With Batman facing Bane and meeting Catwoman, many speculated the idea of the Dark Knights most legendary enemy being at least referenced in The Dark Knight Rises; despite the tragic death of the late Heath Ledger.
However, director Christopher Nolan confirmed in a recent interview that the character won't be referenced at all in the new film.
We're not addressing the Joker," Nolan told Empire. "That is something I felt very strongly about in terms of my relationship with Heath [Ledger] 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.
We're a little disappointed, to be honest. Of course, we completely understand why Nolan is handling the subject in such a respectful manner, but completely ignoring the events of The Dark Knight seems a little off. The Joker made such an impact on Batman, and you don't just forget a guy like the Joker.
We kind of imagined at least a scene over in Arkham Asylum, even just showing a murky corridor with a sound bite of Ledgers manic laughter, but, alas, we wont get our wish.
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