There isnt going to be a Robin unless its at the very ending because its already been said by Christian Bale that he was going to quit if they ever had the idea of putting a Robin in the movie…and if there is a Robin at the end dont expect Christian Bale to be appearing in a third movie if there was ever a third…and this is Nolan’s last Batman film he is going to do. He said so himself…

  • jb

    Robin is good, he is one of my favs in batman, don’t get me wrong, batman’s real, i love h whole all black thing!!!!!!!!!!! ;) Robin had the youth though, we all know what that means! ;}