The Thing About the TDKR Ending That Even Gary Oldman Couldn't Ignore

The Thing About the TDKR Ending That Even Gary Oldman Couldn't Ignore
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Hollywood A-lister Gary Oldman believes Joseph Gordon-Levitt could have become Robin. He hinted that the ending of Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises teased exactly that.

When asked by a fan if he believed JGL would ultimately become Robin, Oldman said "I think that was the idea." "Now all they need is the money!" the Commissioner Gordon actor joked and burst out in laughter on Esquire's latest episode of "Explain This". He went on to say that the TDKR's finale was "a wonderful resolution for the character," because Bruce Wayne finally found his love.

Gary Oldman was speaking as his TV series "Slow Horses" has become the first Apple TV+ show to be nominated for an award from the Writers' Guild of Great Britain.

Should Nolan's franchise continue, Joseph Gordon-Levitt could have got his Robin movie but the filmmaker made it absolutely clear many times – he is not filming any spinoffs – TDKR was thought as a trilogy.

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In his interview to CinemaBlend back in 2012, Gordon-Levitt said that Nolan thought of the third installment of the trilogy as of the final one.

"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," the 3rd Rock from the Sun actor said.

Some of the TDKR fans believe the idea of the Robin spinoff could have worked provided it had been released right after the trilogy's finale. They argue that a one-off with Robin "carrying the mantle for a few years" until Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character gets killed and Bruce has to come back to learn that no one can do what he does would've been a nice bridge to the DCEU. But for now they are very happy that the universe was self-contained.

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Others agree that the trilogy is like a bubble and no spinoffs are required no matter what one may want from it. The mark of a great movie is to end on a high. The curtains closed on an emotional upheaval that left the audiences feeling cathartic and satisfied. To spin-off from that would certainly cheapen the impact of the movies, comments on Reddit say.