More JUSTICE LEAGUE Rumors: The Villain Revealed?

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Another week, another Justice League rumor, that may be more reliable than the last. Latino Review, who have previously broken casting, character, and plot news for multiple Marvel Studios films and the Nolan Batman trilogy, have a rumor that the villain of 2015's DC superteam film will be Darkseid.

The New God villain created by Jack Kirby was the first villain for the DC Comics New 52 Justice League comic, with his immense power being the impetus to bring Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, and Aquaman together along with newcomer Cyborg. With Geoff Johns, writer of the Justice League book also having the title of Chief Creative Officer and working closely with Warner Bros on behalf of DC Entertainment, it isn't exactly far-fetched to think that the villain would match up.

Will Darkseid unite DC's heroes once again, this time on the big screen? To borrow our pal Rich Johnston's old method, we'd give this rumor a green light.

JGL is "Absolutely" Playing, is Definitely Not Playing Batman

Update 11/28/12: "A representative for Joseph Gordon-Levitt declares the report entirely false." That's what has to report, dashing the hopes of Michael Dorans everywhere. Now, it wouldn't be the first time that someone in Hollywood patently denied a rumor only for it to later come true, so don't rule out JGL's Bat-role. But for now, start thinking about your dream castings for Batman in Justice League once more.

Original Story: If a rumor originating at HitFix proves true, it looks like that final sequence in this past summer's The Dark Knight Rises might pay off in a big way — the site is reporting that Joseph Gordon-Levitt "absolutely will be appearing" in the planned Justice League film as Batman, "according to sources."

Further more, HitFix connects the dots a bit and speculates that Gordon-Levitt's first appearance in the role might be as early as next summer's Man of Steel. Days earlier, that movie's director, Zack Snyder, suggested a possible Justice League connection in his Superman reboot in an interview with the New York Post: "I don’t know how Justice League is going to be handled. Honestly, I don't. But Man of Steel exists, and Superman is in it. I don't know how you'd move forward without acknowledging that."

It should be clear that the JGL-as-Batman report is strictly a rumor right now, and hasn't been corroborated at this point by another source. In an earlier video interview with HitFix, Gordon-Levitt stated that he'd be open to appearing in a Justice League film if the script and director were the right fit for him.

Earlier this year, Newsarama senior editor Michael Doran advocated for Gordon-Levitt continuing the on-screen legacy of Batman in a two-part editorial (part one, part two).

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