The official cast for the third installment of Christopher Nolan’s ‘Batman’ series is finally taking shape. Another name has been added to the list of villains the superhero will take on in the third Batman film, ‘The Dark Knight Rises.’
Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine have been locked down while the rest of the ensemble has seen every rumor from Eddie Murphy being given the role of The Riddler to Angelina Jolie as Catwoman.
As Nolan finalizes the script, casting for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ has finally gotten serious. Joseph Gordon Levitt has officially joined the lineup after he was rumored to be auditioning and a serious contender. IMBD had him listed as a credited cast several months ago before removing his name from the lineup.
Levitt has returned to the list and is said to have nabbed the role of Alberto Falcone aka The Holiday Killer. Initial rumors attached him to the role of The Riddler, but soon changed direction and rumbled that he would be Robin. I recalled Nolan promising that Robin would not make an appearance in his Batman reboots. So that one was obviously a miss, but according to Variety, Joseph will be portraying mafia boss Carmine Falcone’s outcast son. The character in the comic books targets Gotham City criminals and murders them on holidays.
Anne Hathaway was given the coveted role of Catwoman, but Marion Cotillard’s name is also attached to the project as a rumored new love interest. If Marion does join the film, it would reunite 3 members of Nolan’s other box office hit, ‘Inception.’ Tom Hardy was the first to join Bale, Oldman, Freeman and Caine. The teenage model turned actor was announced to be playing Bane. According to IMBD’s character description, he is one of Batman’s “most deadly and powerful foes” who boasts strength and a high IQ. He is also one of the very few villains who figures out the caped crusader’s real identity. (If you saw the 1997 franchise film…he was Poison Ivy’s henchman.)
With the news of Levitt joining the film, another casting rumor is thrown into the mix. Juno Temple is said to be up for a supporting role as a “street-smart Gotham girl.”