A quick spoiler alert for anybody who hasn't seen The Dark Knight Rises yet (what are you thinking?), as Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been discussing the ending of the film with US talk show host, Jimmy Kimmel.
"It's pretty awesome, right?" says JGL of his character's big reveal at the close of the film. "I was a fan of those movies before I ever met Chris or did Inception… he's such a great storyteller and filmmaker. It was such an honour."
And when asked whether John Blake (oh, go on then... Robin) might be set up for his own spin-off movie, Gordon Levitt was quick to downplay the possibility...
"I don't get to decide those things," he began. "I don't think it's necessarily a set-up. I think it's a great ending for that trilogy. If you go back to Batman Begins, he's talking about how Batman is more than a man. He's a symbol, and a hero can be anybody… that's a theme that runs throughout the trilogy."
However, it's not a theme that impresses director David Cronenberg, who has been busy getting his grouch on to Next Movie about the amount of praise being lavished upon Nolan's Bat trilogy.
"I don't think they are making them an elevated art form," he said of Nolan's take on the comic books. "I think it's still Batman running around in a stupid cape. I just don't think it's elevated. Christopher Nolan's best movie is Memento, and that is an interesting movie. I don't think his Batman movies are half as interesting, though they're 20 million times the expense… they're mostly boring."
"A superhero movie, by definition, you know, it's comic book," he continues. "It's for kids. It's adolescent in its core. That has always been its appeal, and I think people who are saying, you know, 'Dark Knight Rises is, you know, supreme cinema art,' I don't think they know what the fuck they're talking about."
Tell us what you really think, David...
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