The Dark Knight Rises Plot Thickens: Batman’s First Encounter With John Blake Revealed

It has been officially announced that Joseph Gordon Levitt‘s character in The Dark Knight Rises won’t be The Riddler, or Alberto Falcone, or Black Mask but somebody called John Blake. All of those months of unlikely sounding rumours just weren’t true – who’d have guessed it?

But who’s this John Blake? Well, we think we know.

We’ve gone to back of the Bleeding Cool vault to find, for you, what we believe to be Batman’s first ever encounter with Blake, from the comics. And here it is:

That comes from the Jack Schiff and Bob Kane strip, Comedy of Tears (Batman #13, cover-dated Oct/Nov 1942). And to think that little boy went on to be a Gotham City Police Officer/Alberto Falcone/The Black Mask/The Riddler/Hugo Strange – delete as your tolerance for preposterous conspiracy allows.

And yes, I know, Blake is only encountering Batman the comic as opposed to Batman the character here. But it still counts.

Now, thank Mark for the time he spent deep in the library stacks, and never say we don’t ever do anything for you.