Warning: Spoilers about the ending of “Dark Knight Rises” lie ahead!
With one whisper of his character’s given name (Robin) and a solo sojourn into a bat-infested cave, Joseph Gordon-Levitt piqued the curiosity of fanboys and girls everyone who couldn’t help but wonder whether the actor would carry on Batman’s legacy now that Christian Bale has hung up his cape and cowl. It’s a question MTV News recently posed to the 31-year-old actor and his “Dark Knight Rises” co-star Gary Oldman as Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy comes to a close.
“That’s not for me to say,” Gordon-Levitt said regarding a possible follow-up. “I think if you see the movie, it’s very clear, it’s conclusive and it’s a great ending. It’s not one of those movies that’s just like, ’Well, we didn’t quite know how to end it.’ ’Cause those happen. They call it a trilogy, but it’s not really a trilogy. It’s just another movie to make more money. This is a trilogy, and this is the end of it.”
Oldman was equally emphatic about this being the end of Christopher Nolan’s Bat journey.
“When he says he doesn’t know, he’s dealing — he’s wheeling and dealing. They all go, ’Is there going to be a third Batman?’ and he goes, ’I don’t know,’ and you go, that means he’s actually working on it. But I think he’s pretty emphatic, isn’t he?” Oldman said, though he did imagine possible scenarios in which a Nolan’s version of Gotham could continue.
“Unless the studio — they must be in a real quandary. In a way, it must be hard for them if they want to make a fourth. Would he come on as a producer with his overseeing it and story and then put a director in the driving seat? I guess that is a possible scenario, but I think he’s done with it. I think it’s true when he says, ’I’m done. There’s no more. There’s no more for me.’ And as much as he is the man, you do get sick of it. You know, I spoke to Emma [Thomas], the producer, his wife. ’Oh, we never want to see a Batman thing again,’ [she said]. You do get to a point where you go, you’ve created a Frankenstein, a monster you want to kill it.”
Thankfully, Nolan didn’t literally kill it (Gotham or Bruce Wayne), so there’s always a tiny possibility for a fourth. For her part, Catwoman Anne Hathaway said she’d follow the director anywhere, though she didn’t think it another film was terribly likely, either. Or that she should ask for one.
“That would be greedy,” she said. “I would go wherever Christopher Nolan asked me to, and I would wear any suit he asked me, and I would play anything he wanted me to do, but it would be greedy of me to ask for more than I got with this one.”