Joseph Gordon-Levitt says he won’t be involved in Batman vs Superman film

Actor won't reprise his role as John Blake, he hints

Joseph Gordon-Levitt has claimed that he is unlikely to be involved in the forthcoming ‘Batman vs Superman’ mash-up movie.

The flick, which will be the sequel to this year’s Man Of Steel, will see Ben Affleck take on the role of Gotham’s vigilante crime fighter opposite Henry Cavill’s Superman as two of culture’s most iconic superheroes go head-to-head. However, in an interview with Jay Leno on The Tonight Show, Gordon-Levitt – who starred as police officer John Blake in the final chapter of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy The Dark Knight Rises – said he did not think he would reprise his character for the film.

“I don’t think [I’m in it],” he said. “I don’t have anything to do with that movie.” Then, referring to The Dark Knight Rises, he added: “I was in a movie that was the end of a trilogy, that I was super proud and fortunate to be in.”

Gordon-Levitt also said that he thought Affleck was “going to be great” in the role as Batman. His casting, which was announced in August of this year, provoked a backlash online with a petition to remove him from the role quickly racking up over 30,000 signatures. Director Zack Snyder will start shooting the “Batman v Superman” movie in Michigan early next year (2014).

Alongside Cavill as Superman and Affleck as Batman, Amy Adams is confirmed to be returning as Lois Lane and her Man Of Steel castmates Diane Lane and Laurence Fishburne have also inked deals to reprise their roles. Warner Bros has given the film a release date of July 17, 2015.