Joseph Gordon-Levitt will play Alberto Falcone in The Dark Knight Rises
The casting seems to back up what Gary Oldman said a few weeks ago about Nolan bringing the story back round to Batman Begins.
Speculation has run rampant regarding the role, with blogs pegging the part as The Riddler or Deadshot, but insiders tell Variety that Gordon-Levitt will be playing Alberto Falcone, the son of Mafia chieftain Carmine Falcone, the character Tom Wilkinson played in “Batman Begins.”
In the first film Carmine Falcone controls Gotham City’s underground world, flooding it with drugs and crime. Bruce confronts Falcone, who tells Wayne his criminal empire is invincible because it runs on fear. Bruce then decides to travel the world for several years, learning the various ways of the criminal underworld, and ends up training with Ra’s al Ghul (Liam Neeson) and the League of Shadows, becoming Batman.
In Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s 1996 miniseries Batman: The Long Halloween the plot involves a serial killer named Holiday. He targets Gotham’s crime families, with particular attention paid to the Falcone family. Falcone’s son, Alberto, confesses to all of the Holiday killings, in an attempt to be accepted into the family business. Alberto considers Gotham’s new wave of costumed villains (like the Joker) to be the future of crime.