When Heath Ledger was cast as The Joker, many among the comic-book fan community was skeptical about this decision. However, after seeing the film, Ledger’s performance became one of the greatest ever given by an actor. With the sad passing of the actor, the question remained if Nolan would re-cast the role of Batman’s greatest enemy. In the latest issue of Empire Magazine (via Collider), Nolan confirms The Clown Prince of Crime will not return while he’s in charge:
“No”, says Nolan emphatically and unhesitatingly. He resists elaborating simply because, quite understandably, he says, “I just don’t feel comfortable talking about it”.
I find this as to no surprise as Nolan has stated in the past Ledger’s passing hit him hard. However, I think The Joker should be in the film. Not as the main antagonist of course, but maybe as a way to introduce Harley Quinn (that is, if Nolan wants to bring that character in). But while he may not be in this film, he could very well show up in the Batman 4 (you know there will be). The biggest question would be: Who could replace Heath Ledger? In my opinion, any actor can be replaced, but some are more difficult than others. Joseph Gordon-Levitt has shown to be a great actor, but many want him cast because of his uncanny resemblance to Ledger.
Batman 3 will open on July 20, 2012.