Joseph Gordon-Levitt's 'Dark Knight Rises' Role Revealed

UPDATE: This report has since been called into question by Entertainment Weekly, for more on that click here.

Variety has updated their earlier article and revealed Joseph Gordon-Levitt's role in The Dark Knight Rises will be as Alberto Falcone, the son of Mafia chieftain Carmine Falcone, the character Tom Wilkinson played in Batman Begins.

Alberto Falcone, also known as the serial killer the Holiday Killer, is said to be based on Fredo Corleone of the Godfather series and was featured in the Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale comic book series' "Batman: The Long Halloween" and "Batman: Dark Victory".

This news meshes with a previous quote from Gary Oldman talking about the story saying, "It's the scope of it and the way [Christopher Nolan] sort of brings it back to Batman Begins. And really what Bruce Wayne discovers about himself and what he learns about himself by the end of this one."

Cinematographer Wally Pfister (Inception, The Dark Knight) made a similar statement previously saying:

"[Chris Nolan] actually had me go back and wanted me to watch, in IMAX, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight again. When I watched those I had read the script for The Dark Knight Rises and was like, ‘dude, it is a perfect trilogy.’ I think that was his intent, to work off those two pictures -- and they are very different pictures. And it’s funny, we all had different opinions about which picture we like better.”

The Dark Knight Rises is slated to hit theaters on July 20, 2012 with Christian Bale returning along with Michael Caine, Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman. Tom Hardy will play the film's lead villain Bane and Anne Hathaway will play Selina Kyle. Shooting is expected to take place in London and Los Angeles in May.

  • Ron

    I'm curious if Tom Wilkinson will have a cameo/small role in this, he's still in Arkham.

    • AJ

      Is anyone still in Arkham? They had the big prison bust at the climax of Batman Begins, the film ended with Gordon saying the Narrows were "lost", and showing Batman the Joker card. Then the next film seems to start off fairly soon afterwards.

      Did they ever say anything about Arkham Asylum being reopened and everyone captured again? Not that continuity between the those two films was especially strong.

      • Greg

        On the Gotham Knight release the second of six shorts, "Crossfire", has detectives Allen and Ramirez returning an escaped prisoner to a refortified Arkham. Ramirez was a predominant member of Gordon's MCU featured in The Dark Knight.

        Crossfire also set up the gang war -between the Maroni family and the Russians- to take over the Falcone's territory.

        The continuity was fine, just most people didn't check out Gotham Knight.

      • Ron

        IIRC it was even mentioned in the courtroom scene of TDK that Falcone was in Arkham.

  • cheezy hollywood

    Man, it is too bad Batman Begins and Dark Knight sucked basically... Maybe the third will stand on its own but only if Nolan stops f*ing up the story. Let someone else write it and focus on the direction dude

    • Larry Holmes

      This is the dumbest thing I've ever heard. Good work Cheezy.

    • Hamza Zain

      You must watch some pretty consistently amazing movies if Batman Begins and Th Dark Knight, apparently, both sucked.

    • chris nolan

      dude,, what r u sayin. these 2 batman's have been the best evr and nolan is one of the best directors these days in hollywood. maybe u should get ur head examined.u sound as crazy as the joker.

    • brad heilman

      realy come on nolan batman are the best

  • ryan

    This is a serious movie discussion site chezy. Go to if you want to act like a child.

    • ImCastorTroy

      Chill he is Trolling you.

  • Ian

    So if they're going with a villainous interpretation of Catwoman that brings it to three villains, which the first two have had. Hopefully that's it; I feel like any more would really push the bounds of being able to have a good story related to each one and venture into Spider-Man 3 territory. And while it's good that they're trying to wrap everything up all the way from Batman Begins, hopefully they keep closer to the tone of The Dark Knight because, as Pfister says, they are very different films, and not just because of Heath Ledger. I think Batman Begins has a bit of a stylized, comic-booky feel still, while The Dark Knight really just feels like a more or less straightforward crime epic and is obviously much darker. Maybe this film will have a tone and style all its own, but I still feel like it will be very, very hard for them to top The Dark Knight.

    • Sam Lane

      I'm sure they said the same thing about The Godfather. I trust Nolan. He hasn't gone wrong yet...

      • Sam Lane

        The Godfather Part II I mean...

      • John Debono

        As much as I love Nolan, you really shouldn't have added that you meant the Godfather Part 2, because we all remember what happened after that one.

    • Ron

      @Ian: As far as I'm aware, the rumours are saying that Catwoman is more of an ally than a villain in this one. But don't pin me on that. :P

      • AJ

        She kind of neither in the "Year One" era comics that these films use as inspiration... More a self-interested third party. As I recall, she was a prostitute who takes inspiration from Batman's use of a disguise to become Catwoman and get some payback on the Falcone family, stealing from them and exposing their secrets.

        She had a younger streetwalker friend named Holly who looked up to her... That's the leading guess as to the character that Juno Temple has been cast to play.

  • William

    I think it'll be tough to top The Dark Knight as well; but as long as it's up to the same level as Batman Begins, and is a decent chapter in the trilogy, then I'll be happy.

  • Marc Honore

    This will be interesting 2 see how this will turn out I just can't wait 4 this performance.

  • Winchester

    I like that it's being brought round in a sort of circular way.

    I actually slightly prefer Batman Begins to The Dark Knight just now (if only because I think that once you've seen TDK a few times it has problems that seem to become more evident with each reviewing whereas Batman Begins holds up more sturdily I think) so bringing the story back around seems like a sensible plan.

    I'm still not particularly big on Levitt though, but we'll see.

    • JK

      Curious of your thoughts - what problems are you are you seeing?

      • Winchester

        I think the film is burdened with one or two subplots that it doesn't really need (the blackmailing employee), it has some logic/common sense issues (say, for instance, The Joker repeatedly states things along the lines that he has no real plan as such, but his machinations actually rely and depend on a series of extremely complex chains of events to pull off this plan that has no plan to it, or when Batman just believes The Joker when he tells him where Rachel is (doesn't he stop and consider The Joker might be lying or playing with him given everything else up to this point?).

        As part of the bloat of the film - and it is pretty bloated - there's some just nonsensically left hanging sequences (The Joker crashes the party - I don't remember the film telling us HOW Wayne knew the Joker was about to arrive there though - Rachel gets chucked off the top and Batman follows, yet we don't return to the party. Did The Joker just go 'aw shucks' and then leisurely leave by the main entrance? Where was Gotham PD? They didn't know where Dent was when The Joker did?) along the way and the final ferry 'dilemma' is pretty basic stuff psychologically. There's probably more I add but that's just a few items.

        Now, all of this in and of itself isn't anything that necessarily detracts from enjoying the film (Hans Zimmer's wall of noise based score sometimes does though) and I DO enjoy it as much as anyone, but it's also not a flawless masterpiece (because Nolan actually isn't a flawless film-maker) and I think that like a lot of films, it's one of those ones that starts to unravel a bit if you start to think about the mechanics of it too much.

      • Ian

        @Winchester: In the interest of avoiding a long back and forth discussion as AJ says below, I'll just say that I don't have a problem with any of the issues in your first paragraph because I think they all can be explained. I do agree that there are some logic holes in the penthouse party sequence; I also wonder how the Joker was able to get all those chemicals onto the ferries without being noticed, and why no one checked the ferries before they let people on. And the whole notion of making the Joker this near-Antichrist figure leads to some why they can't ID him based on his fingerprints or dental records. Also, he uses a cell phone a few times in the film, which means he'd have to pay a cell phone bill and therefore have a bank account at least, for which he'd have to have ID.

        This reminds me of an article Brad wrote probably a couple years ago now, maybe even in connection with The Dark Knight, basically talking about how we're more likely to forgive some logic flaws in films we really like and/or appreciate on an artistic level, whereas for films we don't like we rip them to shreds over every logic issue.

        All that being said, I prefer The Dark Knight because as I said above it feels a bit more grounded in reality and less comic booky than Batman Begins. I also think The Dark Knight is much deeper in terms of asking questions about human nature, separation from humanity, absolute truth vs. using a lie to allegedly make things better (on that issue it's actually extremely similar to Watchmen, though obviously on a smaller scale), etc.

      • Winchester

        @Ian - I totally agree with your second paragraph. We are all forgiving of films we enjoy and not of those we don't. You also pointed out some good further examples of logic issues around the film.

        I want to be clear though that I do think TDK is a good, solid film even though it has these matters, but I also find that the more you watch even a film you like the more you can identify these little problems exist. It doesn't ruin the film or necessarily the things it's trying to do and say. You just become aware of them the more times you watch it and think it through.

        I agree as well that it was a move away from a superhero film into something more like a crime epic really, and to do that you have to ground the film more. It's then no coincidence that Gotham as it appeared in BB becomes more like.......well, just Chicago really in TDK and there's less of the CGI areas like 'The Narrows'.

    • AJ

      I agree, I actually found Begins to be stronger on repeat viewings, where as the Dark Knight's story seems more wobbly each time.

      @JK: I can't speak for Winchester, but I find myself noticing numerous plot holes throughout the film on repeat viewings. Many events in the film require a string of actions that have no logic behind them, there are scenes that go nowhere that feel like the remnants of aborted or cut subplots, and the story structure itself is rather lurching and inelegant in many ways. If you really would like to hear them, I could list out some examples, but that kind of thing usually turns into a laundry list debate where some people would surely counter my examples with justifications that work for them, eventually leading to a back-and-forth on minutiae.

  • ImCastorTroy

    No hate, But I just am not a huge fan of Anne Hathaway.

  • ap

    I quite like both Batman films, but I also love love love Memento and The Prestige, I hope Nolan can bring more of his smaller films' sensibility and depth to the third Batman film, where every words and every shots matter. No unnecessary jokes, unnecessary twists (Gordon dead, yeah right), no sloppy fight scenes (Begins' fights are actually better than The Dark Knight's) and more action sequences like The Dark Knight's opening and The Joker trying to kill Dent, where everything is more measured and carefully directed.

    Btw, I think Levitt is perfect as Alberto Falcone, and if he can bring the same quiteness and sadness as in "The Long Halloween", I think he can bring us a character like we've never seen him do.

  • Pete

    i wouldn't be suprised to see Leo Dicaprio make a cameo considering all the Inception cast members starring in this. Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Caine, Marion Cotillard, Cillian Murphy (if he comes back as Scarecrow).

    • herestolookingatmekid

      What exactly is Marion Cotillard's role because this is the first time I have heard of this, and Michael Caine was in Batman Begins, The Prestige, and The Dark Knight before he was in Inception. Cillian Murphy was also in both Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, so it wouldn't be that big of a surprise if he showed up, but I doubt it. So, I only see Hardy and Gordon-Levitt as the Inception reunion. I would be very surprised if DiCaprio shows up. What would his role be anyway?

      • Pete

        i dunno. Himself, the new D.A. maybe?

      • Colin

        I think she's Rahs-al-Guhls(sp) wife.

  • Seiko

    If this is more like Batman Begins, that is good. Dark Knight had a great preformance by Heath Ledger as the Joker but it could've been a little more less "real-world." Begins was much better plotwise without holes and it foucsed on Batman more. I hope "Rises" does that.