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We’ve all wondered it at one point or another. Even though The Joker’s crimes are 8 years old in The Dark Knight Rises, we can’t help but wonder if any Gothamites will bring up the dude that tried to blow up everything.

In a recent interview with the director in Empire Magazine (via CBM), Nolan revealed if his vision for The Dark Knight Rises comes complete with an explanation of what happened to The Joker at the end of The Dark Knight. Those of us with decent memories may remember seeing him last dangling upside-down from a skyscraper with a dozen rifles in his face. Will anyone in Gotham bring up the time that a clown blew up Gotham General? Will nobody mention the guy that killed Batman’s girlfriend?

“We’re not addressing The Joker at all. That is something I felt very strongly about in terms of my relationship with Heath and the experience I went through with him on The Dark Knight. I didn’t want to in any way try and account for a real-life tragedy. That seemed inappropriate to me. We just have a new set of characters and a continuation of Bruce Wayne’s story. Not involving The Joker.”

It’s very understandable in our opinion. What do you think? Would The Dark Knight Rises be different if Heath Ledger were still alive today?

  • Nicolepulcinella

    Hell yeah.  Nolan said so himself that if Heath Ledger were still alive, The Dark Knight Rises would have had the Joker in it.

  • Hola

    The Joker did so many bad things in the Dark Knight….blowing up a hospital, killing judges, prosecutor, Gotham citizens….in Nolan universe, the Joker would die after the movie ends after a trial happens….he is too dangerous to wander around in a mental institution.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Micah-李-文-Jung/100000482007095 Micah 李 文 Jung

    I agree! Completly and there are other characters that have not been brought to life like Man Bat Mad Hatter Riddler a GOOD ONE!  Killer Croc Posion Ivy 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Diego-Hernandez/539018211 Diego Hernandez

      clayface, Harley Quinn, Ra’s al Ghul, ventriloquist just to name a few i’d love to see brought to life especially Clayface

  • Erikd16

    you would think they would at least mention it… oh well. I understand his reasoning…

  • http://twitter.com/lookalivesteph Stephanie

    Dark Knight Rises would have The Joker in it for sure.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1508087481 Jed Joseph Anderson

    I just hope that people don’t avoid taking advantage of the amazing character of the joker in films to come soon. For example, out side of Dark Knight, the joker is amazing the Batman: Arkham video games, voiced by Mark Hamill

  • Mrs_Badcrumble

    I think that mentioning him (verbally, in a character’s dialogue for continuity’s sake) wouldn’t be at all disrespectful to Ledger. The Joker was such a big character, with such an impact in Batman’s story and that of Gotham that it seems strange that no one mentions him when another sociopath appears to bring his own sense of justice…

  • Delena

    Although it’s kind of a shame, it makes sense. I’m still super excited about the movie, Joker or not!

  • Alohomora

    I think the film would have been very different if Heath Ledger were still alive (although we still might have seen our new villain, knowing Nolan). However, I completely agree with Christopher Nolan’s decision. It’s a risky step for a director to take, but Heath Ledger’s role as the joker was so brilliant a couple of lines in the film explaining his death would be a sorry excuse in repaying him.

  • Frfgrrgreg

    I believe that we would still see Bane in the movie, but BatMan would go to visit Joker at Arkham Asylum, to question him about tactics and such.

  • Dean272

    I like it, out of respect its good seeing as Nolan was close to him however wasnt the whole concept of the joker in dark knight creating madness and “lighting the fire” so to speak under gotham, being the trigger for events after dark knight (not directly obv) Not saying re-cast the joker as i think that would be a bad move but to not mention him at all seems to be kind of a loose end with the joker as a character. There is Batman being an outcast, death of harvy and his gf and so much other things that will be mentioned in “rise”, I think not mentioning the joker at all even being the cause for them all would only draw more attention to the loose end. Heath was a great actor and should be shown respect however the character of the joker is still a character in the movies and will have to be tied up. Simple line “What about the joker?” “Dont worry, he wont be getting out anytime soon” Not an amazing line but thats all it needs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/katie.bjordahl Katie Bjordahl

    I completely agree with his choice to have no Joker in the movie because he would want to do what was best to keep Heath Ledger’s memory alive.

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