Michael Jai White Reveals Original Plans for Gambol in The Dark Knight
Here’s an interesting story for you Dark Knight fans. According to Michael Jai White, the villain Gambol was meant to have a larger role in future Batman films, but everything changed when Heath Ledger died. At least, that’s what the actor revealed while promoting his new movie, Batman: Soul of the Dragon.
“I was told about the plan for Gambol to come back and try and take over Gotham City. I think a lot of those plans got scrapped after what happened to Heath,” White reveals. “I don’t know. I was never told directly why the change was made. For anybody who sees the movie, you know there was kind of an obtuse cut where you don’t know what happened to my character.
“You know, there’s a knife in my mouth and next I’m on the floor. With a movie with a budget that size, there’s seldom any grey moments [Laughs]. My character wasn’t written to die, that’s why that weird editing is there. It was never intended as a death scene.”
Fans will remember that Gambol (allegedly) met his fate at the hands of the Joker during the famous “why so serious” scene. At any rate, the actor revealed that the experience was a decidedly mixed one due to Ledger’s passing.
“Well, it’s a little bitter-sweet because Heath is no longer with us,” the actor told to ComicBookMovie.com when asked about his experience filming the movie. “It’s hard for me to say, ‘It was great’ knowing the outcome shortly after. It was a great opportunity to work with someone like Christopher Nolan. That was amazing. To be around such genius, who were just so…regular. Christopher Nolan and Heath Ledger are so amazing, but also some of the most down to Earth people you ever want to meet. That was really the bonus in working on that movie.”
An all-new original animated film, Batman: Soul Of The Dragon does a deep dive into Elseworlds vibes by putting Batman in the midst of the swinging 1970s. Faced with a deadly menace from his past, and along with his mentor O-Sensei (voiced by James Hong, Big Trouble in Little China), Bruce Wayne must enlist the help of three former classmates – world-renowned martial artists Richard Dragon, Ben Turner, and Lady Shiva – to battle the monsters of this world and beyond. The film is rated R for some violence.
The all-new next entry in the DC Universe Movies canon is produced by Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
Batman: Soul of the Dragon will arrive on January 12, 2021, on Digital, and on January 26, 2021, on 4K Combo Pack and Blu-ray.