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Ten reasons why Joseph Gordon-Levitt should be the next Batman

December 7, 2012 | Written By: Brad Sturdivant

A couple of weeks ago, we went through a “will he or won’t he” situation with Joseph Gordon-Levitt playing Batman in the Justice League movie.  There was even speculation that JGL was going to be making a cameo appearance as Batman at the end of MAN OF STEEL.  Then word came from Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s camp that he had not signed anything and was not playing Batman.  Curiously, no official word from JGL himself or his reps, but the news died down and now we’re just waiting to see what Warner Bros is going to do with their beloved Batman franchise.

Because of that, I decided to put together a list of reasons why Warner Bros needs Joseph Gordon-Levitt to be Batman.  For me, it just makes too much sense not to happen.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Matthew Modine in The Dark Knight Rises

10. Warner Bros needs the Batman franchise to be great – Harry Potter is gone and they haven’t been able to successfully start up any of their other superhero franchises, so WB needs Batman to be great.  Rebooting the franchise is a risky proposition (see #8) and they could lose the fans they built up with Nolan’s films.  The easiest way to guarantee success with Batman is to have a familiar face don the Batsuit and surround him with talented filmmakers.

9. It will make you think differently of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES – TDKR was good, but I think most fans felt a bit letdown, especially after THE DARK KNIGHT.  But if you knew for sure that Blake was going to take over as Batman, wouldn’t that make you look at it differently?  All of a sudden, Blake’s involvement has more meaning and has a better impact to the trilogy.

8. THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN – Stay with me on this one; THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN grossed $74 million less than SPIDER-MAN 3, and that’s with the help of higher 3D prices.  Virtually every review of TASM was that it was good, but completely unnecessary.  Fans were still interested in Raimi’s universe and wanted redemption for 3, but were never given the chance because Sony was so quick to remake a ten year-old film.  WB needs to take this as an example of what not to do with a superhero franchise.  If WB messes up the Batman reboot, they could lose some serious cash.

The Dark Knight Rises, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Gary Oldman

7. It’s what Christopher Nolan wants – I’m speculating here, but Nolan handed over the future of the franchise on a silver platter and although some people think he’d be upset if WB continues with his world, I think he intended it all along.  He’s been coy about it, but if he wanted his vision to end forever, he would have killed Bruce Wayne or at the very least, wouldn’t have bothered having Blake show up in the Batcave at the end.  He doesn’t want to direct any more Batman films, but I think he’ll always be a part of the Batman universe in some capacity.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Batman

6. It opens the door for other characters to reappear – Christian Bale has said he’s done.  Michael Caine, Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman will do anything, but with Joseph Gordon-Levitt providing a link to Nolan’s trilogy, then anyone who appeared in the first three films is game to return.  Anne Hathaway wants her own spinoff, but making an appearance in a Gordon-Levitt Batman would help bridge that gap between TDKR and Catwoman.

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15 Responses to “Ten reasons why Joseph Gordon-Levitt should be the next Batman”

  1. Giuliano BG says:

    It is NOT what Christopher Nolan wants. And why people think that keeping the actor will keep the quality of the Nolan triology??!! Thats makes no sense.

  2. John says:

    Yikes. This goes back to the incessant, compulsive need for general audiences to go for one sequel after the next. Nolan intended this as a trilogy. A beginning, a middle and an end. Bruce Wayne’s story. John Blake had a very important role in getting this story to it’s conclusion. Having him continue would not make his arc in The Dark Knight Rises have “more meaning.” That is ludicrous.

  3. King Benny says:

    Number 1 reason why Joseph Gordon-Levitt SHOULD NOT be the next Batman; BRUCE WAYNE IS BATMAN!!!
    Give JGL a “Night Wing” spinoff.

  4. jon says:

    agree, its not nolans plan. he wanted to show anyone could help others, not neccessarily as batman. besides, Bruce Wayne is batman, noone else, ever.

  5. KlingonWithAWhip says:

    If they do give Anne Hathaway a spinoff of Catwoman, I hope they actually be Catwoman in more than just name only. How to have it make sense with the realistic version that Nolan’s Batman is, that’s what the issue here.

  6. Timothy says:

    I 100% support every point here. I’ve Benn reading Batman goo g on 30 years, and this idea and these points are brilliantly stated. I would love to see the DC characters handled more maturely and seriously than the camp blockbuster’s the Marvel movies have been. Avengers nailed the colorful costumes superheroes. Let DC go a different route. They attempted to mimic Marvel, and we suffered through Green Lantern. Bruce doesn’t need to be the Batman. “The Batman is a symbol… can be anyone.” And that anyone should and be and is JGL as Blake. Not Nightwing. Batman. Great post Sturdivant.

  7. duhh says:

    Isnt he Robin?

  8. joe says:

    I think JGL would be a great batman. As Bruce Wayne not ‘Robin’ John Blake. The think is Bruce Wayne is and has always been the Dark knight.And to make john blake the new batman is an injustice to the history of the darke knight.Plus it’s also and injustice to Robin who was John blake. I believe the nolan trilogy is untouchable and they need tostart over with different characters.Plus i woud just love to see different villans for ex. the riddler,Harly quinn,Mr. Freeze, Rupert Thorne, i mean the list goes on and on. Just a different group of characters and different villans i mean i think we would get tired of seeing the damn joker every three years a new batamn came out.

  9. aaron says:

    its funny to read some of these comments. you can tell alot of these are from people that only know batman in film. first off a couple of people put bruce wayne is batman WRONG read the comics for the last 20 years he has been several people. as they state in the movie batman is a symbol. and nolan siad he is done with his trilogy, and he has set it to continue. he set warner brothers up. people make sure you know what your talking about before you post!

  10. Thomas Beardsley says:

    I like the idea of Robin John Blake Becoming Nightwing. But can someone give a few good ways how it would fit in Christopher Nolan’s World? Like why would Gotham need another heroic symbol other than Batman. Why is Nightwing that symbol? Where did Robin come up with the name Nightwing? And is Nightwing’s emblem supposed to be? In the comics comics, it’s a big wing. In the tv shows, it’s an eagle. But the eagle doesn’t fit perfectly with a guy known as Nightwing. There are lots of flying with night as their motif. Crows, Owls, Ravens, even Bats. What is Nightwing’s animal motif?

  11. Paul says:

    Am I missing something? JGL is robin…they tell you that at the end of the movie…how can he be batman? He wouldn’t be good as batman anyways. And as mentioned before Bruce Wayne is batman…no exceptions

  12. Gordon says:

    The topic itself is flawed, because as stated in the comment above, JGL a.k.a. John Blake’s exposed real name is Robin. It’s true the movie ‘said’ that the batman can be anybody but for sheer logic it can’t be JGL anymore. So there is just one reason JGL can’t be Batman even if he wanted to and this was it.

  13. luke says:

    Yea you people need to watch the last 10 mins of RISES, hes robbin. Robbin was never batman.