Hey all, Steve here. Let’s talk about a little movie named The Dark Knight Rises for a bit. It seems as though the director of the movie, Christopher Nolan decided that he didn’t even want The Joker to be mentioned on the set. I think that it was a great idea. Not wanting to trivialize the death of Heath Ledger was the right thing to do.
Remember when John Ritter died on the set of 8 Simple Rules? They had to explain away his death on the show because they planned on completing the season and then some. When it comes to the Dark Knight Rises there really isn’t a need to explain why The Joker is not in it. He just isn’t and Nolan did the right thing by going down that path.
Why do you all think? Let us know after reading the blurb below from our buddies over at MSN movies:
Director banned all mention of the Joker in ‘Batman’ finale
“Batman” trilogy director Christopher Nolan ruled out mentioning the Joker in “The Dark Knight Rises” because he didn’t want to trivialize Heath Ledger’s death with a throwaway line.
Ledger stunned audiences as the cartoon villain in “The Dark Knight,” but died before the second film in Nolan’s series came out, and rather than reference the Joker in the final movie, Nolan insisted no one should even utter the character’s name.
“I felt very strongly that the Joker was off-limits,” Nolan said. “I don’t want to trivialize a tragedy like that by explaining it away in some fashion.
“I made the choice immediately that talking about the Joker was off the table. It’s just the way I feel about it, based on my relationship with Heath… That’s what felt right to me.”
Ledger died from an accidental drug overdose in January 2008.