Joseph Gordon-Levitt Defends The ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Ending

The story of Edward Snowden should not be boring and yet, everything I’ve seen thus far about Stone’s latest makes me think that Snowden will drag on with a familiar cautionary tale about how the government has corrupted our liberties.

That might be the reason that Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who portrays the titular character, took the time to talk about a more popular film at the recent LA press day for the film. While answering questions from Cinema Blend, Gordon-Levitt discussed his feelings about  his last scene in The Dark Knight Rises. Here’s what Gordon-Levitt had to say:


I know we’re all used to the sort of Marvel movies, which are just kind of endless series. They don’t really have a beginning, middle, and end. But I think Nolan very much thought of that movie as a conclusion, and there’s a theme that runs through all three of those movies that begins in the first movie, runs through the second movie and it concludes in that moment where he says that Batman is more than a man, Batman is a symbol. And so to have another man other than Bruce Wayne kind of becoming Batman at the end of that trilogy, I think that’s the perfect ending to that story.

In my opinion, the problem is that the storytelling is too neat, too mechanized, and there’s no complication to that thematic idea. There’s nothing particularly human about Nolan’s movies outside of his performers, but that doesn’t make the ending of The Dark Knight Rises feel any less opportunistic and indecisive, especially considering the fact that Gordon-Levitt didn’t even turn out to be the next Batman we saw.

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