The Dark Knight Rises would have been different, but not unrecognizable, had it featured the return of The Dark Knight’s Joker and Two-Face.
If the Joker and Two-Face had returned to The dark knight rises, Batman could have faced an even greater threat than Bane. This was of course made impossible by the tragic death of Heath Ledger in 2008 before The dark knight rises‘ production. Still, had the Joker and Two-Face been included, the direction of Christopher Nolan’s sequel to The black Knight undoubtedly would have been different – even with Bane as the main antagonist, the director could have fit all three villains into The dark knight rises without changing too much.
The dark knight rises resumed eight years after the events of The black Knight, with organized crime largely eradicated thanks to Batman (Christian Bale) and Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) keeping the murders of Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) a secret to prevent his prosecution as district attorney from being overturned, blaming rather Batman. Yet it is the mercenary, Bane (Tom Hardy), working with Talia al Ghul (Marion Cotillard) of the League of Shadows, who posthumously unmasks Dent as the real perpetrator by reading a testimony from Gordon that revealed the truth. as he sets Gotham’s criminals loose to unleash destruction on the city.
Develop a sequel to The black Knight never called on Nolan. However, the little information that is known about the first drafts of The dark knight rises suggested that the Riddler was the villain of the third film, with the studio showing interest in casting Leonardo DiCaprio in the role before Nolan finally settled on Bane as his third major villain. As for the Joker, nothing has ever been confirmed regarding the character’s return, although Ledger’s sister has confirmed that the actor wants to play the character again. Screenwriter David S Goyer was originally interested in using the villain in two films, but ultimately decided to tease him at the end of batman begins before introducing him as the main villain of The black Knight. Here’s What Would Have Happened If Two-Face And The Joker Returned For The dark knight rises.
Why Two-Face’s Death Was A Dark Knight Mistake
Aaron Eckhart’s performance as Harvey Dent was one of the standout aspects of The black Knight. Once Dent transformed, he gave an excellent portrayal of Two-Face from the DC comics and accurately relayed what many readers expected from a cinematic interpretation of the character. So it was a shame that Nolan didn’t bring Eckhart back for The dark knight rises. Two-Face was one of Batman’s greatest villains, so having him die after a single confrontation with the Caped Crusader was a wasted opportunity. Plus, Batman survived the fall that killed Dent, so it would have made sense for Harvey to survive as well. Although Batman’s armor protected him, Harvey might have simply required hospital treatment to survive, thus keeping the credibility of the scene intact.
How Harvey Dent and The Joker’s Return Would Affect Batman
Harvey Dent could have been used differently in The dark knight rises, tried for his crimes, showing his true nature and setting up an edited version of the film. Alternatively, a small number of people could have been involved in the Batman and Gordon cover-up, and Harvey could have been held in a secret prison, possibly beneath the grounds of Blackgate Penitentiary or Arkham Asylum. This unlawful imprisonment without trial would have only deepened Bruce and Gordon’s guilt over the situation, and Harvey’s eventual escape to join the rioters of Bane’s criminal army would have been very impactful.
Had the Joker returned, he likely would have continued torturing Batman from his prison cell. Nolan could have focused on the psychological impact of the Joker’s actions on Bruce’s mental health, with the clown taunting Bruce that he was unable to save his love, Rachel Dawes, and the Joker’s other victims. Yet the Joker could also have played a role similar to how Barry Keoghan’s Joker was used in a deleted scene from The Batman. Asking Batman to turn to the Joker for advice on stopping Bane could have created some fascinating dialogue, similar to the interrogation scene in The black Knight.
The Joker and Two-Face would have played major roles in the third act of The Dark Knight Rises
Bane’s liberation from the criminals of Gotham would have been much more terrifying had he also released the Joker and Two-Face into the mix. Just as Scarecrow returned and took on the mantle of criminal judge, Two-Face and the Joker could have created rival crime factions across the city. Drawing inspiration from the dystopian video game setting Batman: Arkham City, The dark knight rises could have increased its threat by having the Joker, Scarecrow, Two-Face, and Bane maintain different gangs across Gotham, fighting for territory and all ready to stop Batman, Catwoman, and Gordon from reclaiming the city. The Joker’s love of chaos and disrespect for his own life could also have seen him trying to stop Batman from removing the bomb during the film’s final moments, further heightening the tension.
The inclusion of these former villains would also have helped Bane realize that Gotham was corrupt and beyond saving. By having the physical representation of Gotham’s corruption, Harvey, and the man who pushed him over the edge, the Joker, present during his declaration of the evil of Gotham, Bane could have made his point much more visually. . By showing Harvey Dent as Two-Face to the world for the first time, Bane could have exposed the lie much more effectively than just reading Gordon’s confession, as he did in the film. All in all, Two-Face and the Joker’s presence could have benefited the direction of The dark knight rises without changing its plot too drastically. That way it would have felt more cohesive as the final installment of The black Knight trilogy and rectified the mistake of using Two-Face sparingly despite his status as one of Batman’s greatest enemies.
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