HANDLING THE JOKER IN BATMAN 3
Let’s face it… Heath Ledger‘s passing a couple years back was truly tragic. It ranks right up there with my wife (Editor-in-Chief) having several drinks on a night out and then passing out right before happy fun time!
Seriously though, on the heels of giving one of the greatest performances in cinematic history, it truly is a shame. However, the franchise must go on. Which leaves Christopher Nolan and his creative team with the daunting task of how to proceed with the 3quel. After all, the Joker was supposed to play a huge role in the 3rd film as well. In my opinion, there’s 3 ways to handle the situation. I present them to you here:
1. RECAST THE PART.
Chances it will happen: 0%
Recasting this role would be the dumbest thing Hollywood has done since it cast Katherine Heigl in, well, anything! Luckily for us, Nolan has recently gone on record to say this will not be happening.
2. MOVE ON.
Chances it will happen: 90%
Sadly, this is what will most likely happen. The franchise will move on and use new villains to explore the Dark Knight’s character and his journey to becoming Gotham City’s protector. It’s sort of like ignoring the “elephant wearing a tutu” in the room… but it makes sense to a certain extent.
3. AN HOMAGE.
Chances it will happen: 25%
This is what I’m hoping will happen. Just a quick scene, a shot out if you will, to pay homage to Heath Ledger and give the impression that the Joker is still very much alive in the film’s universe… even if he’s not at the center of the plot. Here’s my version of how to handle it in Batman 3:
Batman is forced, by the events of the film, to vist Arkham Asylum. While there, he walks by a cell housing the Joker. He looks through the small window and sees a silhouette of the Joker (played by an actor that’s made up to look a bit like Ledger) sitting in the shadows. His face is covered by the shadows in the corner of the cell. He sits there and glares through the darkness… watching Batman. Batman shakes his head and walks on. As he does, we hear audio of Ledger’s eerie laugh echoing down the hall behind him.
Imagine that (pic above) covered in shadows… did you just get goosebumps? I know I did!
That’s it for now, Gothamites.
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