Joseph Gordon-Levitt to play Batman villain

Christopher Nolan, who directed Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Inception, has confirmed that the young actor will play a villain in The Dark Knight Rises. Gordon-Levitt, who resembles Heath Ledger (The Joker in The Dark Knight), will play Alberto Falcone, the son of Mafia chieftain Carmine Falcone, the character played by Tom Wilkinson in Batman Begins. Alberto Falcone, aka the Holiday Killer, fits with Nolan’s preference for “realistic” villains, as opposed to cartoonish ones. The Dark Knight Rises is scheduled to be released July 20, 2012.

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  1. L1feless • March 21, 2011 @ 12:43 PM

    I have liked his films for some time now. The whole new batman Series in my opinion has been huge success. I am looking forward to this.

  2. J.B. • March 21, 2011 @ 12:56 PM

    …The Riddler wasn’t in ‘The Dark Knight’…But after seeing ‘Inception’ and then recently seeing ‘500 Days of Summer’, I am VERY confident that Joseph Gordon-Levitt will be more than up to the challenge of playing a villain. This guy has some range. I can’t wait to see it!

  3. kenny • March 21, 2011 @ 1:34 PM

    he played joker…not riddler…lol

  4. Germain • March 21, 2011 @ 1:41 PM

    We’re only just starting to see good things from this actor, even though GI Joe was mostly dumb, you can tell he’s capable of playing a vilain.

    I fully agree that vilains should be more realistic but I have doubts about CatWoman, then again, after seeing what he did with the Joker, I imagine that Nolan can bring an interesting dimension to this character. At least make her really Evil and not Batman’s #1 fan like Burton did.

  5. Scott • March 21, 2011 @ 5:51 PM

    Chek out imdb. This claim about playing Falcone is already proven false, although he will be in it.

  6. nobody important • March 22, 2011 @ 12:13 AM

    He was exceptional in Inception. It would be a crime not to give him a part in the next Batman (whatever the role).

  7. willamo • March 23, 2011 @ 11:26 AM

    so the Joker is a realistic villian then…im not quite sure about that

  8. Germain • March 23, 2011 @ 5:39 PM

    @willamo, the whole movie is not realistic but that’s not to say that a fictional character within a super-hero movie can’t be played in a realistic manner.

    If you remember the very first Joker played by Nicholson, he pulled a 6′ long gun out of his 4′ long pants and shot down Batman’s plane. When he died, he fell to his death and created a 2′ deep hole in the road. You wouldn’t see stupid stuff like that in the Nolan’s movies. Other then his makeup, Nolan’s/Ledger’s Joker was a pretty realistic character… a demented sociopath but realistic.

  9. allee • March 30, 2011 @ 7:16 PM

    He’s a good actor though I don’t think he resembles Heath

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