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Gordon-Levitt Confirmed for DARK KNIGHT Rises

Joseph Gordon-Levitt confirmed to play Falcone son in third Batman.

By Jarrod Sarafin     March 19, 2011
Source: Variety

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Leonardo DiCaprio in Christopher Nolan's INCEPTION(2010).
© Warner Bros. Pictures

Update: So much for more rumors on which specific role that Joseph Gordon-Levitt will play in the third installment of Christopher Nolan's rebooted Batman trilogy. Mere hours after the Inception actor was confirmed as signing a deal for a part in the next film, Variety has followed up with the specific role that Levitt will be playing. And it will not be Robin, the Riddler or Deadshot as some rumors have been speculating these past few weeks.

The trade reports that insiders reveal that Josepth Gordon-Levitt will be playing Alberto Falcone, the son of Mafia chieftain Carmine Falcone, the character Tom Wilkinson played in "Batman Begins."

Alberto Falcone, who is also known as The Holiday Killer, would bring Nolan's superhero trilogy full-circle. The character fits with the helmer's stated intentions for continuity and preference to pit the Caped Crusader against "realistic" villains, as opposed to cartoonish nemeses such as Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy, who Batman battled in Joel Schumacher's 1997 misfire "Batman and Robin."


Original Story: After months of speculation that Joseph Gordon-Levitt's performance in Christopher Nolan's Inception had earned him a role in the director's next Batman installment, Variety is confirming the deal has been made. Levitt is the latest to officially hop on board The Dark Knight Rises, the fast-tracking Warner Bros. Pictures which also has his confirmed co-stars Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway and Tom Hardy.

While Levitt's role is being kept under wraps for now, the trade does report that actress Juno Temple is being eyed to play a street-smart Gotham girl.

Christopher Nolan is returning to wrap up his Batman trilogy, based on a screenplay by his brother Jonathan Nolan and returning franchise writer David Goyer.

The Dark Knight Rises will strike theaters July 20, 2012.

Thanks to Calibur454 for the submission.


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InnerSanctum 3/19/2011 5:20:08 PM

 I would scratch him off as Robin.  Watched 500 Days of Summer the other night and he is IMPOSSIBLY thin for a guy.  I really enjoyed him in Killshot and the Lookout (Inception is a given).  Talented actor.  

Johnnyathm1 3/19/2011 5:47:00 PM

What rolls are there that fit this actor? I am scratching my head trying to figure out his place in this film...Mmm

Johnnyathm1 3/19/2011 5:51:54 PM

Cant sleep...its 0347 here...thank the gods I have a half day tomorrow...lol! I will be leaving this place in about 18 days...then its chill time on the couch with beer and a real cheese burger (= Its the simple things that you miss the most, like not having to walk 100 meters just to take a piss...lol!

JarrodSarafin 3/19/2011 5:53:28 PM

As Inner Sanctum was quick to say above, I think that's why a lot of rumors are seeing him as a potential Robin, John. Or it could be more the fact that this will likely be the last installment for Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale. Warner Bros. Pictures will then have some other options to continue the Batman franchise....move backwards with a prequel tale or move forward.

If it's the latter option, Nolan may set things up so the duties are handed to another actor/character. They could go the route of Robin, Nightwing or perhaps at the end, have Joseph Gordon-Levitt be handed the duds of Batman by Bale's character. Or perhaps none of the above.

Who really knows here? But the folks over at Warner Bros. Pictures and director Christopher Nolan are probably planning for a good segue between his trilogy and whatever comes next.

JarrodSarafin 3/19/2011 5:54:53 PM

lol At your current state, Johnny...I can't imagine having to walk 100 meters to take a leak. Brutal stuff right there.

Johnnyathm1 3/19/2011 6:00:13 PM

well...I do cheat sometimes...bottles work great when the weather isnt working in your favor (= Just 18 days, Jarrod...then its back in the US...at least till we decide to invade Libyra...lol

JarrodSarafin 3/19/2011 6:02:24 PM

Yep, I was thinking about that one yesterday when they said "no ground forces." My first thought was "Yeah, I wonder for how long?"

Here's hoping you remain home, Johnny. As always we appreciate your service....and your 100 meter sacrifices/bottle cheating techniques. :)

Johnnyathm1 3/19/2011 6:02:30 PM

correction: Libya...its late (=

Johnnyathm1 3/19/2011 6:04:25 PM

And just think... for the low, low price of 8yrs, you too can have this kind of fun.

JarrodSarafin 3/19/2011 6:36:08 PM

Story updated.

While Levitt's story was originally supposed to be kept under wraps, Nolan's camp probably wanted to head off the Riddler and Robin rumors at the pass. They've confirmed Joseph's role tonight.

Still wondering how the studio and director plan to seque between this trilogy and future installments. Perhaps, I'm being too optimistic in thinking they're planning that far ahead....

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