Sunday, January 11, 2009

Will the Joker Return in a Dark Knight Sequel?

Little is known about the inevitable sequel to The Dark Knight, but producer Chuck Roven told MTV’s Splash Page that director Christopher Nolan and writer David Goyer are already “thinking" about the next installment in the blockbuster Batman film franchise.

When asked about future villains and whether the series would have gone in a different direction if filmmakers had known the late Heath Ledger would not be reprising his role as the maniacal Joker, Roven hinted that we may not have seen the last of the Clown Prince of Crime. Let the speculation begin.

“We have to separate the actor from the role,” Roven told MTV. “On a personal level, Heath was a friend of mine. We had worked together before The Dark Knight, but I still think that The Dark Knight is its own thing, and we have to separate them.”

While this is far from an official confirmation, this at least opens the door for re-casting the Joker in a future Batman film based on Roven's emphasis on separating actors from roles. However, matching the unhinged menace of Ledger’s Joker would be no easy feat for anyone chosen to don the character’s trademark purple suit and grease paint. In addition, no actor would be able to escape immediate comparisons to Ledger's critically acclaimed take on the iconic comic book villain.

In other Dark Knight news, the film snagged five People’s Choice Awards on Wednesday, January 7, including favorite movie. Reuters has the full story.


Brad Tilles said...

In Christopher Nolan's Batman universe, the Joker should be left alone and move on to new villians. I'd like to see Joker's apprentice Harley Quinn finally have a live-action adaptation in the next film (perhaps avenging Joker's incarceration).

Doomed True Believer said...

If, and I emphasize IF, they bring back the joker it will have to be someone who can continue the character that Heath re-imagined. It cannot be yet another retooling of the same character. When someone takes over a character, the original actors imprint will forever remain with the role. Just look at James Bond (excluding Daniel Craig of course). If Sean Connery Had not been the first on screen Bond, Things could have been completely different. He took the Character off the pages and brought him to life. The way Bond talks and the way he walks, all of it will forever be influenced by Sean Connerys portrayal of the character.

I think as long as they can find someone who can do a good enough impression of Heath Ledger playing the Joker, then they’ll be fine.