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Christopher Nolan Never Planned for Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Play Batman in "Justice League of America"

Posted: November 29th, 2012 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
Christopher Nolan Never Planned for Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Play Batman in "Justice League of America"Submit Comment
It was recently reported that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is rumored to be in talks to play Batman in the upcoming "Justice League of America" movie. Only he won't play Bruce Wayne, but John Blake, his character from "The Dark Knight Rises."

Director Christopher Nolan now explained that he never discussed ending "The Dark Knight Rises" in a way to transition it into "Justice League." He simply wanted to show that anyone can be Batman.

"The open-ended nature of the film is simply a very important thematic idea that we wanted to get into the movie, which is that Batman is a symbol. He can be anybody," he said. "Batman was not important as a man, he's more than that. He's a symbol, and the symbol lives on."

Henry Cavill will likely play Superman in "Justice League," so it's obvious that Warner Bros would want to tie "The Dark Knight" franchise into the new superhero film. Bringing back Gordon-Levitt would accomplish that, even though John Blake is neither rich or well-trained in martial arts.

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Cinemaisdead writes:
on November 29th, 2012 at 5:49:17 AM

Yep. Might as well give up now DC. Nobody wants to see Robin playing Batman just so you don't look like such f*cktards for messing up the start of your own super hero legacy. Justice League will be sh*t no matter what. The characters are too cheesey or powerful and won't translate to film as well as Marvel's who are a bit more evenly matched. GIVE UP!
mariachi writes:
on November 29th, 2012 at 6:21:35 AM

They're going to reboot the franchise with new actors and a different creative team... Like they've been saying for months now.
pornfly writes:
on November 29th, 2012 at 6:23:17 AM

Anybody can be a director
Rambo writes:
on November 29th, 2012 at 6:24:47 AM

wonder woman gang bang movie will be better.
BadChadB33 writes:
on November 29th, 2012 at 9:14:12 AM

Justice League of America=failure! !
Buckles44 writes:
on November 29th, 2012 at 9:33:32 AM

@Cinemasdead

Well if you read the comics after the events of Final Crisis d*ck Grayson took up the mantle of the Bat and it made for some pretty good story lines. Even after Bruce had returned from back in time he went around the world recruiting for Batman Inc and d*ck still held onto the mantle until the New 52 came out.

Now John Blake is no d*ck Grayson in by any means. But d*ck had the right training that woulda made him the only suitable replacement for Bruce
KindredMac writes:
on November 29th, 2012 at 10:03:22 AM

The Dark Knight Rises goes to show that Nolan f*cked up.. big time.

Bruce Wayne would NEVER stop being Batman or leave Gotham City.

Nolan started the story good but started "Matrixing" the whole thing with the second movie. A love story with Batman never works. He is a focused and lethally determined character with hardly no concept of anything personal other than his mission.

And letting John Blake find the BatCave was not some superior story telling. You know how that story continues? Blake puts on the Batman outfit, goes out and gets killed by some lucky punk his first night.
SACdaddy writes:
on November 29th, 2012 at 10:44:58 AM

"anyone can be Batman" and there in lies the problem with Nolan's whole story. That just goes completely against the character's established legend and makes its a lot lamer. I know others have taken the mantle for brief periods of time but like someone already said these are people trained by Wayne himself. If anyone could just step in the role without the experiences that made Wayne (or Grayson) who he was there would be absolutely nothing special or iconic about the character at all.

In fact didn't Nolan somewhat address this in TDK when he showed all the clowns running around trying to be Batman? Wasn't he subtly saying that there is only one real Batman not just some *sshole in a cape and cowl? This whole "anybody Batman" crap goes back to what pisses me off most about Nolan's series. He arrogantly thinks he's bigger than Batman. Eliminating the Joker from the narrative, making Batman get attached to some dead bitch (when we all know Wayne is a playa from the Himalayas, ironically the same problem Craig's Bond has), and even entertaining the idea that Batman would fake his death to sip coffee in France, are all evidence that Nolan really doesn't respect the character at all. I'm all for dramatic license but do it with some other less know material, not a comic icon like Batman. Credit to Nolan for following his own path but that doesn't mean its a good one. And now look what he's created, a character that can be imitated by anyone, even some 150 lb twat with no money or skills. What a joke.
bandolero999 writes:
on November 29th, 2012 at 11:44:51 AM

i'm really sick of these f*cking gay comic book heroes.go f*ck yourself in the mouth you f*cking dweebs.Nolan dieeeeeeeeeeee
Phoenix Fire writes:
on November 29th, 2012 at 1:34:39 PM

"even though John Blake is neither rich or well-trained in martial arts"

Which is why the idea is stupid.
minkowski writes:
on November 29th, 2012 at 1:50:17 PM

"The open-ended nature of the film is simply a very important thematic idea that we wanted to get into the movie, which is that Batman is a symbol. He can be anybody," he said. "Batman was not important as a man, he's more than that. He's a symbol, and the symbol lives on."

Bullsh*t bullsh*t bullsh*t.

And anyone can be Julius Caesar. Or Abraham Lincoln. Or Micheal Jordan or Tiger Woods or any other historically famous and unsurpassed person of interest.

Get f*cked Nolan. You and your damned realism made DC some cash and made fanbitches cream their jeans, but you doomed DC's universe.

Marvel did the right thing. They created continuity. They went for a filmatic comic book look and made everything mesh. And they're trying to do the same with properties they don't entirely control, like X-Men and Spiderman.

You, on the other hand, exalted one character, one corner of DC's universe to insane levels of realism, even though other characters like Wonder Woman and Superman are far less earthly.

So now there's schism between your uber-realistic take on one character, and the comic book fantasy needed to properly render the majority remainder of DC's universe.

Are you going to do every DC film? Are you going to helm the entire DC counter-movement to Marvel?

Unlikely.
WV-Films writes:
on November 29th, 2012 at 2:44:58 PM

@Mink. "Julius Caesar. Or Abraham Lincoln. Or Micheal Jordan or Tiger Woods"
You know those are real people right?
You know Batman's not real?
minkowski writes:
on November 29th, 2012 at 2:51:44 PM

That's not what Nolan says.
Trivia Newton John writes:
on November 29th, 2012 at 5:18:30 PM

I f*cked Tiger Woods
Champ1432 writes:
on November 29th, 2012 at 6:59:08 PM

Of course not, who would plan on that? No one. No one who would want a good Justice League movie, anyway.

As I've said before, DC is now suffering from the double edge of the sword. Nolan's trilogy was very popular and well-liked, but because he took it just in the direction he wanted to, and DC didn't make it fit in with their greater universe as Marvel has tried to do with everything recently, they now face the choice of casting the smallest Batman ever, and making him someone other than Bruce Wayne, or basically ignoring Nolan's trilogy and casting someone new as Bruce Wayne/Batman with no movie to set the storyline up. Neither of these options is very desirable, in my opinion.

The only other option would be to wait on Justice League, giving them time to reboot Batman and set up a storyline that can be integrated with Justice League. That way they could also have some other origin films that are probably needed for other heroes in the JL. But they don't want to do that, given how far behind Marvel they already are and the fact that Marvel just keeps on trucking, with their phases planned, individual hero movies and the Avengers sequel(s) lined up.

Plus, who knows how much longer the movie-going public at large will support superhero movies the way they have been? It's possible this kind of support could go on and on. It's also possible that since these movies come out much more frequently than before, and more and more heroes are getting their own movies, people may begin to get burned out on the genre and stop going as much, putting a big dent in the cash machine. DC doesn't seem to want to take that chance, especially since Justice League has been sitting there for how long now, just waiting to be made.
Champ1432 writes:
on November 29th, 2012 at 7:05:47 PM

And as far as the "Anyone can be Batman" idea goes...... I'm not as against it as other people are. Well, I'm not against the idea of anyone can be a hero. Batman in particular has such a rich and long history that most people associate just one person as Batman, even though other people have donned the Batsuit for periods of time.

It's not a bad message at all, and I like the idea Nolan puts forth, I just think perhaps this was the wrong hero to do it with.
blumpkin4 writes:
on November 29th, 2012 at 7:22:23 PM

they should probly make him nightwing or something insteasd. when the f*ck has there ever been a batman not named bruce wayne. GAY!
BlackDynamite writes:
on November 29th, 2012 at 9:06:11 PM

@Blumpkin: If you go by the comics and television, d*ck Grayson was Batman when Bruce had been sent back through time by Darkside, Damien Wayne (Bruce and Talia al Ghul's son) takes over as Batman after Bruce's death, Terry Mcginnis becomes Batman of the future (Batman Beyond), and even Superman ran around Gotham City as Batman in an episode of Batman TAS.
RizzyRos writes:
on November 29th, 2012 at 10:13:13 PM

@kindredmac... And that's why I was angry for several days after watching this movie! I loved everything till this point.... Bruce Wayne NEVER would of left Gotham!

BTW... great Batman movie is The Dark Knight Returns Part 1
blumpkin4 writes:
on November 30th, 2012 at 8:18:46 PM

@blackdynamite, well then i guess ill go f*ck myself lol
IMBATMAN writes:
on December 14th, 2012 at 7:03:08 AM

Well said Kindred Mac!

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