Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy ended with The Dark Knight Rises over 4 years ago, but Joseph Gordon-Levitt is still being asked about it in interviews.
While promoting his new movie Snowden, Cinemablend asked the John Blake actor if he would like to pick up where Nolan’s trilogy left off and star as Batman in his own movie. Gordon-Levitt doesn’t think that movie is necessary, because The Dark Knight Rises had a perfect ending:
“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, and 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’m so glad Joseph Gordon-Levitt said that, because I think the ending to The Dark Knight Rises is one of the most misunderstood things on the internet. So many fans think he was going to become Robin or Nightwing, but that was never the case.
He was meant to take over the Batman persona for Bruce Wayne. The entire movie, and practically the entire trilogy drove that point home. Batman was a symbol. A legend. More than just any one man. At the end of The Dark Knight Rises, Bruce Wayne left John Blake everything he needed to become the Batman. And I agree with Gordon-Levitt. It really was the perfect ending!