When The Dark Knight first hit theaters in 2008, fans were immediately taken with Heath Ledger’s The Joker. The now-iconic portrayal of Batman’s biggest villain overshadowed just about anything else in the movie.
Unfortunately, the one thing it didn’t overshadow was Ledger’s untimely death months before the film’s release. While it was never confirmed, many fans believed the original plan was to feature Ledger once again in Christopher Nolan‘s third Batman movie. After all, at the end of The Dark Knight, The Joker is left dangling from a building.
Now, Ledger’s intentions to wear The Joker’s face paint for the director once again are becoming more clear. In 2016, Kate Ledger–the actor’s sister–spoke with Australian press outlet news.com.au about a documentary on her brother’s life. While the interview is nearly a year old, it’s definitely new to some and provides some very interesting insight into Ledger’s mind after production wrapped on the film.
“He was so proud of what he had done in Batman. And I know he had plans for another Batman,” she says. “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.”
Regardless of the circumstances of his death, to his family, Ledger was quite pleased with the character he was able to create and was eager to revisit it. Unfortunately, any plans he had never came to pass.
In the aftermath of Ledger’s death, Nolan instead cast Tom Hardy to play the antagonist Bane in 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises. Sadly, that leaves the world with no idea about what a second movie featuring Ledger as The Joker would be like. There’s still The Dark Knight, though, which the actor posthumously won an Oscar for.