A few weeks back TOT reported rumors emanating from MoviesOnline.com which quoted an “insider” as saying that Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s role in The Dark Knight Rises would be that of Alberto Falcone, aka the Holiday Killer. This rumor was followed recently by actor Gary Oldman, who plays James Gordon in the Christopher Nolan-helmed film series, saying that the story would tie back to the first film, Batman Begins.
We now have confirmation of JGL’s casting of Falcone.
Falcone’s father, Carmine, appeared in Begins (and was dispatched at the hands of Scarecrow), so consider Oldman’s tie-in statement a true one on at least one level.
Alberto Falcone appeared in the classic Batman storyline The Long Halloween, and was a key element of that story. This story took place not long after the events in Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One series, which was a key material source for Begins.
Nevertheless, how sizable JGL’s role will be is anyone’s guess at this point. We also can’t say for sure if he will become The Holiday Killer, as he did in TLH. One thing we all have learned about Nolan and how he might treat the characters in this universe is that we haven’t learned much. (We have learned this much, though: Levitt will absolutely NOT be any iteration of the character Robin. We told you it was BS.)
Also, does this rule out Talia Al-Ghul from the film? Rumors have been hot that she will appear to avenge her father’s death in the first installment. Bats now has Falcone, Bane, the Gotham police, Selina Kyle/Catwoman and potentially even Talia to contend with. Will somebody cut that guy some slack already? He’s already working overtime.
UPDATE: EW.com is now poo-pooing this report as being inaccurate. The gods at Entertainment Weekly say that JGL is in the next Bat-flick, but that he will not play Alberto Falcone. Stay tuned.