You probably noticed this, but the end of The Dark Knight Rises insinuates pretty heavily that Joseph Gordon-Levitt‘s character John Blake will take up Bruce Wayne’s dark mantle as Batman. Like, it’s stupidly clear. Like, John Blake’s real first name is … Robin. And he finds the Batcave.
So they’re clearly leaving the franchise open to development (even without director Christopher Nolan), but there’s no guarantee JGL will stick around to become the hero Gotham needs.
Until now. According to Drew McWeeny over at HitFix, Joseph Gordon-Levitt “absolutely will be appearing in ‘Justice League’ as the new Batman.”
McWeeny speculates that such an early commitment might indicate some degree of involvement on Gordon-Levitt’s part in the upcoming Man of Steel.
How crazy do you think fans would go if Superman were to take to the skies at the end of “Man Of Steel,” finally ready to fully accept his role as mankind’s most powerful protector, only to have the closing credits interrupted when something catches his attention and he swoops down out of that sky, landing on a rooftop where Jim Gordon stands next to the Bat-Signal, interrupting just as the new Batman arrives for a chat about Gotham’s latest problem?
That would indeed be pretty crazy, Mr. McWeeny. Almost as crazy as Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns, wherein Batman rides a horse and fights Superman using a ring of kryptonite.
Now that would be crazy.