Published on July 29th, 2012 | by greg0
The Dark Knight Rises Novelization Contains Spoilers About The Joker
Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ The Dark Knight Rises has been adapted into an official tie-in novel written by author Greg Cox that also alludes to the fate of the Joker. Director Christopher Nolan did not address the character of the Joker in The Dark Knight Rises out of respect for Heath Ledger although it might have made sense if he provided closure to the fate of Gotham City’s most famous villain. In The Dark Knight, the last image you see of the villainous Joker is of him swinging from a cable after the climatic battle.
Where Nolan ignores the subject of the Joker completely in The Dark Knight Rises, Cox takes liberties with the story of the Joker that he probably should have left alone. On page 214-215 of the novelization, Cox describes the setting of Blackgate Prison, where Selina Kyle was taken after her arrest and reveals a vague and somewhat lame summation of the Joker’s current whereabouts.
“Blackgate Prison was a maximum-security penitentiary located on one of the smaller islands in Gotham Harbor. Now that the Dent Act had made it all but possible for the city’s criminals to cop an insanity plea, it had replaced Arkham Asylum as the preferred location for imprisoning both convicted and suspected felons. The worst of the worst were sent here, except for the Joker, who, rumor had it, was locked away as Arkham’s sole remaining inmate.
Or perhaps he had escaped. Nobody was really sure.
Not even Selina.”
With that passage, Cox raises more questions than he answers and sets himself up to be mocked by Batman fanboys for generations.
Or perhaps he won’t be mocked indefinitely.
Nobody really knows for sure.
Not even me.
The Dark Knight Rises: The Official Movie Novelization is available everywhere courtesy of Titan Books.