Joseph Gordon-Levitt says avoid Dark Knight Rises spoilers

Describes Christopher Nolan as a "master storyteller"

As employees of a modern movie website, it's our job to put up set images and possible spoilers from films like The Dark Knight Rises for the people who want to see them.

But what does Joseph Gordon-Levitt think he should be telling us before the official trailer's released? "Nothing."

Levitt, who plays special assignment cop John Blake in Christopher Nolan's trilogy-closer, believes that people should avoid any information on the film until Nolan is ready to show it to us. 

"I can tell you that one of the things I admire most about Mr. Nolan is that he understands that the story begins before the movie does. He's already telling the story that he's got cooked up. He's a master storyteller. 

Every little bit of information he lets out, he does it at the proper time." 

"Far be it for me to preempt the rhythm of his. I love that people are excited about it. I guarantee, as an audience member, one will have the best experience if one just trusts him."

Or, to put it another way and to coin a popular internet phrase: 'In Nolan we trust.'

 Do you agree with JGL, or do you love looking at set pictures? Tell us below!

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    • Krooshlash

      Sep 15th 2011, 11:20

      Total Film, how is it your "job" to release unauthorized pics and clips from this film? Surely if you "trust" Nolan so much, why can't you respect him enough to only post officially releases information, clips and pics from the film? I would guess there are many readers of your magazine who are happy to check out officially released content but you really should leave the other stuff, which contain potential spoilers, off the site. For those who want to know spoilers, let them search for this info themselves without handing it to them on a plate. For a magazine that claims to love and respect cinema, and film-makers like Nolan, the fact you participate in such practices of releasing info without the studios blessing is a sign of lazyiness and disrespect for the film-makers and the readership.

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    • batwan

      Sep 15th 2011, 11:36

      Krooshlash, i agree

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    • alowe

      Sep 15th 2011, 11:42

      @Krooshlash Thanks for the comment. We've felt uncomfortable about drawing attention to the leaks, but we debated it on Twitter and the general feeling was that we should continue to post the stories but be careful about spoilery headlines/illustrative pics. The option to click and read is there but you can safely ignore the stories if you like. So, I'd argue that we're not handing you anything 'on a plate' - just keeping it on the menu for you to order if it happens to be to your taste.

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    • joker16

      Sep 15th 2011, 11:42

      I would greatly appreciate it if Total Film would develop and entire section of their website dedicated to TDKR so that people who do not want to see spoilers can avoid them, headlines and all.

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    • FBMBurgess

      Sep 15th 2011, 11:48

      I agree with the comments - please leave spoilers out, or put them somewhere else. Show your respect for movies by giving us news, not spoilers.

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    • MikeyRix

      Sep 15th 2011, 11:50

      I agree with the general consensus of the comments. I want to go into this film largely blind, save for who's in it, but you guys do make it hard :)

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    • gjessup19

      Sep 15th 2011, 11:56

      Oh for goodness sake, you people call yourselves fans? The spoilers we've seen hardly give away anything, the majority of it is just down to fan speculation and you can easily steer clear of that. Stop having a go at TF for writing things that people DO want to read, why else would those articles get so much traffic? You sound like petulant children, angry because you're having something supposedly spoiled for you when in actual fact all it is is a few set shots to make of what you will. My boyfriend runs a Batman fan blog and he has thousands of followers from all over the world who read what he posts, and he posts EVERYTHING, including rumours and his own speculation. People can stop looking at it if they don't like it and he very rarely gets so much stick as you lot give TF, they are a film magazine after all - and post 'spoilers' about any other film. Get over yourselves, some of us fans love to hear and see anything new because it increases our anticipation for the film rather than spoiling it!

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    • gjessup19

      Sep 15th 2011, 11:56

      Oh for goodness sake, you people call yourselves fans? The spoilers we've seen hardly give away anything, the majority of it is just down to fan speculation and you can easily steer clear of that. Stop having a go at TF for writing things that people DO want to read, why else would those articles get so much traffic? You sound like petulant children, angry because you're having something supposedly spoiled for you when in actual fact all it is is a few set shots to make of what you will. My boyfriend runs a Batman fan blog and he has thousands of followers from all over the world who read what he posts, and he posts EVERYTHING, including rumours and his own speculation. People can stop looking at it if they don't like it and he very rarely gets so much stick as you lot give TF, they are a film magazine after all - and post 'spoilers' about any other film. Get over yourselves, some of us fans love to hear and see anything new because it increases our anticipation for the film rather than spoiling it!

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    • Croninja

      Sep 15th 2011, 12:56

      Gjessup19 had got it all WRONG. True fans do not want to read every single spoiler that could potentially ruin their enjoyment of watching the film fresh. Speculation is harmless, but not when its based on leaked photos that most fans have not seen yet. It's not that easy to steer clear of spoilers when they're lumped together with casting news or comments from the director or stars. Without adequate spoiler warning, most people would be exposed to material they would prefer not to have viewed. Tell me, gjessup19, would watching the Sixth Sense for the first time have been a more satisfying experience if you knew the ending beforehand? Would you rather have known the true identity of Ra's Al Ghul before heading in to see Batman Begins for the first time? Would that have increased your anticipation or spoiled it? Krooshlash's comments make a lot more sense than yours do and don't sound half as "petulant".

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    • Monkeynuts30

      Sep 15th 2011, 13:33

      Oh please, like it wasn't obvious who Ra's really was in BB. You don't cast Liam Neeson as the second in command to "Hey, I've never seen that actor who's playing the main villain" guy.

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    • liamio2802

      Sep 15th 2011, 13:42

      I think TF are right it is not their job to censor the info that is available on their website not only because as they said keeping headlines spoiler free and thumbnails innocuous does the job of allowing people to avoid if they wish, but also because if they didn't post them then this would add an advantage to their rivals. If you have an interest in these spoilers (which judging by traffic levels a lot of people do) you may have to check TF for your film news then head to Empire or superherohype to check if something leaked from TDKR. Over time you are bound to just check a site that has ALL the info you want in one place and TF(a business after all) is losing site traffic and ad revenue along with a possible dip in sales of the magazine (used to using a website, seeing upcoming interviews etc, might as well buy their Magazine). I have avoided these spoilers and the only time TF overstepped themself in a headline was in a recent one that confirmed the batwing but the photo was innocuous and i can only assume this was common knowlege among spoiler fans. If TF keep headlines spoiler free (New vehicle spotted on DKR set, new video of DKR vehicle) then I'm happy enough for them to continue in their jobs

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    • FBMBurgess

      Sep 15th 2011, 14:05

      Monkeynuts30: You've never heard of Ken Watanabe??? This is rather off-point, but I don't think that Liam Neeson turning out to be Ra's makes any difference to Batman Begins. He could easily just be the guy who survived, and took over when Ra's died. It doesn't further the story, or anything.

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    • FBJBrown22

      Sep 15th 2011, 15:02

      @gjessup19. Couldn't agree with you more, all these people crying the hint is in the text ''spoiler alert'' so don't read on, i personally like all the pics and rumours which just serves to whet the appetite. As for the pics leaked, really what have they given away???, what Bane will be wearing hardly a big deal, more tumblers, try and tell me thats not got you all excited and Bats has a new vehicle, but we still don't know what it is, the Batwing a Batcopter who knows. Look if any of you can tell me a blow by blow account of what happens in TDKR, what is all the characters motives and back stories and how exactly does it tie in the franchise perfectly for a great ending then i will agree there has been 2 many spoilers, but the fact is no one can claim to be anywhere near answering those questions, therefore i think i have a fair point in saying next to nothing has been spoiled

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    • FBJBrown22

      Sep 15th 2011, 15:06

      Also i would put any money on the fact that if the stuff we have seen in the leaked pics hadn't been leaked then I'm pretty sure we would have seen most of it in official releases by now. i.e.. Banes costume, the football field set piece etc, and they actually showed the camo tumblers in an official pic in the background of the black tumbler

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    • Croninja

      Sep 15th 2011, 15:40

      Liamio2802, you claim that Total Film overstepped the mark by inserting a spoiler into a recent headline and then YOU MADE THE SAME MISTAKE YOURSELF by repeating this spoiler without a warning. Maybe you should listen to some of your own advice? You said you can only assume this was common knowledge among "spoiler fans". Well, thank you very much for assuming that for us. But what about regular fans who don't want things spoiled for them? And yes, it is Total Film's job to censor their own site. And, Monkeynuts30, the true identity of Ra's Al Ghul was a big surprise to most people, was only revealed in the FINAL act, and was not spoiled by Nolan or the actors beforehand. And yes, this revelation absolutely does further the story and add to Batman's conflict massively. I guess there are some people who prefer to read the last chapter of a book first just in case- God forbid!- they might be surprised by something along the way.

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    • gjessup19

      Sep 15th 2011, 17:43

      @Croninja do we know the ending of TDKR yet? In fact do we know ANYTHING about the script? No... hmm... not so much been spoiled there.. How about the photos, does that give too much away about the script? Let me see, we all knew who had been cast as what. We all knew what type of character each of them were. So far, as FBJBrown22 agrees, nothing has been spoiled to the point of actually ruining your enjoyment of the film or suprises there will be as nothing from the script has been released whatsoever. We don't even know which side Catwoman is on for sure! As for the Ras reference, casting Liam Neeson was bound to stir up speculation immediately, same with Marion Cotillard. We know she's Miranda Tate, and Nolan knows we know. Oh and by the way, I wrote loads of those 'spoiler' articles while I was on work experience with TF in august so you can all blame me :D ...TF takes potential spoilers very seriously, and do not consider these little set pictures and videos to be spoiling anything. If it was a script leak, it would be a VERY different matter.

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    • gjessup19

      Sep 15th 2011, 17:47

      TF is a film news source. You wouldn't have a go at a newspaper for reporting something they'd found out about a topic of interest. Most people don't even care when they MAKE UP stories! Stop complaining and just don't read. You should know that anything relating to TDKR could have potential spoilers, the very fact we're told next to nothing by Nolan et al suggests that what is contained within the stories could be based on speculation.

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    • Croninja

      Sep 15th 2011, 18:38

      gjessup19, I never said that TF had ruined the ending of TDKR or leaked the script but far too much has already been spoiled regarding several major set pieces and action scenes. Certain crowd scene photos and images of vehicles should not have been shown and have eliminated the element of surprise. I agree that the casting of Neeson and Cotillard was bound to stir up speculation but to confirm their identities outright would have been a spoiler. And yes, one would have a go at a newspaper if it gave away too much about a forthcoming film or novel before it was released. You said 'Most people don't care when they make up stories' and it may be true that TF is indeed superior to a tabloid. But to use this analogy is to damn TF with faint praise. TF should not congratulate itself because it has higher standards than a lowly tabloid. It should aspire to more and protect its readers from their own worse instincts.

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    • Rambo

      Sep 15th 2011, 21:36

      well of course its their job think the page would be a bit empty if they didnt put news related to any film on. its not really spoliers because what really have we learned? catwoman on the pod? good lord i guess we know the entire plot now ! that there MIGHT be a batplane? what bane looks like? not being funny i've read every single spolier cause i really can't wait for the film, yet i do not know any detail of the films plot, and really if you don't want to look at the spoilers just don't look at them, some of us actually do

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    • gjessup19

      Sep 15th 2011, 22:43

      Croninja, you compleeeetly missed my point. I wasn't comparing TF to a tabloid. Never mind. Rambo, that's it exactly, I've seen all the spoilers and yet haven't got a clue what's in store! :)

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    • gjessup19

      Sep 15th 2011, 22:48

      Err but also, all the set pieces and vehicles you claim to have eliminated the element of surprise, what the heck do you think would end up in the trailer then? Just Bale Batman standing there on a white screen shouting at us to go and see the movie? It would be months before the film's release that those things would be shown to us anyway, trivial things which DO NOT GIVE AWAY ANY DETAILS OF THE PLOT! sheesh!

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    • liamio2802

      Sep 16th 2011, 1:47

      @Croninja The difference is I don't care I know about the bat-wing so I don't care if everyone else knows. But its not my job to care, if TF cared as little as I do and plastered spoilers everywhere I wouldn't visit this site same as spoiler fan's would stop if they didn't feature the stories. Reading comments is a dumb idea if you don't want to see spoilers. But I haven't read anything too bad (i kinda skimmed most of it). Something about seeing Banes costume which I have briefly seen the mask of inadvertently (but that was officially released so OK in your book) and catwoman on the Bat-Pod (also officially released) which i agree is barely a spoiler (ain't seen it but her costume will deffo be in the trailer & on posters) Man up and dont look at the stories if you dont wanna know

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    • danbullock

      Sep 16th 2011, 12:56

      I'm very much with the crowd who want to AVOID spoilers. They were even in the commute paper the other morning and I just find the level for Dark Knight Rises completely unacceptable and beyond anything I've seen before. My one hope? That Nolan is playing us and what we're seeing has nothing to do with what's actually happening. I'm happy with 'official' teasers and shots but all this time around are akin to almost breaking an unwritten code about letting information out before we even need to know. It's completely killing the wall of reality and film escapism.

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    • batman2023

      Nov 2nd 2012, 21:30

      I AGREE WITH CHRISTOPHER NOLAN BUT JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT IS SOO HOT

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