TDKR: John Blake Speculation

After a recent rumor claiming that John Blake will have the code name "Azrael" in The Dark Knight Rises, the Internet was buzzing again over who they think Joseph Gordon Levitt's character really is.

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By TheBostonBatman - 4/15/2012
First it was the Riddler. Then Robin. Then Alberto Falcone. Then Robin. Now it's...wait for it....Azrael. The mysterious character who recently made an appearance in the wildly popular Batman: Arkham City game. Yeah, the guy in the crazy samurai-like outfit. If John Blake does turn out to be some sort of Azrael, I highly doubt he will be wearing an outfit like that. Personally, I think this rumor of him somehow having a code name or whatever it is that has to do with Azrael is the best possibility of John Blake's character turning out to be anything other than a "Gotham City beat cop assigned to special duty under the command of Commissioner Gordon." He still might be just a cop but there are a few possibilities here as to what Joseph Gordon Levitt's character will be doing as Azrael.

Possible Spoilers Ahead- When Bane and his crew take over Gotham City and turn it into a war zone, it has been rumored that he forces any type of law enforcement into exile, as we've seen set photos and videos of cops rising out from the subway/sewer; we've also seen a flash of them in the sewer/ subway in the second trailer. The part where there are Tumblers and Bane's mercenaries fight the cops could be right after the cops finally break out from the subway/ sewer, or wherever they have been exiled to. As some of you may have noticed about a month ago when a wanted poster showing Gordon appeared online, describing him as a "fugitive". It was quickly taken down, so that all but confirms that it was legit. JGL could also be a "fugitive cop", as we've seen set videos of him sneaking around Gotham and marking a symbol on a wall with another fugitive cop. My point is that the cops who are wanted could have code names for each other, and John Blake's would be "Azrael". Or it could be his code name for when he becomes Batman's ally, as he could be a useful partner on the ground, since Alfred and Lucius certainly aren't suitable for that (or they could be dead?).

Blake might don the Batsuit while Batman is recovering from whatever injury it appears he is going to have/had. If you are familiar with the Knightfall storyline, Jean-Paul Valley, also known as Azrael, took over as Batman for awhile while Bruce was injured from Bane's attack on him. Valley started to go over-board, as he was much more violent than Bruce. This scenario could possibly happen and Blake might have to fight Bruce at sometime. Or another possible scenario is that Blake doesn't go crazy with killing and goes back to being a cop, but still an ally to Batman, maybe as a messenger from the Police to Batman and have the nickname of "Robin" (messengers->birds->robin). One last Azrael possibility could be that he is undercover for the League of Shadows, and Azrael is his alter-ego, as Henri Ducard was Ra's Al Ghul, Miranda Tate' alter-ego will most likely be Talia Al Ghul, and Bane could be an alter-ego for something else...

I guess we won't know for sure until July 20th, but it sure as hell is interesting to look at some different possibilities! Share your theories on who/whatmyou think Joseph-Gordon Levitt's character will turn out to be...
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Hellsing - 4/15/2012, 10:59 AM
I seriously don't get the whole "I doubt he's JUST a cop", I have no idea if any one actually realised this but the cop's play huge [frick]ing part in Nolan's Bat movies, hell Gordon was essentially his partner/sidekick in BB and TDK. John Blake could simply be the new gordon or corrupt cop. This whole he has to be more then cop is just dumb
batfan175 - 4/15/2012, 11:34 AM
@hellsing: damn straight :).
GiantNerd0720 - 4/15/2012, 1:39 PM
I heard he's just a meter maid.
Knightrider - 4/15/2012, 1:50 PM
I think he is Bruce Willis
PaulRom - 4/15/2012, 2:18 PM
He's obviously Lex Luthor. Anyone who can't see that isn't a comic book fan.
Red187 - 4/15/2012, 3:23 PM
Mos Def Clayface
Gnyah123 - 4/15/2012, 3:27 PM
none of this is true at all first off
this movie is about BRuce and bruce only
its his story blake isnt going to take over for bruce nonsense
i think thats just his nick name or code name he will have when hes working for gordon secret unit to take out batman thats about it...he will help batman out but he isnt going to fight beside him or take over wen bat goes down if he does it will be as a police officer jst wit the code name
at the end of the day no1 knows!! ppl r jst thinking for a reason why hes in this movie too
SaintCrow - 4/15/2012, 4:03 PM
i still say,
Nightwing!
AUSSYACE - 4/15/2012, 8:03 PM
Whoever he ends up being it better be good...
SmellofDuty - 4/15/2012, 8:26 PM
So no Spiderman cameo? Poop...
ComicBookKidUK - 5/14/2012, 11:08 AM
This article just seems to ramble and bounce from one idea to the next with no real structure.

Does anyone know what the point of it is?
kerrence09 - 7/19/2012, 7:12 PM
Lol@Hellsing... I wish I could just spill the beans, and spoil everything, but you'll see, in the end, whether or not that idea is just dumb or not...... ;) You'll see. 'John Blake... You should use your full name.... ____________' ;)

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