Not all great scenes make it to the big screen. Case in point: director Matt Reeves has just released a scene from The Batman where Robert Pattinson’s Batman seeks assistance from Barry Keoghan’s Joker when trying to find out the identity of The Riddler that did not make it into the recent theatrical release. The clip takes place in Arkham Asylum where the Joker is currently residing. Of course, as this is a treat for the super fans, Reeves didn’t just post it on Instagram. Instead, when he initially linked to the clip, it took viewers to a website where they had to answer three riddles in order to unlock viewing. Clever, clever.
Curiosity about the scene has been mounting since the film’s debut. The director previously teased the exchange that hit the cutting room floor, telling IGN that in his initial plan, the audience wasn’t going to have to wait until the end of the film to meet the new Joker. “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 said. “And he’s like, ‘Well, why is this guy writing to me?’ And he figures he’s got to profile this killer.”
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In the scene, Joker isn’t quite the Joker yet. This is long before the man with the maniacal face becomes the unhinged monster his destiny so desired. That doesn’t take away from Keoghan’s masterful embodiment. Commenters mention that the scene isn’t just one of the creepier moments this crew put to screen, but that Keoghan’s Joker is already up there with some of the most haunting portrayals.
With the massive success of The Batman, a sequel is already in the works at Warner Brothers, so don’t be surprised if Keoghan’s Joker stares down Robert Pattinson again.
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