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Dark Knight Rises Facts

No Joke Heath Ledger’s portrayal of The Joker in 2008’s “The Dark Knight” was a performance for the ages, winning Ledger a posthumous supporting actor Oscar. But while The Joker’s effect on Batman’s fictional psyche is no doubt immense, out of respect for Ledger, director Nolan refused to reference The Joker in “The Dark Knight Rises.” “We’re not addressing The Joker at all. That is something I felt very strongly about in terms of my relationship with Heath and the experience I went through with him on ‘The Dark Knight.’ I didn’t want to, in any way, try and account for a real-life tragedy. That seemed inappropriate to me. We just have a new set of characters and a continuation of Bruce Wayne’s story, not involving The Joker,” Nolan told Empire Magazine.

Five Film Facts: 'The Dark Knight Rises'

We all know the final installment will be a spectacular conclusion to Nolan’s trilogy, but here are five facts you may not know about the film.