How Joseph Gordon Levitt and Christian Bale Could Work in the Justice League

How Joseph Gordon Levitt and Christian Bale Could Work in the Justice League

How I think JGL and Christian Bale can both fit in the planned Justice League movie.

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By Batfan51 - 11/27/2012


I'm sure that most, if not everyone, has seen The Dark Knight Rises by now. There has been a lot of speculation about the finale to Christopher Nolan's Batman Trilogy: Is Bruce dead? Did Alfred really see him at the cafe? Was he just dreaming? Is Joseph Gordon-Levitt the new Batman? I think that if Warner Bros. wants to fast-track their Justice League movie, they need to include the Nolanverse in the DC cinematic universe. If they do this then that would be one less character to have to introduce to the general public and would help to minimize confusion among the viewers.

Now on to how I think they should use both Gordon Levitt's "Robin" John Blake and Bale's Bruce Wayne. Bruce is off in who-knows-where with Selina Kyle at the end of TDKR, and it appears that John Blake will be taking over the mantle of Batman. Bruce seems to be happily retired and enjoying his new life. I saw today on the internet that John Blake's Batman could be featured in an after credits sequence with Superman and Jim Gordon at the end of Man of Steel. While I would want Gary Oldman to return as Gordon, I don't think that he should be featured in the post credits scene for the Man of Steel. How I think the two universes could be connected by one after credits sequence connected to the Man of Steel goes like this: John Blake's Batman is overlooking the Gotham skyline at night from on top of a building or something like that, when all of the sudden we see Henry Cavill's Superman land behind Batman and say "Batman, there is a threat that no one hero can handle alone. I need your help" and then the rest of the credits begin to roll. I think that this would be a perfect way to connect the two separate universes in a very simple and exciting way.

Now to the actual Justice League movie. I think that Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Batman should be killed either halfway through or at the end of the first Justice League movie. If he is killed during the second act of the movie, he could be the Phil Coulson-esque death that brings the team together so that they can stop whatever threat there is. This route could be effective but may be criticized as being to similar to The Avengers, so I have another idea: kill him in the final battle. The movie could end with all of the heroes at John Blake's/Batman's funeral. This would be an emotional, depressing and powerful ending to the movie.

Either of these endings would lead to Christian Bale's Bruce Wayne coming out of retirement (for the second time) to become Batman once again. We could see Bale's Bruce Wayne return in the post credits scene for the first Justice League movie and then have hime return in either a team-up movie with Superman or a sequel/reboot to TDKR. They could bring Bale back and slowly begin to introduce the more superpowered and less realistic elements that Christopher Nolan decided to leave out of his universe. This would allow Warner Bros. to continue with the Nolanverse but also add some new elements that would help it fit better with the Justice League. I think that if Warner Bros. decided to use this structure for Batman in the Justice League movie, not only would it stay true to the ending of TDKR, but it would also give us a chance to see Gordon-Levitt as Batman and still get Bruce Wayne as the main Batman for the rest of the sequels/spinoffs.

(Who knows, maybe Joseph Gordon-Levitt could then return as the Red Hood??)

I know Christian Bale said he would only play Batman again if Christopher Nolan were involved, and so far it seems like he is going to be heavily involved in the DC cinematic universe, contrary to his past comments. Anyway, these are just a fan's ideas on how to utilize what is already in place to help create a connected DC cinematic universe that would minimize the confusion among the general viewing audience.

Who do you think should play Batman in the Justice League? Should John Blake be the new Batman? Do you like my ideas of how to bring back Christian Bale's Bruce Wayne? Should they just cast a completely new Bruce? Leave your comments in the comments section!!!
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Batfan51 - 11/27/2012, 11:04 PM
Nolan is actually producing Man of Steel. I have also read that Man of Steel is really Nolan's project and he's in charge, and that the only reason he isn't directing is because special effects are needed to make a Superman movie, and that's why Zack Snyder is there, to do the special effects.
GuardianDevil - 11/28/2012, 12:14 AM
First of all Bale has already said that he will not be involved, second JGL is a rumor of a rumor, Fassbender would easily the best choice for Batman, I don't want JGL as Batman only if he becomes Nightwing and joins the team and there is someone else playing Batman, but JokerFan is correct Nolan is finished, his stories were awesome but just let them be, time to move on...
AC1 - 11/28/2012, 2:38 AM
Nolan is producing Man Of Steel - meaning he's investing money in it. He also helped develop the story, and chose Snyder as a director. That is the extent of his involvement with DC at the moment.

And no, neither of Nolan's Batmen should be involved in Justice League - after Nolan's decision to ground his Batman films in a realistic universe, you can't have superheroes like Superman and Wonder Woman suddenly show up. The Nolanverse is it's own thing, and should be left separate from the Justice League.

Plus, Justice League is likely to be shit, so they shouldn't bring down The Dark Knight Trilogy with it.
calin88 - 11/28/2012, 4:57 AM
I know how they can work together: Bruce Wayne is broke( financially) at the end of TDKR, their in Florence and Selina goes to the bathroom and never comes back, leaving Bruce with the check! Driven by vengeance, Bruce asks Alfred for some money to go home where the new Batman already got his ass kicked by some punk on the street. Using the famous Batvoice, Bruce says: "hey kid, give my shit back", Robin asks "why?!?", and the obvious response "BECAUSE I'M BATMAAAN!!!". Done deal, you have Batman and Robin(or Nightwing) for another go
MrReese - 11/28/2012, 5:32 AM
^ u win lmao XD
JorEllinator - 11/28/2012, 11:13 AM
Move on from the Nolan films,
they are over,
Get Jon Hamm over here,
or Ryan Gosling,
throw in Zack Snyder,
love Nolan films forever,
PEACE AT LAST!
blackster - 11/28/2012, 11:44 AM
nolan's bat-verse is over, pal. what little doubt was left should've been wiped out with tdkr.

why are people still talking about this like its a possibility.

we're getting a new batman for justice league (if that [frick]ing movie ever finds a way to come together.)
johnblake - 11/28/2012, 1:21 PM
awesome idea dude i would love to see that. but i doubt we'll see that. they'll just gona have to find a way to make batman relavent among all of these power houses. i know it works in the comics. but i hope it works.
Jaspion - 11/28/2012, 8:59 PM
Please no. We don't need Nolan, even less John Blake.
And we need a better Bruce Wayne/Batman. Bale was fine, the best so far, but they can do better.
Zordan - 11/29/2012, 10:23 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdyfUNlVLs4
CPBuff22 - 11/30/2012, 2:24 PM
As much as I have enjoyed JGL in his pre and post TDKR roles, if this happened I would boycott. Keep anything Nolan as far away from JL and any upcoming DC film as possible.
TheRedSkull - 12/3/2012, 3:20 PM
You know, I've always felt Nolan's Batman Universe would apply fine to Justice League. As Soon as I seen Bane punching holes with his bare hands into stone pillars in TDKR and lifting, then breaking Batmans back with such ease, it felt very disconnected from reality. Still brilliant but disconnected
Killuminatic - 12/3/2012, 4:55 PM
Technically, WB or Nolan should I say, bastardized most of the Batman mythos/characters in a way not too heavily but obviously altered in a more grounded route... I say bring on the reboot, cause frankly as much as I liked Nolan's trilogy to me they weren't the definitive Batman movies I would've preferred, and what I prefer sticks closely to source material, just look at the MCU. I don't mind JGL becoming the next Batman, as long as it doesn't tie in and have any continuity with the Nolanverse; so we get to see JGL as Bruce Wayne... The real Batman
PeterParker1991 - 12/20/2012, 10:15 AM
Blake is too young to be "Batman" and he has no training. He wouldn't last a week let alone a day on the streets as the new "Batman". Second, a rumor of JGL appearing in JL is pure BS
LEEE777 - 3/9/2013, 1:58 AM
Don't want Joseph Gordon Levitt anywhere near the JLA movie ... EVER!

BALE be awesome bk as BATMAN but totally ignore the last 10 minutes of RISES, seriously ignore the last 10 minutes...

Worst ending to a trilogy ever.



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