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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Closes Deal For The Dark Knight Rises

Following more than six weeks of negotiations, Joseph Gordon-Levitt has signed on for an undisclosed role in The Dark Knight Rises, reuniting the actor with Inception director Christopher Nolan and co-stars Tom Hardy and Michael Caine.

In addition, Variety reports, indie actress Juno Temple (Cracks, Kaboom) is being considered “for a supporting role as a street-smart Gotham girl.”

Gordon-Levitt, who starred in the sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun before moving on to films like Mysterious Skin, Brick and (500) Days of Summer, has long been rumored for roles in The Dark Knight Rises as varied as The Riddler, Black Mask, Deadshot and Alberto Falcone.

Although Nolan revealed five months ago that The Riddler won’t be in the film, the other characters certainly remain a possibility. The trade paper gives more weight to Deadshot, describing him as a member of the League of Shadows — the organization introduced in 2005’s Batman Begins, and rumored to return in the new film with Talia al Ghul as its leader.

Gordon-Levitt joins a cast that so far includes Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine. The Dark Knight Rises begins filming in April for release on July 20, 2012.

UPDATE: Variety‘s Showblitz blog reports Saturday evening that “insiders” say Gordon-Levitt is set to play Alberto Falcone, son of Gotham crime boss Carmine Falcone (portrayed in Batman Begins by Tom Wilkinson).


  • Chelette

    The goatee in the images makes me think he’d be a good resurrected, de-aged Ra’s al Ghul. No need for Liam Neeson…

    I know Nolan has said he hates Robin, but I also think he’s capable of lying. Gordon-Levitt would make a good Dick Grayson as well. I’m hoping some of these new cast members are on Bruce’s side. He was left in a dark and depressing place at the end of TDK….

  • Bill Reed

    My random guess is Jeremiah Arkham.

  • Dawnell_do

    They would be dumb not to have Gordon-Levitt in this movie.

  • Jacob

    I love that guess.

  • demoncat_4

    a street wise girl sounds like a set up for batgirl. as for joseph odds are proably black mask just have to wait till nolan reveals the full cast

  • Jpeaty1575

    Juno Temple’s gotta be playing either Holly from Batman: Year One or a variation on that character, hasn’t she? That’d make more sense to me. Although Carrie Kelly would be fun too!

  • Eldonte

    I see him playing deadshot. He carried a gun well in inception. Street smart girl – Haley, catwoman’s accomplice/apprentice from year one. c’mon it’s not rocket sience

  • Cover55555

    Good point made. It didn’t even cross my mind, but with this many people against him Bruce, needs more on his side. Maybe Selina will be more good guy than bad then.

  • Phdinevil

    is it me or does he kinda look like heath ledger in that photo? perhaps the joker?

  • AndyB

    I’d love for it to be Deadshot. I’ve always thought he was a realistic villain for a movie and his origin story would translate well with the whole posing as a hero to take Batman’s place while building an empire. Though I think I’m siding with the Hugo Strange guesses.

  • Tomandjeryy

    Deadshot? I was thinking Dr. Darrk. No one’s ever heard of him. One of the highest ranking League members from the earliest days of teh comic. Read teh comic!

  • Lucasburch93

    My guess is either Black Mask or maybe a successor to Ra’s al Ghul

  • Anonymous

    Holly Robinson would be cool…

  • Mondocomic

    I would love to see Gordon-Levitt doing… the Joker

  • Migorta

    I can see JGL playing Dick Grayson and Juno Temple as Carrie Kelly, the Robin from the Dark Knight Returns.

  • Jacob

    He’s gonna be awesome as Falcone.

  • BlakOpal

    I still hold to my theory that he is going to play a resurrected Ra’s Al Gul. I mean, he does look like a young Liam Neeson.

  • Michael Sacal
  • Kurumais

    the joker he would look a lot like heath ledger in make up and he is as good an actor

  • ya mum