The Dark Knight Rises a Prequel to NightWing?
If you’ve not seen the very latest “The Dark Knight Rises” trailer, check it out…but watch Joseph Gordon Levitt’s character. Enjoy.
- At 42-ish seconds he’s seemingly a witness. The following scene is of the borough bridges being destroyed, followed by other people apparently witnessing it as well.
- At 55 seconds he’s asking Selina Kyle if they’ve killed “him.” Him is Bruce? Batman?
- At 1:08-ish he’s commiserating with a boy, wondering if Batman will return. Clearly they both miss him.
- At 1:17 we hear him asking Selina Kyle “Why would you run, Bane?” Selina responds, “You should just as afraid of him as I am, ” which clearly he isn’t.
- We last see him at 1:40 and it’s unclear whether he’s at gunpoint, praying, or both.
Nothing conclusive, for sure…but from everything we see in this clip it’s clear that Joseph Gordon Levitt isn’t simply playing a “brave cop” role.
This trailer established that John Blake knows Selina Kyle and Commissioner Gordon, but Nolan has been careful not to show Levitt’s character, John Blake, with Batman, Bruce Wayne or Alfred. Perhaps those scenes would give away more than is warranted in a trailer.
In the comics Batman’s sidekick Robin becomes NightWing when he reaches adulthood. I mentioned it must be NightWing only because Robin is a sidekick, which requires a side (Batman) to kick from and Bale said he was done, and Nolan wrote this film to be a conclusion to the Batman story.
Could NightWing actually become a successful movie franchise? With all due respect, NightWing isn’t even among the most popular comic series related to Batman. Would a grittier take, much like Nolan brought to Batman, bring audiences into a NightWing movie?