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Batman and Justice League Movie Speculation

Rumors have surfaced that a familiar face may be under the bat-cowl.

When it comes to comic book movies, you can always count on rumors to surface before any official announcements. It's strange that you don't often see casting rumors as often for movies in other genres. There has been some talk lately about Warner Bros.' plans for Superman, Batman and the Justice League.

One question has been whether or not Zack Snyder's Man of Steel will lead into a Justice League movie as Marvel did their movies. Snyder had vaguely addressed this when speaking to the New York Post.

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.

It's also been said that whoever plays Batman in the Justice League movie will carry the Bat-franchise on in solo movies as well. The latest rumor suggests that Josephe Gordon-Levitt will be that actor.

Hitfix exclusively reported that according to "sources," Josephe Gordon-Levitt will "absolultely be appearing in Justice League as the new Batman."

Of course, there is no mention of what these sources are but Hitfix isn't a site that simply throws rumors around for the sake of starting rumors.

The speculation continues that Gordon-Levitt could be suiting up before Justice League and make a cameo in Man of Steel. If he is the one to take on the mantle, it would make sense to try to have a connection start in next summer's film. This would also tie the movies into Christopher Nolan's Batman universe.

Justice League is set for release in 2015. Man of Steel will be released on June 14, 2013. You can bet people will be watching Gordon-Levitt to see whether or not he visits the Man of Steel set anytime soon. Then again, if this is true, perhaps he's already filmed something which may have been the source of this news.

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Posted by ccraft

I wouldnt want him as batman tbh

Posted by Atary77

Not sure if this is a good idea

Posted by briangsharon

No one says hes batman in the JL movie, just that he will be involved. This is a good step.

Posted by MyNemesisTotoro

I don't think anyone will ever replace Christian Bale, but it does seem like a nice progression and keeping with the Batman movies that the torch was passed to him.

Posted by Inverno

Now that is something interesting. But just because most people want that to happen doesn't mean that is what exactly going to happen anyway.

Edited by OutlawRenegade

I like JGL, but I like Bruce Wayne way more. I hope this is a rumor and nothing more.

The should just get Ryan Gosling to be Bruce (see Drive and Ides of March). Just dye his hair.

Superman- Henry Cavill

Batman- Ryan Gosling (see Drive and Ides of March).

Wonder Woman- Gemma Arterton (See Prince of Persia)

Green Lantern- Jake Gyllenhaal (See Source Code)

Cyborg- Chadwick Boseman (see 42)

Flash- Scott Porter, Charlie Hunnam, or Matthew Bomer

Posted by TheCowman

I wouldn't mind seeing the actor take a stab at Batman. Not as the character from Dark Knight Rises, but as Bruce Wayne.

Posted by Vincent_Valjean

I think JGL as John Blake/Batman would destroy the Justice League Movie.

Edited by Superdork

Who's the Justice League director? This should be his decision not Warner Bros.'s decision.

And JGL as Batman is a bad idea. He gave up his chance to play Batman when he played John Robin Blake.

Edited by Press Oblivion

Why would they do that? Nolan's Batman should be on it's own.Justice League and any peripheral films should be independent of what Nolan has done, including Man of Steel.

@OutlawRenegade said:

I like JGL, but I like Bruce Wayne way more. I hope this is a rumor and nothing more.

The should just get Ryan Gosling to be Bruce (see Drive and Ides of March). Just dye his hair.

Superman- Henry Cavill

Batman- Ryan Gosling (see Drive and Ides of March).

Wonder Woman- Gemma Arterton (See Prince of Persia)

Green Lantern- Jake Gyllenhaal (See Source Code)

Cyborg- Chadwick Boseman (see 42)

Flash- Scott Porter, Charlie Hunnam, or Matthew Bomer

I like your selections for the cast, but to add my worthless note, I would rather see Martian Manhunter than Cyborg unless there was ambition to have both characters in the film.

Posted by whitelantern64

I open to the idea. Better that DC try something that will be thought out than a rushed product in the JL all of a sudden. The More time they take in tinkering, the better. If they change their mind later, they can (see hulk's different castings).

Posted by FoxxFireArt

The Nolan universe version doesn't really seem fit for the world of the Justice League. It always had a reality base to it, and the Justice League at it's very base is fantastical.

They built Gordon-Levitt as a different character in the previous films. Does anyone actually feel they would make a JUSTICE LEAGUE movie with a non-Bruce Wayne Batman? The Chris Evans thing worked because it was a different studio and playing an entirely different franchise.

Posted by DDangelico

Yeah--I'm not seeing the Justice League movie if Bruce Wayne isn't in it. That's just silly. Nolan's trilogy is finished--there is no need to drag it out...

Posted by Selinaky

JGL is a great actor and all, but I'm hoping for a different actor in the role of Batman. I think Bruce Wayne should be in the Justice League, and an actor who resembles him more.

Edited by save.me.now

After seeing Dark Knight rises I actually wouldn't mind JGL as Batman, I've been literally thinking this since I walked out of the movie theater where I saw TDKR. I didn't know what to expect of him in such a serious role, but his acting really surprised me.

I also don't think the "integration" of universes is as serious as people think.I see it like this: In Bruce Wayne's time as Batman, criminals were just highly trained maniacs with gimmicks. But in this new age with Blake as Batman, a few criminals are showing up with superpowers. That way the Nolan trilogy can be the past of the DC Movie Universe and the Justice league could be the future, two separate eras. I really wouldn't dismiss JGL as batman so soon.

Posted by Blizaga101

@Selinaky: agreed would really like a fresh face, someone who i know nothin about or hardly know. And levitt doesn't seem to me as batman but more nightwing tbh

Posted by pspin

The problem with JGL playing Batman is that Chris Nolan has basically disavowed the Justice League, wanting little or nothing to do with it, and since he was in TDKR, sure it bridges continuity, but the Nolan trilogy wasn't meant to be part of something bigger. However because it was so popular, Warner Bros. and DC want to cash in on it and connect it to something that it can't really connect to. I like JGL and all but unfortunately no one from the Nolan series should be in the Justice League movie.

Edited by haydenclaireheroes

i think Justice League would be a lot better with Joseph Gordon Levitt

Posted by xAnimosity

Brian Booch said it on the podcast. "If I think I could kick you're ass, you shouldnt be playing Batman."

JGL just doesnt have that vibe needed for Batman. I also think they should leave the Nolan movies alone and not bring them into the Justice League world.

Posted by Cole_Mercer

Joseph is an amazing actor but he wouldn't be a believable batman/bruce wayne, he's more of a Nightwing, they should just cast Ryan Gosling or Micheal Fassbender & call it a day.

Posted by kennybaese

@whitelantern64: The different castings for Banner was more the result of a reboot and a falling out between Norton and Marvel than tinkering.

While I do quite like Jiggle, and actually think he could make a good Bruce Wayne (especially if they want to make the cast of the movie good and young), I think that having him play Bruce Wayne when he played a different character in a different Batman movie might be a bit confusing. Then again, people might just shrug and say "Yeah, he's the new Batman. Didn't you see the last Dark Knight movie?" and not think about it that hard. I think the odds of them putting JGL in the role of Batman for any future stuff and not having him also be Bruce Wayne are slim. While it would be crazy to have a Batman movie without Bruce Wayne in it, I doubt they'd go for it.

Posted by Roxasnelson14

@Press Oblivion: woah this is perfect

Posted by GothamRed

Ah Joseph Gordon "Not Robin", we meet again.

Posted by quatro_briefs

It is just rumors, but I for one would not mind see him portray the Caped Crusader.

Posted by capfan80

Gordon-Levitt is in every movie these days. What's up with that?

Posted by neiliusprime

Bruce Wayne should be Batman in the Justice League movie, end of story..if they do make "John Blake" from the Nolan movies Batman then I will be pissed..

Posted by htb106

@Superdork: Did you understand the end to TDKR?

Y'know, the bit where he pretty much BECAME BATMAN?

Posted by htb106

I love this idea, JGL would be great, especially if they carried on partly from the Nolan-Verse.

Edited by buttersdaman000

I don't think this would be a good idea at all.....

And anyways, i'm probably the one of the few people who are against the idea of a Justice League movie, at least for a while. Instead of going for big popcorn team-ups like Marvel did, I would prefer DC make Nolan-like trilogies for their main characters. It would be so much more epic.  
 Oh a pretty cool idea I came up with: 
 If DC put out 2-3 of these type of movies a year (1 Superman, 1 Wonder Woman etc etc). Then they could have all their trilogies done in less than 10 years. Then, they could do a "Justice League movie" with JGL as "Batman" with Superboy, Wonder Girl, Kyle Rayner and so on. This keeps with the continuity of Bruce Wayne retiring, but for this to happen the original characters of the Justice League would have to die or retire too.... 
(But I personally like the idea of Superman dying at the hands of Doomsday in his last movie. Also since these movies obviously don't follow the comics, Superboy could be his and Lois' child)
Posted by aaunderoath

JGL is amazing actor and if he's told to play Bruce Wayne then I have total faith in him.

Remember Nolan's batman isn't in this continuity it's its own separate universe

Posted by AmazingFantasy15

I don't think it's a good idea, JGL, I don't think they can do the first justice league film with a non-Bruce Wayne Batman and JGL just doesn't feel like Bruce Wayne.

Posted by buttersdaman000
@aaunderoath said:

JGL is amazing actor and if he's told to play Bruce Wayne then I have total faith in him.

Remember Nolan's batman isn't in this continuity it's its own separate universe

It would make no sense.... 
Warner Brothers specifically kept Batman out of Smallville because they thought it would confuse viewers seeing as how the Nolan movies were still active. Why would they get JGL, who played a very specific role as John Blake in those movies, to randomly show up as Bruce Wayne??? That would really confuse people lol
Posted by Sammo21

I'd want Jim Caviziel as Batman, personally. He can do action really well while at the same time having great range in his acting. I bet this will be the Justice League movie roster, if the movie doesn't explode in on itself and never happen:

- Superman

- Batman

- Wonder Woman

- Flash

- Green Lantern, John Stuart

Anymore than that and I can't help but feel it will be too flaky and vapid. They haven't setup most of the characters (for this universe) so there will either be no character development or it will feel forced.

Also, have we even confirmed a finalized script yet? I think its funny that sources are claiming things are absolutely true when they haven't even finished a script.

Posted by unclekoomba

lets see... if they make JGL play batman then theyre gonna be doing it to tie in the dark knight universe. So if thats happening were gonna be getting a batman who has (for arguments sake) a Brooklyn accent, and were gonna have a batman that's not Bruce Wayne. Sound kinda dumb? Well yeah lol. If they put JGL in there its not gonna be as batman but as a wink n nod to mention the DK trilogy and nothing more. At least thats what i think haha.

Posted by Lvenger

This would be a terrible idea if it were true. JGL is a fantastic actor but he doesn't have the right character to play Bruce Wayne. Besides Nolan said his work on Batman was finished. Besides shouldn't the directer choose which actors should play which role? And I've heard no news of a script being finalised, only a JL movie in the works. Idle speculation, that's all.

Posted by ThomasElliot

I think the general audience has pretty much accepted that the Nolan-verse is 1, 2, 3, movies... and that's it. They aren't confused, they aren't expecting more Nolan-verse Batman, etc. When you read or watch these cheesy little 'on the street' questions, the question is never 'Do you EXPECT JGL to be the next Batman?", but "Would you watch JGL as Batman". I don't believe anyone EXPECTS there to be another Nolan-verse film, but generally would be ok if there was.

New Batman would be just fine for a JL movie. My bigger concern is if a JL movie would even work. I'm sorry, but its very hard to make that one work. Heck, have any of you been reading the comic lately? Its hard to even make the comic work to be honest. Copying the Avengers would be a huge mistake. They need to think more along the lines of New Frontier.... DC heroes are not the 'everyday man who becomes great'... DC heroes are the 'gods' among men who help mankind. New Frontier is a great example of understanding that dynamic.

Posted by ultimatepunchrod

I don't think this is likely since they don't want to confuse people into thinking that the new continuity is connected to the Nolan trilogy. That is if they are doing the total reboot, but keeping JGL for batman. On the other hand, if it does tie into the Nolan trilogy, then we would have a Justice League without Bruce Wayne, which would be not good.

Posted by NewKid

i posted first... :p

http://www.comicvine.com/batman/29-1699/jospeh-gordon-levitt-to-play-batman-in-justice-league/92-724550/

Edited by Emilie_Aensland

@OutlawRenegade said:

I like JGL, but I like Bruce Wayne way more. I hope this is a rumor and nothing more.

The should just get Ryan Gosling to be Bruce (see Drive and Ides of March). Just dye his hair.

Superman- Henry Cavill

Batman- Ryan Gosling (see Drive and Ides of March).

Wonder Woman- Gemma Arterton (See Prince of Persia)

Green Lantern- Jake Gyllenhaal (See Source Code)

Cyborg- Chadwick Boseman (see 42)

Flash- Scott Porter, Charlie Hunnam, or Matthew Bomer

Cool lineup only I'd switch out Hunnam and put Gosling in as the Flash and then use John Hamm as Batman.

Posted by Or35ti

I would much prefer him as Nightwing. He's not big enough to be Batman, no offense, but he's absolutely perfect for Nightwing.

Posted by Deranged Midget

Considering how DKR's ended, it seems that Levitt was basically handed the torch to play Batman if that's what it came down to.

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Posted by Trixie

This is horrible news, lets hope its not true. Joseph Gordon Levitt sucks

Posted by ZacCooper

@OutlawRenegade said:

I like JGL, but I like Bruce Wayne way more. I hope this is a rumor and nothing more.

The should just get Ryan Gosling to be Bruce (see Drive and Ides of March). Just dye his hair.

Superman- Henry Cavill

Batman- Ryan Gosling (see Drive and Ides of March).

Wonder Woman- Gemma Arterton (See Prince of Persia)

Green Lantern- Jake Gyllenhaal (See Source Code)

Cyborg- Chadwick Boseman (see 42)

Flash- Scott Porter, Charlie Hunnam, or Matthew Bomer

Nice list! But I would say that Matt Bomer is better suited to play Green Lantern rather than Flash but the rest of the cast I completely agree on and I love the fact you've put Charlie Hunnam in there too, I think he'd make a good Flash and maybe have Michael Fassbender as a possibility for Batman too.

I think JGL shouldn't play Batman, as it will either result in a name change, confusing the audience who will link him to being John Blake in DKR or they make John Blake a founding member of the JLA and not Bruce Wayne, annoying everyone who has ever read a comic book.

I personally would like to see Martian Manhunter instead of Cyborg as a founding member, but considering the first class we saw in X-Men First Class, we'll probably get Vibe, Plastic Man, The Creeper, Firestorm, Green Lantern (Not the good ones, Baz) and Big Barda (possibly the most random JLA roster ever thought up haha).

Posted by saoakden

I don't know how I should feel about it. I'm not sure if I'm excited about this.

Edited by Superdork

@Press Oblivion said:

Why would they do that? Nolan's Batman should be on it's own.Justice League and any peripheral films should be independent of what Nolan has done, including Man of Steel.

@OutlawRenegade said:

I like JGL, but I like Bruce Wayne way more. I hope this is a rumor and nothing more.

The should just get Ryan Gosling to be Bruce (see Drive and Ides of March). Just dye his hair.

Superman- Henry Cavill

Batman- Ryan Gosling (see Drive and Ides of March).

Wonder Woman- Gemma Arterton (See Prince of Persia)

Green Lantern- Jake Gyllenhaal (See Source Code)

Cyborg- Chadwick Boseman (see 42)

Flash- Scott Porter, Charlie Hunnam, or Matthew Bomer

I like your selections for the cast, but to add my worthless note, I would rather see Martian Manhunter than Cyborg unless there was ambition to have both characters in the film.

Warner Brother has already revealed who will be in the Justice League movie, mate.

See here: http://www.comicvine.com/justice-league-of-america/65-31815/dcwarner-justice-league-movie-multimedia-synergy-campaign/92-715058/#20

@Deranged Midget said:

Considering how DKR's ended, it seems that Levitt was basically handed the torch to play Batman if that's what it came down to.

@htb106 said:

@Superdork: Did you understand the end to TDKR?

Y'know, the bit where he pretty much BECAME BATMAN?

John Blake got taken out by common thugs AND Commissioner Gordon. Just because he got the bat-cave doesn't mean he's qualified to be Batman. He has next to no training.

And I think Superdork meant that Bartman is Bruce Wayne. You can't have JGL play Bruce once he played a different bat character alongside Bruce.

@DDangelico said:

Yeah--I'm not seeing the Justice League movie if Bruce Wayne isn't in it. That's just silly. Nolan's trilogy is finished--there is no need to drag it out...

QFT

@Lvenger said:

This would be a terrible idea if it were true. JGL is a fantastic actor but he doesn't have the right character to play Bruce Wayne. Besides Nolan said his work on Batman was finished. Besides shouldn't the directer choose which actors should play which role? And I've heard no news of a script being finalised, only a JL movie in the works. Idle speculation, that's all.

QFT

Posted by fodigg

This would have my full support. He's a fantastic actor, and the character is an amalgam of Dick, Jason, and Tim. It makes perfect sense.

Posted by ArtisticNeedham

I;m not sure I like that. Just because I would want whoever plays Batman in the JLA movie to also play Bruce Wayne. Not sure if the film would ever have time to show him as Bruce Wayne, but wouldn't want Batman to suddenly be revealed to not be Bruce Wayne in the film. Plus Nolan's world was set up so that there were no other heroes, no Supermans. "I don't know if I like this."

Edited by Reignmaker

I'm not saying he wouldn't do a good job. It just seems weird to me that they would be kick-starting a movie universe with no Bruce Wayne. Instead you would have a Batman who's legal name is..."Robin."

I mean, I could roll with it. If the movie is well-done, it won't matter. But if they really want to retain ties to Nolan's Batman movies, they should just throw a bunch of money at Christian Bale and get him to come back one more time.

Posted by Lvenger

@fodigg said:

This would have my full support. He's a fantastic actor, and the character is an amalgam of Dick, Jason, and Tim. It makes perfect sense.

How does it make perfect sense? He is a great actor but he is in no way suited to play Bruce Wayne at all. And if WB intended to continue the Nolan Bat films, that would be a huge mistake. Critics and Nolan fanboys would rage about the move and Nolan's films were too gritty and realistic for the fantasy world of Justice League. Besides when people think of a Justice League movie, they think of Bruce Wayne as Batman. Not having Bruce Wayne as Batman would be a major mistake for the JL movie to follow. DC's cinematic universe is supposed to be a reboot of the past and continuing with Nolan's Batman contradicts that. Besides it's an unconfirmed rumour being tossed around with no credibility to it.

Posted by Reignmaker

How much you want to bet that this is a controlled leak on WB's part? I betcha they're toying with the idea, and they just want to see what the community response is.

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