‘The Batman’: Matt Reeves Talks Deleted Scene Featuring Rumored Joker Actor


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The Batman director Matt Reeves discussed a deleted scene featuring Rumored Joker actor Barry Keoghan.

The long-awaited new Matt Reeves film The Batman is set to hit theaters this week, and fans will get the opportunity to meet not only Robert Pattinson’s take on the Caped Crusader, but also certain members of his iconic rogues gallery including Catwoman (Zoe Kravitz), The Riddler (Paul Dano), and The Penguin (Colin Farrell). However, rumors continue to persist that actor Barry Keoghan is set to play The Dark Knight’s archnemesis: The Joker.

SPOILER WARNING: The article contains spoilers for Matt Reeves’ The Batman.

In an interview with TechRadar, Matt Reeves discussed a certain deleted scene that involved an Unseen Arkham Prisoner portrayed by Barry Keoghan, which many believe is setting up The Joker. The director has expressed that his finished film is his official Director’s Cut of the project, but has acknowledged that this deleted scene in question is one that he really enjoyed, and expects to release sometime later this year:

“There were scenes we cut that I liked. In fact, there’s a scene with the unseen prisoner, who appears at the end of the movie in Arkham [Asylum] with the Riddler. There was an earlier scene where Batman went to Arkham to try to profile the Riddler, and Barry is in that scene. It’s a very cool scene, and I’m sure we’ll release the scene after the movie comes out, because it’s a really cool deleted scene.”

It was originally announced that Barry Keoghan would play Gotham City Police Department Officer Stanley Merkel in The Batman, but for the last few months, rumors have permeated the internet claiming that he would be Matt Reeves’ Joker in the highly-anticipated film. Either way, fans will get a chance to see where things are set up later this week, and whether or not The Joker is involved in the future remains to be seen.

If rumors are to be believed, Barry Keoghan would be the latest actor to step into the clown shoes as The Joker on the big screen. Other actors that have portrayed The Joker include Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger, Jared Leto, and Joaquin Phoenix. Both Heath Ledger and Joaquin Phoenix have won Academy Awards for their respective performances as The Joker.

Here is the synopsis for Matt Reeves’ The Batman:

Two years of stalking the streets as the Batman (Robert Pattinson), striking fear into the hearts of criminals, has led Bruce Wayne deep into the shadows of Gotham City. With only a few trusted allies — Alfred Pennyworth (Andy Serkis), Lt. James Gordon (Jeffrey Wright) — amongst the city’s corrupt network of officials and high-profile figures, the lone vigilante has established himself as the sole embodiment of vengeance amongst his fellow citizens.

When a killer targets Gotham’s elite with a series of sadistic machinations, a trail of cryptic clues sends the World’s Greatest Detective on an investigation into the underworld, where he encounters such characters as Selina Kyle/aka Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz), Oswald Cobblepot/aka the Penguin (Colin Farrell), Carmine Falcone (John Turturro), and Edward Nashton/aka the Riddler (Paul Dano). As the evidence begins to lead closer to home and the scale of the perpetrator’s plans becomes clear, Batman must forge new relationships, unmask the culprit, and bring justice to the abuse of power and corruption that has long plagued Gotham City.

Directed by Matt Reeves, The Batman stars Robert Pattinson as the titular hero, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as the Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, Peter Sarsgaard as Gil Colson, Jayme Lawson as Bella Reál, with Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, and Colin Farrell as the Penguin.

The Batman will hit theaters on March 4, 2022. Stay tuned for all the latest news surrounding Matt Reeves’ plans for Gotham City as well as the future of The Joker on the big screen, and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.

Source: TechRadar (via comicbook.com)

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