Wednesday, February 2, 2011

My Old News: JGL in The Dark Knight Rises

Yesterday, news broke that Joseph Gordon-Levitt might be re-teaming with Inception director Christopher Nolan in The Dark Knight Rises. This really isn't a huge shocker since almost everyone invested in TDKR pegged JGL as a no-brain choice for the Riddler. When Nolan ruled out the Big Question Mark as the big bad of the third film, the buzz involving Gordon-Levitt kinda stopped...until now.

I still think JGL would be the perfect Riddler, but I'm going to take Nolan at his word and stop hoping. More than likely he'll be a supporting character, but there's a chance he could still be a baddie. I just can't picture who he'd be. I still think Hush would be a great villain, and Tom Hardy would've been perfect, but JGL might be too young for the role. Deadshot could also be an option, but he's just as obscure to the masses than Hush.

The one role I doubt we'll see is Robin because he has no place in the Nolan version of Gotham (he even said so). I'm on board with a Robin-less Batman movie, but the number of stories are reduced. For example, Red Hood (a former Robin) has an interesting backstory and could be a nice addition to Nolan's take on the universe, but it'd be hard to pull off without establishing Robin as a character. I guess you could retcon his origin, but it wouldn't have the same impact. A wasted opportunity for sure, but oh well.

Regardless of what JGL's role in the film is going to be, I'm glad he's on board. He's one of my favorite actors, and he's proven that he can really make Nolan's work pop. The Dark Knight Rises may be a little too mainstream for the indie darling, but then again he was in G.I. Joe so this is a definite upgrade.

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