Matt Reeves said a scene from “The Batman” was shot with the Joker in Arkham and was not kept in the final cut. But it’s a big day for the fans, since this one has just been unveiled, and it’s breathtaking. Warning SPOILERS.
The Batman, the great success of the beginning of the year
We were expecting it and we were not disappointed! With Robert Pattinson in the title role, Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as Riddler, Colin Farrell as Oswald Cobblepot, and all these beautiful people directed by Matt Reeves, The Batman conquered the public vary widely, signing for a Warner Bros. a major critical and commercial success. In the version shown in theaters, the great enemy is the Riddler. And in a secondary measure “Oz”, which has not yet become the Penguin. It, therefore, lacked the iconic adversary of the superhero: the Joker.
But it still makes a very brief appearance at the end of the feature film. We discover it in a conversation with the Riddler, while they are each in neighboring cells of Arkham prison.
Recently, Matt Reeves announced that a longer sequence with the Joker had been shot, a sequence facing Batman. But that given the extent of the film he had finally left it aside. Ultimately Warner Bros. decided that we would see this scene and unveiled it (to see at the top of the article). A scene of more than 5 minutes and quite rich in lessons.
A Joker more terrifying than ever
This Joker, played by Barry Keoghan – who to keep the surprise was announced to the casting in another role – is literally terrifying. His scars are blisters, and the actor found him to have a particularly striking diction. We feel an inspiration of the Joker of Heath Ledger of The Dark Knight in the pasty and trailing side that he gives in particular to his voice. In this sequence, we understand that Batman has asked to see him and that he is trying to extract information from him or at least indications in his hunt for the Riddler.
Moreover, in their exchange, we perceive that the superhero and the supervillain already know each other. And that potentially Batman himself imprisoned him in Arkham. What fits only moderately with the stature of the superhero in The Batman, still in its infancy. We also understand that this sequence, if it had been edited in the final version of The Batman would have intervened earlier in the film than at its very end. Which would have been a rather frustrating surprise, if the Joker had indeed only served as a brief informant in The Batman…
But as for his portrait, this one is perfectly successful. We, therefore, look forward to seeing him again as soon as possible!