A few weeks after The BatmanIn theaters, fans were treated to another surprise when director Matt Reeves released a deleted scene from the film. The scene sees Robert Pattinson’s Batman visit Barry Keoghan’s Joker at Arkham State Hospital in hopes of gaining new insight into the mind of Paul Dano’s Riddler.
The scene lasts just over five minutes, and unlike the Joker scene which was kept The Batman, it gives viewers a clear look at Keoghan’s take on the iconic comic book villain. With plenty of close-ups of his bloodied hands and arms and his scarred mouth, the scene makes it clear what separates Reeves’ Joker from those who came before him.
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In a recent interview, Reeves also provided some interesting insight into his Joker’s origins, including some details that aren’t revealed in any of Keoghan’s scenes.
A cruel joke – Talk with Variety of his portrayal of the Joker, Matt Reeves said, “He has a congenital condition where he can’t stop smiling and it’s awful.” Expanding further on Keoghan’s clever version of Gotham’s Clown Prince of Crime, Reeves added, “It’s not a version where he falls into a vat of chemicals and his face is deformed, or whatever. [Christopher] Nolan did, where there is some mystery as to how he got those scars etched into his face.
Instead, Reeves revealed that Keoghan’s Joker was forced to smile all his life and, in response to the backlash he received, formed the kind of cynical outlook that will be familiar to fans of the nemesis. of Batman. “Even as a kid, people looked at him in horror,” Reeves said. “And his response was, ‘Okay, I’ve been played a joke,’ and that was his nihilistic view of the world.”
A terrifying reinterpretation — Love him or hate him, Reeves’ version of the Joker is original. The Joker, in particular, is a character whose origin story has yet to be officially confirmed in the comics. Instead, while different writers have offered different origins over the years, each has always been sold as simply what could created the Joker rather than what definitely made him.
That said, most Joker origin stories have involved some version of the character falling into a vat of chemicals. The version of Reeves, someone who was born with an illness that made him look ridiculous, is certainly a unique origin story for the character. This makes the character unexpectedly self-reflective while being, thanks to its physical design, one of the most visually grotesque imaginings.
the Reverse To analyse – It’s still unclear to what extent Reeves plans to explore Keoghan’s Joker on screen, or if the writer-director even intends to bring him back in a sequel or spin-off for The Batman. However, the director’s comments about Keoghan’s Joker origins make a lot of sense considering what Reeves has done with so many other DC Comics characters in The Batman.
Much like Dano’s Riddler, Zoë Kravitz’s Catwoman, and Pattinson’s Bruce Wayne, Keoghan’s Joker is someone whose current self was defined by something forced upon him when he was still a child. Unlike those characters, however, we’ve yet to see what he’s truly capable of.
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