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With the much anticipated the Batman now on release (read our review HERE) there’s been much talk about the penultimate scene which director Matt Reeves shot with Paul Dano’s Riddler bemoaning the failure of his plot which is overheard by another inmate of Arkham Asylum. “One day you’re on top. The next, you’re a clown.” says the mystery inmate describes as ‘Unseen Arkham Inmate’ (as played by Barry Keoghan) and as the camera moves in closer, despite the character being in soft focus its obvious that it is The Joker. It seems to be an obvious set up as to the character appearing in the next film but apparently not according to Reeves.
“It’s not an Easter egg scene,” he says. “It’s not one of those end credits Marvel or DC scenes where it’s going, like, ‘Hey, here’s the next movie!’ In fact, I have no idea when or if we would return to that character in the movies.” ….“I never was trying to say like, ‘Hey, guess what, here’s the Joker. Next movie!’” he says. “The idea was more to say, ‘Hey, look, if you think that trouble is going to go away in Gotham, you can forget it. It’s already here. And it’s already delicious.’
Keoghan’s casting was announced, his character was presented as a Gotham City cop named Stanley Merkel who works with Jim Gordon. “I didn’t want to create all this speculation that we were doing the Joker by naming what he was, so we thought, well, let’s make him be a cop, and then people won’t really think too hard about it,” he says. Alas, between leaks from test screenings.
It seems uncertain according to Reeves that The Joker will be in a second cinema film saying, “There might be places…… There’s stuff I’m very interested in doing in an Arkham space, potentially for HBO Max. There are things we’ve talked about there. So it’s very possible. It also isn’t impossible, that there is some story that comes back where Joker comes into our world.”
An earlier scene where The Batman goes to meet The Joker in the asylum has been cut out but is promised to turn up on the HE release.
Read how Colin Farrell was transformed into The Penguin HERE
Read how Paul Dano came up with The Riddler’s costume HERE