The Dark Knight producer Chuck Roven has claimed that people need to “separate the actors from the role,” in response to a question regarding The Joker and Heath Ledger. When asked by MTV whether the filmmakers would have done anything different had they known Ledger wouldn’t be reprising the role, Roven claimed that the character wasn’t tied to the actor.

“On a personal level, Heath was a friend of mine,” he said at the People’s Choice Awards. “We had worked together before The Dark Knight, but I still think that The Dark Knight is its own thing, and we have to separate them.”Roven also claimed that Christopher Nolan and David Goyer are “talking and thinking” about the next film.

Who could possibly take over The Joker role for Batman 3? Im still fighting for Joseph Gordon Levitt, and in all honesty i’d love to see the role reprised by another actor. There is room for someone to take a spin on it and think that having The Joker in Arkham in some kind of Hannibal Lector capacity would be fantastic, after all wasn’t the interrogation scene in The Dark Knight the best…?

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