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No New Joker in ‘Batman 3′

Truth rating: 10

By Daniel Gates

(Warner Bros.)

The Joker will not be back to battle Batman.

Christopher Nolan has confirmed that he will not use a new actor to play the villain Heath Ledger dazzlingly redefined in The Dark Knight.

“For me, Heath was the definitive Joker,” says Nolan. “It wouldn’t feel appropriate to readdress that character.”

Ledger died of an accidental drug overdose in January 2008. That summer, The Dark Knight became one of the most successful movies in history, and Ledger received a posthumous Academy Award for his performance.

The third Batman film in the new series is scheduled for a July 20, 2012 release.



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