Details have been scarce on the ground regarding The Dark Knight Rises to date, but the last week has seen lots of detail released. The most interesting info turned up at Empires set visit when they met Christopher Nolan. He talked at length about the movie but the most interesting element came on his decision on The Joker.
“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“.
He added that “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 was heavily speculated that stock footage of Ledgers Joker would be used to link the two movies but that has been put to bed now with this statement. Nolan also, incidentally, reaffirms once more that The Dark Knight Rises is where he and Batman part ways. In a way as much as I loved Ledgers performance it seems fitting that The Dark Knight is where it ends.
The full interview is in the new issue of Empire magazine.