Joseph Gordon-Levitt as The Riddler: The Rumor of the Day


There was a time — several months ago — when the web couldn’t get enough Batman 3 rumors. We (the blogosphere) were deeply entrenched in fan made posters, the possibility of Cher playing Catwoman, and about a thousand other possibilities. It was insane. But now things have changed. A new Batman 3 rumor is on the market and mum’s the word. Has the blogosphere grown tired of speculating about Christopher Nolan’s next? And all of this right as Inception gets ready to come to market. We say why not. Why not talk about Joseph Gordon Levitt as The Riddler?

The rumor comes from Hollywood Life, a sister site of Movieline (a very reputable compendium of journos). They are saying that a “source close to the director (Nolan)” has shed light on the fact that Nolan and Gordon-Levitt bonded on the set of Inception, and that the 500 Days of Summer star’s interest in the next Batman film is very high.

Here’s the quote:

“Chris really dug Joseph [as an actor],” a source close to the director tells exclusively. “There was a joke at first between them [on the set of Inception] that Joseph wanted to read for Batman 3 and things heated up as filming continued.”

Adds the insider, “It’s not 100% confirmed that he’s getting [the role of The Riddler] but there’s certainly talk about it. Joseph is definitely on the short list.” This should make fans happy, especially as several fan sites have expressed a wish to see the 500 Days of Summer cutie score the role!

But don’t expect to find out anytime soon whether the 29-year-old actor will actually become The Riddler in reality — the script is still being written!

There’s obviously no reason for anyone to get their hopes up about this, but it is a fun rumor to talk about. Even though he’s seen success in smaller projects, Gordon-Levitt is still looking for that big breakout role. He’s a talented actor, dynamic enough to send a character like The Riddler to another level, just as Heath Ledger did with The Joker. Then again, the same could be said about David Tennant, Neil Patrick Harris, Johnny Depp, or just about any other actor (besides Eddie Murphy) who has been rumored for the gig.

While we don’t know if any of this has any weight (it probably doesn’t), we do know this: Christopher Nolan will be making Batman decisions soon. As soon as he can get Inception into theaters, it’s likely that we’ll see him speak more freely about his plans for the return of The Dark Knight. So have patience, dear readers, as the storm is coming.

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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