EXCLUSIVE: Will Chris Nolan Recast the Joker for ‘Batman 3’ or Will the Riddler Take His Place?

The director isn't even sure he wants to come back for a third film.
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EXCLUSIVE: Will Chris Nolan Recast the Joker for ‘Batman 3’ or Will the Riddler Take His Place?

Movie Picture While conducting interviews with the cast of The Dark Knight this afternoon, I got a chance to chat with director Christopher Nolan and Gary Oldman about the proposed third segment of their supposed Batman trilogy. While none of us in attendance really wanted to dwell on the death of Heath Ledger, Oldman offered his thoughts on the actor's portrayal of the Joker, calling it the scariest on-screen performance he's ever seen.

He even went on to compare it to his own work as Sirius Black, saying, "Sirius Black might scare six year olds, but he doesn't scare nine year olds. It's hard to scare kids these days. Heath does. He scares everybody. This is one of the most frightening performances I have ever seen put on film." When asked if he thought they should recast Ledger for the third film, or just not include the character, Gary thought it was a good idea, "I don't see why not. I mean, they did it with Katie Holmes' character. I understand that this is a different circumstance, but I think another actor could do the job. I think Heath would want another actor to do the job."

Oldman then took a moment to think about it some more, "Maybe we don't need the Joker. Because we'll have The Riddler." Yes, Oldman alluded to the fact that The Riddler may in fact be the next on-screen Batman villain.

When I asked if he, himself, wanted to come back for a third segment, he smiled coyly, "We don't really know if Nolan is coming back." He then shook his head. "I guess I have to come back." He then put his hand to the side of his mouth as if to hide the next line from everybody, "Nolan will come back for a third one. I think we all have to." It is well known that Oldman tried to get out of appearing in The Dark Knight, but his contract wouldn't allow it.

Next, I asked Christopher Nolan if he wanted to come back for a third Batman film, and he said that he wasn't sure that he wanted to come back, "I don't know. I take my projects one at a time, and I am not thinking about that right now. I don't know if I want to come back." After that, I asked, "If you do choose to make a third Batman film, do you think that you would recast for the Joker? Or will he not appear in the film?"

Nolan's replay, "I don't know. I honestly have not taken a moment away from what is going on with the film now to even think about that. I don't know. I simply don't know."

The Dark Knight opens July 18th, 2008.

The Dark Knight was released July 18th, 2008.

The Dark Knight Rises was released July 20th, 2012.

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  • knobie09 • 3 years ago

    hey thenarrator:hello back *sshole!

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    • mcleve02 • 3 years ago

      @slysnide Hey, at least you remembered the original and first "Joker" on this site (aka me) It just took a matter of letting people know! haha It is kind of fun seeing all these people with THE JOKER avatar and the name in there and knowing I was always the first... well before Heath was even cast as the Joker... haha

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      • slysnide • 3 years ago

        @mcleve02: After MW 2.0 kicked in and our profiles lost all their originality, and you changed your avatar, and were gone for so long, and the fact that I had a few friends named JOKER on the site left me perplexed as to whether it was really you or not. That same scenario played out with many other users too.

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        • mcleve02 • 3 years ago

          @slysnide and same with me... SpaceCowboy and narrator flipped their sh*t when they realized it was me!

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          • mcleve02 • 3 years ago

            @slysnide Yes ma'am! We certainly will! I see that people do battle on there pretty nicely so far! ahhh... how I have missed the debates!

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            • slysnide • 3 years ago

              @mcleve02: Excellent! I too left for 4 months, November 2008-March 2009 cause I didn't know how to write my review for "QoS." Being the first official direct sequel to a Bond film, and being a Bond fanatic, I thought it should be something special. I left for a week at first to think it over, then got distracted by other things. When I eventually returned to the site, people were happy to see me back. And for you, the feeling is mutual. Nice to have ya back! And now that you're on the chat group, we'll talk a lot more. Nice!

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              • mcleve02 • 3 years ago

                @slysnide Or another to word it, a quote you should love!

                "You guys just need to know one thing. I'm back. Back for good." The Joker - Mark Hamill - Batman Arkham City

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                • mcleve02 • 3 years ago

                  @slysnide for like 3 years! haha The site was falling apart there for awhile...plus work and life were kicking me in the ass for a period there... But at least I have made my way back!

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                  • slysnide • 3 years ago

                    @mcleve02: That's cause you disappeared for quite a while it seemed. And damn you do get around a lot.

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                    • mcleve02 • 3 years ago

                      @slysnide Plus for a while, vets even like you had no idea I was the original THE JOKER on here haha

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                      • mcleve02 • 3 years ago

                        @slysnide I do get around a lot... next couple of months I am going to be all over... next month I will be in Minneapolis, November I will be in Dallas, December I will be in Hawaii... Don't know about January yet... If I have no plans, I will either visit Orlando or Anaheim to get my mouse fix! But I agree... everyone seems to be arrogant for no reason at all... Only a few people really seem to want to talk on here anymore! haha

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                        • slysnide • 3 years ago

                          @mcleve02: Seriously man, 2008 Moviwebbing was so much cooler than it is now. Too many newbies, trolls, and less veterans like us. And I reciprocate the offer. You're always welcome at my place should you make it over here.

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                          • mcleve02 • 3 years ago

                            @bawnian-dexeus Welcome to old school moviewebbing! as @slysnide will tell you we used to do!

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                            • mcleve02 • 3 years ago

                              @slysnide You ever get over here you are more than welcome to my place!

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                              • slysnide • 3 years ago

                                @mcleve02: Lucky bastard! I need to find a legit excuse to go back east so I can "Take a quick detour" to Maryland. ;)

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                                • bawnian-dexeus • 3 years ago

                                  That's a lot of comment

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                                  • mcleve02 • 3 years ago

                                    @slysnide haha I got it! Its fun on there when I find out who is who from movieweb and seeing what they look like! But yes, excellent memory! That is if the brew is done by the time he gets here!

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                                    • slysnide • 3 years ago

                                      @mcleve02: Just shot you a friend request. I have Bane as my avatar, and Joker as my timeline banner. And it's nice that you've got Sherlock coming to your house. For the moonshine right?

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                                      • mcleve02 • 3 years ago

                                        @slysnide Yes he did. Mark Clevenger Jr. I am standing with Mickey Mouse in my picture!

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                                        • slysnide • 3 years ago

                                          @mcleve02: Catherine Cooke. Did he add you in the group?

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