The original plan was for The Joker to appear in The Dark Knight and its follow-up, with Heath Ledger signed up for a third film. Obviously that won’t be happening now following Ledger’s tragic death; however there has been talk of The Joker possibly being recast or appearing in Batman 3 in some form.
Personally I didn’t think Christopher Nolan would consider recasting Ledger’s role, and he recently confirmed that The Joker will not be appearing in the next film.
“No”, says Nolan emphatically and unhesitatingly. He resists elaborating simply because, quite understandably, he says, “I just don’t feel comfortable talking about it”.
At least it’s official now so people can stop speculating.
Who should be the villain(s) in Batman 3?