‘The Batman’ Releases Deleted Joker Scene With Barry Keoghan and Robert Pattinson

Feast your eyes on the most terrifying version yet

The Joker in Matt Reeves’ The Batman has been revealed! Reeves released the footage a while ago, and what we saw was nothing short of terrifying. Barry Keoghan, whom we last saw in Marvel’s Eternals plays the Clown Prince of Crime. This version of the Joker feels fresh, but gives a few nods to his classic iterations as well. Let’s keep reading.

The Batman and Joker Meeting

Joker in The Batman
Warner Bros.

The scene opens with Batman paying a visit to Joker in Arkham Asylum. He is waiting on the other side, but the face is not clearly shown. Not at the beginning, at least. But we see that he is plagued by some infection – skin ridden with patches and blisters, fingernails broken and torn off, tufts of missing hair. His speech is blurry, probably due to his skin condition.

He greets Batman, saying it’s almost their anniversary. This is a hint that Batman and Joker crossed paths in his very first year, and eventually led to the Joker’s arrest. We also get to see how brilliant Joker is at deduction. Batman goes to him to find out more on the Riddler. But Joker not only deciphers Riddler in a second, but reveals Batman’s innermost thoughts as well. “I think somewhere, deep down, you’re just terrified, because you’re not sure he’s wrong,” he says before laughing maniacally.

Reeves on the Scene’s deletion

Reeves had discussed earlier why he deleted the scene. He did not want to set Keoghan as the lead villain for the sequel, and he’s not even sure if Joker will appear in the future. Reeves explains that even this Joker is not fully the Joker just yet. His appearance is not due to him falling in a tank of toxic chemicals. He has a congenital disease where he can’t stop smiling, and has skin conditions.

For now, there are no plans with the Joker. But it will be exciting to see him face the Batman in a future movie.