There have been a number of Batman movies over the years, thanks to the immense popularity of the Caped Crusader. The latest of these is Matt Reeves’ The Batman, which was set outside of the main DCEU. The movie had a trio of villains, but also featured the debut of Barry Keoghan’s Joker. And now Reeves has explained his Joker’s origin story (including those scars).
The Batman took place just 2 years into the crimefighting career of Robert Pattinson’s title character, and saw him interact with the likes of Riddler, Catwoman, and Penguin. But the Joker also made a surprise appearance, with an extended deleted scene of Mr. J. recently arriving online. Moviegoers are eager to see more of Barry Keoghan’s version of the villain, and learn more about his intriguing physical appearance. Matt Reeves opened up to Variety about this ideas for the Clown Prince of Crime, saying:
Well, I’m interested. Clearly Matt Reeves has really put a ton of thought into his take on Joker for The Batman. Now let’s hope that Warner Bros. moves forward and officially green lights a sequel for the DC flick. But given it’s wildly successful box office run, a follow-up movie seems all but inevitable.
Matt Reeves’ comments to Variety shows how methodically he approached his work on The Batman, and its follow-up projects. He’s got a unique vision for Gotham City and its inhabitants, including the Caped Crusader’s most iconic foe. And this take on Joker is no doubt going to increase calls for a DC blockbuster sequel. Barry Keoghan’s screen time was simply too limited for the public to see this methodology play out.
In the theatrical cut of The Batman, Joker only appeared very briefly at the end of the movie. When Paul Dano’s Riddler is brough into Arkham Asylum he establishes a connection with the supervillain, who is in an adjacent cell. This scene quickly got the internet buzzing, but it turns out that there was more footage that didn’t make it to theaters.
Luckily for us, a deleted scene from The Batman was recently released that featured more of Barry Keoghan’s new Joker. It would have come much earlier in the film, revealing that the Clown Prince of Crime was already in custody after a confrontation with Robert Pattinson’s hero. As a reminder, you can watch that sequence below,
This new footage showed way more of Matt Reeves’ take on the Joker, and definitely helped to increase buzz surrounding The Batman’s possible sequel. But first the filmmaker will pivot his focus onto a spinoff series for HBO Max revolving around Colin Farrell’s Penguin. Clearly he’s got plenty of ideas for the burgeoning franchise.
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Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Graduated with degrees theater and literature from Ramapo College of New Jersey. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid. He's particularly proud of covering horror franchises like Scream and Halloween, as well as movie musicals like West Side Story. Favorite interviews include Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Jamie Lee Curtis, and more.