As I prepare myself for the midnight release of the movie, I can't help but wonder if this is how it would have played out if Heath Ledger were still alive. Would Nolan have continued the story of the Joker or weaved him into the Bane story line? Would there even be a Bane story line this soon? I've heard Nolan and the rest of the cast say that this is the conclusion, the final Batman movie Nolan will make. Could Ledger's death have caused Nolan to "shortcut" his plans for Batman? Yes, a new Joker could have been casted but I believe Ledger embodied exactly what Nolan was looking for and it would be most difficult to find another. Though we may never know if this was the full vision Nolan had for Batman, it still makes me wonder what could have been.