By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist November 27, 2012 at 9:03AM
Let the speculatin' begin (again). During the entire press run for Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises," the drum beat played by everyone around the picture, from the director through each member of the cast, was that it was the end. There would be no fourth movie. Christian Bale said he wouldn't suit up again (unless Nolan wanted him to) and even with Joseph Gordon-Levitt revealed to be Robin/the new Batman, the actor insisted that there was no need for any spinoffs. Never say never, we suppose...there may be something transpiring....
HitFix is reporting that according to their sources, Joseph Gordon-Levitt will "absolutely" be returning as Batman in "Justice League" (sorry Armie Hammer). Furthermore, they hear rumblings that Gordon-Levitt -- and possibly one other actor from the Nolan-verse -- will suit up earlier, and they basically suggest that he could pop his head into "Man Of Steel" in some sort of Marvel-esque world-building scheme. On the one hand, we're sure Warner Bros. would love to find a way to build off of Nolan's wildly successful trilogy, which for now has been viewed as being completely self-contained. However, this whole plan sounds like the exact antithesis of Nolan's approach, who has more or less sought to have his Batman pictures stand independently from anything else.
That being said, commerce talks, and Warner Bros. are likely eager to make sure their "Justice League" is just as big and bad as Marvel's "The Avengers 2," with both slated to drop in 2015. With rumors already brewing that "Man Of Steel" will link to "Justice League" in some fashion, this scenario does sound plausible, though there is room for skepticism.
So let us know below: should JGL wear the cowl in "Justice League"? And while you're at it, take a look at a batch of new images from "The Dark Knight Rises" from Facebook, taken from nearly every section of the movie, particularly the last third, which explains why they weren't used in the run up to the theatrical bow. But it's a nice way to tease the DVD and Blu-ray release for the film on December 4th.