Nothing has been confirmed, so don’t go running around in your red and green Robin underoos just yet. That being said, it sounds like there’s a possibility that WB may go after Joseph Gordon-Levitt to play Batman in the upcoming JUSTICE LEAGUE.
This kind of goes against the line of thinking that has happened thus far, or at least, makes for a confusing continuation of Batman in their movies. If they keep this in the same world as Christopher Nolan’s DARK KNIGHT trilogy, then Batman would be John “Robin” Blake, not Bruce “John” Wayne. Or, perhaps they’re forgetting that whole thing and just making Gordon-Levitt Bruce Wayne and the next Batman. A lot of fans wouldn’t be happy with a non-Bruce Wayne Batman in the holy grail of superhero movies, JUSTICE LEAGUE. Or perhaps he’ll be Nightwing or Robin and this movie will really be the Teen Titans. Just kidding (I hope).
Again, it’s all rampant speculation at this point. All we know is that Levitt would listen to offers if there’s a good script and a director attached to it. Will Beall is working on it.
Drew McWeeny of Hit Fix is the guy trumpeting the rumor, and is confident that it will happen and has even mentioned the possibility of Batman in the post-credits scene of MAN OF STEEL, which Christopher Nolan produces. He had this to say: “They’re a long way from filming anything Justice League related, but [Warner] appear to be solidifying deals for Gordon-Levitt and, potentially, at least one other actor from the Nolan films to do … something… So let’s take what we know and speculate a little bit. How crazy do you think fans would go if Superman were to take to the skies at the end of Man of Steel, finally ready to fully accept his role as mankind’s most powerful protector, only to have the closing credits interrupted when something catches his attention and he swoops down out of that sky, landing on a rooftop where Jim Gordon stands next to the Bat-Signal, interrupting just as the new Batman arrives for a chat about Gotham’s latest problem?”
It’s a shame that there’s a debate about Joseph Gordon-Levitt, because I don’t think anyone doubts his talent or his ability to be a great Bruce Wayne or Batman. But WB needs to get their act together and explain what it is they want to do, and how they handle JGL will go a long way in answering that question for JUSTICE LEAGUE.