Watch: 'Dark Knight Rises' Fan Film 'Arkham Rising' Has The Joker
Of all the questions that fans were posing at the end of The Dark Knight Rises, the one that we knew Christoher Nolan would not provide an answer on himself was the fate of The Joker. Nolan declined to include even a reference to the character brought to life in grand fashion by the late Heath Ledger, and it made sense considering the film takes place years after The Dark Knight and the likely imprisoned character wouldn't really effect the conclusion of the trilogy. That is until Bane takes over Gotham and criminals like Scarecrow (Cillian Murphy) showed up. This fan film Arkham Rising proposes an answer. Watch below!
Here is Tito Guillen's fan film Arkham Rising, brought to our attention by Geek Tyrant:
Now, don't forget, The Joker is mentioned in the novelization of the final film in an excerpt saying:
"The worst of the worst were sent here, except for the Joker, who, rumour had it, was locked away as Arkham’s sole remaining inmate. Or perhaps he had escaped. Nobody was really even sure. Not even Selina…”
That's interesting since it implies Selina has a lock on many of Gotham's finest criminals, or that maybe she has some sort of past with the mysterious villain. This film is really just a bit of fun by hinting at some other iconic Batman villains as well. Obviously something like this will never match the greatness of Nolan's trilogy, but the use of Bane is interesting (even if plenty of people could have done the voice better), and the idea of Arkham being unleashed after Black Gate prison is taken over would've made for a great scene, too. I guess this will have to do. Did you want a reference to The Joker in The Dark Knight Rises?