Rumour: Warner Bros has an actor to play Batman in Justice League?

The ending of The Dark Knight Rises has left Joseph Gordon-Levitt battling constant questions about whether he’ll continue the Batman franchise as John ‘Robin’ Blake.

Christopher Nolan’s threequel established Blake as the next in line to the Bat-throne, but surely that was a neat, satisfying ending that tied up threads hinted at in Batman Begins .

JGL told us as much when we interviewed him for Looper , admitting: “I understand we people think that [ I could continue the Dark Knight series ], because movies are so franchised now. I never took it that way, I just think it’s a really great ending for that story.”

However, Hitfix (opens in new tab) is reporting that “according to sources, Joseph Gordon-Levitt absolutely will be appearing in Justice League as the new Batman.”

Hitfix even goes as far as to speculate about a potential cameo for Gordon-Levitt’s Batman in Man Of Steel , inspired by Zack Snyder's recent comments about an extended universe .

For now, we’re looking at this news through very sceptical eyes. First off, there’s the persistent fact that characters from Nolan’s reality-based Gotham wouldn’t sit comfortably next to heroes like Superman.

And, unless Man Of Steel is set a whole decade or more after TDKR , Blake will be a very inexperienced Batman. If he’s to fight crime side-by-side with Supes, he’ll probably look a bit out of his depth.

Take this one with a handful of salt for now, and we’ll report more news on Justice League as it breaks.

The Dark Knight Rises hits DVD and Blu-ray on 3 December 2012, so you can pore over any hints about Blake’s future in minute detail.

Matt Maytum
Deputy Editor, Total Film

I'm the Deputy Editor at Total Film magazine, looking after the long-form features there, and generally obsessing over all things Nolan, Kubrick and Pixar. Over the past decade I've worked in various roles for TF online and in print, including at GamesRadar+, and you can often hear me nattering on the Inside Total Film podcast. Bucket-list-ticking career highlights have included reporting from the set of Tenet and Avengers: Infinity War, as well as covering Comic-Con, TIFF and the Sundance Film Festival.