After months and months of speculation, we all know who John Blake really is. But even after “The Dark Knight Rises” topped the box office for three straight weekends, netting over $800 million worldwide since its release in July, star Joseph Gordon-Levitt still isn’t comfortable fully acknowledging his character’s game-changing twist.
Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live this week, the talk show host pressed Gordon-Levitt on his future with Batman, particularly in light of the character’s true name (which we’ll reveal after the break for the three of you who still haven’t seen “Rises” yet). Even all these weeks later, JGL played coy about his part.
“I’m John Blake, Gotham City police department,” Gordon-Levitt replied when Kimmel pushed him about playing Robin. “But we know there’s a bird flying around in your name,” Kimmel countered.
“It’s pretty awesome, right?” Gordon-Levitt finally admitted with a big laugh. “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.”
Asked if the ending of “Rises,” which sees Robin Blake entering the Bat Cave as the Dark Knight’s heir apparent, would pave the way for JGL’s takeover of the franchise, the actor said, “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],” he added. “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.”
“I don’t think I have a hero inside of me,” Kimmel shot back. “I’m wrong, actually. Right now I have a meatball hero inside of me.”
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