Joseph Gordon-Levitt is simultaneously one of the most highly rated and underrated actors in Hollywood. A striking but unassuming performer, Levitt fits the bill of the actor you recognise, grow enamored with, then forget his name. Simply put, he’s a terrific talent, but not quite a leading man.
This is all set to change.
Levitt has come a long way since leaving 3rd Rock from the Sun. Having graduated from child star status, the 31-year-old has established himself as one of the more intriguing and discerning actors around, carefully picking great and original projects to lend his gifts to, reinventing himself as an Indie favourite with eye-catching performances in critically-acclaimed films like Mysterious Skin, Brick and (500) Days of Summer — with a breakout role in the latter putting him under an even brighter spotlight.
The Columbia University graduate has gone on to star in several bigger-budget movies, taking on meaty, impressive roles. He starred in Spike Lee‘s Miracle at St. Anna, generated big laughs alongside Seth Rogen in 50/50 and went toe-to-toe with Leonardo Di Caprio in Christopher Nolan’s Inception. The young actor certainly caught Nolan’s eye, with the Memento director casting him in the biggest movie of the summer: The Dark Knight Rises.
Thanks to SuperHeroHype, more info has been released about Levitt’s TDKR character, police officer John Blake: A viral unveiling an extensive performance review of the young officer.
The report describes Blake as a man of “great dedication and tenacity.”
“He made an impact in his assigned beat by building effective associations within the local community.”
The report also emphasises that Blake “needs minor improvement in his relationships with fellow officers”, stressing a tendency to “question authority.”
The report can be read in full at SuperHeroHype.
Ever since the Levitt joined the cast for The Dark Knight Rises, many have speculated about the origin story of his character, with some speculating that he might be Batman’s sidekick, Robin, or perhaps Nightwing. With exactly two weeks to go till TDKR finally hits the big screens, we’ll soon be able to find out once and for all who John Blake really is.