Even though it has been some time since Christopher Nolan wrapped up his ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy, there are still a lot of fans wondering “what if,” especially in light of the so far mediocrity of the DC films that have followed Nolan. One big question is whether or not they could have done a fourth movie with Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character John Blake (first name Robin) stepping into the role of Batman. It was set up at the end of the final film of the trilogy, but it seems it was more of a symbolic set up than actually prepping for more movies, at least according to Gordon-Levitt, who spoke to Cinema Blend about the topic recently while out promoting his new movie ‘Snowden.’
“I know we’re all used to the sort of Marvel movies, which are just kind of endless series. They don’t really have a beginning, middle, and end. But I think Nolan very much thought of that movie as a conclusion…There’s a theme that runs through all three of those movies that begins in the first movie, runs through the second movie and it concludes in that moment where he says that Batman is more than a man, Batman is a symbol. And so to have another man other than Bruce Wayne kind of becoming Batman at the end of that trilogy, I think that’s the perfect ending to that story.”
I would have to agree with Gordon-Levitt here, as Nolan was definitely ending his saga, and it did bring a lot of meaning to the end of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ to hint at the prospect of someone else taking up the Bat-mantle to continue to protect the city. Even if you (like me) think that the final film of Nolan’s trilogy was the weakest (and had some startlingly dumb moments), it did a great job of bringing closure to the world that Nolan created, and I cannot imagine a situation where Nolan or any of his actors could have kept that world going without weakening the impact of the first three movies.
What are your thoughts on the matter? Would a John Blake Batman be a movie you would want to see? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Nick is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles, who belongs to the privileged few who enjoyed the ending to ‘Lost.’ For more of Nick’s thoughts and articles, follow him on Twitter (@starfro67)