(Welcome to The Dark Knight Legacy, a series of articles that explore Christopher Nolan’s superhero masterpiece in celebration of its 10th anniversary.)
(The Unpopular Opinion is a series where a writer goes to the defense of a much-maligned film or sets their sights on a movie seemingly beloved by all. In this edition: we sing the praises of Christopher Nolan’s somewhat misunderstood Dark Knight follow-up The Dark Knight Rises.)
“I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising from this abyss.” – Jim Gordon (and Charles Dickens).
How do you follow up The Dark Knight? The movie changed the face of superhero cinema, and became almost instantly iconic. Another sequel wasn’t just required, it was practically demanded by audiences. Director Christopher Nolan had several choices – he could forge ahead with a sequel that copied the layout of The Dark Knight, he could create something completely new, or he could walk away entirely.
To Nolan, the third option seemed most appealing. Despite all the success, despite all the acclaim, the director wasn’t exactly keen making a third film in his Batman series. But over time, Nolan began to form a plan. A plan that seems almost insane in our current age of never-ending superhero sagas: he would craft a conclusion. A film that would actually bring the story he started back with Batman Begins to a close. That film was The Dark Knight Rises.
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Writer-director Rian Johnson and actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt have collaborated on every one of Johnson’s three feature films thus far, so it’s not much of a surprise to hear that Gordon-Levitt is heading to a galaxy far, far away for a small part in Johnson’s biggest movie to date, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Find out everything we know about the Joseph Gordon-Levitt Star Wars cameo below.
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Amazon and A24 may have just genetically engineered a television show that perfectly aligns with my sensibilities. Comrade Detective, which debuts later this summer, is being made to look like a Romanian cop show from the 1980s, with Romanian actors Florin Piersic Jr. and Corneliu Ulici playing the lead roles. But here’s the part that will make people raise their eyebrows: Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are providing dubbed voiceovers for those characters, and they’ll be joined by a crazy-talented group of actors that will be doing some dubbing of their own. Read the full list of names in the Comrade Detective cast below.
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It seemed like a match made in movie heaven when it was announced last year that Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum were to headline the R-rated musical comedy, Wingmen, together.
Now, in addition to his dancing shoes, Gordon-Levitt may be donning the director’s hat for the Universal movie in his second time directing since his feature film debut, Don Jon.
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Posted on Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 by Angie Han
The Dark Knight Rises is arguably the weakest installment of Christopher Nolan‘s Batman trilogy, but star Joseph Gordon-Levitt thinks there’s one thing the movie got very, very right. In a recent interview, the actor praised the last act of the movie, calling it the “perfect ending.” Read More »
Fall is just around the corner, which means awards season isn’t too far away either. The first film out of the gate that could be a major contender at the Academy Awards next year is Snowden. The biopic from director Oliver Stone tells the story of the former CIA employee Edward Snowen (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who became a whistleblower when he leaked classified information about the NSA to the media that revealed the agency was spying on unknowing citizens of the United States. Now you can see it early thanks to a special Fathom Events engagement that includes a live Q&A with Oliver Stone and Edward Snowden himself.
Find out about the Snowden advanced screening after the jump. Read More »
Snowden was the odd man out at San Diego Comic-Con. While most filmmakers and actors visit the convention generally to promote a comic book movie or an adaptation of some kind, director Oliver Stone and Open Road Films brought a biopic about Edward Snowden (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) to Hall H. The oddity in the lineup was an hour-long discussion almost entirely dedicated to privacy, surveillance, and only briefly, Pokémon Go and totalitarianism.
Below, read our Snowden Comic-Con panel recap.
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Hollywood has been getting plenty of flack, and justifiably so, for the whitewashing of roles that should be meant for actors and actresses of different ethnic backgrounds. From Gods of Egypt to most recently Ghost in the Shell, plenty of minorities, especially the actors within these groups, are upset at the lack of diversity in mainstream Hollywood. Therefore, some might not be happy with the proposed concept art for a live-action adaptation of Akira that has been circulating.
Concept artist Ruairi Robinson was once working on one of the many iterations of the gestating live-action adaptation of the classic manga that Hollywood has been trying to get off the ground for years. In a couple pieces that have surfaced online, Captain America franchise star Chris Evans and Looper star Joseph Gordon-Levitt were depicted in the lead roles as Kaneda and Tetsuo respectively.
Check out the Akira concept art after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Few films have the capacity to completely derail a family gathering quite like Oliver Stone‘s upcoming Snowden, which tells the true story of the NSA contractor who leaked classified documents, exposed the shocking extent of government surveillance, and promptly fled the country to avoid arrest and charges of treason. Everyone has an opinion on Edward Snowden and the mere mention of his name is enough to turn pleasant conversations into verbal brawls. The question of whether he’s a hero or a traitor continues to be debated by millions of Americans. It’s a touchy subject. A controversial subject.
Which means it’s perfect material for Stone, who is usually at his best when he’s given the opportunity to rile people up. The new Snowden trailer is here and while it doesn’t look as extreme as JFK, it certainly looks like it has more political bite than W.
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Hot on the heels of a visual effects reel that showed how pretty much an entire city was created in post-production for Deadpool, the geniuses at the digital effects company Atomic Fiction have revealed another showcase of even more impressive work. This time a visual effects reel takes a look at how the company created the crux of Robert Zemeckis‘ vertigo-inducing true story The Walk.
See how the now-fallen Twin Towers of New York City (and basically the city itself as seen from on top of the buildings) were recreated pretty much entirely with visual effects so that Joseph Gordon-Levitt could appear to be suspended between them on a high wire.
Watch The Walk VFX breakdown after the jump. Read More »