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Warner Bros.Don't expect to see a new Clown Prince of Crime terrorizing Gotham City in the next Batman movie: Director Christopher Nolan confirmed today that the Joker will not return in the upcoming sequel to 'The Dark Knight.'

The role famously earned the late Heath Ledger a Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 2009, one year after his unexpected death. Although several actors have portrayed Batman's ultimate nemesis in other projects and media, Nolan has opted not to recast the part, calling Ledger "the definitive Joker."

"It wouldn't feel appropriate to readdress that character," he said in a recent interview with The Associated Press. Warner Bros.Don't expect to see a new Clown Prince of Crime terrorizing Gotham City in the next Batman movie: Director Christopher Nolan confirmed today that the Joker will not return in the upcoming sequel to 'The Dark Knight.'

The role famously earned the late Heath Ledger a Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 2009, one year after his unexpected death. Although several actors have portrayed Batman's ultimate nemesis in other projects and media, Nolan has opted not to recast the part, calling Ledger "the definitive Joker."

"It wouldn't feel appropriate to readdress that character," he said in a recent interview with The Associated Press.

Nolan's decision doesn't come as much of a surprise, especially since Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who co-stars in Nolan's 'Inception,' is reportedly on the short list to play The Riddler in the next 'Batman' sequel.

The Bat signal shines again on Jul. 20, 2012, when the next installment in the series premieres. Alfred the butler himself, Michael Caine, recently told Digital Spy that filming on the project would most likely begin next April.