Joker footage won't be in 'Dark Knight Rises'
December 3rd, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Joker footage won't be in 'Dark Knight Rises'

Don't believe those rumors that the late Heath Ledger will be seen as the Joker in the next installment of the Batman saga, "The Dark Knight Rises." Filmmaker Christopher Nolan and his wife/producing partner Emma Thomas both deny that the deceased actor will be involved.

Ledger died of an accidental drug overdose in January 2008 – just six months before his heralded turn as "The Dark Knight's" twisted Joker arrived in theaters.

Blogs have been abuzz that Nolan was planning to insert unused footage of Ledger into the blockbuster film's follow up, but the director and Thomas have dismissed those claims to the Hollywood Reporter.

“I heard the rumor. We’re not doing that," said Thomas.

Nolan backed her denial and added that the script for "The Dark Knight Rises" isn't done yet and that Ledger's work as the Joker should be contained to the 2008 flick.

Meanwhile, as Marquee previously reported, Nolan has said that "The Dark Knight Rises," which is due in theaters in July 2012, will be his final Batman movie.

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  1. Fluffy

    Look, TDK was a great movie. all this hype about ledger is annoying. i understand that you loved him. i loved him too. using extra footage for the next batman movie is imsulting his memory.

    December 3, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. J Assange

    Rachel Dawes, deceased ADA, knew about this. All criminals charged by Harvey Dent (5 time murderer) should be released immediately.

    December 3, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. J Assange

    i'm just a journalist, don't blame me. Anyway, its the truth! His butler, alfred pennyworth, is also involved.

    December 3, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Detroit


    December 3, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. J Assange

    people of the world! Batman is Bruce Wayne, billionaire playboy. And the Gotham PD is implicit in his vigilante actions! Just ask Commisioner Gordon. And his ascension to comissioner happened after the previous one was killed by the Joker... Who also knows Batman, by the way.

    December 3, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. richterscale

    Heath Ledger was a lame actor, way overrated, dying does that for some reason. He sucked.

    December 3, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • ToTall

      Agree, better off without him. He sucked.

      December 3, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michigan

      I thought he was just okay, aveage. His make up person for the joker must of been f-up on coke or something, it was a mess.

      December 3, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. texas

    Still think Jack Nocholson was the best joker and Michael Keaton the best batman

    December 3, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dj

    And nicholsen,as well as daniel day-lewis,continue to kick ass.there will be blood will be looked on as a classic years from now

    December 3, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. dj

    I absolutly know how insomnia feels,had it my whole not saying he was a bad man,and he was an excellent joker.his weakness will affect someone who didnt ask for this would you feel if your father accidentally had an overdose because of a habt.i. Just think that she won't want to talk about oscars or tribute reels.maybe she'll miss her father on prom night more.

    December 3, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. texas

    I still like Jack Nocholson as the joker.

    December 3, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. CorpAmerica

    Daniel Day-Lewis would make an excellent Mad Hatter

    December 3, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. G

    Dead man walking

    December 3, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Fred

    Heath Ledger was a great actor, especially in "Monster's Ball" and "Brokeback Mountain". I am, however, among the apparent minority of people who think that "The Dark Knight" was way over-rated. (BTW – I am also a Christopher Nolan fan; just didn't particlularly like this film.)

    December 3, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • gb

      No – you're not alone.
      I loved Heath Ledger's performance, but was disappointed with the movie overall. Liked the Joker, liked Harvey Dent, hated Maggie G as Rachel and Christian Bale just seemed to phone it in (not like there was much for him to do anyway).

      Its a good movie, but I wanted it to be epic.

      December 3, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. robert

    I don't think anyone should try and replace Ledger and The Joker in Dark Knight Rises. Completely disrespectful. A tribute at the end credits would be nice along with some of the unused, unseen footage from The Dark Knight. As far as the villain. Penguin, Mr. Freeze, Bane, or even The Riddler.

    December 3, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Natalie

    Then MAYBE Fandango shouldn't send out Emails saying there WILL BE a Joker Cameo in the next film!

    December 3, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  16. First Name

    If they had unused footage that was appropriate this might have been a nice little homage. For example if the Joker was speaking from Arkham asylum about his love/hate relationship with Batman and their eternal struggle. However I would think that if they had such a scene it would have been used already. It is unlikely they have anything useful to insert.

    December 3, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Boka, Springfield, PA

    It's sad that he is dead but I'm glad Nolan won't add the footage in the Dark Knight Rises. I hate that tribute crap.

    December 3, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Wolf

    I didn't think he did that good in the roll. It was a bit boring to me. They guy was not the great of a actor. And Brokeback Mountian was terrible. The guy is dead. Leave him to rest in peace.

    December 3, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • pes

      brokeback mountain did suck...but his joker was dead on...that made him worthy of all the accolades for the role

      December 23, 2010 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Dino

    Why don't they use the unused footage from Brokeback Mountain in the next Batman movie?

    December 3, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Joker

    Come on Nolan! Why So Serious?!

    December 3, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Patrick

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt as " The Joker" (limited Role or no Joker to respect the work of Heath Ledger)
    Phillip Seymour Hoffman as "Penguin" (English Banker looking to monopolize company in Gotham through "Aggressive" means")
    Kevin Spacey as "The Riddler"

    December 3, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Drez

    If the script requires the Joker to make an appearance, then Ledger should be in the latest installment considering Brandon Lee died during the making of the crow, and the movie was finished using spliced footage from other scenes. IT CAN BE DONE

    December 3, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • 802

      IT can be done...but doesn't have to. The Crow was a movie that was mostly done when he died. That's not the case here. Nolan has said multiple times that the Joker, along with a handful of other characters will not be in this one.

      December 3, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  23. Squidward

    And THAT'S why the next Batman will suck. Use yer brains, people. The joker will draw crowds. I hope the next one fails miserably

    December 3, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  24. T

    Nolan's leaving after his third Batman movie, who's going to take up the job after him ? Also, can the new guy do a good job and will it be yet another re-boot ?
    I don't want another "Batman & Robin" (worst, Bat, flick.....ever).

    December 3, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  25. Jimmy Rigsby

    I've never said this before, but this sounds like a job for Gary Busey. You know, somehow.

    December 3, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  26. dj

    He was good,but frankly,im tired of hearing about it.guy basically killed himself,and the whole world boo hoo's.tragic,yea,but he left his daughter with n father because he was so selfish.

    December 3, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Riddler

      It was an accidental overdose. Coupled by the fact that Mary-Kate Olsen waited too long before calling paramedics. He didn't intend to kill himself

      December 3, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • @ Riddler

      but he did knowingly take DJ said... a selfish act

      December 3, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Amy

      He had chronic insomnia. I guess you've never suffered from sleep issues, but when you get seriously sleep deprived it becomes very, very difficult to remember details (like if you've already taken your medication already or not) and you'd do almost anything to get some sleep.

      December 3, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • GozieBoy

      No one can possibly know, and so it is pointless to make such adamant statements as if you did know.

      December 3, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  27. mejazzbo

    A nice homage to Heath Ledger would be to show that unused footage after the credits have rolled at the very end of "Dark Knight Rises".

    December 3, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • lockheede

      I would think they would've done that at the end of Dark Knight if they were going to do it at all...

      December 3, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  28. wikileaks

    I have some information that will bring Batman to the ground.

    December 3, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  29. why?

    This was the most overhyped movie in history. After all the hype I finally watched this overhyped crap and was so depressed afterwards I needed a drink. Nolan then gave us another dark boring complicated and dull offering called "inception " . I prefer a less angry violent batman.

    December 3, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • mjspauld

      Then obviously, you don't get what Batman is yourself a favor and stick to Archie comics...

      December 3, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Brucebanner

      Wow. You may be the only person in the whole wide world that thinks like this. You enjoy rainbows and very happy endings. You feel suicidal when it rains, don't you?

      December 3, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Smile

      Why So Serious???

      December 3, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • HamsterDancer


      December 3, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • garrett

      inception is the best movie ever! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! dummy

      December 3, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • E

      Not too familiar with Nolan's work? Memento, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Prestige and Inception are all very dark. All of Nolan's work is and it's very complicated... However, if you can follow the plot of a Hardy Boys' book, you should be able to follow the plot of his movies. They're very well-written and well-acted while we're at it. If you didn't like it, then why did you get on a message board about the movie only to whine about it?

      December 3, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hypesteria

      The most overhyped movie in history? Does that statement not include Avatar or the Star Wars Prequels?

      December 3, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      Are you familiar with Batman at all? He's a dark, brooding, complex, and violent man. The Dark Knight was the nail on the head. If you don't like that, then I suggest watching the campy show from the 60s.

      December 3, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      @ Chuck:

      BAM! ZOWIE! KERSPLAT!! (Good hit, man!)

      December 3, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • pes

      batman was not a nice guy you want a nice batman go watch the old tv show with all it's corn.

      December 23, 2010 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Hey Peter Man

    It is a fact. Best Acting Performance of all time. 2nd best is that Jew Hunter from Inglorious Basterds. Both guys scared the hell out of me.

    December 3, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Mitchell

      he was a good actor and that was his best role but you are CLEARLY exaggerating. Go watch any film with daniel day lewis and you'll change your mind on that statement.

      December 3, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • MW

      Daniel Day-Lewis is an amazing actor. Ledger was good, but not even close to his level of acting. I can't wait to see him as Honest Abe.

      December 3, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • cheefsfury


      December 3, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Posh-Kenneth

      @Hey Peter Man- THATS A BINGO!

      December 3, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • read it and weep

      Ok, first of all, he said it WAS his best role (from the "and that was his best role" part of his blog). Second, it is spelled "Daniel Day-Lewis," not "Daniel Day Louis." Third, the posting is correct. While Ledger's Joker was good (maybe great), it was far from the greatest performance of all-time. Please don't use hyperbole or misspelling, and people may actually take you seriously.

      December 3, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnny Favorite

      Heath Ledger's performance was phenomenal, as was Christoph Watz's in "Basterds." But come on, the BEST of all cinematic history? Seriously, the rampant hyperbole and short-term memory of this society is getting tiresome. I hate when people say things like "Avatar is the best movie of all time!" or "Inception is the best movie I've ever seen!" Really? We're talking about films that have just come out during the last couple of years, and you're declaring in your cinematic wisdom that these efforts are far and away the absolute best of a century of filmdom? You either haven't seen many movies or are 12 years old.

      December 3, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  31. stevie68a

    A cameo appearance would be a great idea. They can use old footage, CGI, and body doubles. After all, we're never
    going to see the talented Heath Ledger again in a new movie.

    December 3, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  32. Red Pison

    Inserting footage just for the sake of it, if it isn't relative to the plot would bring the film down and make it look like Nolan was profiteering from Ledger's untimely death. Good call.

    December 3, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • will

      Not necessarily true. A dark silhouetted Heath as the Joker, locked in his cell, at Arkham, could lead into a dark devious plot for character development for Dr. Harley Quinn. She fell in love with Mr. J, and easily betrays her professional career and mocks all morals and ethics. The only thing I will be disappointed in, as much as Heath Ledger as the Joker fans will also not desire, if the script was good, and the movie was very successful, then we would want more from dearly departed Heath, unfortunately is not able to return.

      December 3, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  33. cheefsfury


    December 3, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • kiki

      Heath Ledger was awesome in Dark Knight. It was a little hard to watch knowing he had passed on. I'm kind of glad they aren't adding him to the next Batman movie. He was so talented it makes me sad to watch him on screen.

      December 3, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • JC

      I'd much rather see an 'in memorium' credit at the beginning or end of the movie to pay tribute to late Health Ledger – more appropriate for his fans, and more imporantly – his family.

      December 3, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • wuf


      December 3, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |

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