The Problem with Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the Dark Knight Rises

In his first Batman movie, Tim Burton killed off the Joker. Christopher Nolan realized that this was a mistake, which is why the Joker survived in the Dark Knight. Then Heath Ledger died.

I remember comic fans on message boards posting that they thought Joseph Gordon-Levitt looked like Heath Ledger. Which meant that he could play the Joker. Levitt was cast in Nolan’s Inception, and that got their hopes up that he would appear in the upcoming Dark Knight Rises. And he was cast for it. Except he’ll be playing John Blake, a young police officer, who hasn’t actually appeared in the Batman comics. This wouldn’t be a first for the series, as Rachel Dawes, the romantic interest in the first two films, was also created for the films.

Because of the initial speculation that Levitt would be the Joker, some people are going to go into the film expecting a big twist. They may tell a few friends about the possibility, increasing the amount of people expecting the sequel to one of the highest grossing films of all time to include its most popular character.

So if Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character isn’t the Joker in disguise, some people in the audience will be disappointed. Because it’s really unlikely that anything John Blake does will be as cool as the most impressive thing you can imagine the Joker doing. It’s the difference between an okay supporting character and one of the most popular screen villains ever.

Unless John Blake turns out to be the Joker in disguise. That would be fine. Due to all the speculation, some viewers will see it coming. Though I doubt any of them would be disappointed.


About Thomas Mets

I’m a comic book fan, wannabe writer, politics buff and New Yorker. I don’t actually follow baseball. In the Estonian language, “Mets” simply means forest, or lousy sports team. You can email me at
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7 Responses to The Problem with Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the Dark Knight Rises

  1. Kirk Pears says:

    Chris Nolan has stated a number of times The Joker WILL NOT BE IN THE NEXT MOVIE. It is out of respect for Heath Ledger that he is not having anyone else take on the character. Maybe someone else will in another movie, but while Chris Nolan is at the helm, The Joker is laid to rest.

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