On the heels of additional The Batman content, mostly in the form of ciphers released on rataalada.com, Warner Bros has released the film’s first deleted scene where Batman visits the Joker played by Barry Keoghan (Eternals, Dunkirk) at Arkham Asylum.
Barry recently acknowledged the five-minute scene on Twitter, saying he was “stuck for words” about inheriting a role that’s previously been played by Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger, Jared Leto and Joaquin Phoenix.
Honestly I am stuck for words but I am very very BLESSED to play this role after the AMAZING AMAZING Actors before me.
Here’s my version
— Barry Keoghan (@BarryKeoghan) March 24, 2022
According to IGN, the scene was originally edited to appear just after the Riddler assassinates the Gotham City police commissioner. Following the killing, Batman heads to Arkham to gain more insight into the Riddler’s psychology.
Director Matt Reeves explained how the scene initially fits into his approach to the Batman universe.
“I thought [Batman] would be really insecure about this and he’d probably want to find some way to get into the [Riddler’s] mindset, like in Manhunter or Mindhunter – this idea of profiling somebody, so you can predict his next move”, he said.
The scene also suggests that both Batman and the Joker already have history – a storytelling note that Reeves liked for his first Batman film, which avoids the traditional origin tale.
While Warner Bros has yet to announce a sequel to The Batman, it’s clear that Keoghan will play a role in the next chapter for Pattinson’s Caped Crusader.
Watch the deleted scene here: