Christopher Nolan has said that The Dark Knight Rises will not address the Joker following the death of Heath Ledger.
The actor died inbetween finishing shooting The Dark Knight and the film’s release, but the villain appeared to survive at the end of the story. But now the Batman director has said that he deliberately did not offer an explanation of the character’s fate in the new film.
Nolan told Empire: “We’re not addressing the Joker at all. That is something I felt very strongly about in terms of my relationship with Heath and the experience I went through with him on The Dark Knight.
“I don’t want to in any way try and account for a real-life tragedy. That seemed inappropriate to me. We have a new set of characters and a continuation of Bruce Wayne’s story, not involving the Joker.”
The new film sees Tom Hardy take on the role of Batman’s latest adversary, Bane. Hardy has already said that he hopes his performance will not be pitted against Ledger’s.
The Dark Knight Rises is released on July 20. You can watch the trailer below.