The Hollywood Life reports that Christopher Nolan has pegged Joseph Gordon-Levitt to be his next villain in the Batman franchise. Although any performance in a sequel to the Dark Knight will not be as chilling as the late Heath Ledger’s Joker character, The Riddler played by Gordon-Levitt is an interesting choice. Here is my take on what will happen should the California-born actor play in another blockbuster Batman movie.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has played many roles, the best of which is in this summer’s sci-fi thriller Inception starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Coming back to work for Nolan’s blockbuster is Ken Watanabe and Michael Caine. Previously Gordon-Levitt has been in Ten Things I Hate About You, G.I. Joe, and The Juror. The actor has been in many varied roles and I have no doubt he can play a big part in a Batman movie but I doubt he has the depth to pull off such a blockbuster role. He will likely be compared to Heath Ledger but he should make the Riddler his own character despite any criticism he will endure.
A Different Choice
Joseph Gordon-Levitt I think has a baby face and may not be able to pull off a devilish villain. Or maybe that kind of look will be perfect for having a villain that is believable and chilling. If Gordon-Levitt can’t pull it off, there are plenty of great actors who can play a devious villain to make the third movie a great show.
Mark Wahlberg can pull off a villain with a grizzled look. He’s done realistic roles before and can look like a haggard villain easily much like his gritty role in Four Brothers or The Perfect Storm. As far as actors go, Mark Wahlberg would have more movie making experience and despite his past as a rap/hip-hop artist in his younger days I believe he has matured nicely much like Heath Ledger did. Gordon-Levitt is simply too young to pull off a sometimes cheesy and yet still evil villain.
Wahlberg can pull off emotional depth when he has played a family man in both previously mentioned films as well as in The Happening and Invincible. If you throw a character at Wahlberg he can certainly play it and play it with passion and fervor. In Three Kings he played a military man and has the moxy to research a role and perfect it.
Mark Wahlberg can still look and play someone young if he needs to and can also act haggard and grizzled as a Christopher Nolan Batman film. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is simply too young to pull off and convincing villain and Wahlberg would do a much better job.