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Welcome to MTV Geek's daily round-up of all things GEEK from the weird, wild world of the web! Got a cool link? Share it with us on Twitter at twitter.com/mtvgeek!

JGL AIN'T BATMAN...FOR NOW! Joseph Gordon-Levitt says he will not be Batman in a "Man of Steel" cameo.

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Hollywood's go-to guy for superhero movies (at least as it pertains to the rumors dancing feverishly around fan's heads) Joseph Gordon-Levitt is out of the running for the lead in "Guardians of the Galaxy," MTV Splashpage reports...and is a "GO" for "Sin City: A Dame To Kill For."

According to Deadline, by accepting the role of "Johnny" in the "Sin City" sequel -- a new character specifically created for the movie -- Gordon-Levitt has basically passed on that of Star-Lord in "G0G." Read More...

He's cute; he's tough. He has dreamy eyes and a good bit of muscle-tone. He's roguish. And above all else, ladies and gentlemen — Joseph Gordon-Levitt can ACT!

But I still found it surprising that JGL is quite possibly being considered for the role of Star-Lord in Marvel's 2014 "Guardians of the Galaxy" movie.

MTV Splashpage, quoting Deadline, seems to indicate that this particular rumor may have a hair (one thin hair, mind you) more credibility than all the talk about Gordon-Levitt playing Batman. At the very least, the source cited says that JGL "is in the mix" for the role. Read More...

A good friend, on seeing "Looper," accused it not being half as clever as it thought it was. That particular complaint is slippery, notoriously hard to quantify, and one that I've beeen guilty of making in the past. What I think it means, in this context, is that a thing is so concerned with impressing the audience on the basis of its construction--how complicated the puzzle box is--that this complexity comes at the expense of what's actually inside the box.

This complaint is, I think a fair one to a certain extent for Johnson's debut "Brick," and definitely applicable to the hard-to-sit-through grifter comedy "The Brothers Bloom," but it's so far off the mark when it comes to "Looper." The director's foray into sci-fi feels lived-in, real, and populated with characters this time around who aren't just slaves to the plot or genre. Plus, it happens to be a smart and efficient sci-fi movie to boot, giving us one of the strongest genre films of 2012.

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NOT SO FAST, JGL FANS! Splash Page reports Joseph Gordon-Levitt's reps say the actor ani't donning the cape and cowl anytime soon, calling the rumor "entirely false."

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Rumors are flying this morning about Joseph Gordon-Levitt possibly playing Batman in the new "Justice League" movie. Personally, I heard fleeting buzz (forgot where) that Jake Gyllenhaal was going to be Batman, and Josh Wigler of MTV Splashpage cautions, "consider the JGL-Batman rumor nothing more than that — a big, fat rumor." But he also sees the logic in Gordon-Levitt taking up the cowl, and so do I.

And the stakes could never be higher than now for Warner Bros., with the Nolan trilogy over, "Green Lantern" in the crapper, "Man of Steel" still an unknown quantity, and the new Star Wars/Marvel films taking the spotlight. Here's five reasons why casting Joseph Gordon-Levitt would not only be a great idea — it might be the only course of action WB has to save this "JL" movie franchise: Read More...

New Year's Eve is when you can get your hands on writer-director Rian Johnson's "Looper" on DVD and Blu-ray from Sony. According to the announcement from earlier this week, both discs will include feature commentary, deleted scenes, a pair of featurettes, while the Blu-ray will get some bonuses not included on the SD release.

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There’s a key line in the new movie "Looper," when Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character Joe sits down at a diner with a future version of himself, played by Bruce Willis. Understandably, JGL has a lot of questions, while Willis just wants to get down to business. Levitt keeps pushing, and pushing, and pushing, until Willis finally pounds his fist on the table, saying, “If we start getting into this time travel s**t, we’ll be sitting here all day making diagrams with straws!”

It’s a laugh line, and maybe a little bit of a dig at Willis’ last time travel excursion in "Twelve Monkeys". But it also is the complete opposite trajectory from a recent chat I had with Dr. Edward Farhi, of MIT. Farhi, you see, is a theoretical particle physicist, with a specialty in the mechanics of time travel, and how it could – possibly – work.

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In order to simplify the concept of time travel, you’ve got to think a LOT about time travel. At least, that’s what writer/director Rian Johnson had to do with his new – excellent – movie "Looper", which opens this Friday in theaters everywhere.

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MTV Geek has gathered the latest news out of the world of Batman - from "The Dark Knight Rises," to the DC comics, to the tragic real-life events and more.

FROM MTV SPLASH PAGE: "The Dark Knight Rises" novelization teases The Joker's whereabouts:


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Could "John Blake" in The Dark Knight Rises be, in fact, Dick Grayson?

According to a report from MTV Splash Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is, in fact, playing a cop named John Blake in The Dark Knight Rises. But who is John Blake in the comics?

Unfortunately, nobody, which makes the part all the more suspicious – given the months of speculation that Gordon-Levitt would be playing anyone from the new Joker, to Robin. There’s been one appearance of a “John Blake” in the comics, but only as a kid who gets his report card stolen by the Joker (really) in an early Batman strip. The massive, world changing event was repeated later for a coloring book, but unless Nolan is going in some very, very weird directions we expect this John Blake is one of two things: an actually new character, or an alias.

Let’s get into the non-spoilery stuff first: there haven’t been a whole lot of original characters in the Nolan Batman films… He’s done some tweaks, but with the exception of the love interest Rachel Dawes, most major characters, from Ra’s al Ghul to Lucius Fox appear on the four-color page at some point. So would Nolan cast a major actor in a minor, totally original role? I mean, he can do whatever he wants, but given there’s been many, many young cops on the force from the comics (the list on Wikipedia runs several pages long) he could have used the name of, calling someone John Blake doesn’t make a lot of sense. Unless Gordon-Levitt is the new love interest. Read More...

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