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The Batman: Barry Keoghan’s Joker is not actually The Joker yet, says Matt Reeves

Directed by Matt Reeves and starring Robert Pattinson as The Batman, the film saw The Joker make a cameo, played by Barry Keoghan.

  • Akshay Krishna

Last Updated: 02.51 AM, May 02, 2022

The Batman: Barry Keoghan’s Joker is not actually The Joker yet, says Matt Reeves

Matt Reeves’ The Batman starring Robert Pattinson as The Caped Crusader came out as a highly-anticipated release, and fans are ready for a second movie. The director has now talked about the short cameo of The Joker in the movie, played by Barry Keoghan.

Warner Bros. Entertainment released a commentary by Reeves on the deleted scene where we get to see a scene with Keoghan’s Joker face to face with Batman. The director explains how even though the villain has had run-ins with Batman, he is not The Joker just yet. 

“Here we have a version of this character who is not yet the Joker, but is going to become the Joker, and I wanted Batman to have had an experience with him that put him in Arkham.” he said. 

The filmmaker also added that something happened in his first year at Gotham and that Batman and Joker needed to have a connection. He also added that he needed this version of the Joker to go all the way back to Conrad Veidt’s character Gwynplaine from The Man Who Laughs from 1928, which was one of the inspirations for Bob Kane and Bill Finger to write the original character. 

The Batman is set in Gotham and follows Bruce Wayne in his first year in Gotham as The Dark Knight and does an excellent work in laying the foundations for some of its future villains. 

Also starring Paul Dano as The Riddler, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman and Colin Farrell as The Penguin, the film hit theatres on May 4 and received glowing reviews from fans and critics.