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Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays 'hot-headed' police officer John Blake in The Dark Knight Rises.

What, if any, comic book characters is this character based on?

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Having just watched the movie earlier today, I think John Blake's character draws together bits & pieces from the three main Robins - Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, and Tim Drake.

The cop part comes from Dick, who becomes a police officer in Blüdhaven after becoming Nightwing and was, of course, the original Robin. The hard-luck, orphaned origin and self-professed anger issues I think are mostly from Jason Todd. His deduction of Bruce Wayne/Batman's true identity comes from Tim Drake, who figures this out as a boy.

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  • heh, that's pretty interesting!
    – DForck42
    Jul 22 '12 at 4:07
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There’s been one appearance of a "John Blake" in the comics, but only as a kid who gets his report card stolen by the Joker in an early Batman strip, Jack Schiff's 'A Comedy of Tears' (Batman #13, 1942), later recreated for the 256 Pages Super Heroes Coloring Book. (source)

John Blake having his report card stolen by the Joker Coloring book page

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    Source? Which strip exactly?
    – Sentry
    Apr 25 '13 at 11:54
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    I know he's the Joker, but what the hell?
    – DCShannon
    Jun 21 '16 at 22:18
  • What a jerk joker is? May 25 '18 at 16:02

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