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?