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Is Joseph Gordon-Levitt Negotiating To Play THE DARK KNIGHT RISES’ Hugo Strange??

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Deadline Hollywood reports that another star of Christopher Nolan’s “Inception” is negotiating to join Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises.”

Since fellow “Inception” star Tom Hardy is set to play Bane, it makes some sense that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is perhaps being earmarked for the role of deranged Batman stalker/wannabe Hugo Strange, a character long rumored to be a part of Nolan’s third Batman film.

Gordon-Levitt does sort of resemble a darker version of fellow former child actor Christian Bale, does he not?

Since this is likely Nolan’s final look at the life of Bruce Wayne, the writer-director may feel compelled to load up an extra dose of scum and villainy?

Anne Hathaway was earlier announced as Catwoman’s alter ego, Selina Kyle.

Find Deadline’s exclusive on the matter here.

 

 

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  • Feb. 1, 2011, 10:46 p.m. CST

    Sounds good to me

    by slone13

    I trust Nolan. I really enjoy Levitt, too.

  • Feb. 1, 2011, 10:47 p.m. CST

    Still can't believe this is the little kid from '3rd Rock...'

    by BiggusDickus

    Does my head in every time I think about it.

  • Feb. 1, 2011, 10:47 p.m. CST

    Filled up

    by Rev. Artemis Prime

    Love the idea, but man it sounds like he is filling up with LOTS of characters. I just hope he can work them all in. But, then Nolan is god. Have no fear.

  • Feb. 1, 2011, 10:48 p.m. CST

    Hmmmm....

    by Vriley2000

    Not who I would have picked... I would think Hugo Strange would need to be older. But again... I'll trust Nolan.

  • Feb. 1, 2011, 10:49 p.m. CST

    PS - didn't particularly want to post just now...

    by BiggusDickus

    ...but it stopped some wanker saying 'first'.

  • Feb. 1, 2011, 10:50 p.m. CST

    ...or not, as the case may be...

    by BiggusDickus

  • Feb. 1, 2011, 10:50 p.m. CST

    I love the "I Trust Nolan" phrase

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    is there any other director that we are confident in backing like that? I know I trust Spielburg to make a 3 hour movie with at least 8 endings.

  • Feb. 1, 2011, 10:50 p.m. CST

    Looks like Heath

    by Tom

    Anyone else think thats odd?

  • Feb. 1, 2011, 10:50 p.m. CST

    Robin Williams

    by Tom

    also is rumored to play Hugo http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/zap-ent-dark-knight-robin-williams,0,5295160.story

  • Feb. 1, 2011, 10:51 p.m. CST

    "Still can't believe this is the little kid from '3rd Rock..."

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    I usually think "the kid from Angels in the Outfield". either way, he grew up to be a great actor. except in GI Joe, but thats not his fault (moreso his agent)

  • Feb. 1, 2011, 10:53 p.m. CST

    Robin Williams

    by FilmGuy125

    What happened to that rumor?? Last I checked, Strange isn't a 20-something.

  • Feb. 1, 2011, 10:56 p.m. CST

    I want to see RObin Williams in the hugo strange role

    by Redhead_Redemption

    I'm fine with casting Levitt but make him a good guy, perhaps a gothman PD detective or something

  • Feb. 1, 2011, 10:57 p.m. CST

    It's Time.

    by JuntMonkey

    When Nolan was asked multiple times before Inception, "will the Joker be recast?", what was he supposed to say? "Yes!" Yea that would have gone over well, and it wouldn't have overshadowed Inception or anything like that. Time has passed, wounds have healed, and the hubbub over the other villains being announced has died down. The world is finally ready to hear what we've known in our hearts for 3 years. JGL is the Joker.

  • Feb. 1, 2011, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Robin Williams

    by Hercules

    may still play Strange. For all we know Levitt is playing Dick Grayson.

  • Feb. 1, 2011, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Williams already did the stalker thing in One Hour Photo

    by Bobo_Vision

    And I've vowed to pass on anything Robin Williams makes ever since the film R.V. ....so go with Joseph Gordon Levitt.

  • Feb. 1, 2011, 11:05 p.m. CST

    Bat Crack

    by Henry Fool

    I wonder how they'll handle the whole crack in the back that Bane delivers BM.<br /> <br /> It would be gutsy if the trilogy ended with Bruce Wayne in a wheelchair, his career as Batman over.

  • Feb. 1, 2011, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Tingles

    by Steven Trebus

    I get them at the very mention of JGL. He is fantastic, and he would definitely add a lot to Nolan's universe. It makes sense, especially since Nolan seems to make smart casting choices and stick with those people in his other films. (Bale, Caine, Hardy, etc.)

  • Feb. 1, 2011, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Speaking of which....

    by Bobo_Vision

    ....go to Youtube...and put the following words into their search engine: Robin Williams One Hour Photo eyes

  • Feb. 1, 2011, 11:08 p.m. CST

    smokeybear18

    by Bobo_Vision

    Williams was in Nolan's Insomnia....so he would fit into the formula you mentioned. But I'm with ya, I'd prefer JGL.

  • Feb. 1, 2011, 11:08 p.m. CST

    wasnt Bullock suppose to be in this movie?

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    maybe JGL will play him? or maybe JGL will play a random extra like in Brothers Bloom?

  • Feb. 1, 2011, 11:10 p.m. CST

    I trust David O. Russell

    by JuntMonkey

    Russell hasn't given us any reason not to trust him, which is why the fanboy backlash against the upcoming Uncharted movie is so aggravating.

  • Feb. 1, 2011, 11:16 p.m. CST

    Deadline says nothing of Hugo Strange.

    by little_lebowski

    Nothing AT ALL of the character in that article. How the hell would you even think of that actor with that character? Oh, and the Robin Williams rumour was debunked by the guy who supposedly started it.

  • Feb. 1, 2011, 11:17 p.m. CST

    TQB your right....

    by Miami Lice

  • Feb. 1, 2011, 11:17 p.m. CST

    Batman Begins had a shitload of villains too

    by MattmanReturns

    Scarecrow, Ra's (two of em!), Falcone, and even a Zsasz cameo. And they didn't overload the movie. Nolan seems to understand that the villains must be in service of the story, not the other way around *cough*Spider-Man 3*cough*.

  • Feb. 1, 2011, 11:18 p.m. CST

    THIS IS A LONGSHOT BUT I WOULD RATHER HAVE JGL PLAY...

    by Meadowe

    Jean Paul Valley, a.k.a. Azrael. Imo it would be great to see jgl playing a meeq computers major from Gotham university slowy but surely turn into the "instrument of righteous cruelty" Azrael. With Bane being in tdkr and both Bane and Azrael appearing for at relatively the same time I thought it would be coo' to have Azrael in this.

  • Before "The Dark Knight" was cast, who besides Christopher Nolan looked at Heath Ledger and said, "Joker!"

  • Feb. 1, 2011, 11:20 p.m. CST

    I always pictured. . .

    by maelstrom_ZERO

    Hugo Strange as a Gotham-infused version of Victor Frankenstein--a perhaps young-ish to middle-aged man with a great deal of aspiration and brilliance, but gradually becoming obsessed until monomania takes hold of him, and he simply snaps. Of course, I could be completely wrong, since I've not read very much of Hugo Strange in the comics. But that's the impression I've received from him via various media. And Nolan might as well bring in DiCaprio and Ellen Page to the cast as well just to round everything out and make it Inception-esque since Levitt and Hardy's already on board. And have Watanabe make a re-appearance.

  • Robin Williams reminisces about his time spent doing Insomnia. At the end he's asqing to have a role in the next bat fliq, so we know he would at least be open to doing tdkr.

  • Feb. 1, 2011, 11:22 p.m. CST

    TQB He does look like Heath...

    by Miami Lice

    When i heard Heath died i thought of actors to continue the Joker and the only one i could think of was Joseph Gordon Levitt. Definitely one of the best actors at the moment. How cool would it be to see Catwoman and the Joker in the same movie!!

  • Feb. 1, 2011, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Anyone see the episode of Community a couple weeks ago....

    by Bobo_Vision

    ...where the brainless bimbo that Jeff Winger tries to get into their study group says, "I spell kettle corn with a 'qu'." <p> Jeff Winger: "Well don't."

  • Feb. 1, 2011, 11:35 p.m. CST

    Prey

    by khaos751

    If they follow the Prey arc (that includes Hugo Strange), maybe Levitt will play Max Cort/Night Scourge.

  • Feb. 1, 2011, 11:40 p.m. CST

    One of them needs to be a throwaway villain

    by ahdvd

    Too many will ruin the movie as previous comic book movies have shown, one of these will have to be the villain at the start that Batman has been deling with in the interim between 'TDK' and 'Rises' otherwise it will be too much.

  • Feb. 1, 2011, 11:40 p.m. CST

    Is Harry blowing Moriarty in that new animation?

    by Cap'n Jack

  • Feb. 1, 2011, 11:56 p.m. CST

    No, Robin Williams Can't Be Hugo Stange...

    by IamTheSisko

    Bale said he wouldn't come back if Robin was in it;-P

  • He could be a dark mirror of the dark knight, what Bruce Wayne could have become. This would play to Nolan's themes of escalation and the need for a symbol to encourage change for the good. Look at Egypt, that's what a Batman inspired revolution would looked like. A revolution of peace and goodwill that defeats old corrupt power and those who would leach off of it.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 12:09 a.m. CST

    Might be better...

    by David_Denmans_Beard

    for the likes of Firefly or Deadshot. I was going to say Red Hood but that would suggest he might follow-up the role as another Joker should the films continue on past Nolan's departure. That and the highly unlikely possibility that Nolan would open the door for someone to upstage Heath in the role.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 12:18 a.m. CST

    cast Perren Hedderson from HERO TOMORROW as Hugo

    by Daniel_S_Duvall

    http://www.herotomorrow.com/movie/

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 12:19 a.m. CST

    Mark Hamill should be casted...

    by BlackBriar

    If they're going to recast the Joker, Dick Grayson is a possibility for JGL, but I don't see it in Nolan's Batman. The Riddler is the only one that makes the most sense.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 12:25 a.m. CST

    Not a commentary on the potential casting, Herc....

    by little_lebowski

    ... it's a commentary on how Evel Knievel couldn't have made that leap. It's quite the conclusional jump to go from: "Levitt in negotiations for unknown role" to: "Actor playing X-character I pulled out of my hat. Possibly. But I'll make it sound like he is anyways."

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 12:41 a.m. CST

    seriously, wheres the integrity?

    by Orion

    No where does it say what role he's playing. What a joke.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 12:42 a.m. CST

    Cool!

    by kafka07

    I kind of doubt he's Hugo Strange but who knows. Robin Williams would make a good Strange.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 12:51 a.m. CST

    this movie needs the joker

    by Orion

    Without knowing the story the joker did say banana and he would do this forever.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 12:51 a.m. CST

    bananna. damn autocorrect

    by Orion

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 12:54 a.m. CST

    Did Nolans say no Penguin?

    by room23storeblogspotcom

    I can't remember, but maybe Robbin Williams might be a good Oswald Cobblepotts?

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 12:57 a.m. CST

    I'm curious if Scarecrow is going to be back?

    by room23storeblogspotcom

    His cameo would be a nice connection between all of the movies.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 1:02 a.m. CST

    3 villains wtf??

    by darthwaz1

    This is starting to sound dumb..I'm more interested in the new Superman.

  • My best guess is Strange. You pick another another character from the Batman mythos. I challenge you to wager $5, your pick against mine.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 1:27 a.m. CST

    nathan fillion as king tut!!!

    by alice133

    and nolan's mission would be accomplished.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 1:47 a.m. CST

    maybe JGL as robin?

    by Miami Lice

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 1:49 a.m. CST

    with all these villains...

    by Miami Lice

    we might get two parts of the dark night returns...

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 1:50 a.m. CST

    It would be nice if they work in cameos of other villains...

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    For example, not "The Penguin," but they could have Oswald Cobblepot show up for a scene or two. I've always imagined that in the Nolanverse, he would just be a guy who walks with a limp (the result of a childhood health affliction) using a cane, who has connections to the mob world, and his family has a longtime rivalry/history with the Waynes (this is what was established in The Batman animated series, and I thought it worked). Imagine Philip Seymour Hoffman as Oswald sitting on the board of Wayne Industries trying to lead a hostile takeover. Thus, this version of The Penguin would not directly be an enemy to Batman but to Bruce Wayne's life in the corporate world.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 1:51 a.m. CST

    by redkamel

    JGL looks like he is 16 and kind of a pretty boy. They'd need to makeup the hell out of him to make me think he had the experience to be Dr. Strange. Robin Williams has the looks, but I don't know if he can do the acting. And when I heard Ledger as the Joker, I thought "ok, Nolan sees something in him we dont. I mean, hes only done romcoms until then AFAIK". Levitt has done more than that, and I don't get a Hugo Vibe from him. More like the Ventriloquist. I mean, he still has a high voice.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 2:12 a.m. CST

    I just hope there's not too many villains

    by tomimt

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 2:16 a.m. CST

    cap 'n' Jack

    by Righteous Brother

    Yes. Disturbing isn't it? Meanwhile.......I don't really see JGL as Hugo Strange, but I'm sure he could knock it out of the park if cast.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 2:43 a.m. CST

    redkamel, you don't know if Williams can do the acting

    by American Mythos

    Sure, he's made some stinkers, but the man is one of the best dramatic actors in America. Good Will Hunting, One Hour Photo, Insomnia, The Fisher King. Just watch some of his dramatic roles, forget about shit like RV, and you just might be able to see Robin Williams in a dark Nolan Batman film. The man's acting choices might be questionable, but his ability is not. In fact, I'm a huge fan of Gordon-Levitt, but I say "Williams for the win" on Dr. Strange. Maybe cast Gordon-Levitt in a Joker cameo.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 3 a.m. CST

    too many dicks on the dance floor

    by mynamesdan

    bane plus hugo strange plus catwoman plus morgan freeman plus michael caine plus arnold schwartzennegger going "dey woan dake ME do da goola" <p> too many dicks. the only person smiling is george clooney.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 3:03 a.m. CST

    JGL as The Riddler

    by recantha

    I'd like to see what Nolan did with a classic villain, just like he did with The Joker. Y'know, you could have either Catwoman or Bane as the criminal mastermind and then The Riddler as a serial killer that they then bring in to knock off those who stand in their way. Nolan has gone out of his way to take the cartoonyness out of the story, and this would be an interesting way to use a recognisable character in a new way. Frankly, just having Catwoman and Bane doesn't exactly blow the wind up my skirt. Catwoman has always been a psycho, to be sure, but a second-string psycho who always needs another villain to bounce off. As for Dick Grayson? I just don't think it's necessary. Batman works as this lone, shadowy, conflicted figure, in Nolan's universe. Not sure that eventually-Robin would help much, particularly as it would be an origin story for Robin that he wouldn't then follow up as this is his last movie.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 3:05 a.m. CST

    at least we know now there will never be a williams

    by emeraldboy

    version of the joker.really wanted to see that. would love to see williams play an out and out bad guy.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 3:06 a.m. CST

    JGL as the Riddler (pt 2)

    by recantha

    Should've said - I can see JGL bringing a real mischievousness to the part, which what most people like about Riddler anyway : He's not just a baddie, he's an aggravating little f&^*er too. JGL - best thing about GI Joe, even with all the prosthetic and mechanical stuff.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 3:06 a.m. CST

    Williams as Joker (@emeraldboy)

    by recantha

    Trouble is... I doubt he would've played it as a bad guy. I could see him playing the Nicholson version, though.

  • Saying that he felt they were good in the comics but didn't work on film. Plus who want to follow DeVito's Penguin... that was one creepy as hell portrayal. Anyway my take is Williams as Strange and a director friend of mine said when Inception came out that that if Nolan had any sense then JGL would be The Riddler. He'd be awesome in that role.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 3:31 a.m. CST

    People on this site

    by sai_justin

    are such band-wagoners. If it's "cool" to like a movie or actor, everyone here is instantly on the trendy ball sack. Levitt is so wrong for this role, it's sick. Whatever happened to casting grown-folks in adult roles? I'm tired of seeing origin stories - get on with it, for chrissakes. Most of these heroes/villains are NOT teeny-boppers & twentysomethings. I know it plays to the whiny fags of the shit internet demographic, but c'mon Hollywood.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 3:32 a.m. CST

    "3 villains"

    by MattmanReturns

    That's ASSuming Catwoman is a villain. If you've ever bothered to pick up a Batman comic, you'd know that she can't really be classified as a villain.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 3:34 a.m. CST

    Nolan's "Universe"

    by sai_justin

    This also strikes me as depressingly funny, as none of you tards would've accepted a singular interpretation before your precious Nolan Bats flicks. Jesus, hypocrites. Fuck movies and fuck people. You non-contributing zeroes.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 3:38 a.m. CST

    Ugh. RE: Robin Williams

    by sai_justin

    We'd like to see Williams as a bad guy, eh? Does anyone think before they vomit on the keyboard? Robin Williams has played plenty of creepy villain-types - dude has surprising range. One Hour Photo. Insomnia (which I'm sure is the basis for his inclusion in these asinine rants). /sigh.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 3:44 a.m. CST

    The big question is:

    by Colonel_Blimp

    Who will be Nolan's obligatory washed up 80's b-list actor this time? He's already used Hauer, Roberts and Berenger. Who's next? Gary Busey? I'd love to see Hauer return, too.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 3:53 a.m. CST

    Williams rumours are false

    by damned-dirty-ape

    Even though i think Williams would make a fantastic Hugo Strange, the rumour was started by a quote by the guy who runs the Batman on Film website. He was just contemplating about Williams in a tweet and it just got out of control. He admitted it. JGL is a fantastic actor, but i don't see him as Strange. Maybe he could be the leader of the Batman task force.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 4:40 a.m. CST

    scarecrow

    by stringerbell

    i wonder will cillian murphy be back for the 3rd installment we know chris nolan likes working with him and it would keep a good continuity thru all the film, prob just a small scene in arkum id say

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 4:54 a.m. CST

    I wonder if Nolan's cast JGL in the other female role?

    by dr_buggerlugs

    I kid of course, but my guess is like Hathaway and Hardy, they may announce the other female role (if it is a considerable one) and Levitt's part in tandem.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 5:22 a.m. CST

    by THX_1971

    Looks to me like Dick Grayson...

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 5:24 a.m. CST

    Robin

    by THX_1971

    What's the bet?

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 6:59 a.m. CST

    John Lithgow for Hugo Strange

    by Chain

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 7:12 a.m. CST

    buggerlugs

    by ihatetalkbacks

    would be good if it was a female Robin as a redemptive force, they can leave any romance out of it.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 7:15 a.m. CST

    Robin Williams is owed a Bat-movie.

    by TommyGavinsEgo

    I'm not the hugest fan of the guy - his latter-day dramatic turns are great, but I never liked his "comedy" either in movies or on stage, speeding his tits off and rattling off coked-up borderline offensive stereotyped characters. BUT - Warners dicked him over time and again. Courted for the Joker - which he REALLY wanted - when Nicholson was playing hard to get, and they never had ANY intention of casting over good ol' Jack. And then they played the same trick with the Riddler in Batman Forever. Chased Jim Carrey, who held out, and forced his hand by saying "we're getting Robin Williams" - all the while with Williams thinking he was the first choice. Shitty tricks, but common in Hollywood. It'd be nice if he got a plum decent role in the "last" Batman flick (until the inevitable reboot / recast continuation). I can definitely see him as Strange - a quiet, creepy, One-Hour-Photo-kinda role. And Nolan has got greatness from Williams before now. Bring it on.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 7:17 a.m. CST

    I'd always thought he'd make the perfect riddler

    by nil8tion

    just imagine him with the bowler and green tailored suit, seems perfect for the role.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 7:18 a.m. CST

    What's with this nerd obsession with Jsoeph Gordon-Levitt?

    by rev_skarekroe

    He's not that great. Hell, even when he's got scary Cobra Commander makeup caked on all I can see is the kid from Third Rock From The Sun.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 7:18 a.m. CST

    JGL will play the Joker in Arkham Asylum

    by ManEatingFish

    he is the only actor with the same facial bone structure as the the late HL

  • Anne Hathaway. I'm still in shock over that one.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Edward Nigma...

    by Iudex

    He'd make a great Riddler.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 7:34 a.m. CST

    Fuck Robin Williams

    by Yaroh_Meringue

    He's "owed" a BATMAN movie?!? He owes the national audience for putting up with his hackery for decades. He is owed exactly one less BATMAN movie for every THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO appearance he's made where he's used his "gay guy" voice, his "black guy" voice or jumped up on the chair. Which means he's owed -100,000,000 BATMAN movies.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 7:40 a.m. CST

    Agrees with yaroh_meringue

    by Bobo_Vision

    Forget the Riddler....get Williams some Ritalin.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 7:44 a.m. CST

    Sooo gonna be the Joker...

    by Human Tornado

    Just wait and see.

  • Commissioner Gordon has to assign someone to head the task force that hunts Batman, which is where the last film left things. Since we know that he's not actually trying to catch Batman there will be no drama if he does it himself. So assuming that Bane hasn't been re-imagined to be the alter-ego of a police officer, the JGL would most likely be playing that guy. If the story is following Prey, then he could be Hugo Strange and Hardy's Bane could be the police captain heading the anti-Batman task force that Strange twists into a brutish vigilante so that they both can better understand Batman's mindset. That character wasn't Bane in the original comics, but Bane is far cooler name than the throw-away "Night Scourge" or whatever he was called. The point was merely that Strange felt he could match the mind of Batman, but he needed someone else to match the physicality of Batman. If they're not following Prey then JGL is most likely an ambitious cop or district attorney (someone's gotta replace Dent) who honestly wants to bring down Batman, and he's not Strange or Riddler or any major Batman comics character at all.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 7:55 a.m. CST

    human tornado....

    by Righteous Brother

    You're sooooooo wrong on so many levels that it isn't even funny.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 7:56 a.m. CST

    Playing Coy On The Catwoman Thing Is Silly

    by NeonFrisbee

    Nolan, love ya, but we ALL know who Selina Kyle is, so, just stop it.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Good casting, now just change the horrible title...

    by ChickenStu

    Seriously, they need to get rid of the title. I was thinking something along the lines of "Once Upon A Time In Gotham City". Indifferent to Anne Hathaway (I don't find her remotely attractive), but with actors like Joseph Gordon Levitt and Tom Hardy joining a cast which already has Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman - we really can't go wrong here.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 8:01 a.m. CST

    joseph gordon-levitt as nathan fillion!!!!

    by alice133

    -as jack hamm!!!!!!!!

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 8:01 a.m. CST

    I like the idea of casting Mark Hamill as the Joker.

    by JudasPriestly

    He did an excellent job voicing the Joker in the animated series. And he'd be covered up in Joker makeup so I see no reason why he shouldn't be considered for the role.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Williams = Strange

    by Judge Briggs

    Lewitt = Grayson ...makes sense.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Don't care...

    by etantao

    Let Nolan put whoever he wants, after he's last movies I've got only confidence he'll knock it out of the park again.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Just when we thought the JGL = Joker rumors

    by elsewhere

    were dead, they pull us back in! JGL as Strange? No fucking way. I really can't see JGL playing the Joker either. I just assume Nolan will leave it alone out of respect for Ledger, but who knows. Robin Williams playing Strange has really peaked my interest lately. I will bust a nut if he actually does get cast as Strange.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 8:24 a.m. CST

    According to IO9

    by elsewhere

    Cinematographer Wally Pfister basically confirmed Hathaway is playing Catwoman.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 8:37 a.m. CST

    am with you etanto

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    the guy has been hitting them out of the park for 10+ years now, can't think of any director that compares in that time period (Coen Bros probably number 2 for me ), and have confidence he will do it again Yes he was robbed re no nomination for Director, though the editor of Inception was probably moreso, and for me the worst exclusion in the nominations

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Yes but who is going to play Sandman and Sugar and Spice?

    by ChimpanzeesTalk

    With every bit of news that comes out, Batman 3 looks more and more like a typical third sequel

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Should Be The Joker

    by sirbroiler

    If story is so important to Nolan - then he should stick to the original plan and finish the Joker arc. We've got to see Joker pulling the strings from behind bars - that has been a recurring theme in many Batman stories in the comics. There is no actor better suited to take on the role than JGL. He's got the look and he proved in Inception that he has the talent to fill Heaths' enormous shoes. It's not disrespectful to a deceased actor to take on a role he once portrayed. Let's get over that already and tell the story!

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 8:46 a.m. CST

    nathan fillion

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    and Chris if for some rediculous reason (i.e. you are very drunk) you read the website and are reading this, can you give Nathan a cameo just for us

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 8:49 a.m. CST

    JGL just looks like a squinty, smirky kid to me

    by mypalfish

    When Robin Williams decides to put away his annoying manic schtick, he's a really good actor. He did a great job in One Hour Photo. So far the casting isn't doing much to get me really looking forward to the movie. Anne Hathaway isn't that pretty, imo, and isn't a great actress. Hardy is just eh. JGL is a trendy pick, but I was far from blown away by him in 500 Days of Summer.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 8:52 a.m. CST

    The Joker

    by TDH1138

    Since Ledger's death, I been saying that IF Nolan was to have to recast the role, he should get Levitt. This was PRE-Inception. Anyone else think this or am I alone? It wouldn't sully what Ledger did so long as it was done right. I always was under the impression Nolan wasn't finished with the Joker.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 8:54 a.m. CST

    sirbroiler

    by TDH1138

    I agree 100%. I've been saying it for a LONG time that JGL would work. It's not disrespectful if it's done right.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Even if it sucks, it would be better than "Inception"

    by jawsfan

    That's right. You heard me.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 9:18 a.m. CST

    The pre-release hype and expectations will be unreasonable.

    by jawsfan

    Face it -- had Ledger not died a half-year before The Dark Knight was released, the movie would not have done the business it did. For RISES to be really successful, someone in the cast will have to die or get caught in a really mortifying scandal a few months before the film comes out. You don't actually expect that RISES can match TDK's box office, do ya? Of course it can't. And that's really not the point anyway. Big box office doesn't equal "great movie" (as "Inception" proves). Nolan is going to have to top himself with RISES. And the surest way to do that -- the surest way to make RISES a better movie than TDK -- is to hand it off to a better director. That's right. You heard me.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Levitt = Dick Grayson?

    by Screentext

    It's possible.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 9:28 a.m. CST

    JGL could definitely work for Joker

    by Wcwlkr

    I'd be cool with that, it would be sad to just see that character go away.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Judge Briggs

    by Wcwlkr

    I could also see JGL as Grayson that would make sense, and again I'd be cool with that if that's the direction they want to go with. In fact I'd be more excited to see that. Fitting in with Nolan's concept of Batman it'd make sense for him to want to have a person take up his place. Especially if he sees a kindred with Grayson in how he loses his parents.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 9:47 a.m. CST

    He should be Dick Grayson if anyone

    by Smack_Teddy

    The look on his face when going out with the explosives in Inception: Grayson in Dark Victory. Comapre these two, and Grayson & Levitt in general in other stuff. Levitt for Grayson! It seems more appropriate he'd come along with Bane etc. and Batman will let someone into his Life, but it won't be Selina Kyle by the end. That kind of makes sense to me. That or he's Joker...as weird as it seems to close on a third chapter replacing Joker, it also seems a bit weird if he doesnt eve have a cameo to comment on Bats or the state of Gotham and its inhabitants.<p>Ellen Page for Harley Quinn!

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 9:51 a.m. CST

    I'm betting he has a smaller role

    by atalcot

    These movies are usually populated with supporting characters, and if I had to bet I'd say he's probably going to play the new district attorney, reporter, or mobster. I'm actually more curious to see if Bane's presence is an indicator that the League of Shadow will make a return. In the comics Bane joined with Ra's al Ghul for a time, and it wouldn't surprise me if they introduced him as al Ghul's new "champion" sent to take down Batman and destroy Gotham.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Is this going to be another 'movie and a half'?

    by SmokingRobot

    Like 'Dark Knight' or 'Inception' where after a few hours you're saying to yourself, 'isn't this movie ever going to end? Or are we now watching another movie?

  • ...and this film will be big, really big. In fact, I would not be surprised if DARK KNIGT RISES gets the Kill Bill Treatment and is released in two halves.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Burt Ward's Dong For Dick...

    by BlackNacht

    Grayson

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 9:56 a.m. CST

    too many villains

    by lb_12

    Catwoman, strange, bane.... This is starting to sound an awful lot like batman forever.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Like i could pictue both Page or Amy Adams being Harley

    by Smack_Teddy

    These are Actors i cant help but ahake for Strange: <p> Anthony Hopkins (its because of the front cover for Prey really)<p> Paddy Considine<p><p>Hugh Jackman. <p>But really Nopkins should be 5 glorious minutes or something of The Ventrioloquist. Jackman is maybe just because of The Prestige, Prey etc..

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Not front cover for Prey, im an idiot

    by Smack_Teddy

    but still: <p> http://media.giantbomb.com/uplo ads/6/60115/1472379-batman_hugo_strange_large.jpg<p> Hopkins, Considine, Jackman.<p> Anthony Hopkins for the Ventriloquist!

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 10:11 a.m. CST

    spiderman 3 all over

    by norm

    How many villians are they gonna stuff in this thing?

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 10:14 a.m. CST

    bring back nicholson

    by Orion

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Dick Grayson? Levitt's almost 30 years old!

    by OutsideChance

    Geez, some of you people are idiots. Why in god's name would Nolan, whose on record as being anti-Robin in the first place, cast someone that old for the kid sidekick?

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 10:25 a.m. CST

    "For all we know Levitt is playing Dick Grayson"

    by Stan Gable

    While I've always thought Robin gets a raw deal as a cheesy character and has been portrayed that way on TV and in the last round of Batman movies, there is no chance in hell that Levitt is playing Dick Grayson. He is about 10 years too old for that role. Grayson certainly has a dark origin story that I'm sure Nolan could depict well, but I don't see him introducing a character like him in the last film of his trilogy.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 10:34 a.m. CST

    So Harry...

    by stillsberry

    Were you right about Hugo Strange or not?

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 11:01 a.m. CST

    JGL as Grayson in Nolan's World

    by Wcwlkr

    The way Nolan has tried to establish Batman in a real world setting. It would make sense to cast still younger but older actor in the role as a possilbe Batman replacement. Which is how Nolan's Batman would view Robin, especially if a real world take would not be to have a Kid standing toe to toe with an adult.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 11:02 a.m. CST

    No, JGL doesn't look like Bale...

    by D_T

    ...but he looks a helluva lot like Ledger. I really wonder if Nolan wants to add a little follow-up/closure with the Joker, and having JGL stand-in for Ledger, you know, a dark cell in Arkham Asylum, could work.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 11:07 a.m. CST

    JGL won't be robin - he's more likely the New Gotham DA

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    a) Nolan and Bale have both said that robin will not play a part in their trilogy, it's the early stages of batmans career. Why would they change that rule now in the third and final movie (whyt indroduce that plot point just as the nolanverse is closing?) b)JGL is almost 30, we had this problem before with chris o'donell, If you cast a robin thats too old it doesn't work, and Nolan is pretty faithful to the central characteristics of the comics, SO If he ever did use robin I guarantee you it would be an actor of 16 or 17. and why is it assumed Levit will be a villan? This movie already has enough of those (and we are likley to see Scarecrow return as well as more mobsters) So it makes more sense that JGL will be playing a good guy, either a detective at GCPD or more likely He'll be the new DA. With Dent dead there's a spot open and We saw another DA in begins who was killed to make way for Dent

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Christopher, cast Tom Waits!

    by AshMcQ

    As Riddler or Strange or whoever. He would just make a great Batman villain.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Prediction

    by ThrowMeTheIdol

    It will be full of car chases and machine guns like his last two movies and then fans will wonder why the academy hates Nolan when he gets snubbed at the Oscars.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Not that

    by ThrowMeTheIdol

    a Batman movie shouldn't have those elements. I'm just commenting on fans unrealistic expectations of what kinds of movies the Oscars reward.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Better than the other casting, for sure.

    by venvariants

    I loved the Third Rock kid in Inception. He could play Riddler for all I care, and it would still be better than the two lame villains they decided to go with.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 11:46 a.m. CST

    I 2nd Williams as Hugo

    by _Venkman

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 11:52 a.m. CST

    STOP with the Hugo Strange rumors! Oh my god!

    by ImJustSaying

    What the hell! There has never ever been one shred of real evidence that this character is going to be in this movie. It just fits, based on the "Prey" arc in 90's Legends of the Dark Knight comics. That's all. In fact people close to production have been telling several sites to steer away from saying the character is involved. This is the most rambunctious rumor I've seen, and it's completely fucking unsubstantial. The perpetuation of the Hugo Strange rumor shouldn't take away from THE REAL STORY HERE, which is a fantastic one: Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in The Dark Knight Rises! Here are my thoughts on that, which I posted on badass digest when they broke the story devoid of the dumb Hugo Strange thing: "Hey Robin dream casting, how are you doing? Dear lord I wish Dick Grayson was a part of these movies. Of all the characters abused by the original Batman movies, Dick is the most in need of redemption. God I want it to happen. Ugh. But even more so I want him to play the Joker. I just wish the world were that fucking cool. Gaaaahhh.... Any way it goes, I'm ecstatic my favorite actor of my own generation is in my favorite current franchise being directed by my favorite director. That is, if this rumor is true. Which it fucking better be. Characters I also wish he was: Oliver Queen, The Creeper, Firefly, Tim Drake, Black Mask, Holiday, Kirk Langstrom, Killer Moth, Jason Todd, Duelo Dent, The Question, Doctor Freak, Young Alfred. Lame choices: Jean-Paul Valley, Riddler, Bird or Zombie, Mad Hatter, Next Ras Al Ghul, Harvey Bullock, Calendar Man, Mr. Freeze, Oswald Cobblepot, Deadshot, a businessman, a new superhero." Now, would JGL playing Hugo Strange be lame? Hell no, that'd be awesome. It's just not going to happen.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 12:08 p.m. CST

    JGL in Killshot

    by HamburgerEarmuffs

    Gives one of the worst acting performances Ive ever seen. Just saying.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 12:22 p.m. CST

    JGL - Riddler?

    by hallmitchell

    Cameo in some sort of Arkham breakout?

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Patrick stewart - Hugo Strange.

    by hallmitchell

    If they want casting tips.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 12:29 p.m. CST

    THE JOKER!

    by Sovikos

    I don't know how many times it's been said but the guy is a dead ringer for Ledger! http://flicksided.com/2010/05/casting-couch-joseph-gordon-levitt-as-the-joker-in-batman-3/ Please cast him even just as a cameo as The Joker!

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Not the Joker recast the world deserves...

    by JuntMonkey

    ...but the one that it needs right now.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 12:30 p.m. CST

    ok switch, Partick Stewart gets Strange

    by Smack_Teddy

    But Considine gets Spider Jerusalem!

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 12:33 p.m. CST

    "Why in god's name would Nolan...."

    by Smack_Teddy

    I dont think he will outside chance, but at the same time i think Levitt can play characters much much younger than his actual age

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 12:50 p.m. CST

    I know Nolan said no Mr. Freeze or Penguin

    by SithMenace

    but I would love to see his take on those characters. I would also like to see him do a Poison Ivy and Riddler.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 12:55 p.m. CST

    i don't believe it needs another Joker

    by inkingeekX

    But if there must be one, I think that Charlie Hunnam would be better suited for the role than JGL...In Nolan I TRUSTED until this Anne Hathaway thing(she's just...weird looking) and I have always thought of Bane as a throwaway villain used in the comics to steal some Superman thunder after the Doomsday arc...

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Get ready for another SPIDERMAN 3-sized letdown...

    by BurnHollywood

    Or a BATMAN BEGINS-sized meh-pic.<p> I don't like a damned thing I'm hearing about this, so far...the beauty of TDK was that you didn't need a Wikipedia research project to find out who the fuck The Joker and Two-Face were supposed to be, and seeing the Nolan version of both was the engine that drove that movie out of the box-office stratosphere. The studio is going to rue the day they didn't push for a new Riddler/Penguin...<p> Which is the problem with Nolan...like Terry Gilliam, he's a good director who could be called a genius if he'd just learn what his strengths are. He seems to think overly-convoluted storylines are his forte, when in fact, it's his atmospherics and characterizations.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 12:59 p.m. CST

    and since someone mentioned Leo DiCaprio

    by inkingeekX

    Does anyone else agree that if Nolan made a fourth Batman flick that DiCaprio would be a great Hush?

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 1 p.m. CST

    and just to be clear

    by Smack_Teddy

    I could only see it as a sending of point where Dick gets taken unders Bruce's wing, thats all.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 1:12 p.m. CST

    JGL's most underrated film: The Lookout

    by seagrass

    "Once upon a time, I woke up. I took a shower with soap." If you come across this one, don't skip it. Great little heist film with a twist. Not perfect, but well worth your time. Also has Jeff Daniels in it, as well as a couple of Watchmen alumni - Matthew Goode and Carla Gugino

  • and having the balls to do that making for a much better film with amazing heart and commentary that would only compliment the origionals that they nick and modify for Heros when Sylar kills Petrelli...an origional script for the film demium by the way... as i do about ending this like Part 1 of Knightfall where SPOILER! Bruce gets his back broken and gives up the mantle and that closes the trilogy and that would be really ballsy and compliment the batman mythology and all proper films before this one...not the same thing to me

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 1:15 p.m. CST

    I trust Nolan

    by Keith

    To make a good but not great movie. Some great set-pieces but slightly overcooked and somehow less than the sum of its parts. Mind you, I really liked The Prestige.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 1:19 p.m. CST

    film demium? film medium

    by Smack_Teddy

    thats terminator salvation would have made a amazing statement on the nature of faith/destiny/religion/spiritualis with human will & sacrifice that would have resonated back full circle to Kyle Reese in Terminator. Im not quite sure what Dark Knight Rises would have if it ended the cinmatic trilogy that way...

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 1:21 p.m. CST

    that terminator salvation ending... god damnit...

    by Smack_Teddy

    from now on im writing everything in word and just pasting it here

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 1:23 p.m. CST

    ...other than leaving us with the understanding

    by Smack_Teddy

    that Bruce has fallen down...but he WILL RISE AGIAN!...just not any time soon in the near future from the point where this mvoie ends

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Hmmm

    by Keith

    "At the end he's asqing to have a role in the next bat fliq" You are a qomplete qoq.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Selina Kyle/Catwoman has to be the throw away villain

    by scriptgirl_nipples

    Apart from Hathaway in leather.. the character fucking sucks.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Also wasn't Batman 3 going to be based on "Prey" ??

    by scriptgirl_nipples

  • then this is just dumb. The kid looks EXACTLY like Ledger, without the makeup. With it, you couldn't even tell the difference. And as good as Ledger's performance was, it ain't exactly hard to imitate.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 2:07 p.m. CST

    No you are a qomplete qoq

    by Smack_Teddy

    because your confusing characters with actors

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 2:09 p.m. CST

    My bet is on the Joker too

    by Weresheep

    If you look at some recent photos of JGL you must see ... it´s true...he is in for the Joker even for just a Cameo. just my 2cents

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 2:10 p.m. CST

    oh darcy im sorry im a knob

    by Smack_Teddy

    i just realised you were referencing that Williams interview. I am a gog, whatever that is.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 2:15 p.m. CST

    scriptgirl_nipples

    by MattmanReturns

    Catwoman is not a throwaway character. Read Long Halloween, Dark Victory, or Hush if you don't believe me.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 2:32 p.m. CST

    As Hugo Strange? Nolan'd be an idiot.

    by Subtitles_Off

    I could say something here, but I'll let it pass. No Gordon-Levitt will be the one character Nolan and Bale said they'd never include --- Dick Grayson. Oh, Nolan said that about one other character too, in the BEGINS DAYS. He said he wouldn't do The Joker. See how that ended? Gordon-Levitt looks nothing like Hugo Strange. Then again, Tom Hardy looks nothing like...Anne Hathaway looks nothing like...Michael Caine looks nothing like... Who does Gordon-Levitt look most unlike? Maybe 'Lop will get his wish. Maybe Gordon-Levitt will be Cobblepot.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 2:39 p.m. CST

    by dailysportspages

    Hugo Strange is a scientist and psychologist at Arkham who is helping police work on a profile of Batman in order to apprehend him. Strange's involvement in the matter stems from his morbid and intense fascination with the Batman. His assistant is Dr. Harleen Quinzel. Quinzel has been working with Joker ever since his imprisonment in Arkham and has built up a devotion to the man. The Joker is introduced initially as being held in much the same way a Hannibal Lecter would be. Strapped to an upright gurney, in a straight jacket, blindfolded, gagged, etc... We never get a straight shot of him, just shadows and side views of an even more battered face than the one at the end of Dark Knight. When he is finally able to speak it is to tell Quinzel that Strange is the one responsible for his scars as well as his behavior. The Joker had been a patient of Hugo Strange. We get to see a flashback of a still facially intact younger Joker and possibly how he got his face slashed up. And then Bane lets everyone out of Arkham. Strange: Robin Williams Quinzel: Katee Sackhoff Joker: Joseph Gordon Levitt (cameo/flashback)

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 3:04 p.m. CST

    JGL as the JOKER or BUST!!!

    by Drath

    Don't fuck around, I'm not interested in news on this that doesn't say JGL will assume the role of the Joker.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 3:08 p.m. CST

    BRING BACK TREAT WILLIAMS FOR SUBSTITUTE V

    by SmokieGeezer

    "I'm not wearing Hockey Pads!

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 3:49 p.m. CST

    seagrass on Lookout

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    I didnt like Lookout that much, but what twist are you referring to? Im read the wikipedia to see if I missed a twist and still have no idea what youre talking about? now Im at imdb and theyre trying to explain whether or not the bad guy was the hockey player/was in the car crash... now Im even more confused about that movie, but have no desire to rewatch it

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 3:59 p.m. CST

    I wonder if Dicky Grayson was in BB..

    by darthwaz1

    The part where Bats gives the little kid the scope thing, I was thinking that kid might be Grayson, or they could ret-con it to be grayson.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 4:34 p.m. CST

    How about Talia ah Ghul?

    by Nautilus_nrm1

    Since it might be expanding to 3 villains, the Nolan's should add a 4th, Talia, to wrap up the League of Shadows storyline. It certainly would bookend the series, with the rebuilt Wayne Manor mirroring the return of the League to Gotham.

  • Yet you thought 3 villains sounded "dumb".

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Not a good idea ...

    by Todaysfate

    While he would probably be good in the roll ... He's already earmarked to be Cobra Commander. That's going to take away from the BATMAN franchise. Too many comic villains too fast for one actor. And even though the last GIJOE sucked balls ... Cobra Commander is still an iconic character.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Nolan, don't get overwhelmed

    by Kammich

    It was okay to have an abundance of quasi-villains in "Batman Begins," because that was an introductory story that focused on Batman preparing for an eventual escalation in the foes he faces. That came in "The Dark Knight," and I think most would agree that Nolan even got a little bit overwhelmed there; the Dent subplot, arguably the strongest in the film, was thrown into a chaotic finish in the last 10% of the film that did the character no justice. Now, not only are you looking at the possibility of Bane, Kyle/Catwoman, the various thugs like Marconi, AND possibly Hugo Strange... but you're looking at fitting all of this into the CLOSING CHAPTER of a trilogy. Nolan, hopefully, is smart enough to learn from where other trilogies have failed before: strip the final chapter down. Let it be about the characters, and give it a strong beginning, middle, and end. Thats all we want. We don't want another Spider-man 3.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 5:04 p.m. CST

    So there's still potential in that Hugo strange rumor?

    by Johnno

    I figured it wasn't true after the announcement of Catwoman and Bane. I don't see room for a fully fleshed out Hugo Strange... What I'm thinking is that Nolan will essentially make Selina Kyle into Hugo Strange. Selina Kyle is a psychiatrist aiding the police to bring Batman in, but secretly is a crazy admirier of his and upon discovering his identity cozies up to Bruce Wayne while simultaneously wanting to live out her fantasy of being like the Batman, but rather as her own alter ego Catwoman...

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 5:46 p.m. CST

    They could've put Robin in this quite easily...

    by ChickenStu

    Simple. Continued from the end of TDK, Batman is on the run. You find out that Two Face killed Tim Drake's parents in his rampage. Of course, Drake thinks Batman did it, so he adopts the persona of Robin to find Batman and take him down. Have him almost an antagonist through the film, with him and Batman only teaming up at the end. After all is done, Bruce Wayne says to the boy "Need a place to live kid?" Done

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Now all they need is Leo and that Juno bitch!

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    And Inception 2 is complete with a cameo by Batman!

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 7:27 p.m. CST

    JGL was ill-used in INCEPTION

    by CountryBoy

    Anyone could've played that role. And his best scene was floating in the hall...

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 7:36 p.m. CST

    he's gonna be the Joker

    by vetepalapinga

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 7:39 p.m. CST

    JGL = Jean Paul Valley

    by Transhuman

    Knightfall storyline? I mean if the knight's gonna rise he's gotta fall first...

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Hugo Strange

    by room23storeblogspotcom

    In Batman the Animated Series (and possibly the comic) Bruse Wayne goes to Hugo Strange to get help for something and Hugo straps him to a device that reads minds (or something like that) and reveals that he's Batman. The Strange holds an auction with Batman's Rogue's gallery over Batman's identity. Since Batman's on the run at the end of TDK I could see this storyline fitting really nicely.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Bruce

    by room23storeblogspotcom

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 7:57 p.m. CST

    for some reason i didnt like him until i saw inception

    by stu_pickles

    but since then i went back and watched Brick and thought that was actually pretty good

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 9 p.m. CST

    Anne Hathaway sucks...

    by gringostar

    haven't liked her in anything and I anticipate that this trend will continue. I am sure the movie will be great inspite of her.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 9:04 p.m. CST

    Levitt as the Joker

    by Brian Thompson

    I saw Joseph Gordon Levitt on Saturday Night Live last year and I couldn't get over how much he looked like Heath Ledger. Especially in the mouth region of his face. I'd be willing to wager $5 that Levitt will play the Joker.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 9:08 p.m. CST

    He's gonna be Robin

    by thedarklingthrush

    They just aren't gonna tell anyone because of what happened last time.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 9:40 p.m. CST

    i think it's safe to assume there will be no robin

    by stu_pickles

    especially since bale said that he would leave as soon as robin peaked his prepubescent face in the movie. unless all this talk about robin is not serious and is supposed to be funny and ironic.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 10:02 p.m. CST

    JGL is a brilliant actor

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 10:04 p.m. CST

    I could see JGL

    by inkingeekX

    Being Jean Paul Valley. Bruce gets his back broken near the end of the third act, JPL takes over, gets drunk with power, does borderline villainous things. Bruce comes back, takes back the mantle-and let's everyone believe that it was this " false" batman that killed Harvey-thus exonerating the " real " batman...of course this is probably why I'm not a screenwriter, because even I know that's a lot to squeeze into a movie...and years from now someone will say that I am "mentally retarded"

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 10:11 p.m. CST

    Also

    by inkingeekX

    In Knightfall he had to battle a bunch of escaped prisoners from arkham for three days before fighting Bane-which is why Bane was able to break him. The prisoners were never caught after BB and TDK-so that could be the opening...

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 10:14 p.m. CST

    Here is how I think the film ends

    by GornPirate

    Bruce Wayne/Batman dies saving Gotham. We see a flash forward a few years later and Commissioner Gordon's now 18 year old son is seen listening to his father take a call about a big crime/emergency in Gotham. The son slips into his room and we a shadowy figure come out his bedroom window. Its dark and raining, but there is just enough light to see the figure of a man dressed as bat on the roof of Gordon's home overlooking the city. And then Gordon's son, the Batman, takes flight because Batman is about an idea, and not one person.

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 10:28 p.m. CST

    Totally prepared for...

    by Nice Marmot

    ... Strange as brainy main villain, Bane the savage secondary villain & Bats most definitely broken & forced to retire. But Kyle, who we WON'T see as Catwoman, will end up carrying the torch. Kind of like Nolan's amalgam of Robin & a "Catwoman Begins" story....

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 11:08 p.m. CST

    how it all ends

    by norm

    Nolan's "begins" had bruce wayne discovering himself and becoming what we all know as the Batman. "The Dark Knight " was to be the climax -Batman facing his biggest foe the Joker and Batman sacrificing himself for the sake of hope. Now this all leads to the end."The Dark Knight Rises" As we all know endings give us character resolutions and tie everything up. I believe "Rises " will offer the following: The Batman will have help clearing his name in the mysterious Selina Kyle. Bane in this film serves to decomission the Batman. Wayne will overcome Bane, but at a great price,ending his Batman persona. And That is when the Title comes in "The Dark Knight Rises" Wayne will pass on Batman to someone.Someone who will stand up for Gotham and keep peoples hopes alive.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 12:23 a.m. CST

    Nolan Does everything right

    by Allen

    Gordon-Levitt would rock in this movie and I'm sick of Nolan not getting respect i.e. The Oscars, Golden Globes http://filmpopper.com/the-list-snubbing-christopher-nolan/

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 12:57 a.m. CST

    HE WONT BE THE JOKER!!!!

    by WilliamZabkaRox

    People need to come to terms that The Joker died with Heath. Nolan has mentioned this before as have pretty much anyone else who has talked about the movie. Heath played that role so well and it will be the role he is always remembered for, the one that got him an Oscar for it. JGL, Johnny Depp...nobody is coming in and playing Heath's role UNLESS it's in a non-Nolan Batman. JGL is a fine young actor but he will play another role and that about as close to as lock or guarantee you can get.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 12:58 a.m. CST

    @ braindrain

    by WilliamZabkaRox

    The Lookout, Brick, (500) Days Of Summer, Inception...JGL is a good young actor who has won/been nominated for awards for his work on t.v., film and on Broadway. It's not like Heath Ledger had a career filled with hits. Most of his films bombed up until Brokeback.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 2:26 a.m. CST

    AVATAR 2 - Fucking your eyeballs in 2014!

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    Oh wait, am I too early?

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 4:28 a.m. CST

    motoko kusanagi, AVATAR did fucked by eyeballs...

    by AsimovLives

    ... thanks to the fucking 3D and the almost 3 hours long exposure i had to it. Not just i got eyesore, i got a fucking migrane as well. My visual aparatus was truly fucked thanks to the bloody movie.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 4:31 a.m. CST

    This is the INCEPTION reunion

    by AsimovLives

    Too bad that Marion Coutilard got pregnant and couldn't play Catwoman, and nobody though of hiring Ellen Page as Bat Girl and include that character in the next Nolan Batman movie. But i have hopes that Scarecrow returns. And Alfred, of course.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 4:32 a.m. CST

    braindead, one day you will be an intelligent and informed person

    by AsimovLives

    One day... some decades from now.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 4:47 a.m. CST

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt doesn't necessary has to play Hugo Strange...

    by AsimovLives

    ... or any of the cannon villains from the Batman mythos. All of Nolan's Batman movies are filled with original characters who were created deliberatly for the moves and which had no direct conterparts in the comics. This is what i think of the subject, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is gong to play an original character, as Katie Holmes and Maggie Gyllenhall did before.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 4:59 a.m. CST

    Nolan is not God

    by AsimovLives

    But he is His prophet.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 5:01 a.m. CST

    I see...

    by catlettuce4

    So the number of villains has to equal the film's number in the series now?

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 6:01 a.m. CST

    Where I Predict the Plot...

    by Knuckleface

    Bruce Wayne, worn out, battered and mentally broken after the events of Dark Knight, checks himself into an expensive rehab program at Arkham. It is blamed on alcoholism. The Rehab program is run by none-other than Hugo Strange, who uses the rehab program to drug up his wealthy clientele and rob them blind. Bane is 'head of security' and makes sure Bruce doesn't go anywhere. Catwoman is Hugo's cat burglar. She discovers Bruce Wayne's secrets while stealing into Wayne Manor. At some point, Alfred gets killed. All hell breaks loose.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 6:20 a.m. CST

    Dark Knight plot

    by TheDarkKnight2007

    Gordon-levitt has headlined a movie where an up and coming actor played a role oppesite him. The movie was called 10 things I hate about you. Who was this actor, Heath Ledger, would be all kind of STRANGE.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 6:32 a.m. CST

    Joseph Gordon Levitt as the Joker, however, would be sweet.

    by AsimovLives

    Like many, i agree that he would be the only choice to step in Heath Ledger's shoes. Besides, he does look uncannily like Ledger, and he's now even older then Ledger when he died. It all adds up nicely.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 7:57 a.m. CST

    viggeo_morgenstein

    by AsimovLives

    Don't forget that Robin Williams has already worked with Nolan before in INSOMNIA, where he played a very creepy villain. In fact, Williams is excelent at playing creeps. Many thing he started that with either INSOMNIA or ONE HOUR PHOTO, but in fact he did that before in a little seen movie called THE SECRET AGENT based on the Joseph Conrad novel, where he played a very creepy fanatic anarchist terrorist. As a fun fact, in that movie it also stared Christian Bale who played the mentally retarded brother of Patricia Arquette, who played the wife of Bob Hoskins, the titular secret agent of the story. So, Bale and Williams in the same movie again would be a reunion.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 8:36 a.m. CST

    I still say he's Dick Greyson

    by Screentext

    Nolan has never said anything anti Robin. Show me a quote and prove me wrong. Bale's the one who's said he hates Robin. And anyone who says people are "idiots" for giving opinions on hypothetical casting are knobs. What the hell do you think this talk back is about?

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Luckily JGL....

    by Nice Marmot

    ...would consider the idea of taking over the Joker role a huge insult to Ledger. In other words, a fucking retarded idea...

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 10:22 a.m. CST

    sai_justin

    by AsimovLives

    There is a lot of bandwagging going on at AICN, that's for sure. just look at what happened with Jar Jar Abrams's RETARD TREK. But ther eis no bandwaging going on about the Nolan's movies. It's just acknowledgement of really good movies made by a really talented filmmaker. You do not bandwagon on the good movies, only the bad ones.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 10:29 a.m. CST

    I Don't Think Bane Will Be In This...

    by FreeBeer

    ...Seems too early for them to be revealing this information, I think it may be misdirection

  • With his face, he could very much look like Heath Ledger's Joker. And wouldn't we all like to see his screen-test, hmmmmmm??? --Count me in with the "trust Nolan" group.

  • With his face, he could very much look like Heath Ledger's Joker. And wouldn't we all like to see his screen-test, hmmmmmm??? --Count me in with the "trust Nolan" group.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 10:58 a.m. CST

    burnhollywood

    by AsimovLives

    I needed the wikipedia to know who the fuck Gah's Al Ghul or whatever the fuck he's called was. And BATMAN BEGINS was excelent. TDK even more so.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Now all i wish is just a change of the title for the movie

    by AsimovLives

    Otherwise... In Nolan We Trust. Indeed!

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 11:09 a.m. CST

    ass in hoff

    by Astronut

    I *knew* there couldn't be one thread where this ass clown didn't whine about - or make comparisons to - Abrams' Trek. The guy is such a tired act.

  • I guess I can't keep a secret. --Sometimes, studios will hide a production with a different title. With all the interest in this next Bat-flick, they've taken it up a notch. Publicly, these actors are cast as different characters than they actually are. Folks, you are in for a much different flick than you can imagine!

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Rachel

    by JIMBOCOP

    Nolan's already recast one character in the series. I don't see why Joker couldn't be too other than out of deference to Heath. It won't be any of the more outlandish characters like Riddler or Ventriloquist so more likely the new DA or the head of the Batman Squad.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Rachel

    by JIMBOCOP

    Nolan's already recast one character in the series. I don't see why Joker couldn't be too other than out of deference to Heath. It won't be any of the more outlandish characters like Riddler or Ventriloquist so more likely the new DA or the head of the Batman Squad.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 11:40 a.m. CST

    double post

    by JIMBOCOP

    Shit

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 11:54 a.m. CST

    JGL getting shoved down out throats feels like Leo pt.2

    by MST3KPIMP

    Remember how Leo was Scorceses guy and was popping up in all his movies? I mean he's good but he'not that fricken good ya dig? I feel the same way about JGL.. just doesnt seem that remarkable a presence.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 12:25 p.m. CST

    mst3kpimp

    by AsimovLives

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a remarkable actor. It suffices quite well.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 1:34 p.m. CST

    mst3kpimp

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    how can a actor be shoved down your throats? you know you have the option of not watching certain movies right?

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 1:54 p.m. CST

    I trust Uwe Boll

    by BookhouseBoy

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 3:26 p.m. CST

    braindrain, we already know you are an idiot

    by AsimovLives

    You don't need to constantly prove it to us, like in your later post. We got the point already.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Try again, screentext

    by master_of_realty

    http://tinyurl.com/4elqv8w

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 6:42 p.m. CST

    JGL LOOQS LIKE HE'S BALDING IN THE INCEPTION EXTRAS

    by Meadowe

    In the feature Dreams: Cinema of The Subconscious on the Inception blu ray at the very beginning there is a close up of him with kinda buzzed hair and his hairline is clearly receding despite him having a young face, so I doubt that he would be Grayson. I thinq he's a coo' person, but I would rather, like my earlier post, have him as Azrael.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 7:11 p.m. CST

    meadowe, don't you mean "looqs liqe he's balding"?

    by CountryBoy

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 10:01 p.m. CST

    BEGINS was crap compared to DARK KNIGHT, and

    by moviemack

    DARK KNIGHT was crap compared to any movie that was good. All you liddle 'rons exclaiming Nolan's greatness need to see an Ozu, Kurosawa --- fukk, even a Huston film. Blockbuster fans are fukktards.

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 10:12 p.m. CST

    I have moviemack

    by Smack_Teddy

    and your an ignorant fucktard

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 10:41 p.m. CST

    If JGL is someone like Pike

    by Smack_Teddy

    can we please for the love of God have a genuinely badass Montoya this time round? Thats the only alt characate or 'éarly days"" subversion that had me thrown in The Dark Knight

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 11:34 p.m. CST

    I am teddy? Tell me how.

    by moviemack

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 11:39 p.m. CST

    JGL is Arthur Reeves?

    by Jason Clone

    Reeves was a DA in the comics and was the foil in Batman Mask of the Phantasm. I could see JGL as Reeves, the new corrupt DA in the Mobs pocket who heads up a Batman task force and feeds Bane info

  • Feb. 3, 2011, 11:59 p.m. CST

    its all there in your statement above MM

    by Smack_Teddy

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 7:59 a.m. CST

    BRAINDRAIN: FU Q

    by RYAN

    THAT IS ALL

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 8:17 a.m. CST

    WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO LOCKESBROKENLEG?

    by RYAN

    NOW THAT GUY WAS COOL! BRAINDRAIN...YOU ARE THE DEFINITION OF VERBAL-MENSTURATION AS IN, PUSSY-BLOOD SPEWS GLORIOUSLY OUT OF YOUR RETARD MOUTH EVERY TIME YOU "VOICE" YOUR OPINION GO WATCH SOME PIXAR, GIRLY BOY

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 12:10 p.m. CST

    moviemack

    by AsimovLives

    Deny BATMAN BEGINS and THE DARK KNIGHT's qualities at your own peril. And stop pretending that you saw the movies of Ozu, Kurosawa and John Houston, please. No, just because you saw SEVEN SAMURAI once doesn't make you an expert of Kurosawa, sorry.

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 12:12 p.m. CST

    braindrain

    by AsimovLives

    That was your atempt at witticism? Epic fail!

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 9:42 p.m. CST

    JGL will play

    by hitchens

    LEOPOLD, catwoman's "flunky" from the knightfall series. Anyone read that thing yet? Catwoman and Bane are face to face in Batman 498/Knightfall 15 if someone wants to take a look.