Ever since The Dark Knight Rises was released and ended with Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character taking over for Batman, there was a ton of speculation that the actor would be the next Batman. Now, according to an inside source, it looks like this might actually be the case.
Hitfix reports that "Joseph Gordon-Levitt absolutely will be appearing in Justice League as the new Batman." Apparently the studio is in talks with the actor and solidifying deals for Gordon-Levitt and at least one other actor from the Nolan Batman films. No word on who that will be, but I imagine if this is true it would have to be Gary Oldman, it's the only other character that makes sense.
We've got awhile before Justice League gets made, but we might not have to wait until 2015 to see Gordon-Levitt as the Caped Crusader. There's a possibility that he could show up in Zack Snyder's Man of Steel. Snyder recently hinted at a connection between the two films. The site speculates that he could appear during the closing credits of the film. "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?" I'm not sure if Man of Steel fits in with Nolan's timeline though. Remember, The Dark Knight Rises took place 8 years after the events of The Dark Knight.
As cool as it sounds to see Gordon-Levitt in the role of Batman in Man of Steel and Justice League, I'm not going to get my hopes up, and it doesn't really make sense to me. We've heard a lot of conflicting reports about how Justice League will be handled. We previously heard that Justice League would actually be the launching point of the new rebooted Batman. I just don't see how Bruce Wayne couldn't be a part of this universe, and that's one of the main reasons why I doubt this rumor is true. Bruce Wayne and Superman need to meet, and Bruce Wayne needs to be the Batman that is involved with Justice League, and the rest of the DC universe. It just seems like Nolan's Robin/Batman would throw everything off outside of his trilogy. It worked for Nolan's films, but I don't think Nolan's Batman universe fits in with the rest of the DC universe.
I guess we'll find out sometime in the near future if there is any truth to this rumor. In the mean time would you like to see Gordon-Levitt as the next Batman in Man of Steel and Justice League? Do you think Nolan's Robin/Batman would work with the rest of the DC universe?