Originally Posted by Degenerate39
Nolan said he didn't want to mention The Joker out of respect for Heath. But I think it would've been fine to say something along the lines of Bane being the biggest challenge since Joker.
I do recall him saying that, and I'm sure that's his reasoning as he's too good a writer just to overlook it, but I don't like it.
While I, like other fans, do not have the perspective of having actually worked with Heath, I don't think properly explaining away his character in the story is disrespectful. I know I absolutely would not have wanted his character reprised by anyone else, simply mentioning the character enough to acknowledge his impact on the arc seems perfectly reasonable without being disrespectful to Heath's passing. I'm sure Nolan had the right intentions in mind, but I think it was a bit of a disservice to his franchise not to properly tie up loose ends.