Heath Ledger Had Planned to Return as the Joker
10 years later, Heath Ledger‘s tragic passing still hurts. The actor, who passed away at 28, was just at the beginning of a meteoric rise to stardom, collecting an Oscar nomination for his work in 2005’s profoundly heartbreaking gay film Brokeback Mountain and giving a career-defining performance as the Joker in 2008’s The Dark Knight, for which he would earn a posthumous Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
The Joker would become the performance he was most remembered for. The actor died in January 2008 half a year before the release of Christopher Nolan’s sequel The Dark Knight leaving many wondering how the director would deal with the villain’s fate in the finished film. Now, a decade later, Ledger’s sister reveals that there was.
A resurfaced interview with the actor’s sister Kate Ledger for news.com.au suggests he was ready to sign on the dotted line.
Kate rejected the theories that sprung up around the actor’s death that he was depressed or suffering from his art. “I spoke to him the night before (he died) and we were laughing and joking,” she said before revealing that Ledger even had solid career plans for the future:
“He was so proud of what he had done in Batman. And I know he had plans for another Batman. He loved working with Chris Nolan and Christian Bale and Gary Oldman. He just had the best time ever doing that film. When he came home at Christmas he couldn’t wait to tell us all about it and he was doing the voice and laughing, showing me all the rushes. We had a great time.”
Director Nolan went on to completely leave out any mention of the Joker from his final Batman film in respect to Ledger.