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Aaron Eckhart, Heath Ledger

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"To recreate what Heath has done...I just don't think it's gonna happen. That's my instinct. Obviously, Heath was supposed to reprise the role in the next one; it was written that way. I don't know if they're going to go on. I suspect they will not have the Joker."

—Former Batman baddie Aaron Eckhart when asked at the Comic-Con panel for his latest flick, Battle: Los Angeles, whether he thought Heath Ledger's Oscar-winning Joker would be recast for the third installment of the superhero franchise

Looks like we can put our clown makeup away because director Christopher Nolan realizes exactly why we're so serious that Heath's psychotic criminal mastermind remain untouched. Why have another actor try to fill Heath's shoes when he recreated the character so perfectly, no?

But what about A.E.'s own fate as a foe of the Dark Knight?

"I'm sure Two-Face has obviously died in the last one. I'm in the dark as much as anyone else," Aaron spilled when we wondered if we might see his usually gorge face disfigured on the big screen for another go with the caped crusader.

But what if Gotham's politician-gone-bad hasn't really kicked the bucket?

"That's something you can't say no to. I never thought I'd be in a Batman first of all; then when you're with Chris and a script like that, with those kinds of actors, it transcends any genre. You're just working on something really special. I would always work with Chris Nolan if he asked me to."

Hey, Chris, put out your Bat signal, because, we're sure your genius mind could find some way to resurrect Two-Face. After all, you survived enough Jenifer Aniston dating rumors, right? And with Joseph Gordon-Levitt rumored to be interested in joining the cast, it would make for one sexy-as-hell criminal underworld.

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