Ever since it was announced that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was cast in Christopher Nolan's sequel to The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, the internet (and presumably some real people as well) has been abuzz about which Batman character he would play. Bad guy The Riddler? Sidekick Robin? A new, unpolished butler to who wants Alfred's job and isn't afraid to use unethical butling to get it? Well, it turns out he's playing someone a little less well-known: Alberto Falcone, son of Carmine Falcone of the Falcone crime family. This character most famously appears in the (great) Batman story "The Long Halloween," and if you don't want to see spoilers for the comic, you should skip the next paragraph.

In "The Long Halloween," Alberto is revealed to be Holiday, the serial killer who murders someone on holidays (as simple but elegant as any serial killer gimmick). This is leading many to speculate that The Dark Knight Rises would be a loose adaptation of "The Long Halloween" (much in the same way that Batman Begins was a loose adaptation of "Batman Year One"), or at least would feature the Holiday serial killer. I gotta say, if that's the direction Nolan is headed, I'm even more excited for this movie. Because "The Long Halloween" is really cool.

Anyway, Warner Bros has not commented on this news yet, but Variety is reporting it, so I guess that means it's happening. I fully expect Gordon-Levitt to knock this out of the park, even though it's not as showy a role as Heath Ledger's in The Dark Knight. (/Film)