It’s sometimes hard to believe that Joseph Gordon-Levitt once played Tommy Solomon on the sitcom “3rd Rock from the Sun,” when he was 15. Now 31, the actor has moved into films, the latest of which will premiere on July 20: “The Dark Knight Rises.”
Gordon-Levitt will portray John Blake, a new character in the Christopher Nolan-helmed Batman “universe.” “The Dark Knight Rises” is the third and final movie starring Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne / Batman, and also the third and final Batman movie for director / screenwriter Christopher Nolan.
Blake, however, is new to the scene. The story begins some eight years after the events of “The Dark Knight.” As you might recall, although much destruction and death came at the hands of the crazed D.A. Harvey Dent (AKA “Two-Face”), Batman told Commissioner Gordon to hold him publicly responsible, so that Dent would remain a symbol of hope for the city.
The new movie picks up with Batman in hiding, but a new threat “rises” in the form of the Venom-enhanced Bane (Tom Hardy).
Gordon-Levitt spoke to MTV about how he was reunited with Chris Nolan and producer Emma Thomas, who he had worked with on the film “Inception.”
“First Chris and Emma invited me over for dinner before they had a draft of the script, and they just told me about it, which was pretty cool. Then a couple months later, they had me over again to actually read it. I did know [about the role] because he told me, but it was just hard to believe.”
As a new character, fans want to know, who is John Blake. Gordon-Levitt described Blake as follows:
“Well, what I love about John Blake is that he’s an idealist amongst cynics. Gotham has become a cynical place. People are going with the status quo, and the fat cats are getting fatter. He’s this rookie cop who’s like, ‘Wait a minute,’ and asking questions. Questioning authority doesn’t always get you the best reception, especially when you’re new, but you’ve got to love a principled guy who actually wants to be a good cop and isn’t just looking out for his own job or some sort of kickback. He cares about Gotham and he wants to be a good cop.”
“The Dark Knight Rises” releases in theaters on July 20; it stars Christian Bale (as Bruce Wayne / Batman), Michael Caine (as loyal butler Alfred), Anne Hathaway (as Selina Kyle / Catwoman), Tom Hardy (as the villain Bane), Gary Oldman (as Commissioner Gordon), Marion Cotillard (as Miranda Tate), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (as beat cop John Blake) and Morgan Freeman (as Lucius Fox).