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UPDATE - Oh the drama! Just two days after Variety's report below that claimed Joseph Gordon-Levitt would be starring as Alberto Falcone in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, Entertainment Weekly files a report claiming that while JGL is in the film, he isn't playing Falcone or The Holiday Killer. So now what?...

March 19, 2011: Extra, Extra! An update on THE DARK KNIGHT RISES! While the main casting announcements have already occurred, we'll still be delivering all kinds of minor updates on Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy-topper from now until it rises in July of 2012.

First up, young cutie Juno Temple (ST. TRINIAN'S, KABOOM) is now expected to play a "street-smart Gotham girl". Any hardcore Batman comic readers out there can try to figure out if that's meant to be an existing character (Spoiler?) or a creation of the movie's writers. Juno is the daughter of British filmmaker Julian Temple (ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS).

Second, the foregone conclusion of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's involvement has been verified after "weeks of quiet negotiations". Alas, we still don't have verification of his role, but it's been often speculated he would either play the vengeful son of mobster Carmine Falcone (Tom Wilkinson in BATMAN BEGINS) or a member of the nefarious League of Shadows (perhaps one and the same).

But then, there has also been conjecture that Gordon-Levitt would be a Bat colleague like Dick Grayson (Robin/Nightwing) or Jean-Paul Valley (Azrael/post-backbreak Batman), or another villain like Riddler, Black Mask, Deadshot or even (blasphemy!) a cameo as the Joker.

UPDATE: Variety's "insiders" tell them Gordon-Levitt will indeed be playing Alberto Falcone, a.k.a., Holiday or the Holiday Killer (from the acclaimed Batman comic storyline "The Long Halloween"). Assuming that holds true, it will be interesting to see if Nolan keeps the holiday-themed murder mystery aspect, or just keeps Falcone as a gangster's offspring looking for payback. Which might be simpler, considering Bats will already deal with Bane, Catwoman and whoever Marion Cotillard might be playing.

The only thing we know for sure is that Nolan and the studio aren't giving up details... yet. But we'll probably have a better idea either at Comic Con or when the first spy photos from the set start showing up online.

The sequel already has Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway and Marion Cotillard joining Christian Bale in Gotham City.

Extra Tidbit: Would you be cool with Gordon-Levitt as the Joker?
Source: Variety

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3:34PM on 03/22/2011
Know what I kind of want to see? I want to see the same thing that plagued the old Batman movies happen in Nolan's new Batman movie - but be worked into the story and dealt with in an intelligent way.

I'm talking about the "Too Many Fucking Villains/New Characters" syndrome. If approached properly, we could get to see a very dramatic and emotional look at Batman becoming abso-fucking-lutely over-whelmed by all of the villains and copy-cat/inspired vigilantes being created on account of his
Know what I kind of want to see? I want to see the same thing that plagued the old Batman movies happen in Nolan's new Batman movie - but be worked into the story and dealt with in an intelligent way.

I'm talking about the "Too Many Fucking Villains/New Characters" syndrome. If approached properly, we could get to see a very dramatic and emotional look at Batman becoming abso-fucking-lutely over-whelmed by all of the villains and copy-cat/inspired vigilantes being created on account of his actions. There's already a sort of intro to this with him dealing with the copy-cat-batmen-gang in the beginning of Dark Knight.

Could be a cool weakness to exploit with the character.
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9:08AM on 03/22/2011
Fingers crossed that JGL could be Hugo Strange!!!
Fingers crossed that JGL could be Hugo Strange!!!
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9:31PM on 03/21/2011

Batman:Dark Victory

Guessing the storyline will be loosely based on the Dark Victory storyline where Batman, Catwoman, Two-Face and Sofia Falcone Gigante have a ton of face time. Alberto Falcone is in this as well. The only downside is Dick Grayson as a kid is in this as well and has a big part...
Other characters we've seen that play a part in this - Gordon (of course), Detective Flass, Scarecrow, and... the Joker.
Guessing the storyline will be loosely based on the Dark Victory storyline where Batman, Catwoman, Two-Face and Sofia Falcone Gigante have a ton of face time. Alberto Falcone is in this as well. The only downside is Dick Grayson as a kid is in this as well and has a big part...
Other characters we've seen that play a part in this - Gordon (of course), Detective Flass, Scarecrow, and... the Joker.
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6:31PM on 03/21/2011

Oh..and Marion Cotillard

The report that went with JGL playin Black Mask also said Marion would be playing the daughter of Ra's Al Ghul. Don't know where all these Falcone rumors came from considering he's been insignificant since since the first movie.
The report that went with JGL playin Black Mask also said Marion would be playing the daughter of Ra's Al Ghul. Don't know where all these Falcone rumors came from considering he's been insignificant since since the first movie.
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6:25PM on 03/21/2011

Black Mask it

Pretty sure the first real reports before Variety's claim were that he'd be playing Black Mask...which if done correctly could play sweet into Catwoman's story.
Pretty sure the first real reports before Variety's claim were that he'd be playing Black Mask...which if done correctly could play sweet into Catwoman's story.
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6:16PM on 03/21/2011

Quinn?

I'm getting a harley quinn vibe
I'm getting a harley quinn vibe
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5:00PM on 03/21/2011
As much as I like JGL and really liked The Dark Knight (thanks in HUGE parts to Ledger and Eckhart) I am in no way excited about the next Batman movie.
I really don't like Nolan and I'm not a big fan of Bale. Batman Begins sucked and I have a feeling the next one will be just as bad.
As much as I like JGL and really liked The Dark Knight (thanks in HUGE parts to Ledger and Eckhart) I am in no way excited about the next Batman movie.
I really don't like Nolan and I'm not a big fan of Bale. Batman Begins sucked and I have a feeling the next one will be just as bad.
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4:59PM on 03/21/2011
As much as I like JGL and really liked The Dark Knight (thanks in HUGE parts to Ledger and Eckhart) I am in no way excited about the next Batman movie.
I really don't like Nolan and I'm not a big fan of Bale. Batman Begins sucked and I have a feeling the next one will be just as bad.
As much as I like JGL and really liked The Dark Knight (thanks in HUGE parts to Ledger and Eckhart) I am in no way excited about the next Batman movie.
I really don't like Nolan and I'm not a big fan of Bale. Batman Begins sucked and I have a feeling the next one will be just as bad.
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4:57PM on 03/21/2011
If not Falcone then I am guessing The Joker. It's either that or Black Mask.
If not Falcone then I am guessing The Joker. It's either that or Black Mask.
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4:47PM on 03/21/2011

JGL

JGL as the Riddler!!!
JGL as the Riddler!!!
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4:58PM on 03/21/2011
Nolan already said that Riddler woun't be in the movie!
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Nolan already said that Riddler woun't be in the movie!
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5:00PM on 03/21/2011
The Riddler would be a far better choice than Catwoman which is such a lousy character.
The Riddler would be a far better choice than Catwoman which is such a lousy character.
4:41PM on 03/21/2011

Extra Tidbit

I'd be ok with it, JGL could absolutely do the role justice. I always said he reminded me of Heath...but don't see a need for Joker to even be in the film with the already steller line up of villains for BatBale to contend with already.
Let Joker and Heath RIP please Chris.
I'd be ok with it, JGL could absolutely do the role justice. I always said he reminded me of Heath...but don't see a need for Joker to even be in the film with the already steller line up of villains for BatBale to contend with already.
Let Joker and Heath RIP please Chris.
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4:40PM on 03/21/2011

So, Black Mask?!

Batman-on-Film posted an article after the Falcone news where he said:
"I had heard JGL was definitely playing ONE of the following characters: Xxxxx Xxxx or Alberto Falcone."
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Until today news the Xxxxx Xxxx was: Black Mask!
Batman-on-Film posted an article after the Falcone news where he said:
"I had heard JGL was definitely playing ONE of the following characters: Xxxxx Xxxx or Alberto Falcone."
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Until today news the Xxxxx Xxxx was: Black Mask!
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3:32PM on 03/21/2011

JGL as Joker?

Hell yes please! If anyone could pull it off, it would be him.
Hell yes please! If anyone could pull it off, it would be him.
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3:05PM on 03/21/2011

I'm calling it now...

Marion Cottliard will be playing Sofia Falcone, sister of Alberto Falcone (JGL) and one time girlfriend of Sal "Boss" Maroni (Eric Roberts). As for Juno Temple possibly Carrie Kelly (ROBIN from Dark Knight Returns) or a young Barbara Gordon.
Marion Cottliard will be playing Sofia Falcone, sister of Alberto Falcone (JGL) and one time girlfriend of Sal "Boss" Maroni (Eric Roberts). As for Juno Temple possibly Carrie Kelly (ROBIN from Dark Knight Returns) or a young Barbara Gordon.
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10:27AM on 03/21/2011

JGL = Hell Yeah!!

Bale, Oldman, Hathaway, Hardy, JGL, Caine, Freeman.
Look at the list. Its getting better and better. Heres to a great ensemble cast.
I think JGL really looks like Alberto Falcone from the comics and will be really good in the movie.
Bale, Oldman, Hathaway, Hardy, JGL, Caine, Freeman.
Look at the list. Its getting better and better. Heres to a great ensemble cast.
I think JGL really looks like Alberto Falcone from the comics and will be really good in the movie.
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9:14AM on 03/21/2011
Alberto Falcone....NICE!!!
Alberto Falcone....NICE!!!
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9:08AM on 03/21/2011
JGL as joker is fine by me. i'm getting a little concerned tho with all the actors and characters in it thus far. i guess we should trust nolan to do the right thing....but still. too many villians, characters, etc isn't good.
JGL as joker is fine by me. i'm getting a little concerned tho with all the actors and characters in it thus far. i guess we should trust nolan to do the right thing....but still. too many villians, characters, etc isn't good.
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11:58PM on 03/20/2011

I reeeally hope they get Bane right this time!

not sure if I would be cool with Joseph as The Joker until I saw him act, but he does kinda resemble Heath.
not sure if I would be cool with Joseph as The Joker until I saw him act, but he does kinda resemble Heath.
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11:30PM on 03/20/2011
Juno could play one of the street girls selina kyle took in from Year One or first issues of the catwoman comic
Juno could play one of the street girls selina kyle took in from Year One or first issues of the catwoman comic
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9:17PM on 03/20/2011

extra tidbit

levitt as the joker is acceptable as long as he doesnt have a major role. maybe a cameo in arkham or something. id be cool with that.
levitt as the joker is acceptable as long as he doesnt have a major role. maybe a cameo in arkham or something. id be cool with that.
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6:55PM on 03/20/2011
With JGL as Alberto Falcone and Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, I wouldn't be surprised if Marion Cotillard is playing Sofia Gigante Falcone (so long as she can get the accent).

Sure, everyone thinks she'll be Talia al Ghul, but the underlying current in all of Nolan's Batman films has been the effect of the mob in Gotham. The League of Shadows is practically a minor plot element when compared to how Gotham's mobs have influenced the stories.
With JGL as Alberto Falcone and Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, I wouldn't be surprised if Marion Cotillard is playing Sofia Gigante Falcone (so long as she can get the accent).

Sure, everyone thinks she'll be Talia al Ghul, but the underlying current in all of Nolan's Batman films has been the effect of the mob in Gotham. The League of Shadows is practically a minor plot element when compared to how Gotham's mobs have influenced the stories.
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6:31PM on 03/20/2011
Well this movie officially got over crowded and said goodbye to middle ground. Either this is going to be an epic masterpiece or an epic fail. There has never been a good 3rd comic book movie so I hope Nolan in his brilliance can find a way to break the curse. On a side note, every female actress in TDKR has been nude in another film so that's pretty cool.
Well this movie officially got over crowded and said goodbye to middle ground. Either this is going to be an epic masterpiece or an epic fail. There has never been a good 3rd comic book movie so I hope Nolan in his brilliance can find a way to break the curse. On a side note, every female actress in TDKR has been nude in another film so that's pretty cool.
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5:24PM on 03/20/2011

uh huh

JGL is perfect for Alberto, he has the look and style. I don't think he'll officially be the "holiday killer" in the movie, although I wouldn't put it past him to do some vengeful, lethal things in the movie. Mainly, I think he is going to hire Bane to break the Bat, not kill him, but Bane being Bane will go off on his own (possibly drug induced?) rampage to kill Batman just for being a worthy challenger/nuisance. Catwoman will only be a distraction for Batman in this movie and is probably tied
JGL is perfect for Alberto, he has the look and style. I don't think he'll officially be the "holiday killer" in the movie, although I wouldn't put it past him to do some vengeful, lethal things in the movie. Mainly, I think he is going to hire Bane to break the Bat, not kill him, but Bane being Bane will go off on his own (possibly drug induced?) rampage to kill Batman just for being a worthy challenger/nuisance. Catwoman will only be a distraction for Batman in this movie and is probably tied with the Falcone family. I think TDK's true love will be Marion as Talia Al Ghul. Maybe have baby and perfectly end the trilogy?
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5:20PM on 03/20/2011

uh huh

JGL is perfect for Alberto, he has the look and style. I don't think he'll officially be the "holiday killer" in the movie, although I wouldn't put it past him to do some vengeful, lethal things in the movie. Mainly, I think he is going to hire Bane to break the Bat, not kill him, but Bane being Bane will go off on his own (possibly drug induced?) rampage to kill Batman just for being a worthy challenger/nuisance. Catwoman will only be a distraction for Batman in this movie and is probably tied
JGL is perfect for Alberto, he has the look and style. I don't think he'll officially be the "holiday killer" in the movie, although I wouldn't put it past him to do some vengeful, lethal things in the movie. Mainly, I think he is going to hire Bane to break the Bat, not kill him, but Bane being Bane will go off on his own (possibly drug induced?) rampage to kill Batman just for being a worthy challenger/nuisance. Catwoman will only be a distraction for Batman in this movie and is probably tied with the Falcone family. I think TDK's true love will be Marion as Talia Al Ghul. Maybe have baby and perfectly end the trilogy?
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3:15PM on 03/20/2011
gordon-levitt will probably end up being falcones son, the person who had taken over the family business, if he is at the same time going to be the holiday killer, it'd be simple to set up crime scene photos of earlier holiday kills.

more then likely it'll be 2 villians with catwoman being a red herring or distraction in the 1st act or she'll be a straight up villain with the sense that there could be more to it later.

as for the extra tidbit, gordon levitt as the joker? well i know
gordon-levitt will probably end up being falcones son, the person who had taken over the family business, if he is at the same time going to be the holiday killer, it'd be simple to set up crime scene photos of earlier holiday kills.

more then likely it'll be 2 villians with catwoman being a red herring or distraction in the 1st act or she'll be a straight up villain with the sense that there could be more to it later.

as for the extra tidbit, gordon levitt as the joker? well i know he'd be respectful, and that he'd do an excellent job, and that he wouldnt do it unless it too was just as well written/scripted, so IF he did do it, i'd rather see him acting as joker then alot of other actors out there.
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2:31PM on 03/20/2011
Well don't think Batman will be dealing much with Catwoman, most assume she will be an ally, maybe the classic jewel thief but still an ally. Looking on wikipedia it shows Holly is a Catwoman ally too.

I wonder if it will take place on a holiday, like Batman Returns was during Christmastime, I liked that.
Well don't think Batman will be dealing much with Catwoman, most assume she will be an ally, maybe the classic jewel thief but still an ally. Looking on wikipedia it shows Holly is a Catwoman ally too.

I wonder if it will take place on a holiday, like Batman Returns was during Christmastime, I liked that.
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2:17PM on 03/20/2011

whoa

they're doing a batman 3?
they're doing a batman 3?
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12:46PM on 03/20/2011

Alberto Falcone

I'm cool with that...also the guesses about Juno Temple being Holly Robinsons are making sense, I could see that.
I'm cool with that...also the guesses about Juno Temple being Holly Robinsons are making sense, I could see that.
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12:45PM on 03/20/2011

Holiday Killer storyline

The Riddler theorized that Catwoman could be Holiday because the .22 pistols that Holiday employed were lightweight and easy for a woman to handle. Since the break-in at Falcone's penthouse early on in the story, Catwoman had access to Falcone's safe and information on everyone in his criminal empire. With a million-dollar bounty on her head, her best defense would be a justifiable offense. Batman however, abandoned her as a suspect when she assisted him in capturing Falcone's henchmen, The Mad
The Riddler theorized that Catwoman could be Holiday because the .22 pistols that Holiday employed were lightweight and easy for a woman to handle. Since the break-in at Falcone's penthouse early on in the story, Catwoman had access to Falcone's safe and information on everyone in his criminal empire. With a million-dollar bounty on her head, her best defense would be a justifiable offense. Batman however, abandoned her as a suspect when she assisted him in capturing Falcone's henchmen, The Mad Hatter and The Scarecrow.

Maybe instead of The Mad Hatter she turns in Bane? Meaning Bane plays a minor role, Catwoman a supporting role and JGL is the main villain?
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12:47PM on 03/20/2011
PS - first paragraph was from a wikipedia page on the character.
PS - first paragraph was from a wikipedia page on the character.
12:25PM on 03/20/2011
With all these potentially significant characters, one must wonder what the run time of this film is going to be.
How much time does the film need to wrap up a trilogy story, carry it's own three act narrative and follow this many character/plot threads to complete resolution?
With all these potentially significant characters, one must wonder what the run time of this film is going to be.
How much time does the film need to wrap up a trilogy story, carry it's own three act narrative and follow this many character/plot threads to complete resolution?
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10:15AM on 03/20/2011

No Joker in TDKR

Nolan has already stated that no one will be reprising the role of the Joker in TDKR, and I agree w/ that choice. I would however be on board for some deleted footage of Heath's Joker to show up in TDKR to give some closure to the character that was left hanging upside down from a building.
Nolan has already stated that no one will be reprising the role of the Joker in TDKR, and I agree w/ that choice. I would however be on board for some deleted footage of Heath's Joker to show up in TDKR to give some closure to the character that was left hanging upside down from a building.
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2:59PM on 03/20/2011
You clearly see the SWAT team running up to the Joker after Batman leaves him there. Enough closure, methinks.
You clearly see the SWAT team running up to the Joker after Batman leaves him there. Enough closure, methinks.
5:28PM on 03/20/2011
I think some archived audio like in the Arkham Asylum game would be really cool for the film. Maybe B could use it for evidence or something. There would have to be plenty left over from TDK
I think some archived audio like in the Arkham Asylum game would be really cool for the film. Maybe B could use it for evidence or something. There would have to be plenty left over from TDK
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9:05AM on 03/20/2011
JGL will be great in any role, but Joker is out I'm sure. Nolan wouldn't pull that. Not thrilled with Hathaway as Catwoman and am hoping they don't bring in any of the yougins. Bale already was against Robin so I'm hoping they just complete the Batman rise story, but having Bane on board is suspect even though I am totally on board for Tom Hardy. I just want more Batman story and less villain.
JGL will be great in any role, but Joker is out I'm sure. Nolan wouldn't pull that. Not thrilled with Hathaway as Catwoman and am hoping they don't bring in any of the yougins. Bale already was against Robin so I'm hoping they just complete the Batman rise story, but having Bane on board is suspect even though I am totally on board for Tom Hardy. I just want more Batman story and less villain.
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7:52AM on 03/20/2011

Joker

Whoever beleives he should be the next joker is not thinking of all the negative feedback that Nolan would get, if batman isn't up to par what do you think it would do to the batman series? it'll ruin the perfect trilogy
Whoever beleives he should be the next joker is not thinking of all the negative feedback that Nolan would get, if batman isn't up to par what do you think it would do to the batman series? it'll ruin the perfect trilogy
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7:51AM on 03/20/2011

Joker

The Joker died with Heath Ledger, Joker will not/should not appear until theres a reboot. Nolan will not attempt to top heath's performance.
The Joker died with Heath Ledger, Joker will not/should not appear until theres a reboot. Nolan will not attempt to top heath's performance.
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5:13AM on 03/20/2011
Hey guys, according to Variety JGL is playing Alberto Falcone.

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Hey guys, according to Variety JGL is playing Alberto Falcone.

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4:56AM on 03/20/2011
BATMAN WITHOUT JOKER AINT NO BATMAN AT ALL. There. I said it.
BATMAN WITHOUT JOKER AINT NO BATMAN AT ALL. There. I said it.
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3:30PM on 03/20/2011
Doesn't make it any less true ;)
Doesn't make it any less true ;)
4:10AM on 03/20/2011
The only role I could possibly think of that I WOULDN'T want JGL to play is Joker. I assume he's not, and so I'm crazy excited for this. I don't think I could put together a better cast (with a possible exception for Hathaway, but I'm being optimistic). Hopefully this movie is long as hell so that all these characters aren't crammed into each other.

Also, Juno Temple is clearly Ellen Page in a blonde wig. I'll bet anything on it.
The only role I could possibly think of that I WOULDN'T want JGL to play is Joker. I assume he's not, and so I'm crazy excited for this. I don't think I could put together a better cast (with a possible exception for Hathaway, but I'm being optimistic). Hopefully this movie is long as hell so that all these characters aren't crammed into each other.

Also, Juno Temple is clearly Ellen Page in a blonde wig. I'll bet anything on it.
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4:02AM on 03/20/2011
JGL should be the Black Mask -
BRING BACK THE SCARECROW!
JGL should be the Black Mask -
BRING BACK THE SCARECROW!
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1:49AM on 03/20/2011
Juno Temple will probably be playing Holly Robinson, Catwoman's 'sidekick.'

But the big news obviously is that JGL will be playing Alberto Falcone! Which means we're gonna get a legit 'world's greatest detective' Batman murder mystery! JGL can bring real gravitas and creepiness to the role. I'm psyched.
Juno Temple will probably be playing Holly Robinson, Catwoman's 'sidekick.'

But the big news obviously is that JGL will be playing Alberto Falcone! Which means we're gonna get a legit 'world's greatest detective' Batman murder mystery! JGL can bring real gravitas and creepiness to the role. I'm psyched.
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1:27AM on 03/20/2011

Joker & Harley

When I saw the headline and then the picture, I was like "Joker $ Harley?!" But that is most likely wishful thinking. I have said since TDK came out that JGL should be the new Joker, and I really hope he will be. Otherwise this will be disappointing.
When I saw the headline and then the picture, I was like "Joker $ Harley?!" But that is most likely wishful thinking. I have said since TDK came out that JGL should be the new Joker, and I really hope he will be. Otherwise this will be disappointing.
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4:54AM on 03/20/2011
THANK YOU!
THANK YOU!
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11:44PM on 03/19/2011
Extra Tidbit: Hell yes I'd be okay with him playing The Joker. Who better for the job. I still don't understand why some think Nolan is "too respectful" to recast The Joker, even for a 2minute cameo. What's not respectful about carrying forward a character that was so awesomely portrayed by Heath Ledger? What's more disrespectful: to ignore the impact of the character completely or make sure the portrayal of the character continues via someone very worthy of the role?

Anyway, good news, no
Extra Tidbit: Hell yes I'd be okay with him playing The Joker. Who better for the job. I still don't understand why some think Nolan is "too respectful" to recast The Joker, even for a 2minute cameo. What's not respectful about carrying forward a character that was so awesomely portrayed by Heath Ledger? What's more disrespectful: to ignore the impact of the character completely or make sure the portrayal of the character continues via someone very worthy of the role?

Anyway, good news, no matter who he plays. Alberto Falcone sounds a lil' underwhelming though.
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4:55AM on 03/20/2011
Damn straight. Recast Batman's greatest villain.
Damn straight. Recast Batman's greatest villain.
11:04PM on 03/19/2011
Doesn't matter to me who he plays... I'm in!
Doesn't matter to me who he plays... I'm in!
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10:20PM on 03/19/2011

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btw variety updated saying hes playing alberto falcone...just giving everybody the heads up
btw variety updated saying hes playing alberto falcone...just giving everybody the heads up
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10:19PM on 03/19/2011

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this is great news but seriously everyone get over it ! joker ain't coming back...geesh.
this is great news but seriously everyone get over it ! joker ain't coming back...geesh.
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10:08PM on 03/19/2011
I would be down for JGL as Joker. I honestly can't think of a better person for the job.
I would be down for JGL as Joker. I honestly can't think of a better person for the job.
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9:13PM on 03/19/2011
I can see Temple as......Harleyquin??
I can see Temple as......Harleyquin??
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8:32PM on 03/19/2011
Great news. Both (especially Levitt) will be worthy additions to the movie.

It's going to be really interesting to keep speculating on who Joseph Gordon Levitt is going to be. I still remember Levitt as the kid on "3rd Rock From The Sun".

I believe that this will be better than The Dark Knight. Maybe even the defining Batman film.
Great news. Both (especially Levitt) will be worthy additions to the movie.

It's going to be really interesting to keep speculating on who Joseph Gordon Levitt is going to be. I still remember Levitt as the kid on "3rd Rock From The Sun".

I believe that this will be better than The Dark Knight. Maybe even the defining Batman film.
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8:19PM on 03/19/2011
I'm just glad Levitt is in the movie regardless of the role he has. Extra tidbit: I'll have to see some pictures first.
I'm just glad Levitt is in the movie regardless of the role he has. Extra tidbit: I'll have to see some pictures first.
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7:30PM on 03/19/2011
Nice additions. For all you people thinking JGL might be the JOKER.. FORGET ABOUT IT ... ITS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!! This is his last movie, he's not going to throw a ton of controversy and distraction into it by re-casting Ledgers Oscar winning role.
Nice additions. For all you people thinking JGL might be the JOKER.. FORGET ABOUT IT ... ITS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!! This is his last movie, he's not going to throw a ton of controversy and distraction into it by re-casting Ledgers Oscar winning role.
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4:53AM on 03/20/2011
Meh I think he should, Heath doesn't own the role. Of coarse it won't happen, I just wish he had the balls to do it.
Meh I think he should, Heath doesn't own the role. Of coarse it won't happen, I just wish he had the balls to do it.
6:57PM on 03/19/2011
um...james franco would have made a great joker
um...james franco would have made a great joker
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7:20PM on 03/20/2011
Good call, maybe when they do the reboot or in the new TV series cause let's face it there will be more Batman after TDKR.
Good call, maybe when they do the reboot or in the new TV series cause let's face it there will be more Batman after TDKR.
6:47PM on 03/19/2011
Much as I'm looking forward to this, I still feel like the cast is a little top-heavy in "Inception" alumni. Which wouldn't matter so much if that wasn't the last movie Chris Nolan did. Then again, I'm sure Hardy will look very different, and I wouldn't be surprised if JGL does, too.
Much as I'm looking forward to this, I still feel like the cast is a little top-heavy in "Inception" alumni. Which wouldn't matter so much if that wasn't the last movie Chris Nolan did. Then again, I'm sure Hardy will look very different, and I wouldn't be surprised if JGL does, too.
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6:46PM on 03/19/2011
Well I'm gunna throw a burnt two faced coin into the mix here. We haven't seen the last of Dent. As for what Brewsky99 below just said.... FUCKING HELL YES. A two parter would rock my batboat. Fuck...... I need a towel.
Well I'm gunna throw a burnt two faced coin into the mix here. We haven't seen the last of Dent. As for what Brewsky99 below just said.... FUCKING HELL YES. A two parter would rock my batboat. Fuck...... I need a towel.
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6:30PM on 03/19/2011
Ive said it before I have a gut feeling that this film will be released in 2 parts,Nolan can still claim its one film and Warner gets two bites of the cherry.
Part 1 finishes with Batman having his back broken,then The Dark Knight will Rise.
Ive said it before I have a gut feeling that this film will be released in 2 parts,Nolan can still claim its one film and Warner gets two bites of the cherry.
Part 1 finishes with Batman having his back broken,then The Dark Knight will Rise.
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6:20PM on 03/19/2011

JGL iS ALBERTO FALCONE

it would be great if this news means they are using the catwoman story from year one and that why juno temple is cast. JGL is playing carmine falcone's son he is not playing the joker. i mean we all know that would not happen and should not. exciting stuff.
it would be great if this news means they are using the catwoman story from year one and that why juno temple is cast. JGL is playing carmine falcone's son he is not playing the joker. i mean we all know that would not happen and should not. exciting stuff.
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6:16PM on 03/19/2011

Please let Levit take on the joker

I'm not the biggest JGL fan, but I don't think it'd be anything but heartening to see an actor try to carry on the character as Ledger depicted it. We're already going in knowing that Joker had to be excluded from the story; it'd be cathartic to instead have an 'old class mate' of ledger's honor him - especially by rising to such a challenge.
I'm not the biggest JGL fan, but I don't think it'd be anything but heartening to see an actor try to carry on the character as Ledger depicted it. We're already going in knowing that Joker had to be excluded from the story; it'd be cathartic to instead have an 'old class mate' of ledger's honor him - especially by rising to such a challenge.
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8:12PM on 03/19/2011
Meh. I'd love to put Ledger's "Joker" behind me ASAP. Can't really even associate the role he played as a character from the Batman universe. I'll probably skip Rises and wait for the inevitable reboot...
Meh. I'd love to put Ledger's "Joker" behind me ASAP. Can't really even associate the role he played as a character from the Batman universe. I'll probably skip Rises and wait for the inevitable reboot...
8:56PM on 03/19/2011
wow...really? ...wow.
wow...really? ...wow.
4:52AM on 03/20/2011
HA! I gotta assume he's joking. You ARE joking right? Because if you're not then well I guess you've never seen a good movie.
HA! I gotta assume he's joking. You ARE joking right? Because if you're not then well I guess you've never seen a good movie.
5:45PM on 03/19/2011
Great news!
Great news!
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5:27PM on 03/19/2011
These 2 will be a fine addition.

And the Joker will never return while Nolan is in the directors chair. He's too respectful.
These 2 will be a fine addition.

And the Joker will never return while Nolan is in the directors chair. He's too respectful.
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4:39PM on 03/19/2011
Juno Temple sure looks like the femininine versions Robin. Not sure if I would like to see that onscreen. Gordon-Levitt does surprisingly good as a villain, I could see him in loots of different roles.
Juno Temple sure looks like the femininine versions Robin. Not sure if I would like to see that onscreen. Gordon-Levitt does surprisingly good as a villain, I could see him in loots of different roles.
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3:58PM on 03/19/2011
JG-L as Dick Grayson would be amazing. I REALLY want to see Nolan's Robin before he bows out of the franchise for good. An older, less snot-nosed version of Robin that can come to Bruce's aid and be the tech-genius of the team would really complement the trilogy nicely. Plus, I just wanna see a modern version of Robin's costume.
JG-L as Dick Grayson would be amazing. I REALLY want to see Nolan's Robin before he bows out of the franchise for good. An older, less snot-nosed version of Robin that can come to Bruce's aid and be the tech-genius of the team would really complement the trilogy nicely. Plus, I just wanna see a modern version of Robin's costume.
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3:40PM on 03/19/2011
The problem with the idea of JGL as the Joker is that he wouldn't be playing the Joker, he'd have to mimic Heath Ledger as the Joker, which would just be creepy and weird. Best to enjoy TDK for what it was and move on in TDKR with new characters.
The problem with the idea of JGL as the Joker is that he wouldn't be playing the Joker, he'd have to mimic Heath Ledger as the Joker, which would just be creepy and weird. Best to enjoy TDK for what it was and move on in TDKR with new characters.
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3:29PM on 03/19/2011
I thought that Juno chick was Ellen Page for a second. And actually after watching TDK I thought Levitt would make a good replacement, so Im up for it. Heath wouldve endorsed it I think. He was the type of actor who would want the story to carry on I think.
I thought that Juno chick was Ellen Page for a second. And actually after watching TDK I thought Levitt would make a good replacement, so Im up for it. Heath wouldve endorsed it I think. He was the type of actor who would want the story to carry on I think.
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3:28PM on 03/19/2011
Nolan seems to be going all out for this final film. I'm a little worried that it seems like too many characters are getting involved, but I still trust Nolan. Hell, give me a 4 hour director's cut of Dark Knight Rises and I'll probably still love it. Actually, I may even prefer it.
Nolan seems to be going all out for this final film. I'm a little worried that it seems like too many characters are getting involved, but I still trust Nolan. Hell, give me a 4 hour director's cut of Dark Knight Rises and I'll probably still love it. Actually, I may even prefer it.
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3:15PM on 03/19/2011

YES! YES! YES!

This news just made my day! Nolan obviously wants to make sure his last installment is top-notch and better than TDK. This casting news is another step in the right direction (the only direction this franchise has been going since Nolan stepped in). I have ABSOLUTE faith that this will be that defining Batman film we're all going to get. TDK was great and I'm sure lightning will strike twice.
This news just made my day! Nolan obviously wants to make sure his last installment is top-notch and better than TDK. This casting news is another step in the right direction (the only direction this franchise has been going since Nolan stepped in). I have ABSOLUTE faith that this will be that defining Batman film we're all going to get. TDK was great and I'm sure lightning will strike twice.
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2:59PM on 03/19/2011

NOLAN HAS ALREADY STATED

that 10 Things I Hate About You was the reason he became a filmmaker, so yeah i can definitely see him passing along the joker role to JGL
that 10 Things I Hate About You was the reason he became a filmmaker, so yeah i can definitely see him passing along the joker role to JGL
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2:51PM on 03/19/2011
Extra Tidbit: The Joker is an iconic role, fuck yes I'd be okay with it. JGL at least looks like Heath, and Heath did a great job but just because he died doesn't mean he owns the character for all of time.

Deadshot would be super fucking sweet though.
Extra Tidbit: The Joker is an iconic role, fuck yes I'd be okay with it. JGL at least looks like Heath, and Heath did a great job but just because he died doesn't mean he owns the character for all of time.

Deadshot would be super fucking sweet though.
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2:41PM on 03/19/2011
Probably playing Holly Robinson.
Probably playing Holly Robinson.
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2:30PM on 03/19/2011
If they're going for the origin of Catwoman portrayed in Batman: Year One, Catwoman was a prostitute who takes care of another younger prostitute. But I doubt a Batman movie will deal with something like that. Harly Queen seems unlikely unless they completely change her origin. Maybe Batgirl or Carrie Kelly (Robin from The Dark Knight Returns comic).
If they're going for the origin of Catwoman portrayed in Batman: Year One, Catwoman was a prostitute who takes care of another younger prostitute. But I doubt a Batman movie will deal with something like that. Harly Queen seems unlikely unless they completely change her origin. Maybe Batgirl or Carrie Kelly (Robin from The Dark Knight Returns comic).
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2:26PM on 03/19/2011

on the fence

While I think that GJL would be fantastic as a stand alone villian I also think that it is going to take a fantastic actor to fill Heath's shoes as the Joker. So I put my trust in Nolan to use JGL properly.
While I think that GJL would be fantastic as a stand alone villian I also think that it is going to take a fantastic actor to fill Heath's shoes as the Joker. So I put my trust in Nolan to use JGL properly.
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2:22PM on 03/19/2011
I'm betting Temple will be Holly Robinson, the prostitute that lived with Selina Kyle in Batman: Year One. That or Carrie Kelly.
I'm betting Temple will be Holly Robinson, the prostitute that lived with Selina Kyle in Batman: Year One. That or Carrie Kelly.
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2:18PM on 03/19/2011

$5 says Juno Temple plays "Robin"

or something akin to it.
or something akin to it.
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2:21PM on 03/19/2011
She'll be the girl that lived with Selina Kyle in the early comics.
She'll be the girl that lived with Selina Kyle in the early comics.
2:09PM on 03/19/2011

Street Smart Girl

The fuck? God, I hope that doesn't turn into something really annoying...
The fuck? God, I hope that doesn't turn into something really annoying...
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1:59PM on 03/19/2011
Stop immortalizing Heath Ledger. His performance was great, but he improved upon an established role. It can be done again.

He wasn't a great actor, aside from this one role.

Mediocre at best in everything else.
Stop immortalizing Heath Ledger. His performance was great, but he improved upon an established role. It can be done again.

He wasn't a great actor, aside from this one role.

Mediocre at best in everything else.
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2:09PM on 03/19/2011
That's not really the point. The fact is that there are myriad other villains more suitable for JGL to play, and the Joker isn't really necessary for TDKR.
That's not really the point. The fact is that there are myriad other villains more suitable for JGL to play, and the Joker isn't really necessary for TDKR.
8:15PM on 03/19/2011
I don't see how he improved upon an established role. I can't think of a worse Joker in the history of Batman productions... I still can't see him as Joker when I try to watch "Dark Knight". Just can't see it. Guess I'm not a big fan of sympathy Oscars...
I don't see how he improved upon an established role. I can't think of a worse Joker in the history of Batman productions... I still can't see him as Joker when I try to watch "Dark Knight". Just can't see it. Guess I'm not a big fan of sympathy Oscars...
1:58PM on 03/19/2011

i'm 100% totally cool with him being the joker.

someone's going to get cast as joker eventually and it may as well be now while we have a great actor to do it in a film by a great director.
someone's going to get cast as joker eventually and it may as well be now while we have a great actor to do it in a film by a great director.
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1:54PM on 03/19/2011

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HELL F*CKING NO
HELL F*CKING NO
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1:44PM on 03/19/2011

Wouldja look at that.

That Juno Temple looks like a dead ringer for Harley Quinn, eh? I personally don't have a problem w/ JGL reprising the Joker (cameo only though, no performance it wouldn't be the same) but I think JGL would make a much better villain in his own right.
That Juno Temple looks like a dead ringer for Harley Quinn, eh? I personally don't have a problem w/ JGL reprising the Joker (cameo only though, no performance it wouldn't be the same) but I think JGL would make a much better villain in his own right.
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1:50PM on 03/19/2011
Harley Quinn you say? Excuse me a moment, I just need to go and lie down for a while.
Harley Quinn you say? Excuse me a moment, I just need to go and lie down for a while.
5:48PM on 03/19/2011
huh?...you do know that HQ has a degree in psychology right?...kind of hard to get at ELEVEN
huh?...you do know that HQ has a degree in psychology right?...kind of hard to get at ELEVEN
3:18AM on 03/20/2011
if the "eleven" you're referring to is her age I think you missed a decade there, mate. She's 21.
if the "eleven" you're referring to is her age I think you missed a decade there, mate. She's 21.
9:37AM on 03/20/2011
still a bit young to have obtained a doctorate, wouldn't you say?
still a bit young to have obtained a doctorate, wouldn't you say?
1:28PM on 03/20/2011
in the real world, probably; in the DC Universe, definitely not.
in the real world, probably; in the DC Universe, definitely not.
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1:38PM on 03/19/2011

I'd be cool

I would prefer him to be the Joker than any other villain as a matter of fact. We already have enough with Bane and Catwoman, so Deadshot would be a waste of both character and the actors ability. Riddler would be alright but a) his appearance has been denied by Nolan (though maybe Nolan has a whodunnit in mind and doesn't want to spoil anything) and b) I would prefer a much older Riddler myself. I know it's not gonna happen but I wish we could see Joker again.
As for Juno, I think she might
I would prefer him to be the Joker than any other villain as a matter of fact. We already have enough with Bane and Catwoman, so Deadshot would be a waste of both character and the actors ability. Riddler would be alright but a) his appearance has been denied by Nolan (though maybe Nolan has a whodunnit in mind and doesn't want to spoil anything) and b) I would prefer a much older Riddler myself. I know it's not gonna happen but I wish we could see Joker again.
As for Juno, I think she might be playing Carrie from the Dark Knight Returns (female Robin) or Holly from Year One, which Nolan loves btw.
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1:26PM on 03/19/2011
Do I smell the greatest film of all time?
Do I smell the greatest film of all time?
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1:23PM on 03/19/2011
Using JGL for a Joker cameo would be a tremendous waste. I do think he'd make a better villain than a sidekick/ally though.
I look at Juno Temple without reading the name properly and see Ellen Page. I read, look back and still sort of see Ellen Page. I blame Inception.
Using JGL for a Joker cameo would be a tremendous waste. I do think he'd make a better villain than a sidekick/ally though.
I look at Juno Temple without reading the name properly and see Ellen Page. I read, look back and still sort of see Ellen Page. I blame Inception.
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