Will The Joker Be In RISES? Nolan Says...
Posted by: Jett
May 31, 2012

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This is a question that fans have been pondering for four years now: "Will The Joker be in -- or even mentioned in -- the next Batman film?"

Well, the next Batman film -- THE DARK KNIGHT RISES -- is just about here, and Chris Nolan has definitively answered that question. Out of respect to those who might consider the answer a spoiler, I'm going to black-out Mr. Nolan's quote, so mouse-over to read...

"We're not addressing The Joker. 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."

So there you go.

(SOURCE: EMPIRE.)

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES -- starring Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard -- hits theaters on JULY 20, 2012!

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