Joseph Gordon-Levitt Comments on His Character’s Final Scene in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

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If you don’t know what Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s full name is for his character in The Dark Knight Rises, don’t fret; I’ll save that tidbit until after the jump.  But since director David Cronenberg (Cosmopolis) decided to chime with his opinion on Christopher Nolan and his Batman trilogy, we thought we’d let Gordon-Levitt have his say.  In a recent appearnce on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Gordon-Levitt talked about the final scene from The Dark Knight Rises and whether or not that sets anything up for a future film.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

The Nolan effect has worked well on Gordon-Levitt, even weeks after The Dark Knight Rises has been out in theaters for people to see.  Gordon-Levitt was a bit sheepish at first when asked about the final scene from the film, which features his character heavily.  I’ll share what the actor had to say after this lovely picture of Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, after which, spoilers follow.

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Still with us? Good.  Now, if you’ve seen The Dark Knight Rises, you know that Officer John Blake (Gordon-Levitt) reveals his full name to include “Robin” in one of the final scenes in the film.  The last scene shows Blake discovering the Batcave (beneath the newly minted Thomas and Martha Wayne Home for Orphans…) and rising to, presumably, take on the mantle of the Caped Crusader.  Gordon-Levitt’s comments follow (via MTV):the-dark-knight-rises-joseph-gordon-levitt-marion-cotillard

“It’s pretty awesome, right? I was a fan of those movies before I ever met [Christopher Nolan] or did Inception or ever thought I was going to get to do The Dark Knight Rises. He’s such a great storyteller and filmmaker. It was such an honor.”

When asked if that last scene was leading us into a sequel, Gordon-Levitt responded:

“I don’t get to decide those things. That’s the honest truth, man. You think I get to make those decisions?  I don’t think it’s necessarily a setup [for a sequel].  I think it’s a great ending for that trilogy. Even if you go back to Batman Begins, he’s talking about how Batman is more than a man. It’s a symbol. A hero can be anybody, and we all have heroes inside of us. That’s a theme that runs throughout the trilogy.”

In my opinion, we’ve seen the end of Nolan’s take on the Batman mythology, but I’d love to see JGL in any future iteration.  Will it happen?  Probably not.

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  • WillyLopez

    I hate how everybody is talking about sequels etc to TDKR. thats all

  • Eric Nixon

    A hero can be anyone… except guys wearing hockey pads apparently.

    • junierizzle

      Those dudes were nuts. Batman didn’t want random civilians to walk around with shotguns and just start blasting at the bad guys, obviously. Stop trying to debunk Rises, man. I’ll take anything you got down. What else you got?

      • Matt

        “Stop trying to debunk Rises, man. I’ll take anything you got down. What else you got?”

        Ohhhh, well…let’s see.

        How did Bruce Wayne die?

        How did Bruce Wayne get back into America, let alone Gotham?

        Why did Batman waste time making gasoline art on the bridge?

        How did John Blake know Bruce Wayne was Batman? (And don’t say “his smile” or else I will internet punch you)

        There are tons more across the internet. Here is one: http://www.slashfilm.com/15-bothered-the-dark-knight-rises/

        I liked TDKR, but it was most definitely flawed.

        That is what else “I got”.

      • junierizzle

        Again, I never said it was perfect. My whole point is that people are hating it for some dumb reasons.

      • junierizzle

        @Matt

        Bruce Wayne didn’t die

        It doesn’t matter HOW he got back, the point was he’s back. If there was a scene where he ran into the city outside the prison and he made a phone call and suddenly a jet appears, people would have hated that too. They would have said it was too convenient. Quite frankly, he’s Batman and he’s back in the city. Still not satisfied? Okay, how about this, Wayne Manor is OUTSIDE Gotham. It’s very plausible Bruce made it to the Bat cave and you get the point.

        Some things are just in movies because they are cool. Like the huge bat signal made of fire. Why does The Crow make a fire crow in The Crow? Why does Batman in Burton’s Batman fly the Bat WIng up the moon?

        Well, Blake says in the movie he knew he was Batman because he could tell he was hiding the pain of losing his parents, like Blake did. I’ll throw you a bone and say that you really have to just go with that. But the first time I saw the movie it didn’t strike me as odd because JGL freaking killed that scene.

        Yeah, I read that SlashFilm article. I think 90% of it was nitpicking and the other 10% they were kind of reaching to hate it.

        I never said that RISES is perfect, just that I love it.

        I’ll throw you some more bones:
        My biggest gripe was the Mathew Modine Character, totally not needed. But now, he doesn’t bother me after seeing it 3 times.

        How do the inmates in the Prison hear Bane’s speech? I’m surprised with all the hating no one has mentioned this.

        Why didn’t Talia blow up the city when she saw that Bruce was back? I guess she wanted to reveal herself first. But you can say that about a lot of villains, why don’t they just kill the hero instead of talking to them first.

        Again, I never said it was perfect. But the ending is pretty close.

      • AManWithAKilt

        “How did Bruce Wayne get back into America, let alone Gotham?”

        Do you really need a five minute sequence explaining this? How about he made his way to the coast and snuck on a boat. He stole some money and bought a plain ticket or whatever else. There a dozens of ways it could’ve happened.

        The funniest thing about this particular complaint is that this is something that happens all the time in movies. It’s called a jump cut and it happens because the obstacle as set forth in the story has been overcome. The audience is intelligent enough to fill the details on their own.

        As far as John Blake knowing Bruce is Batman, that one is a stretch. It’s asking the audience to suspend disbelief a little too much. The best argument I’ve heard in it’s favor is John Blake is a natural detective and were as Bruce Wayne’s Batman was more a ninja/brawler. Blake is filling in the “Worlds Greatest Detective” part of the Batman legend, since it wasn’t really attributed to Bruce Wayne in these movies. Again, it’s a stretch, but I’ll let it slide for a mostly good movie.

    • Nick Hart

      people seem to forget the batman impersonators in that scene also had rifles

      • Fallyn Angel

        How did Bruce Wayne die?

        Who knows? Likely a lie was made up just like in “Batman Begins” when it was said he burned down his own house. Its not really important whatever lie was created.

        How did Bruce Wayne get back into America, let alone Gotham?

        I don’t know. Maybe his experience of 8 years traveling the world without money (i.e. “Batman Begins”) might have given him some insight into how to get from place to place without cash or noticed.

        Why did Batman waste time making gasoline art on the bridge?

        Obviously to signal to Bane’s cronies he was back and to inspire others? Why did he tie up Falcone to a signal in “Batman Begins”? Inspiration. And being Batman still was able to do everything else, it wasn’t so much a waste of time really…

        How did John Blake know Bruce Wayne was Batman? (And don’t say “his smile” or else I will internet punch you)

        Eh…he actually explained heavily how he figured it out in the film. If you don’t want to buy his explaination, that’s more your issue, and not so much the film’s.

        :)

    • cns

      The difference being that the guys wearing hockey pads weren’t anything like Batman. They were firing live rounds at criminals, an act which probably would have cost them their lives if not Batman had interfered. Moreover, guys in hockey pads without the gimmicks that make Batman so elusive would be easier to track down, potentially leading to even more casualties. They could perfectly represent Batman, but Batman needed a successor, not an army of subjects, and at the time Bruce Wayne found Blake to be the perfect person to pick up the mantle, especially after Blake discovered the identity of Batman (however flimsy Blake’s realization of this was).

  • SP1234

    No sequel, but it’s pretty clear to me: Blake will become the new Batman. Not Robin or Nightwing, but taking on the Batman mantle (Gordon discovering the Batsignal at the end and Wayne referring to Batman being anyone earlier in the film).

    • Doug

      Exactly. Naming him “Robin” was just a wink to the fans – in Nolan’s universe, he’s the new Batman. I don’t understand how people aren’t getting that and saying, “Oh, now he’ll be Robin!” or “Ooh, Nightwing!” What good would that do in a world where those characters never existed? It defeats the purpose of everything Bruce Wayne tells him throughout the movie!

      • junierizzle

        Agreed, “Robin” was just a nod. I think people hated that because they thought it was Robin Robin. I think it would have been a better nod if his real name was Dick Grayson. But I guess most people wouldn’t get the connection.

  • Matthew M

    I thought the ‘Robin’ bit was pure “CORN” and unnecessary.
    JGL looks like a man in his 50′s already over the hill. Unbelievable he got the part.
    No sequels, no spinoffs, no prequels, and no next gen.
    Get over it people.

    • Strong Enough

      CORN? lmao

    • Weeks

      OK.

  • Matthew M

    I thought the \’Robin\’ bit was pure \"CORN\" and unnecessary.
    JGL looks like a man in his 50\’s already over the hill. Unbelievable he got the part.
    No sequels, no spinoffs, no prequels, and no next gen.
    Get over it people.

  • easternlethal

    How would JGL run Batman’s operations underneath an orphanage on a cop’s salary without Wayne Enterprises?

    • junierizzle

      He quit being a cop. And Fox said they would eventually prove what Bane did as fraudulent and he could get his money back eventually. I’m sure Alfred would kick down some cash to JGL.

    • Phil

      I’m sure Bruce had some things stashed for a rainy day

  • MAC

    If NOLAN doesn’t want JGL to do another spin-off thing or Anne to do a Catwoman spinoff thing!

    Then I think both aren’t stupid to do it & piss Nolan & lose their chances of working with him in future!
    & BTW; WB/DC want Nolan to make a JL film; as Nolan has said NO clearly; one thing is clear that it’s time to make a DC-Universe; they’re NOT gona waste any time on making a small little spinoff to piss Nolan as well!
    I mean other than HARRY POTTER; with INCEPTION, TDK & TDKR; NOLAN is WB golden boy!
    Why would they try to make a tiny spin off to angry him!

  • junierizzle

    He quit being a cop. And Fox said they would eventually prove what Bane did as fraudulent and he could get his money back eventually. I\’m sure Alfred would kick down some cash to JGL.

  • calvincrack

    it’s cool that DC/WB can now continue the Batman series to be more in line with whatever DC Universe plans they have. That way, the new batman films can be more in line with that vision perhaps than just trying to ape the Nolan style completely. It’ll allow this trilogy to stand alone and the character to live on in an acceptable way into the foreseeable future.

  • Palmer

    Blake doesn´t kick ass like Wayne. He only had cop training, not the traning Wayne got from Rhas

    • Matt1

      That’s EXACTLY what I was thinking!! Wayne’s got friggin’ ninja skills!! Blake’s got… basic cop training!?!?!?

  • Beebeedeedop

    “Dark Knight” was some good entertainment, but “Dark Knight Rises” was overly ‘epic’,frankly quite silly and definitely very confused with all the themes it was trying to tackle.

  • Nomis1700

    Dumb people don’t know how amazing TDKR is, because they don’t get it. There are no plot holes. TDKR managed to make Bruce/Batman the most human out of the trilogy. It has the strongest emotional scenes. The ending is pure perfection. I cannot wait to see it again!!!

    I used to hate Robin but this version of him… FREAKING LOVE IT!!!!!! The idea is so uplifting, so good that there will always be someone who watches over Gotham.. JGL was a terrific Robin.

  • mattedscreen

    Still think this movie would have been better as a 2 parter. There is a very clear and distinct end in the middle.The first movie stops when Batman is “broken” and Gotham is under siege, and the next movie starts when Bruce Wayne wakes up in the underground prison. If they’d made it two movies all the “holes” that are VERY clear and annoyingly noticeable would have been filled. As it is, it’s left to the fans to fill those gaps, which is NOT good story telling.

  • Ceridius

    Nolan’s Batman series is over, and it’s a good thing. Unending sequels ruin well-crafted story arcs and this trilogy was exactly that.

    But I’d love to see JGL in a new Batman (maybe in the spirit of Batman Beyond) or simply kicking ass as Nightwing. Looper will prove if (or that he can absolutely) handle a leading action role.

  • Teinen

    How did Bruce die? I’m sure a lot of people died in the take over of the city, especially the rich.

    How did he get back? The same way he got out of the country in Begins. Snuck on a bot or something. If the are a ninja it would probably be easy to do something like that.

    Gasoline art? Psychological warfare.

    As for knowing Bruce was Batman, I’m pretty sure I, or any person who’s seen Bales pursed lips and Batmans lower half of his face could tell they are the same person. Dudes got a weird mouth. But seriously, you ever look somebody in the eyes? Sometimes that’s all you need. Window to the soul.

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  • Ash

    I don’t think he would be a new batman because what would be the point of having his name Robin

    • stove

      really? His name is Robin John Blake. If he called him self Robin as a superhero name, that would make as much sense if Bruce Wayne called himself Bruceman. Seriously, did you even watch the movie? Gordon had a new Bat signal, not Robin signal.

      • hi

        “Bruceman.” I’m seriously laughing still. Thanks for that!

  • Mr Freeze

    I got one for everybody:

    When Batman picked up Selina in the Bat after they fought off those guys, the Bat rose up and Bane looked directly at it. Why didn’t Bruce just fire a rocket at him and kill him on the spot? Saves you a lot of trouble!

    He didn’t do it because he knew there was another 2 hours of good entertainment to be had out of this film ;)

  • Diablo135

    Why do you keep saying Bruce Wayne died? He didn’t. Did you guys see a different version than me or did you leave 5 min early to beat traffic?

  • Diablo135

    Why do you keep saying Bruce Wayne died? He didn\’t. Did you guys see a different version than me or did you leave 5 min early to beat traffic?

  • terry

    I can’t see Gordon being a freaking Robin. That would just be corny.IMHO.
    But you never know. If the Justice Leaque gets going…, Let me stop getting myself wet.

  • J

    Batman’s not real.

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