Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Joseph Gordon-Levitt to play Batman in Justice League movie alongside Henry Cavill's Superman?

I must admit that the ending to The Dark Knight Rises concerning Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character left me somewhat nonplussed and more than a little annoyed

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Firstly, there's the whole "Robin" as a first name issue. I can understand why the filmmakers chose to do this; it provides a completely unsubtle, brick-over-the-head way of tying the character to The Boy Wonder. But the implication appears to be that Blake will take over the mantle of Batman rather than becoming Robin (with Bruce having retired and all), so having his name as Robin seems completely redundant.

Then there is the whole issue of why Bruce Wayne chose him at all. In the movie, Bruce and Blake meet only a handful of times, and you never get a sense of the characters being connected in anything other than a cursory manner. Plus, it seems highly unlikely that Bruce would have had time to gather a lot of detail about Blake's activities during the occupation of Gotham, so he basically has no idea who this young "hot-head" cop is. Yet despite all this, Bruce is willing to hand over all his Batman tech and gadgetry (items which he specifically stated were too dangerous to allow to fall into the "wrong" hands for fear they be used as weapons) as well as the responsibility of being "Gotham's Protector". I just hope he also left  behind some detailed user manuals!

And there is also the issue of Wayne Manor becoming an orphanage. So unless Blake is supposed to become some sort of guardian to all the orphans so he can take up residence to give him access to the Batcave (which, let's face it, is going to make getting in and out of the cave a right pain with all those damn, nosey kids around), he's in a pretty crap situation. Assuming he's still living in the city, everytime "The Batman" is needed he'll have to drive out to the cave, strap on his harness and swing through the waterfall, dry himself off, put on the suit and then drive back into the city. I'm guessing he'll be late to the party most of the time!


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Anywho, the (possibly debunked) rumour is now floating around that JGL will be taking on the role of Batman in the Justice League movie. Personally I think this is a terrible idea, but if given the right treatment, I suppose it could be made to work. Read on after the jump for the original article from The Geek Files.

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It's more and more obvious that Warner Bros is looking for its next big franchise after the end of the Harry Potter films and Christopher Nolan's Batman saga.

It has extended The Hobbit into a trilogy and, having seen Marvel's superhero projects culminate in the mega-success of The Avengers, the studio is said to be planning a Justice League movie for release in 2015 (the same summer as the Avengers follow-up - may the best team win!).

Previous talk suggested that Justice League would include Henry Cavill's Superman, from the upcoming Man of Steel. And that seems very likely. It's also possible Ryan Reynolds could return as Green Lantern, after his own solo sequel was ruled out by the poor performance of the first film.

But what about Batman? At one point, it was claimed Armie Hammer would be the next Bruce Wayne, a role he had been set to play in an earlier incarnation of Justice League that never got off the ground.

Now, though, it appears Warner Bros wants more of a shared universe like that built by Marvel (and similar to the one 20th Century Fox is constructing for its X-Men and Fantastic Four properties).
A new rumour says Joseph Gordon-Levitt - who inherited the Batman mantle at the end of The Dark Knight Rises - will be the next caped crusader, thus linking Nolan's trilogy to Justice League.

According to Hitfix, sources say that Warner Bros is "solidifying deals for Gordon-Levitt and potentially at least one other actor from the Nolan films." The site speculates on the possibility of a Batman cameo at the end of Man of Steel, to set up the Justice League film.

For now, there's no official word on any of this web chatter, but Man of Steel director Zack Snyder has acknowledged the behind-the-scenes efforts to create a broader superhero franchise at Warner Bros.

Snyder told the New York Post: "I don't know how Justice League is going to be handled. Honestly, I don't. But the Man of Steel exists, and Superman is in it. I don't know how you'd move forward without acknowledging that."

Asked if he had to ensure Man of Steel exists in a larger universe with other heroes, he was more guarded, but in a very positive way: "I can't really say anything to that, because that's a big spoiler. I will say, yeah, they trust me to keep them on course."

And on the question of Superman sequels, Snyder said it was just too early to commit to that: "We approach the film as a single endeavour. There are a lot of gears that have to turn in the world of commerce and the world of the mythology we create to facilitate more adventures for this character. We'll see what happens."

He added: "We tried to approach this as though there's never been a Superman movie before, but at the same time respecting the canon and mythology. There are the pillars that you have to respect, and I'm not about to break them. But it is fun for me to bend them and mess with them."

Man of Steel is released on June 14, 2013.
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Originally posted on The Geek Files - 27 November 2012 | Written by David Bentley