Heath Ledger was totally inspired by Tom Waits when he did The Joker in The Dark Knight!
Director Christopher Nolan says the Joker won’t even be referenced in the final Batman movie, out of respect to the late Heath Ledger. This is probably where that eight-year time jump comes in handy:
"We’re not addressing the Joker. That is something I felt very strongly about in terms of my relationship with Heath [Ledger] and the experience I went through with him on The Dark Knight. I didn’t want to in any way try and account for a real-life tragedy. That seemed inappropriate to me. We just have a new set of characters and a continuation of Bruce Wayne’s story. Not involving the Joker."
According to THIS article, some previously unused footage from The Dark Knight may be utilized in The Dark Knight Rises in order to give the late Mr.Ledger a brief cameo. My guess is he would be seen during a visit to Arkham Asylum, but again that’s just my guess.
What do you guys think? Should we see the Joker one last time?
I remember when I first heard that Heath Ledger was playing the Joker and I was like “hmm… Im not sure about that” but the second I saw this picture I knew it would be great!
Fun fact: When this was filmed, the explosion didn’t go off at the right time but was delayed by a second or two, so Heath Ledger’s reaction is completely real.