The Joker conquered the entire city of Gotham using nothing but gasoline and bullets. He was someone that gave even Batman a run for his money. While Bane will always be credited for breaking the Batman physically, it was the Joker who broke him mentally. There will never be another super-villain like him. At the end of the Dark Knight, the Joker is captured by Batman and then put in jail. Batman manages to catch hold of him as he in the process of blowing up two civilian cruise ships. The shift of the plot then re-focuses the audience’s attention to Harvey Dent and his transition into Two-Face. We all forget about the Joker by the time the end credits roll.
When The Dark Knight Rises re-introduces us to the Nolan-Batman universe, the Joker is nowhere to be found. While we understand that is partly because of Ledger’s untimely death, the production crew’s plans to use unused footage of Ledger from The Dark Knight is not borne into fruition in the third installment, leaving the question of the Joker’s whereabouts in question. Presenting – What happened to the Joker after The Dark Knight Rises!!
Ledger’s death in 2008 due to drug overdose cast a dark cloud over the legitimacy of the Nolan-Batman Universe. The Dark Knight Rises, featuring villains like Bane and Talia-al Ghul, tried to fill in that gap! Rumours still persisted that Christopher Nolan intended to use Ledger’s unused footages from the Dark Knight movie and make a Director’s cut to address fan concerns about the Joker’s current location and status. But that plan never materialized. The Writers later released a novelization of the events prior to the Dark Knight rises. The novelization also included events during the Bane’s revolution within Gotham City.
It shows us what actually happened to the Joker during The Dark Knight Rises. Before the movie, the Dent Act forced all prisoners to be shifted to Black-Gate Prison. The Joker was actually a few of the prisoners that were still deemed crazy enough to stay in Arkham Asylum. When Bane’s Revolution freed prisoners from Arkham Asylum, the Joker was not found to be one of the freed prisoners wreaking havoc in Gotham. This means that he probably managed to escape the city and is still somewhere out there within the Nolan-Batman Universe.
The Fate of the Joker after the Dark Knight is a very complicated ordeal to comment on. Some claim that the extremities of rules in the Dent Act meant that the Joker was probably executed under the death penalty. But there is also another theory regarding his death. Some claim that all evidence points to the fact that the Joker was murdered since a guy who reveledin chaos and death was nowhere to be found when Bane took control of the city. But the novelization allows us to have some concrete proof for the Joker’s current status. Heath Ledger may be dead (God rest his soul) in the real world but the Joker most probably is still alive and kicking in the reel world.
How’s that for some good news!!!
Heath Ledger as the Joker last appeared in The Dark Knight, directed by Christopher Nolan. The movie was released on the 18th of July, 2008. The official film synopsis for the movie reads:
With the help of allies Lt. Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and DA Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), Batman (Christian Bale) has been able to keep a tight lid on crime in Gotham City. But when a vile young criminal calling himself the Joker (Heath Ledger) suddenly throws the town into chaos, the caped Crusader begins to tread a fine line between heroism and vigilantism.
The last movie to be released under the DC banner was Joker. The movie is currently in theatres. The official film synopsis for the movie reads:
Forever alone in a crowd, failed comedian Arthur Fleck seeks connection as he walks the streets of Gotham City. Arthur wears two masks — the one he paints for his day job as a clown, and the guise he projects in a futile attempt to feel like he’s part of the world around him. Isolated, bullied and disregarded by society, Fleck begins a slow descent into madness as he transforms into the criminal mastermind known as the Joker.