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Joseph Gordon-Levitt linked to Riddler role (again!) in “Batman 3” rumor


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Unleash the hounds! Or, in this case, the “Batman 3” rumors.

We mentioned yesterday that with the release of “Inception,” director Christopher Nolan was free to move on to his next anticipated project, the third installment in his rejuvenated Batman franchise. And a while back, we speculated that The Riddle made a lot of sense as a villain, as “The Dark Knight” ended with a mystery (or riddle, if you will) regarding Batman’s true identity, and that Joseph Gordon-Levitt makes a lot of sense to play him because the “Inception” star is now in Nolan’s stable of actors and is a FANTASTIC performer.

Are we psychics, or what?

If this rumor is to be believed, we might be. First Showing reports that a source has seen a casting grid for the third Batman film. It lists The Riddle as a villain, and includes Gordon-Levitt as “interested” in the role.

Pardon our French, but “No duh.” Who wouldn’t be interested in partaking in Nolan’s next Batman film? Actors likely will be tripping over themselves to play minor supporting parts. But the main villain? Where do I sign?

Then again, whomever agrees to go toe-to-toe with Christian Bale in Nolan’s third and final Batman film will be compared — unfairly — to the late Heath Ledger, who earned an Oscar for his masterful take on the deranged Joker. But if any actor can rise to that challenge, it’s Gordon-Levitt.

Again, this is all speculation. First Showing stands by their source, but we’ll wait for studio confirmation, which could come soon as the casting process gets underway.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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