Joseph Gordon-Levitt a Superhero After All? Marvel Eyes Him For Next Franchise — REPORT

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Guardians of the Galaxy Star LordDuh-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah… Star-Lord? After watching Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Officer John Blake literally rise to the occasion at the end of Christopher Nolan’s trilogy-ender The Dark Knight Rises fans have been itching for JGL to don a cape. Or even a mask. Something made of vinyl or lycra? Please? But hopes were dashed when his rep denied rumors that he was eying a role as Batman in the upcoming Justice League film. Fear not, superhero fans, there is still hope: reports of Gordon-Levitt’s potential casting as Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord, in the upcoming Marvel flick Guardians of the Galaxy, gives us a new outlet for our JGL dreams.

According to Deadline, Gordon-Levitt has just joined the pool of potential actors slated to portray Star-Lord; it’s a list that includes Zero Dark Thirty’s Joel Edgerton, Cloud Atlas’s Jim SturgessThe Hobbit’s Lee Pace, and Les Mis breakout Eddie Redmayne. However, representatives for Gordon-Levitt could not be reached at the time of publication.

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The practically universally-beloved actor could change comic book universes, hopping from DC’s Batman realm to Marvel’s superhero world, which just happens to share space with its most recent set of megastars The Avengers. In the Guardians of the Galaxy, like an interstellar version of The Avengers, the team of alien superheroes protects the galaxy proactively, instead of waiting for trouble to strike. The comic books, which are considered to be rather niche and stylized, likely owe their upcoming film adaptation to the monumental success of Marvel’s other properties like Iron Man and (for the millionth time) The Avengers. To add music to comic book fans’ ears, super-geek and self-professed Guardians aficionado James Gunn is writing and directing the flick as part of Marvel’s Phase 2, and due to its easy inclusion into the Marvel universe, it’s likely we’ll see a major connection to The Avengers when the film finally hits theaters. 

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Besides pulling from the momentum of Marvel’s preceding successful franchises, landing a name like JGL could lend the budding franchise significant steam, creating an initial attachment for fans who haven’t gone far enough into the Marvel universe to connect with the Guardians of the Galaxy. And of course, it would keep our cries for “More JGL!” quiet… at least for a little while, anyway.

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Celebrity Editor Kelsea Stahler was born in a pile of dirt. Okay, she was actually born in an old Naval hospital in San Diego, which then became a pile of dirt and remained as such for a number of years before becoming a parking lot perfectly sized for circus tents, and finally a museum. She eventually left San Diego to attend New York University, where she studied Journalism and English literature — two less-than profitable liberal arts degrees about which guidance counselors warned her. Against all odds, she now resides in Brooklyn, where she fights the constant fear that the locals will soon discover she isn’t quite cool enough to live there, and makes a living writing absurd, pop culture features about Batman, zombies, vampires, funny people, and Ron Swanson.

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