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?