‘The Batman‘ director has shared a previously teased deleted scene that shows Barry Keoghan’s The Joker talking to Robert Pattinson’s Caped Crusader in the film.
Matt Reeves posted a link to a website via his Twitter in which fans have to solve riddles to unlock the clip. However, the scene has since appeared online – watch further below.
In the scene The Batman/Bruce Wayne meets The Joker (played by Barry Keoghan) at Arkham Asylum to ask for help in discovering the identity of The Riddler (Paul Dano). At the end of the three-hour movie The Joker is seen briefly chatting to and giggling with the Riddler behind bars.
Reeves addressed the scene’s background in a previous interview with IGN. “What’s interesting is that the reason that Joker’s in the movie is there was actually another scene that was earlier. And because the movie is not an origin tale for Batman, but it’s his early days, it really is an origin tale for the Rogue’s Gallery’s characters. And for me, I think [it’s] this idea that the Joker is not yet the Joker, but they already have this relationship,” he said.
“The scene that was not in the movie, the scene that this is really the companion to, which is actually a really cool scene that will release at some point, it’s a scene where Batman is so unnerved because the Riddler is writing to him,” Reeves added. “And he’s like, ‘Well, why is this guy writing to me?’ And he figures he’s got to profile this killer.
“He goes to see another killer that he’s clearly had an experience with in these first two years. And this killer in this story is not yet the character that we come to know, right? So everybody’s in their infancy. So in the comics, these characters often declare their alter egos in response to the fact that there’s a Batman out there. And so here, we have a Joker who’s not yet the Joker.”
It’s not yet known why the scene in question was omitted from the final cut.
Meanwhile, Colin Farrell will reprise his role as The Penguin from ‘The Batman’ in a new spin-off TV series that’s been green-lit by HBO Max.
The Irish actor will executive produce the new series alongside Matt Reeves as well as with producers Dylan Clark and Lauren LeFranc.