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April 20th, 2014

Will Heath Ledger Return In The Dark Knight Rises?

Will Heath Ledger Return In The Dark Knight Rises?To most of us, the obvious answer to that is “No.” But not to Stuff, who’s reporting that there’s talk of potentially using cut footage from The Dark Knight and some CGI to give the Joker a quick appearance in The Dark Knight Rises similar to Cillian Murphy’s brief cameo as the Scarecrow in the last film. According to their source, it would require the blessing of the late Ledger’s family to even happen. For the sake of general decency, let’s hope they don’t approve.

Poor taste aside, the idea itself, besides being completely ridiculous, would cheapen the whole point of The Dark Knight. As far as I’m concerned the moment Batman ties up the Joker, the Clown Prince of Crime disappears in a matter vaguely reminiscent of the final panels of Alan Moore & Brian Bolland’s Batman: The Killing Joke. Batman and Joker have a good laugh and any illusion of duality (which, I argue, is the point of the comic) disappears in the rain.

That’s right, the Joker doesn’t exist. He’s an apparition that appears to wreak havoc upon Gotham City, and once Batman conquers him and restores order, *POOF*. If Harvey Dent, the man almost literally split in half by the Batman/Joker conflict, dies as Batman restores a semblance of order, then there’s no Joker to speak of.

Besides, if the Joker’s still running amuck in the third Batman movie, who cares about whatever villain Tom Hardy is playing? And if he’s in Arkham Asylum, isn’t he just an unfulfilled Chekov’s gun?




9 Comments


  1. Jahdman

    100% agreed.


  2. Biw64

    wow dumb app he died after the movie was released


  3. cc2005

    if you believe in reincarnation he might


  4. Benjamation_69

    originally at the end of dark knight, the joker fell to his death but christopher nolan felt this would be in poor taste of heath ledgers death. personally i think if the first scene of dark knight rises is of that SWAT team cutting the rope or something it would make it much better. you cant have the joker seemingly alive and not have some kind of explanation. he’s the most iconic villain there is.


    • Solid_shalashaska

      no, he died after the movie was done, batman does not kill people, its his MO. it has nothing to do with ledgers death


  5. Rob "Hazard" Catania

    first of all it would not be tasteless…anyone who is a fan of batman dosent want the joker to be a simple footnote in the history of his LONG list of villians, especially since he is batmans most formitable and iconic opponent…

    this can tastefully be fixed

     bruce home watching the news the morning after harvey was captured…and it shows a helicopter shot of news footage of the joker being escorted out of the building in cuff’s surrounded by swat and regular officers not showing his face or anything…explaining he is being kept in arkham untill he stands trial…and some point in the film batman is investigating a former asylum inmate and he walks bye the cell of the joker and we hear his laugh or we see his hair and smile in the dark…

    im sure there are other ways but these are just small ways to close the book on the joker…since this is the last film of the trilogy…the joker’s ending was very anti climatic

    there NEEDS to be closure,not only for fans of ledger, but fans of batman and this series specifically… just “forgetting” him is not cool…


  6. Rob "Hazard" Catania

    first of all it would not be tasteless…anyone who is a fan of batman dosent want the joker to be a simple footnote in the history of his LONG list of villians, especially since he is batmans most formitable and iconic opponent…

    this can tastefully be fixed

     bruce home watching the news the morning after harvey was captured…and it shows a helicopter shot of news footage of the joker being escorted out of the building in cuff’s surrounded by swat and regular officers not showing his face or anything…explaining he is being kept in arkham untill he stands trial…and some point in the film batman is investigating a former asylum inmate and he walks bye the cell of the joker and we hear his laugh or we see his hair and smile in the dark…

    im sure there are other ways but these are just small ways to close the book on the joker…since this is the last film of the trilogy…the joker’s ending was very anti climatic

    there NEEDS to be closure,not only for fans of ledger, but fans of batman and this series specifically… just “forgetting” him is not cool…



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