Just in case you didn't put two and two together with my freakout post yesterday, let me break it down for you.
My dreams have come true. Joseph Gordon Levitt has been confirmed to be starring in The Dark Knight Rises. If you'll indulge me, I have some more freaking out to do.
Ok, anyway. Yes, Nolan is playing it safe by casting the two most badass people from his last film in what is sure to be his most badass film yet. As of right now, JoGo's role in the Caped Crusaders latest crusade has yet to be revealed.
Who could he play? Well, obviously there is the possibility of a villain, though I can't pinpoint which villain, if any, JGL would play. The three most befitting his physique and personality (The Joker, The Riddler, and Scarecrow) have either been taken or confirmed to not be involved. So maybe a villain isn't in the books for him. But, if he were a villain, you won't hear any complaints. Listen naysayers. Spider-Man 3 was bad because it was bad. Not because it had too many villains in it. The Dark Knight Rises can easily work in three villains. A.) We're not even sure if Selina Kyle is actually a villain, or an anti-hero. B.) Looking back, the last two iterations of Nolan's Batman had way more than three villains. Batman Begins had Ra's Al Ghul, Scarecrow, Carmine Falcone, Victor Zsasz and Joe Chill, while The Dark Knight had The Joker, Two-Face, Scarecrow, Sal Maroni, and other small, but crucial, bad guys. TDKR can definitely make do with another.
However, if a villain is not in the books, the question opens up as to who JGL will play. He could very easily make a damn good Robin, but Christopher Nolan has gone on the record that he is not a fan of the boy wonder, so that seems unlikely. I think the most conceivable possibility is that Nolan will create a character just for JoGo. Back when The Riddler was the heavy favorite to star in TDKR, there were rumors that the story would involve the GCPD bringing in a government expert to help combat the rise of crime that the outcasting of Batman caused. The early rumors then went on to say that this man would be revealed as The Riddler, so that parts out of the question. But, I could totally see JoGo playing some dude who comes to Gotham to clean up and vow to capture the Batman, only to see his loyalties shift when he sees how dire the situation is. That could be a really lucrative subplot, and one that Nolan will give as much care as anything else should it ever come to pass.
Well, that's it for now. I'm gonna go off and enjoy what's left of euphoric daze before the real world comes along and fucks it all up for me. Cya later!