The Joker to Make a Cameo in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’?
It was widely reported that Christopher Nolan originally planned on including the Joker in his third Batman film, and now ShowbizSpy is now reporting that it is still very much a possibility.
Despite the death of Heath Ledger, the web site reports that a “movie insider” said the Inception director plans on using unseen footage of Ledger’s Academy-Award winning performance from The Dark Knight. Ledger died in 2008 of an accidental overdose at the age of 28.
The insider told Showbiz Spy:
“The idea is to use these fragments of cut scenes and use CGI to have The Joker appear one last time,” reveals a movie insider.
“Chris wants some continuity between movies and for the franchise to pay tribute to Heath and his portrayal of the Joker.
“It would only be a fleeting moment in the movie and would only be included with the full consent of Heath’s family.”
CGI technology has advanced in film over the years. X-Men: The Last Stand used CGI to show a young Magneto (Ian McKellen), but it did not look too good then. McG used CGI for the T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger) cameo in Terminator Salvation, which didn’t look too bad, and a young Jeff Bridges can be seen in Tron: Legacy. The technology to have the Clown Prince of Crime appear in The Dark Knight Rises is out there, but should Nolan put old footage and CGI images of Ledger onscreen? Is having the Joker that vital to the story in the third film? I don’t know, but I’m OK with having the Joker only appear in The Dark Knight.Filed under: Movies