‘The Dark Knight Rises’ To Feature Heath Ledger Joker Cameo? [Updated]

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 7:33 am,

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[Update: Christopher Nolan has stated that he has no plans to include  a Ledger cameo in the upcoming film. Ledger’s Joker will not be featured in The Dark Knight Rises.]

Now that Chris Nolan is starting work on his next Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, rumors about the movie are coming at us almost daily. Today brings a new bit of speculation that is almost too wild to report – if not for the fact that I endorsed it myself a year ago.

The rumor – coming our way via Showbiz Spy – is that Chris Nolan and Co. will employ of combination of unused footage from Heath Ledger’s portrayal of The Joker in The Dark Knight with bits of CGI to create a scene in Batman 3 where there would be a “cinematic nod” to the late actor and the impact his Oscar-winning performance had on Nolan’s Batman sequel.

Here’s a quote from the Showbiz Spy “Insider.” Be sure to swallow your salt tabs first:

“The idea is to use these fragments of cut scenes and use CGI to have The Joker appear one last time…Chris wants some continuity between movies and for the franchise to pay tribute to Heath and his portrayal of the Joker…It would only be a fleeting moment in the movie and would only be included with the full consent of Heath’s family.”

At the extreme risk of massaging my own ego, I would imagine that if  (IF) this unsubstantiated rumor materialized as truth, the “fleeting moment” in question would likely be a scenario I suggested over a year ago when I asked you, the readers, if Joker and Two-Face should return for Dark Knight Rises. Here’s the scene, as I envisioned it at the time:

I myself have proposed…a cinematic nod to The Joker – much like Iron Man did with War Machine. Picture: You do a scene where a main character (Batman) walks past The Joker’s padded cell in Arkham Asylum and all we see are his eyes, or maybe just his lipstick grin through a window. In the end, that main character keeps on his/her way, not yet ready – both literally and metaphorically – to “open that door” just yet. Cue a voice-over of Heath’s nasally laugh… It’s really the most honest, yet entertaining, way to address this sticky situation.

Now some people are going to be up in arms about the notion of manipulating a dead actor’s image for “the sake of entertainment” or “box office cash grabbing,” but I for one wouldn’t find it offensive or in bad taste to have Ledger appear in Dark Knight Rises. Using the performances of deceased entertainers is something that’s being done all the time – the taste or distaste really depends on context.

Using Jimi Hendrix’s image to, say, sell Snuggies? Bad taste. Using film technology to allow Celine Dion and Elvis Presley to appear together onstage for a smashing duet? Fine taste.

It really depends on context.

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As far as this Heath Ledger/Joker appearance in The Dark Knight Rises goes: they only audience reaction I can foresee are whoops and applause when Leger’s face appears onscreen in that white makeup for that fleeting moment. And if that’s the last experience we are to have with one of acting’s greats on the silver screen, would that really be so wrong? There is the fact that Nolan himself has said on several occasions that he would never do something like this…so unless his feelings about Heath’s passing have changed drastically in the time since, don’t get too excited for this to happen.

I’m sure this rumor is going to shake up some immediate and decisive responses, so stay tuned to see what pans out. In the meantime, would you be for or against a move like this?

Update: Moviehole received word from a Warner Bros. contact that speculation surrounding Heath Ledger appearing as the Joker in The Dark Knight Rises is false:

“It’s just not real.”

The Dark Knight Rises will be in theaters and IMAX on July 20, 2012.

Source: Showbiz Spy

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  1. I would like to see Heath onscreen again … Just to keep the idea that he’s not gone cause I can’t imagine that never we will see his name at the end of a movie :( Never again … His Joker was exceptionnal and I think that it would be great to see him in the dark knight rise only to “honnor” him …. Even if its a small piece of the joker , its only to remember that he was so great …. :) I love Heath so much …… :'(

  2. What a beautiful touching tribute to the absolute best portrayal of the Joker not to mention the added bonus of giving Heath’s character some closure. Maybe I’m just being silly, but I get so sad when I see his last scene in The Dark Knight. Just maybe in The Dark Knight Rises, catching a glimpse of him would somehow trick my brain into thinking he is still with us.

  3. I think I would be great. Esspeacially at the very very end. Maybe after the credits. Not only a chance to see Ledger as the Joker one last time but a great way for Nolan to end the saga. Reminding us all that the fight between Batman and the Joker is eternal. This of course only works if he doesn’t kill Bruce. Anyway Nolan probably won’t do it and I can respect that.

  4. me encantaria volver a verlo aunque fuera solo un momento y yo creo que seria un buen detalle par hacerle un pequeño homenaje

    • OJALA! sería tan lindo verlo de nuevo…uno puede soñar <3…

  5. no creo que Heath se molestaria por eso ya que seria lago lindo para nosotros los fans

  6. Heath Ledger is indeed in the new movie! Very wierd to see a dead guy in a new movie thats screening in summer 2012

    • @ Maharachi

      I hope whereever you got that info from is a reliable source & not spam.

  7. Whats the big deal, why can’t they give a new star a chance at playing the joker……..

    • Because to have anyone else play the joker apart from Heath Ledger in this trilogy would be a crime, no one could ever top that performance. In my mind, having someone else play the joker just sends the message that Heath was disposable, that anyone could do what he did even if that person would fail miserably. Really I just don’t think Chris Nolan or any fan would allow it.

  8. He worked hard to get the Joker character right. We cannot take that away from him. We should respect & honor Heath Ledger’s talent and hard work to make this character as real as he did. It would have been a sin if the Joker would have been replaced with another actor. It’s with great sadness that he is not alive to see his great work. God bless him.

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