• Jake Wright

The Batman: Deleted Scene Reveals Barry Keoghan's Joker & Robert Pattinson's Batman in Arkham Asylum

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The Batman’s release has been met with fantastic reception with the newest DC film ranking in the top 2 highest grossing projects since the pandemic, alongside Spider-Man: No Way Home. The newest iteration of the Caped Crusader is arguably the best, with Robert Pattinson’s Batman arguably being the greatest adaptation of the character that we’ve ever seen on-screen.

While the movie is still smashing it at the box office, the hype for the movie is still making the rounds worldwide. One of the main talking points of The Batman was the surprise inclusion of Barry Keoghan as the Joker sharing a short scene with Paul Dano’s Riddler within Arkham Asylum towards the end of the movie.

Keoghan’s role coming up to the release of the movie was one of the closest guarded secrets in Hollywood, with a decoy rumour stating that he’d be portraying GCPD officer, Stanley Merkel. This of course was a ruse as we got confirmation of the Joker’s existence within The Batman universe from the subsequent scene. But now, we have even more footage of Barry Keoghan as the Joker, but this time sharing a scene with Pattinson’s Batman that was removed from the final cut of the movie instead.

In the 5-minute-long deleted scene, we see Batman visiting the Joker in Arkham aiming to use Joker as a means to build a psychological profile on the Riddler. This use of the Joker as a Hannibal Lectar-type character is a fresh new route for the Jester of Genocide as the scene is full of intense moments, maniacal laughs and the first brief glimpse of Batman and Joker’s relationship within Matt Reeves’ Batman universe.

This rendition of the Clown Prince of Crime suffers from horrific disfigurement, his signature green hair & a scarred face, possibly due to falling in the vat of acid during his transformation into the Joker. We are certain this won’t be the last appearance of Keoghan as the Joker and we could even see him next in the rumoured Arkham Asylum series set within The Batman universe.

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