THE JOKER IN DARK KNIGHT RISES – May contain SPOILERS Out of respect for Heath Ledger, Christopher Nolan stated that he will not mention the Joker in The Dark Knight Rises. While we all understand Nolan’s reasons, many fans have been left confused about what happened to the villain seeing as we didn’t receive any explanation why criminals like the Scarecrow escaped from prison, but not the Joker. There were rumors that if Ledger didn’t die, he would have played a big part in The Dark Knight Rises, making it a completely different movie. Now Greg Cox‘s novelization of The Dark Knight Rises hints at the Joker’s whereabouts during the movie.
“Now that the Dent Act had made it all but impossible for the city’s criminals to cop an insanity plea, it (Blackgate Prison) had replaced Arkham Asylum as a preferred location for imprisoning both convicted and suspected felons. The worst of the worst were sent here, except for the Joker, who, rumor had it, was locked away as Arkham’s sole remaining inmate. Or perhaps he had escaped. Nobody was really sure. Not even Selina.”