Yesterday we brought you an amusing little fan-made storyboard that imagines how the Joker could've fit into The Dark Knight Rises. Director Christopher Nolan had gone on record previously saying he made the decision early on to stay far away from bringing the Joker back for The Dark Knight Rises -- be it through a physical appearance or even a mention. That doesn't seem to be the case when it comes to the film's novelization though, which includes a tiny part that indicates where the Joker is while Bane is wreaking havoc on Gotham. It reads:
"Now that the Dent Act had made it all but impossible for the city’s criminals to cop an insanity plea, it (Blackgate Prison) had replaced Arkham Asylum as a 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."
So, according to this, the Joker is locked away all by himself in Arkham prison while every other dangerous criminal in Gotham is at Blackgate, which is the prison featured in the movie. If I'm a Gotham taxpayer, I'm pissed they're keeping an entire mental hospital open for one patient, but the text goes on to admit that no one knows whether he's still there or if he escaped, not even Selina Kyle, who must have some kind of connection to Joker if she's mentioned here.
But what is that connection? Is she mentioned solely because, like Joker, she's a master criminal, and all criminals sort of know the whereabouts of each other in Gotham? Or is she mentioned because she has another connection to Joker, perhaps one that predates The Dark Knight?
We've reached out to the author of the novelization to see if we can make a bit more sense out of this for us. In the meantime, let us know what you think in the comments. [via Nuke the Fridge]
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