A rumor has his the Super Hero Hype forums that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is, indeed, Robin, in Christoper Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises.
Now, Gordon-Levitt's character has been rumored to be just about every other Batman-related character from Robin, to Nightwing, to the Holiday Killer.
In February, it even came out that Nolan's people were scouting locations for Robin's hideout.
However, I believe Nolan has been pretty adamant about not having the Boy Wonder appear. I think Nightwing would work better, as Robin has appeared in previous Bat films, and let's face it - is just not as cool as Nightwing. Also, via the description below, Nightwing seems the better fit.
Here is the info:
Hi all. PLEASE take this as rumor. I'm simply going to relay the story as it was told to me.
So I started a new job in downtown Pittsburgh on Monday near Smithfield St. For those that know Pittsburgh, they filmed here and on Cherry Way, which I have a view of from my office window. At the corner of Smithfield & the Blvd of the Allies, there is a small comic shop.
I went in for the first time yesterday and started talking to the guy who runs it, and he was telling me about some of the crew who came into the shop. This is what he told me:
He said that a weapons prop crew member was in the shop talking about the filming, and said that ROBIN WAS BEING INTRODUCED IN THIS FILM.
I repeat, he said that ROBIN WAS BEING INTRODUCED IN THIS FILM.
I asked him who he said would be playing him, and he said, "The dark-haired guy from 3rd Rock From the Sun."
That, of course, is Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
I pressed him for more details and he said that Bruce Wayne will "retire" as Batman, and that JGL will take up his cause as Robin. He did not say if this was mid-film (meaning Batman would return, making sense so far from what we know) or if this is how the film would end.
Now, this comic shop manager didn't seem to know much about the filming...he didn't even know who JGL was. I asked him if Robin would be in full costume, and he said that he would be in full costume "in the next film". We know that Nolan doing another Bat-film is pretty much not going to happen. So PLEASE take this with a grain of salt, as he could've easily been confused or mislead (perhaps intentionally). Don't shoot the messenger.
That all being said, this would be fairly Nolan-esque; mislead us all about JGL's non-DC character, all the while revamping Robin's origin as a police officer turned vigilante sidekick. Perhaps his parents are killed at the Gotham Rogues game? And this could be why he's seemingly assisting Batman in scenes so far? And perhaps all of the Bane/Catwoman/Batwing leaks are to conceal bigger turns in the story, namely Talia & Ra's & Robin?
Again, don't shoot the messenger, but I thought this was info worth sharing!
The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters July 20th, 2012 and is directed by Christopher Nolan starring Christan Bale as Batman, Tom Hardy as Bane, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, Michael Cain as Alfred, Juno Temple and Josh Pence as a young Ra's al Ghul.
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