Where was the Joker during the events of The Dark Knight Rises?
Nolan had sworn off mentioning Heath Ledger’s eerie portrayal of the Clown Prince of Crime for the film, but that didn’t stop Greg Cox, the author of the official movie tie-in novel.
“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.”
The Joker had a whole prison to himself, with no one to pester or scheme on. Solitary seems to be the only way to punish someone as loquacious and insane as the Joker. And it is left up to us to decide if he stayed or ventured out. One thing is for certain, he wasn’t taking orders from anyone (*cough* Bane).
Because he’s the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So, we’ll hunt him, because he can take it. Because he’s not our hero. He’s a silent guardian. A watchful protector. A Dark Knight.
(Source: , via zombieswithcheese)