|Proving once again, JGL is cooler than you.|
Even though the monstrosity and absolutely terrifying character, Bane, has been grabbing most of the headlines for The Dark Knight Rises, there are a multitude of characters who remain key pieces to the film. Not only do they seem vital, but their characters are new and supposedly not based on any character previously seen in Batman lore.
With the latest trailer released, certain characters are a bit more fleshed out, while others remain in the dark. When Nolan was in the midst of casting for The Dark Knight Rises, a flurry of rumors and people became attached to the finale of Nolan's Bats trilogy. They were ridiculous, over-the-top, and downright sad. Seriously, Cher? Miley Cyrus? Philip Seymour Hofman as the Penguin? Johnny Depp as The Riddler? Catwoman? Oh wait. (For the record, I no longer have a beef with Bane and Catwoman...)
Thankfully, that mayhem and madness is over. However, again, many of the characters who have been cast are suspiciously lacking backstory...
|Seriously, WHO ARE YOU???|
Read on if you care to be a bit spoiled... They won't be major spoilers because, well, there's not a whole lot to spoil about the film, yet. Nolan and crew are keeping their baby under lock and key. Plus, some of the spoiler news have come from forums and other untrustworthy areas.
We'll be covering the likes of Catwoman, this Miranda Tate character, and many others in the coming weeks, but for now, on to the mysterious character that will be played by 500 Days of Summer actor, Joseph Gordon-Levitt...
|...to be fair... they do look creepily alike...|
Yes, John Blake is totally new to the series. Alrighty then, who is this "John Blake"? According to various sources (all confirmed by the lazy-man's go-to source: Wikipedia), Blake is a police detective working under Commissioner Gordon. Um. Okay.
However, after the teaser and the release of the third trailer, this John Blake character may be a whole lot more important than initially thought. After it was revealed in the teaser, the police commish sounds like he's in pretty bad shape. As in, going to die.
For sure, John Blake would have a huge role now that Gordon's down. He'll probably, like, step in and be all "DON'T WORRY BATS! I GOT THIS!" This would for sure be in the next trailer!
...and... did you see him? Yeah, that was him. The guy backing into a door. All 2 seconds of glory. Really, Nolan? Is John Blake going to be this lame-o character? What a waste of acting talent! If I wanted to watch JGL be a random cast member, I'd re-watch Inception. Seriously. (Go ahead, write angry comments about how you loved that incredibly overrated bloated piece of cinema that is Inception. Again, I digress...) But c'mon, Chris Nolan, don't waste JGL's talent for another film! I mean, this John Blake guys looks so totally lame!
Cue Trailer #3.
Oh yeah. John Blake. This guy's legit. No longer can we really just think that he'll be a wallflower. John Blake will have a pretty big role in The Dark Knight Rises. What exactly... well... that's another matter.
Well, that's a bummer for Gordon, but a pretty nice break for John Blake. With Gordon down, Blake would become the main police connection to Batman, as Gordon was. While we don't see Bats talking to Blake, we do see Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman) and Blake in a heartfelt conversation. Either way, Blake is getting inside information on Bane's crew, as Catwoman seems to be somewhat of a double agent in the film.
Even though we know these details, there are still those pesky rumors that just won't stop swirling. Many bloggers suspect that Blake is Nolan's version of Robin. While this may seem silly, Blake may certainly be assisting Batman in the film, especially when Bats gets broken by Bane. Ah, alliteration.
Still other rumors say that John Blake will eventually take up the mantle of the Bat. Again, this may seem like a silly notion, but there may be something to it. Could Blake be Nolan's version of Azrael? Perhaps. Could he don the black cowl in the absence of Batman? He could in hopes of sparking some hope within Gotham... After all, at one point in the film (according to the trailer), neither he nor Catwoman know the whereabouts Bats, if he's coming back, or if he's even alive.
Personally, I highly doubt he's some high-brow Robin or the successor of Batman. I really think he's, wait for it... just....... wait for it...
|...a very STUDLY police officer, I might add.|
Yeah. I really don't think that John Blake's character would be given such responsibility after one film... After all, it takes Bats pretty much the whole Batman Begins to embrace his Batman-ness, and he struggles with it in The Dark Knight. I would highly doubt that Blake would just step into the role of Bats mid-way through or even in the first fifteen minutes of the film. I mean, we saw something like that with all those poser Batmen at the beginning of The Dark Knight. All ten minutes of them. Batman frowned upon people that did that, and I doubt Blake would get Bruce's blessing to be Batman. Ah, again, alliteration.
Yes, I really think that Blake will be what he's been described as. A police dude. Sure, he'll have some big responsibilities, like talking to Catwoman, cavorting with Bats, and oh yeah, taking on Bane, but I wouldn't read too much into the speculation swirling around.
While this may be a bummer to many, don't be too disappointed. This is a Nolan film, after all. I mean, I doubt he'd just throw in a character and not explain his backstory or why he is the way he is.
|WHAT IS A FORGER???|
Stay tuned when we analyze other The Dark Knight Rises characters, like Miranda Tate, Catwoman, Juno Temple's character, and other rumors surrounding the sighting of two previously thought written-off characters...