Last week, the rumor mill began turning with news that Joseph Gordon-Levitt may or may not have a part in Christopher Nolan's final Batman film 'The Dark Knight Rises.' If cast, would he play the Riddler? Or would he play Robin? Perhaps he could play Vincent Price's role of Egghead from the Adam West series?
And those questions have finally been answered: no, no and, sadly, no.
Comic Book Movie is reporting from an anonymous source that Levitt will be playing a villain, but the bad guy in question is ... second-generation gangster Alberto Falcone? Who?
(Answer after the jump.)
Alberto Falcone is the son of mob boss Carmine, played by Tom Wilkinson in 'Batman Begins.' He was prominently featured in the critically acclaimed Batman story 'The Long Halloween,' which has been used as a major source of reference for Nolan's Batman movies.
Over the last two films, Nolan has turned organized crime in Gotham City upside-down, so it makes much more sense to include the vengeful son of a ruined boss than a 13-year-old orphaned acrobat, or a green-spandex-wearing puzzle lover. Plus, in the comic book world, Alberto Falcone has a connection to Selina Kyle, who will be played by Anne Hathaway in the film.
We're not going to tell you what that connection is, or what happens to Falcone in the comics, because why ruin the fun? 'The Long Halloween' and its sequels 'Dark Victory' and 'Catwoman: When in Rome' by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale are some of the best Batman comics ever made. And if they're good enough for Christopher Nolan, they're good enough for you.
Bear in mind, this casting story is just a rumor, but you can check out the original anonymous tip at Comic Book Movie and read more on Falcone at IGN, where they first predicted he would be the character JGL plays, if signed (SPOILER warning for both sites).
It's not Robin or the Riddler, but does this sound like a good idea to you?