Will Joseph Gordon-Levitt be Robin in The Dark Knight Rises?

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Ever since news of a third Batman film by Christopher Nolan was announced the rumour that Robin would feature in some way has kept cropping up. Christian Bale and Nolan have both denied it.

Then Joseph Gordon-Levitt was cast and the rumour started again. Turns out that he is playing a character called John Blake who is a policeman. Not much else is known about the character.

In the comic book world Dick Grayson was the first Robin to Bruce Wayne’s Batman. He left Wayne Manor and became Nightwing and during his career he became a policeman in Bludhaven. Grayson also ended up becoming Batman when Bruce was lost in time – it gets too complicated to go into here but Grant Morrison wrote a hell of a story.

The JGL as Robin rumour is back with us as this report from NerdBastards shows (possible spoilers ahead):

So I started a new job in downtown Pittsburgh on Monday near Smithfield St. For those that know Pittsburgh, they filmed here and on Cherry Way, which I have a view of from my office window. At the corner of Smithfield & the Blvd of the Allies, there is a small comic shop.

I went in for the first time yesterday and started talking to the guy who runs it, and he was telling me about some of the crew who came into the shop. This is what he told me:

He said that a weapons prop crew member was in the shop talking about the filming, and said that ROBIN WAS BEING INTRODUCED IN THIS FILM.


I asked him who he said would be playing him, and he said, “The dark-haired guy from 3rd Rock From the Sun.”

That, of course, is Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

I pressed him for more details and he said that Bruce Wayne will “retire” as Batman, and that JGL will take up his cause as Robin. He did not say if this was mid-film (meaning Batman would return, making sense so far from what we know) or if this is how the film would end.

Now, this comic shop manager didn’t seem to know much about the filming…he didn’t even know who JGL was. I asked him if Robin would be in full costume, and he said that he would be in full costume “in the next film”. We know that Nolan doing another Bat-film is pretty much not going to happen. So PLEASE take this with a grain of salt, as he could’ve easily been confused or mislead (perhaps intentionally). Don’t shoot the messenger.

That all being said, this would be fairly Nolan-esque; mislead us all about JGL’s non-DC character, all the while revamping Robin’s origin as a police officer turned vigilante sidekick. Perhaps his parents are killed at the Gotham Rogues game? And this could be why he’s seemingly assisting Batman in scenes so far? And perhaps all of the Bane/Catwoman/Batwing leaks are to conceal bigger turns in the story, namely Talia & Ra’s & Robin?

Just a rumour, but do you feel it has any truth to it? Nolan won’t be doing another Batman film (well that is what he says), but he does like a bit of misdirection.

I could easily see JGL joining forces with Batman as Nightwing and, as Bane is involved, maybe Batman does get his back broken and JGL steps in to help out?

Who knows. We will just have to wait until the lights go down in the cinema and The Dark Knight Rises begins. I cannot wait.

What do you think? Would you want JGL as Robin?