With Joseph Gordon-Levitt in talks for a role in The Dark Knight Rises, the speculation wheels are once again spinning all over the web, as nerds everywhere try to figure out which of their favorite Batman villains he'll play and how that characters story would fit perfectly into where we all think the story is going. Never mind that no one has ever really been able to predict where Christopher Nolan is taking the story-- everyone was convinced Catwoman wouldn't be in the movie until Anne Hathaway was cast-- and that Nolan hasn't expressed all that much interest in adhering to anything that happened in the comics.

All that said… here's a new rumor about who Gordon-Levitt might-- might!-- play. Comic Book Movie is hearing that Gordon-Levitt is playing Alberto Falcone, also going by The Holiday Killer. He's the son of the mob boss we saw played by Tom Wilkinson in Batman Begins, and would return to Gotham to take over the underworld that the Joker left in shambles and, presumably, cause a whole lot of trouble. They're also hearing that Nestor Carbonell will be returning to play Gotham's mayor-- that part of the rumor makes a whole lot more sense, but I have no reason to believe it's any more or less true than the rest of the story.

On one hand, sure, it makes perfect sense for Gordon-Levitt to play a character who could exist in the real world, who ties into a character previously established and who has no superpowers. On the other hand, we have absolutely no evidence this is happening beyond a rumor, and Lord knows we've seen enough of those to be skeptical.. Comic book fans, please chime in in the comments with all the reasons this character would make perfect sense. But please don't get your hopes up. We've been through this way too many times by now to expect anything.

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