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Heath Ledger Wanted To Reprise The Joker Role After The Dark Knight


Heath Ledger was looking forward to playing the Joker in another Batman movie following his performance in The Dark Knight.


There have long been rumors that Ledger would have returned for The Dark Knight Rises, but director Christopher Nolan has never confirmed as much. And now the actor's sister Kate Ledger has revealed he would have played The Joker in another one of Christopher Nolan's Batman movies, which lines up with reports that came out previously. In a recent interview, she said:

“He was so proud of what he had done in Batman. And I know he had plans for another Batman. He loved working with Chris Nolan and Christian Bale and Gary Oldman. He just had the best time ever doing that film. When he came home at Christmas he couldn't wait to tell us all about it and he was doing the voice and laughing, showing me all the rushes. We had a great time.”

Kate Ledger also spoke about how serious her brother took his roles but said that he spent some extra time in preparing for the Joker. She stated that he liked to really get into the characters, but that he stepped the Joker preparation "up a notch." She explains.

"He pretty well locked himself up in a hotel room for weeks. He galvanized the upcoming character. That was typical of Heath. He would do that. He liked to dive into his characters, but this time he really took it up a notch."

Regardless of the circumstances of his death, to his family, Ledger was quite pleased with the character he was able to create and was eager to revisit it. Unfortunately, any plans he had never came to pass.

In the aftermath of Ledger's death, Nolan instead cast Tom Hardy to play the antagonist Bane in 2012's The Dark Knight Rises. Sadly, that leaves the world with no idea about what a second movie featuring Ledger as The Joker would be like. There's still The Dark Knight, though, which the actor posthumously won an Oscar for.